Rather than sit on their laurels and rely on appealing to the more serious photographer, digital cameras have reacted to the threat of smartphones by upping their game to include a range of modern technology standards and incorporating tricks of the trade that offer users the sort of flexible experience they’ve come to expect.
Many have also focused on providing a slim and light form factor without compromise on quality, an area in which Olympus’ new PEN E-PL6 excels. It features the world’s slimmest pancake zoom lens and is compatible with a range of four specialist lenses to deliver extra power and precision if you need it, alongside support for an optional electronic viewfinder accessory and flash strobe.
A series of options for creative types include 12 art filters and 6 art effects, which allow you to customise photos and movie clips with your own unique touches. A supplied FlashAir WiFi card means it’s quick and easy to transfer videos and photos to a smartphone via the Olympus app to upload to social media sites. It’s even catered for the “selfie” generation, with a large, tilt and swivel high-res LCD touchscreen for taking shots at original angles
Of course it’s no slouch when it comes to pure photography either, with a 16.1 MP sensor and TruePic VI image processor and a sensitivity range up to ISO 25600. When combined with any Micro Four Thirds lens it’s designed to be ultra quick out of the blocks – start-up and autofocus are almost instantaneous, ensuring you’ll always be in a position to capture that perfect shot. It also takes full HD (1080p) video which is optimised to minimise noise and offer a far wider dynamic range than typical compacts or smartphones can achieve, and added extras such as a level gauge when there’s no horizon, interval shooting for up to 99 shots at various intervals over a 24-hour period and a time-lag mode offer additional control in traditionally awkward environments.
The all-metal finish E-PL6 is available in black and white versions for £429.99 from mid-July.
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