Olympus E-410

Olympus E-410 resolution comparison


Olympus E-410 results :
Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2


Olympus E-410 results continued…

Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2

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  To measure and compare the Olympus E-410’s resolving power 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 tested the E-410 using the kit Zuiko Digital 14-42mm lens.

The crops are taken from the original images, saved as High Quality JPEGs in Photoshop CS2 and presented here at 100%. Each number represents 100 lines per picture height (lpph), so a figure of 20 means a resolution of 2000 lpph.

We tested each camera and lens combination at every aperture and selected the sharpest results – in each case this was achieved at f8. Using the Zuiko Digital 14-42mm ED kit lens, the E-410 delivered 2150lpph of horizontal and vertical resolution.

This is a measurably higher result than achieved with the E-400, and although you’re unlikely to notice much difference between them in practice, it’s reassuring to see there’s no compromise with the new sensor – in terms of resolution anyway.

The E-410’s result also places it neck-in-neck with the excellent Nikon D40x and D80 in terms of resolution, and ahead of the Canon EOS 400D / XTi when all the cameras are fitted with their respective kit lenses. Canon’s really beginning to look like the odd one out with its relatively poor quality kit lens. Olympus and Nikon both prove a budget kit lens doesn’t have to be compromised. Indeed the Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm ED is one of the best out there not just in terms of quality, but also thanks to its internal focusing and supplied lens hood. Olympus is setting a great example there.

Olympus E-410 using ZD 14-42mm ED
Olympus E-400 using ZD 14-42mm ED
2150 lpph, 14-42mm at 25mm, f8, 100 ISO
2050 lpph, 14-42mm at 25mm, f8, 100 ISO
Canon EOS 400D / XTi with EF-S 18-55mm
 
Nikon D40x using DX 18-55mm II
Canon EOS 400D horizontal resolution
2000 lpph, EF-S 18-55mm at 35mm, f8, 100 ISO
2150 lpph, DX 18-55mm II at 35mm, f8, 100 ISO
Olympus E-410 using ZD 14-42mm ED
Olympus E-400 using ZD 14-42mm ED
2150 lpph, 14-42mm at 25mm, f8, 100 ISO
2050 lpph, 14-42mm at 25mm, f8, 100 ISO
Canon EOS 400D / XTi with EF-S 18-55mm
 
Nikon D40x using DX 18-55mm II
Canon EOS 400D vertical resolution
2100 lpph, EF-S 18-55mm at 35mm, f8, 100 ISO
2150 lpph, DX 18-55mm II at 35mm, f8, 100 ISO
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