Due to the sharp decrease in the value of the Canadian dollar in recent months, many electronics have been trending upwards in price, including digital SLRs. As a result, it’s extra nice to see that the low-end DSLR market still exposes some good deals.
Future Shop has the Olympus E-410 dual lens kit on sale this week for $399. The coming on 2 years old E-410 is one of the smallest DSLR’s available (along with its updated version, E-420) and the included 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses give a beginner just about all that’s necessary.
Image quality is good, given the 4/3rds sensor and budget orientation of the camera. Autofocus is somewhat limited by the 3 focus points (on par with the D40/60), but it can shoot at 3 FPS up to an unlimited number of JPEGs. There’s no in-body stabilization like with the E-5xx series and stabilized lenses are few and far between.
Overall, it’s a good deal, considering the price structure of the entry-level DSLR market. D40 18-55mm kits range around $500 and Canon XS kits typically start at $600. A two lens kit DSLR for $399 is a compelling buy for a beginner.