Gordon Laing wrote:
I reserve the front page for reviews and previews, or major announcements - sadly none applied here! But I did post the press release here the minute it was announced!
PS - apart from art filters, I believe there's an improved screen too, but the res and size are the same as before. But not many differences, no. The odd thing is that Oly Uk seem to be keeping both the 450 and 420 in the range...
The decision to go ahead with this camera with such tiny changes still baffles me, but then again, the entire E4XX line has been just a series of smaller changes. Still, this has to be the tiniest step ever for the series, and why its called the E450 instead of E440 is also odd... Maybe a licensing thing?
I think the whole art filter thing is rubbish. I dont understand why it can't be just a firmware update. There does not need to be a special place on the mode dial for functions that could just as easily by put in post processing.
I hate how Olympus is touting this whole art filter gimmick around like it will take photography to another level. Cameras have had these shooting functions for nearly a decade.
I love this gem:
"A range of Art Filters allows photographers to stretch the limits of their creativity, without complicated software or a computer."
Complicated software? Olympus, YOU are the ones that make OlympusMaster2, so if the software is complicated... then fix it.
Art filter feature is very interesting, I think I want it more than video function. However, E620, E450 and E30, the models with art filter so far, all have the same access to art filter- on the mode dial. So I guess even if it can be upgraded by software, they will not change the standard interface and give art filter to... my E520? So sad...