Olympus has launched a new entry-level DSLR that hopes to entice photography enthusiasts to switch to a digital SLR camera from their compact.

The new model, called the Olympus E-420, will cost £379.99 and be available in April.

The camera will offer a 10 megapixel sensor, 28 shooting modes and Live View on the 2.7-inch screen as well as the company's TruePic III image processor which enables the implementation of Shadow Adjustment Technology (SAT).

According to Olympus, the technology guarantees exceptionally true-to-life image reproduction while reducing noise and enhancing processing speed.

Sequential shooting at up to 3.5fps in full megapixel mode is also possible with up to eight images in RAW buffer.

The Olympus E-420 digital SLR main features are:

- 10 Megapixel Live MOS sensor
- Improved Live View with contrast AF, Face Detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology & phase detection AF system
- Improved AF system with both contrast and phase detection-type AF systems
- TruePic III image processor
- High-contrast 2.7”/6.9cm HyperCrystal II LCD