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Olympus E-A1: International camera of mystery

Olympus has waded into the Photokina fray with the E-A1, a mid-level dSLR, to be launched next year. More details to follow, folks

More news from Photokina -- although if we're honest, it's more of a heads-up than news. Olympus will show off the E-A1, a new dSLR, ahead of the camera's launch early next year. It's based on the Four Thirds system and aimed at prosumers, pitched somewhere between the pro E-3 and the consumer E-520.

As such, the E-A1 will inherit the E-3's high-speed 11-point autofocus system, and the built-in image stabilisation that Olympus claims will save you up to five stops. It will also have the camcorder-style flip-out screen.

More consumer-friendly features include face detection and shadow adjustment, which is designed to show more detail in darker areas of images.

And that's pretty much all we know about this mysterious snapper. Olympus has also promised a new weather-proofing system, but is keeping details on the technology under wraps, along with pricing and release dates. When we know, you'll know, and that's a promise. -Rich Trenholm