Olympus has unveiled a new model in its line-up of Micro FourThirds cameras. The PEN E-PM1 is a Mini model aimed at newcomers to SLR photography. Known as the Mini, the PEN E-PM1 is set to go onsale in the UK this autumn. Pricing for the 12.3Mp camera has not been announced. 

Olympus has also announced two new versions of its existing PEN E-P and PEN E-PL cameras. For details of these, click here

This new design of camera has a smaller chassis than the other two models but still takes a Micro FourThirds lens. As with the PEN E-P3 and E-PL3, the PEN Mini will be sold as a camera kit including a 14-42mm lens. Pricing for the “simplified SLR” camera has not be unveiled,  but Olympus says it is pitching the camera at users who want a lighter, smaller, less complex camera than most digital SLR models.

Sporting a 1.3Mp Live MOS and with support for six art filters and ISO levels up to 12800, the E-PM1 will have a 3in LCD, 720p Mpeg4 video capture and sequential shooting but will have fewer buttons to contend with than its siblings. The camera will be able to take 3D shots, have "in-body" image stabilisation and will support Eye-Fi wireless SD cards.

The camera will be available in a range of colours, including purple, silver rose, dark brown and black.