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Olympus designed the E-410 to be as compact as possible, and its slim profile leaves no room on the side for controls. Notice the almost complete lack of a traditional SLR grip. For most shooting, in which the camera rests in your left or both hands, the flat grip doesn't pose a problem. There are a few tasks for which it's very awkward however; try holding a white card in your left hand while trying to set the manual white balance and hold the camera in your right.

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When shooting in Live View mode, you use the AEL/AFL button (autoexposure lock/autofocus lock) instead of the shutter button to focus. Since it flips the mirror down and up to do so, the accompanying "thunk" takes a bit getting used to.

In an inexplicable design decision, Olympus removed the one-touch functions it traditionally doubles up on the navigation buttons in its higher-end point-and-shot cameras. Now, pressing on the OK button pulls up a single screen in which you change all your shooting settings. It's just as easy to use, but I would think that Olympus would want to stick with the familiar for the entry-level users it targets with the E-410.

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For just $100 more, you can opt for the dual-lens kit, which includes a 80mm-to-300mm-equivalent lens in addition to the 28mm-to-48mm-equivalent one. If you have the extra cash on hand, it seems like too good a deal to pass up.

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