Sweet release

Micro Four Thirds - the hardware partnership between Panasonic and Olympus that gave birth to a revolutionary hybrid of digital SLR and compact cameras - is one of the better brand alliances in recent years (Guinness-flavoured Marmite anyone?). But while Panasonic have already launched the second generation of their excellent Lumix G1, Olympus has preferred to take its time in introducing its inaugural camera. The result is well worth the wait.

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The Olympus Pen is styled on Yoshihisa Maitani's iconic 1950s snapper, while the technology inside is firmly rooted in the 21st Century. As well as a 12MP sensor, swappable lenses, and the ability to record film in stereo HD, the tiny camera also boasts a number of effects filters, one of which can turn your snapshots into a pop art canvas at the touch of a button.

From £599 at Jessops

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