Olympus launch the E-P3

Over 18 months have passed since the E-P2 was released, and this week Olympus has launched its long-anticipated replacement: the E-P3. The latest generation of the ever-popular PEN range of Micro Four Thirds system cameras still sports it’s classic, retro styling as well as some rather exciting new features.

In addition to the EP-3, Olympus has also announced the E-PL3 (PEN Lite) and a brand new member of the PEN family, the E-PM1 (aka the PEN Mini) and two new Micro Four Third lenses: a 12mm M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED wide angle ‘Street Photography’ lens  and a 45mm M.ZUIKO DIGITAL portrait lens.

What's new?

  • The addition of FAST AF (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Techonology) which, Olympus claims, makes this the “fastest* auto-focus of any camera with interchangeable lenses”
  • Olympus has boosted light sensitivty up to an impressive ISO 12800
  • A new touch-sensitive three-inch OLED display, which has a brighter display and is more energy efficient when compared to similar LCD screens.
  • Current PEN system users will also note the addition of two new dials on the back of the camera, offering much quicker adjustment of aperture and exposure settings.

In comparison: E-P3 vs E-P2

  E-P3 E-P2
Megapixels 12.3 12.3
ISO Max 12800 6400
HD Video Max 1080p @60 fps 720p @30 fps
Autofocus 35-point 11-point
FPS 3 3
Screen (pixels) 3.0" OLED(610k) 3.0" LCD(230K)
Weight 321g 335g

The Olympus E-P3 will be available from August 2011 in Black, Silver and White as body only and with a range of lenses:

Olympus E-P3 body only

Olympus E-P3 with 17mm Lens

Olympus E-P3 with 14-42mm Lens

Olympus E-P3 with 14-150mm Lens

Olympus E-P3 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm Lenses

*As of June 2011