Following a short teaser campaign, Olympus has announced two new compact and lightweight entry level DSLR cameras ahead of PMA.

The new DSLR cameras, called the Olympus E-410 and E-510 are the successors to the E-400. Both new models come with Live View that allows photographers to frame their shot on the 2.5-inch LCD display at the rear of the camera rather than having to rely on looking through an optical viewfinder.

Both cameras will support Olympus' Four Thirds imaging system and offer 10 megapixels via what Olympus is calling a "professional-grade" Live MOS sensor.

Clearly aimed at the prosumer rather than the professional user, in addition to offering adjustable exposure options, including full manual control, the E-410 features 32 consumer-friendly shooting modes are on board for ease-of-use in all manner of situations, while the E-510 features 28. These range from Portrait and Macro to Underwater Wide, Underwater Macro and xD Panorama.

Users have a choice of data storage options: both CompactFlash and xD-Picture Cards can be used with the E-410, which allows even those upgrading from Olympus compact cameras to continue using their existing cards.

A Supersonic Wave Filter for dust protection, Built-in pop-up flash, 3fps with up to seven images in RAW buffer, One touch white balance, AF-lock functionality, Depth of field preview function, 49 segment digital ESP, Exposure bracketing function, Beginners’ and advanced info screen, Detailed playback info screen with histogram complete the offering.

The E-510 model also has a built in image stabiliser – so there’s no need to have it in every lens, as is the case with other D-SLRs.

No word on pricing or availability as yet.