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Gear Review: Olympus OM-D Camera

Old-school sturdiness fused with iPhone-generation usability made the OM-D our pick for tech-savvy hikers.
FGG12CAM_Olympus_OMD_445x260Olympus OM-D

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Old-school sturdiness fused with iPhone-generation usability made the OM-D our pick for tech-savvy hikers. “With touchscreen and swipe-review functionality, this is what the future of photography looks like,” says one tester, adding that it’s also ideal for hikers who want to shave weight but not features. The coolest function? The touchscreen trigger: In LCD mode, frame your shot, touch the screen to focus, then tap it to shoot. (Apple take note—not even the iPhone lets you shoot this way.)

With the swivel screen, you can quickly frame and snap high- and low-angle shots without fumbling with buttons, then swipe the screen to review. Other whizbang features: The optical sensor detects your eye, turning off the LCD screen and turning on the viewfinder, allowing you to automatically go from review mode to shooting (and not miss sudden photo ops). Bonus: HD video focusing is smooth when zooming. Bummer: You can get a pro-featured DSLR for this price. $1,000; SD card; rechargeable; 1 lb. 7 oz.; olympus.com

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