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.
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.