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Olympus has launched its first camera based on the Micro Four-Thirds format. The firm claimed the result is a DSLR much slimmer than others. Olympus_EP1_02 Olympus' E-P1: uses Micro Four-Thirds technology The E-P1 measures 119.3 x 68.5 x 33mm, yet sports a 12.3Mp sensor and support for interchangeable lenses. A range of Micro …

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FINALLY...Olypus have hit their old niche

As an avid Olypus photographer (E-3, E-500, SW1030, etc.), I have been eagerly waiting for Oly to recapture the niche that was their's back in the days of 35mm film: small, light travel cameras that did little to sacrifice quality. The 4/3ds format was supposed to be their position in that in digital, but the APS-C camers turned out to be not much heavier or lighter, leaving Oly with their top-quality optics but sensors that couldn't compete with APS-C in dynamic range, and bodies nearly as bulky and heavy.

Now the E-P1 and Micro 4/3ds changes all of that, enabling Oly to finally reduce the flange to sensor distance to almost nothing, resulting in a camera that can take advantage of Oly's great optical designs. Sure the sensors still won't have the dynamic range of APS-C, but the gap is so small now, and the E-P1 so much smaller and lighter, that it now has a niche - the ultimate travel camera. Nice one Oly - again the innovator.

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