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Olympus E-PL6 finally arrives in the UK, just a year after launch

PEN E-PL6
Hold on to your hats - the E-PL6 is available here now
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Olympus has announced that the PEN Lite E-PL6 will be available to UK consumers, more than a year after it was introduced to the Japanese market.

In what Olympus is marketing as an "Expression Kit", the E-PL6 will come with a FlashAir card which makes the camera Wi-Fi enabled as well as the world's slimmest pancake zoom lens. The 14-42mm offers an equivalent of 28-84mm in 35mm terms.

The camera inherits a lot of the technology from the top-of-the-line OM-D series, such as the 16.1 million pixel Four Thids sensor.

Other interesting features include 18 creative filters for adding effects to both stills and full HD movies, a sensitivity range which goes up to ISO 25600 and the capability to create stop-motion videos using interval shooting.

Next in line

The name of the camera suggests it is a replacement for the Olympus PEN E-PL5, which has been on the market for some time. It appears to only be an incremental upgrade to its predecessor though.

As with other PEN series cameras, the E-PL6 is compatible with the large range of Micro Four Thirds lenses and accessories. Unlike the OM-D series, there is no inbuilt viewfinder, but one can be purchased separately and attached via the camera's hotshoe.

The PEN E-PL6 price will be around £429 (including FlashAir card and pancake zoom lens), and will be available in black or white from mid July.

Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.