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Best four thirds camera

Updated on January 19, 2013

Are you looking for the best four thirds camera? Micro four thirds cameras have come a long way and with their popularity growing all the time there are more and more micro four thirds cameras being released all the time.

The micro four thirds camera has the same size sensor as an entry level digital slr camera, which means the image quality is awesome, the low light performance is great and they can capture some stunning images, and all of this is wrapped up in a package that is little bigger than a compact camera. If you want the best compromise between image quality and size the four thirds digital camera is the digital camera of choice.

The choice of micro four thirds cameras is large but which model is the best four thirds camera? The answer to this will vary from person to person, however there are a handful of great micro four thirds cameras that are worthy contenders for the title of "the best four thirds camera", as detailed below;

Olympus PEN micro four thirds Camera

The Olympus PEN was one of the first micro four thirds cameras made, therefore if you buy a PEN model you know you are getting something that is tried, tested and works. The

first thing you will notice about the PEN is that it looks retro and it looks cool. This is a camera that draws attention. The PEN series of cameras are small, light and very comfortable to use. They have a user-friendly interface, and if you are updating from a point and shoot you will find the transition easy and pain free. The image quality of the PEN cameras is simply awesome and you can take some awesome images with one of these cameras. With a PEN camera you can use both Olympus micro four thirds lenses and Panasonic four thirds lenses, therefore there is a wide choice of top lenses available. The In my opinion the Olympus PEN is the best micro four thirds camera currently available, and is my four thirds camera of choice therefore I strongly recommend one.

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Olympus EPL-1 micro four thirds Camera

There are a few PEN cameras available and the EPL-1 is the oldest model, but it is still available to buy. The newest EPL model has a few more features than the EPL-1 but these

features are not enough to justify the increased cost of the newer Olympus PEN models. I have the Olympus EPL-1 and it has become my used digital camera, ever. It is small enough for me to keep in my pocket and take everywhere and since it has the same image quality as entry level digital slr cameras, it has allowed me to take some awesome photographs. If you want a general walk about camera the EPL-1 is an excellent choice, and if you want a travel camera it is the only choice. I have toyed with the idea of upgrading to the EPL-3, but after taking a loaner EPL-3 and putting it through its paces I decided against it. The EPL-3 is a very good camera but it is not that different from my EPL-1 and the difference in image quality and usability is negligible. If you are looking to upgrade your point and shoot camera to a micro four thirds I would suggest getting the EPL-1 and as it has been "replaced" by both the EPL-2 and the EPL-3 you can get one for a bargain basement price, which is even better. Buying an EPL-1 is a no brainer.

More Olympus PEN cameras

For the full line up of Olympus PEN micro four thirds cameras check out the items below.

Nikon J1 micro four thirds Camera


Nikon were quite late in joining the four thirds camera party but when they did burst on to the scene they did so with

two great cameras, which were the Nikon V1 and J1. Both the J1 and the V1 have a 10MP 1" CMOS sensors with a 2.7x crop factor, contain a hybrid AF system, have a 60 fps burst rate

and have an ISO range of 100 - 3200. However, the V1 has some additional features, which makes it the most expensive out of the two. Both the J1 and the V1 are exceptionally good four thirds cameras that are capable of capturing some awesome images. Both cameras are made out of top quality components and are built to last, and both cameras are easy to use. The Nikon J1 and V1 are not as user friendly as other micro four thirds cameras, but if you spend some time with the user manual you will soon get up to speed. If you prefer to shoot Nikon cameras and want to upgrade to a micro four thirds camera the Nikon J1 or V1 is a great buy, and your choice should be based on budget as both are very good cameras.

Nikon V1 micro four thirds Camera

Canon EOS M four thirds Camera

It has taken them a while, but Canon has finally entered the micro four thirds market with this, the Canon EOS M. Like all Canon cameras the EOS M is tough, durable and made out of top quality components. The image quality of the EOS M is simply awesome, as you'd expect, and it is more than

capable of capturing some stunning photographs. One of the most impressive features of the EOS M is the ISO range, which makes it great for taking hand held shots in the lowest light levels. One of the best things about the Canon EOS M is the user-friendly interface. This camera is really easy to use and all the features and settings are close to hand. The interface is logical, which is true with all Canon cameras. If you are looking to upgrade from a point and shoot to a micro four thirds camera you will find the transition very easy with the Canon EOS M.

Sony NEX micro four thirds Camera

Sony's offering to the four thirds camera market is the NEX range. The NEX range of digital cameras is unique and unconventional. If you want an ultra slim line micro four thirds

camera with a touch screen and a huge sensor the NEX series of camera is the one for you. Even though the NEX cameras are slim they are actually comfortable to use, although this is ultimately down to the large and well positioned handgrip. The touch screen is responsive and accurate but the features of the camera are hidden deep in the menu system, which doesn't make it user friendly, and this is the biggest problem with the Sony NEX. The image quality of the Sony NEX is simply awesome, as is the range of features and artistic modes. So, would I recommend the Sony NEX camera? I have tried the Sony NEX and whilst the image quality is the best of any micro four thirds camera (not by much but it is slightly better) I couldn't get on with the features and settings being so deep in the menu system. I like access to all the important features so I can change them with the camera to my eye and in between taking shots, this is something you can't do with the Sony NEX. If you don't mind having to delve deep in to the menu to change any settings the Sony NEX is probably the best micro four thirds camera out there.

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      Edwardjames81 4 years ago

      @BAMditty: Thanks for visiting - I hope this lens has been of some use.

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      BAMditty 4 years ago

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing! :D