Best Micro Four Thirds cameras

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Micro Four Thirds cameras offer a viable alternative to a heavy, bulky digital SLR. We've collected together some of the best examples of these cameras that are available.

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Micro Four Thirds cameras sit in the space between compact cameras and digital SLRs. They offer the flexibility of interchangeable lenses but in a compact form factor. They have the same sized sensor as Four Thirds cameras (such as those used in Olympus digital SLRs) but do away with the standard mirror and pentaprism arrangement as found in traditional SLRs. As a result, the body is a lot smaller than SLR cameras.

At the moment only two manufacturers, Panasonic and Olympus, produce cameras based on the Micro Four Thirds specification.

The knock-on effect of the format, which was launched at the end of 2008, has been immense. Other manufacturers like Sony, Samsung and Ricoh jumped on the interchangeable lens bandwagon with their own versions of not-quite-dSLRs.




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Greg05 posted a comment   

Hasn't Leica made a micro four thirds?
With their pedigree, it would be good to compare, although likely to be expensive.

 

Lexy Savvides posted a reply   
Australia

No Leica Micro Four Thirds camera yet, but there have been plenty of rumours. Don't forget that Panasonic use Leica-branded lenses in their compact range so in the future, maybe Leica could release dedicated M4/3 lenses.

 

Panaman posted a reply   

Lieca have had a M4/3 lens available already: 45mm (90mm Equiv) Macro F2.8 with ois. aka: H-ES045E

Tho it isn't easy to pick it as a M4/3 lens amongst the old 4/3 lenses on the website!

 

Lexy Savvides posted a reply   
Australia

Nice spot! Certainly very hard to pick amongst the lenses, and it's still Lumix branded for the most part. Signs of things to come, hopefully :)

 

Lexy Savvides posted a reply   
Australia

Nice spot! Certainly very hard to pick amongst the lenses, and it's still Lumix branded for the most part. Signs of things to come, hopefully :)

 

Panaman posted a reply   

Lieca have had a M4/3 lens available already: 45mm (90mm Equiv) Macro F2.8 with ois. aka: H-ES045E

Tho it isn't easy to pick it as a M4/3 lens amongst the old 4/3 lenses on the website!

 

Lexy Savvides posted a reply   
Australia

Nice spot! Certainly very hard to pick amongst the lenses, and it's still Lumix branded for the most part. Signs of things to come, hopefully :)

 

Emkay posted a comment   

What about the new Sony Micro Four Thirds?

 

Lexy Savvides posted a reply   
Australia

The Sony NEX-5 and NEX-3 aren't Micro Four Thirds cameras, instead they are based around a proprietary lens mount. They are interchangeable lens cameras.

As mentioned, at the moment, Micro Four Thirds is a format supported by Panasonic and Olympus, but there have been rumours that other manufacturers may enter into it.




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