Olympus has churned out a very nice camera in the form of the Pen Lite E-PL5, which will satisfy many photographers looking for an upgrade from their compact camera or smartphone.
Typical price: $699.00
While there are some other enhancements to the camera, a grip may be the most notable.
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Like the Sony Alpha NEX-F3, the E-PL5 has an LCD that flips up and shows you yourself.
Frustrated by the sluggishness and photo quality of your point-and-shoot but not thrilled about toting something the size of a dSLR? These cameras were designed with you in mind.
The software for editing and cataloging photos supports raw image formats from 20 new cameras, corrects lens flaws with Leica and other lenses, and supports Apple's high-resolution displays.
An OS X update lets iPhoto, Aperture, and other software handle images from several of the latest mirrorless cameras and high-end compacts.
Support for high-resolution displays is available when editing photos but not cataloging them. Also: Adobe supports for raw photos from the Canon S110 and a dozen new cameras.
A wave of experimentation is sweeping the camera industry as it grapples with the second phase of the digital revolution. Be careful: today's bold design could be tomorrow's evolutionary dead end.
The highlight of this year's biannual Photokina camera show was a bevy of full-frame cameras, a couple at new low price points.