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When the Olympus E-410 camera outfit was delivered to our lab a few days ago we did what we always do– we opened the box and examined its contents. Tucked neatly into the small (9x6x6, LxWxH), compact box lies the E-410 camera body, Zuiko Digital lenses 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and 40-150mm f/4-5.6 (tested in January 2007), along with a battery, charger, cables, strap, software and manuals.

When we first held the camera we immediately felt a difference in the grip, like something was missing. It was so slim it felt almost like an old film camera. So we compared the E-410 to an old 35mm SLR, the Olympus OM-4T, as well as the Olympus E-500 DSLR. Something indeed was missing in the new model: the two-inch plus protrusion for the battery compartment that the other Olympus digital cameras had. _ _