OLYMPUS PEN LITE E-PL3
Olympus, $799 with lens olympus.com.au ★★★★
IT has been a few years since the digital SLR hooked up with a point-and-shoot to create a new camera category.
The compact system camera from that relationship is going from strength to strength, enticing users with its lightweight body, ability to swap lenses and advanced photographic options.
Olympus, a CSC pioneer, this year plans to release three models to recruit fans.
The Pen Lite E-PL3 is the middle child of that family, designed for users who are beyond the beginner stage but who are not entirely comfortable with all photographic options and nuances.
This camera weighs 313g, making it feather-light compared with a DSLR, and its body is significantly thinner (3.7cm) and shorter (10.9cm) than the flagship Pen E-P3 released a month earlier.
Aside from the weight loss, its screen moves. The LCD can be flipped over to a 80-degree angle or to 45 degrees in the opposite direction so you can comfortably take photos below or above your subjects.
The Lite is a capable lightweight camera. If size matters, it should please.