Okay – I have to admit it – Olympus won me over with from the start of its latest announcement when it said that it had brought out a purple camera. Now, I know I’m not supposed to be all girlie and be swayed by such trivialities, so let’s get back on track and take a look at the technical specifications.
The Olympus VR-310 also comes in red, black and silver and offers the benefits of a 10x super-wide optical zoom, which should enable you to take great group shots or snap distant objects in great detail. The 14mp snapper has seven creative Magic Filters and 720p HD Movie – all for the price of £130.
For another tenner, you could snap up the Olympus VR-320 (exclusive to Jessops) It has a 12.5x super wide optical zoom lens,14 Megapixels, HD movie, Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment. This cute compact is available in black, red, silver and navy blue.
If you’re tough on your gadgets, you might want to spend a tad more and go for the Olympus TG-310, which is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof. Capable of shooting HD movies and 14 megapixel still photos with the dramatic realism of 3D, the camera has Eye-Fi card compatibility, which means you can automatically upload your pictures and movies wirelessly to your computer or website. The cameras can also be charged through USB. The Olympus TG-130 costs £160 and comes in blue, orange, red, white & silver.
Finally, if your budget can stretch considerably higher, the retro style of the Olympus E-PL2 may well appeal. This latest in the Olympus PEN series is lightweight and compact, and Olympus says you will get SLR-quality shots thanks to Live Guide, which teaches beginners step-by-step how to capture great images. Like an SLR, the camera features interchangeable lenses, plus there are six Art Filters (which can be layered) to add colour and drama. The cost of this flexibility? £529.99.
For more log on to www.olympus.co.uk