Olympus has just announced a new entry level Four Thirds dSLR which has nearly all the features of the superb E-620 that you need but at $US100 cheaper price point – which in my mind makes it the best entry level dSLR on the market – assuming you don’t need non-AF movies.
It seems the only features you miss out on compared to the E-620 are a few creative art filters (you still get 3 of the fun ones – pop art, soft focus and pin hole), illuminated buttons, and the ability to change image aspect ratio (but this was via cropping anyway, unlike the GH-1’s aspect ratio functionality).
New features include the Live thumbnail preview button which was first shown on the E-P1, and which allows you to preview the effects of various settings such as white balance on the LCD screen before taking the shot.
Thus for $US600 you get a great compact dSLR with in-body image stabilisation which will work on all lenses, and a very nice flip out, swivel LCD screen and up to 4fps burst rate, and one of the nice Olympus kit lenses, in this case, the 14-42mm f/3.5 lens which gives 35mm coverage of 28-84mm, and don’t forget, perhaps the best in-camera jpeg processing engine on the market which gives arguably the best looking jpegs straight from the camera – at the end of the day, most users of entry level dslrs will be relying on the camera to make jpegs rather than process RAW files – and this camera is one of the best for doing that (assuming Olympus hasn’t changed their TruePic III+ engine).
Finally, Olympus have some of the best lenses available specifically designed for a cropped sensor dSLR rather than forcing you to go to lenses optimised for full frame cameras for the high quality, wide aperture lenses as Canon and Nikon do.
Any idea when this should be available in Australia? And what will the price be like here?
no word yet that I’m aware off