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Olympus E-400 with Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 ED Gordon Laing, November 2006

Outdoor
/ Resolution / Noise / Noise 2 / Corner sharpness / Fringe & macro / Geometry / Vignetting

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Olympus E-400 corner sharpness comparison

  To measure and compare the Olympus E-400's corner sharpness we photographed the Enhanced Digital Camera Resolution Chart with it and a number of rival models, each using their best quality JPEG and default image tone and sharpening settings.

We used the kit lenses at their widest and longest focal lengths and with various apertures. The crops are taken from the extreme lower left corner of the chart and presented here at 100%.

Zoomed-out to wide angle with the aperture fully opened, the Zuiko Digital 14-42mm exhibits a little softening and light fall-off in the extreme corners, but it's no worse than other typical kit lenses, and indeed performs slightly better than the Zuiko Digital 14-45mm lens here.

Zoomed-in to telephoto, the Zuiko Digital 14-42mm is again slightly soft with the aperture wide open, but again it's comparable to the other kit lenses on test. Overall, it's a good result considering the new lens is significantly smaller and lighter than the E-500's 14-45mm kit lens.

Note: crop details which appear smaller here are due to them being captured with lower resolution cameras and / or a lens which couldn't focus as close to the chart. In each case though, the crop still represents the extreme left corner of each camera's frame. The Canon 400D / XTi shows a different part of the chart because it takes wider 3:2 aspect images, but these still represent the extreme left corner.

Olympus E-400
Using ZD 14-42mm
Canon 400D / XTi
Using EF-S 18-55mm
Olympus E-500
Using ZD 14-45mm
Panasonic L1
Using Leica 14-50mm
Olympus E-400 with 14-42mm at 14mm f3.5
Canon 400D with 18-55mm at 18mm f3.5
Olympus E-500 with 14-45mm at 14mm f3.5
Panasonic L1 with 14-50mm at 14mm f2.8
14-42mm at 14mm f3.5
18-55mm EF-S at 18mm f3.5
14-45mm at 14mm f3.5
14-50mm at 14mm f2.8
Olympus E-400 with 14-42mm at 14mm f8
Canon 400D with 18-55mm at 18mm f8
Olympus E-500 with 14-45mm at 14mm f8
Panasonic L1 with 14-50mm at 14mm f8
14-42mm at 14mm f8
18-55mm EF-S at 18mm f8
14-45mm at 14mm f8
14-50mm at 14mm f8
Olympus E-400 with 14-42mm at 14mm f16
Canon 400D with 18-55mm at 18mm f16
Olympus E-500 with 14-45mm at 14mm f16
Panasonic L1 with 14-50mm at 14mm f16
14-42mm at 14mm f16
18-55mm EF-S at 18mm f16
14-45mm at 14mm f16
14-50mm at 14mm f16
             
Olympus E-400
Using ZD 14-42mm
Canon 400D / XTi
Using EF-S 18-55mm
Olympus E-500
Using ZD 14-45mm
Panasonic L1
Using Leica 14-50mm
Olympus E-400 with 14-42mm at 42mm f5.6
Canon 400D with 18-55mm at 55mm f5.6
Olympus E-500 with 14-45mm at 45mm f5.6
Panasonic L1 with 14-50mm at 50mm f3.5
14-42mm at 42mm f5.6
18-55mm EF-S at 55mm f5-6
14-45mm at 45mm f5.6
14-50mm at 50mm f3.5
Olympus E-400 with 14-42mm at 42mm f8
Canon 400D with 18-55mm at 55mm f8
Olympus E-500 with 14-45mm at 45mm f8
Panasonic L1 with 14-50mm at 50mm f8
14-42mm at 42mm f8
18-55mm EF-S at 55mm f8
14-45mm at 45mm f8
14-50mm at 50mm f8
Olympus E-400 with 14-42mm at 42mm f16
Canon 400D with 18-55mm at 55mm f16
Olympus E-500 with 14-45mm at 45mm f16
Panasonic L1 with 14-50mm at 50mm f16
14-42mm at 42mm f16
18-55mm EF-S at 55mm f16
14-45mm at 45mm f16
14-50mm at 50mm f16

Olympus E-400 results continued...

Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2 / Corner sharpness / Fringe & macro / Geometry / Vignetting
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