OLYM­PUS PEN LITE E-PL3

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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.

JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY-NICHOLSON

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