Following its announcement of the PEN E-P2 only 6 months ago, Olympus unveiled its predecessor, the PEN E-P3, this morning. Aesthetically, this new flagship model for Olympus PEN digital camera series is nearly identical to the 1st and 2nd generations of PEN, the E-P1 and E-P2, a traditional styling which harks back to the golden age of 35mm camera. Similar still is the 12 megapixel sensor found on its immediate fore-bearer, the E-P2. To find the improvements, you will have to look at its innards.
One dramatic upgrade is the new dual-coreTruePic VI image processor. With improved processing speed, the auto focus system can alter itself at a rate of 120 Hz, or 120 times per second. Partner that with its new MSC lens system and you have what Olympus claims to be "...the fastest single-AP performance for a camera with 3X zoom..."
Another new development is the touch-sensitive OLED display with 614,000 dot resolution. To coincide with all the easy-to-access functions, user can set auto-focus points at various areas of an image while snapping away. This capability is also perfect for the HD Video function, record in AVCHD format at 1080i 60. With its expand Art Filter mode, interchangeable hand grips and the addition of 2 news lens, the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 12mm at F2.0 and a 45mm at F1.8, the new Olympus PEN E-P3 digital camera might just be the best Micro Four Thirds camera system up to date. Set to launch in August with prices yet to be determine.
12 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor
Dual-Core TruePic VI Image Processor
120 Hz 'Fast AF' focus system
3.0" Touch-Sensitive OLED Display with 614,000 Dot Resolution
Expanded Art Filter mode
1080i60 HD Video in AVCHD