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> This is great news! I sure hope they send that e-400 update over to the > US... I've been ever-so tempted to get an e-400 from the UK, but waiting for > the US debut of the same or similar camera. I have to say, I'd prefer a > smaller, lighter camera like the e-400 to the e-1, which was just too large > for me (especially with that grip attached!). Olympus can distinguish > themselves from the industry GIANTS with a small, highly-capable DSLR like > that.
> That is, of course, what the advertisement is designed to accomplish.
Still, the amount of inference from the advertisement is really pretty small. It is pretty clear, that they are telling us that on 6 March we will get information on 2 camera models -- logic and timing would strongly suggest that this would be about new models. That's all pretty straightforward inference, and the minimum you are intended to infer. Whether there is a 3rd camera model somewhere further in the future is more speculative, but most have not inferred that much. Finally, if you compare the shape of the first camera presented to the E-400 you will see that they are very, very similar. So it is quite reasonable to surmise that one of the new camera will be related to the E-400. So, essentially, I don't take your point. Only 2 inferences have been taken from this advertisement -- really not so "much" at all. 2 new cameras announced in March, one of them related to the E-400. This is exactly the what the advertisement -- through the information it provides -- wants you to infer. There is no stretch of the imagination here. Nothing has been pulled from thin air.
I was given demonstrations of both the E400 and the E330 the other day in a local store. The E330 was discounted and being sold off as discontinued which I thought was surprising as it is quite a new model and has the unusual Live View feature.
I thought the E400 was a very pleasant little camera which would be ideal for carrying around everywhere but the viewfinder is very small. I found it quite bright and could likely get used to it.
The viewfinder on the E330 seemed quite a lot bigger but not as bright. I liked the idea of the live view and being able to take waist level shots on the LCD.
I wonder why the viewfinder in the E330 is bigger and feel that as they can do it on the complicated E330, Olympus should be able to improve it on the E400.
I liked the E400 as a camera despite the need to go into menus to change settings. (Moan, why can we not just have aperture rings and shutter speed dials and a dial for modes?)
I liked the E330 too although it is quite a lot bigger and heavier.
Does any one know if the aperture ring on the Leica lens works with the E400?
I think I will wait though as probably everyone will now and see what the new models are like first.
In-camera stabilization, what a great addition! Sure, with a 300mm lens you want it in the lens, but it is great to get IS on all of the existing short-end FFL and Zooms with the E-510.
I'm most intrigued by the new f2 14-35 lens - I sure hope I can afford that one as I was quite crestfallen to see the price on the 35-100 when it came out. A 28-70 (35mm equiv) at F2 is realizing the promise of the all-digital four-thirds system if you ask me. http://
I'm very stoked at the new Olympus bodies and the new lenses. I have not seen any pictures from the new cameras yet, but I like the looks of 'em. I hope they deliver with the 'P1' too, though for me the lower-end bodies are more what I need (small and feature rich and affordable).
I'm sure everyone has seen the info and previews on dpreview already... but here are the links anyway:
You were certainly spot on with your forecast of an E-410 with live preview- insider knowledge? The E-410 might explain why the E-330 I saw was being sold off as discontinued. It does sound an attractive camera.
Spot on guesses. They both look attractive cameras to me and I am looking forward to being able to try them out when they are in the shops. I liked the live view on the 330. I think it could be a useful feature although it must be very complicated and I hope it is reliable.