Olympus D-SLR – lite

As the camera phone continues its onslaught on the compact snapper, the top end of the photography world is really hotting up. Digital SLRs are becomi

As the camera phone continues its onslaught on the compact snapper, the top end of the photography world is really hotting up. Digital SLRs are becoming more and more user friendly and more and more affordable. Take this new model from Olympus: it’s the world’s smallest and lightest. Olympus sees this as being either an entry-point for people into the digital SLR market or as a second ‘fun’ camera for real enthusiasts. Being so trim, it’s perfectly possible to toss this into a beach bag for holiday snaps or an impulse shot. It’s fully compatible with the Olympus range of four-thirds lenses, though the sensor size effectively doubles the lens’ focal length, lending itself to those who prefer to zoom right in rather than stay wide. The two Zuiko Digital ED kit lenses cover a useful effective range of 28-84mm and 80-300mm. There’s a generous 10megapixel sensor and large 2.5-inch TFT display. 32 scene modes cover just about every situation and the Supersonic Wave Filter gives the sensor a shake down every now and then to stop dust specks gathering. Essentials

Olympus E-400 Price: £850 with kit lenses On sale: November Contact: Olympus