The world's smallest SLR just got better

  • Olympus continues to set the trend for size-conscious cameras with its latest entry-level SLR the E-420. The successor to the popular E-410 (which is still the smallest SLR in the world), this unit packs in a ton of features and a 10-megapixel sensor making it ideal for users after a powerful but lightweight and portable digital camera.

  • Live view is also included and the autofocus times have been significantly improved over previous models thanks to a new contrast AF system. Live view is watched through the 2.7in LCD display which features 100 per cent frame coverage and fully adjustable colour, contrast and brightness.

  • A variety of lens kits are on offer, with the default package coming equipped with a 14-42mm ZUIKO digital lens. As with all Olympus SLRs, the lens systems are designed from the ground up to work with digital cameras rather than film units, which ensure that the best image quality is possible.

  • While the camera itself is tiny, Olympus has also put work into ensuring other components are equally as petite. In this picture the E-420 is fitted with the tiny 25mm 'pancake' lens, which barely takes up any space at all.

  • Despite being small in stature, however, the E-420 doesn't lack features. It comes with dust reduction technology, which the company pioneered several years back as well as shadow adjustment and face detect.

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