It did seem a bit funny that while digital compacts were blessed with live previews on their LCD, poor old digital SLRs had to make do with the piddling old-school viewfinder.
Well, you can stop laughing now – Olympus has caught onto the joke and bestowed upon single lens reflex worshippers the world’s first Live View digital SLR, the E-330, which gives continuous live previews directly on the LCD.
The 2.5inch tilting multi-angle LCD makes the thing look like a flamboyant bug – and lets you take photos from unusual angles. This means that if you want to take a picture of slugs in the grass, like you do, you won’t have to get down on your hands and knees to do it.
The E-330 also stuffs in a 7.5million pixel Live MOS sensor, a fast speed of 3 fps, professional AEL bracketing function and a – wait for it - SuperSonic Wave Filter to get rid of dust. Plus you can show off with full manual exposure mode or automatic while gazing at your new LCD.
To top it off, you’ll be able to take pictures underwater and actually see what you’re shooting through your diving mask. The PT-E02 – an underwater case waterproof to 60 metres – will be available from June this year.
The E-330 will be available in March for £900 . Click here for more details.