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Olympus PEN E-P3
Ilse Jurriën : July 12th 2011 - 16:25 CET
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OlympusOlympus PEN E-P3 system camera : Olympus launches a visionary new PEN Micro Four Thirds system camera flagship. The Olympus PEN E-P3 offers the fastest auto-focus currently available on any camera with interchangeable lenses. With the metal design and state-of-the-art touch-sensitive OLED display, the Olympus PEN E-P3 is a genuine alternative to bulkier and more expensive SLR cameras. The Olympus E-P3 offers amazing focussing speed thanks to the powerful new processor, the TruePic VI image engine has been designed especially for mirror-less cameras. In combination with a more sensitive 12.3 Megapixel sensor, the TruePic VI image processor ensures outstanding picture quality, especially in low light.

Olympus PEN E-P3

Olympus PEN E-P3 AF system
With its compact design, user-friendly features and first class picture quality, the award-winning Olympus PEN system camera range is already a firm favourite with both ambitious amateur photographers and professionals looking for a practical second camera. Led by the Olympus E-P3, the new PEN generation significantly enhances that reputation. One of the PEN’s most striking characteristics is the sheer speed and versatility of the record-breaking autofocus. What’s more, the Olympus PEN E-P3 offers 35 separate focus points, spread over nearly the whole sensor, making it possible to focus on small subjects, no matter where they appear in the picture.

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Olympus PEN E-P3 touch display
Unique to the Olympus PEN E-P3 flagship is the 3" touch OLED display. It’s not only intuitive and practical to use, but also delivers a superb photo quality, regardless of ambient light conditions. Compared to similar LCD screens, an OLED display generates superior contrast, deeper blacks and a broader spectrum of colours. The Olympus E-P3 display is brighter, the angle of view is wider and it uses less power. The display offers fingertip scrolling and enlarging of photos as well as control of the shutter release, AF points and the pop-up Live Guide.

Olympus E-P3

Olympus E-P3 system camera
For the more experienced users, the Olympus PEN E-P3 has some special treats in store; two dials on the back for making quick adjustments to exposure and aperture and in-body image stabilisation that counteracts camera shake irrespective of the attached lens. Fans of hands-on shooting will also love the three customisable buttons on the Olympus E-P3, which can be used to assign to favourite functions. The buttons, dials and new FAST AF help users react quicker to spontaneous situations and capture fleeting scenes or fast-moving subjects before the opportunity is lost.

Olympus PEN EP3

Olympus PEN EP3 Art Filters
A wide choice of creative Art Filters and effects is a bonus for ambitious users and pros alike. The Olympus PEN EP3 offers 10 different filters for adding special effects without the hassle of computer software. Several of these can be combined with additional effects, such as new Starlight and White Edge. Users of the Olympus PEN E-P3 can choose from the Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Colour, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pinhole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia and Dramatic Tone Art Filters. All filters can be applied to both still pictures and videos.

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Olympus PEN E-P3 movies
The Olympus PEN E-P3 records movies with a stereo soundtrack in radiant 1080i Full HD quality at 60fps, and in a choice of formats. For playing back on TV, users can choose AVCHD, which generates a smaller file size. If users want to edit their movies first, the 720p HD Motion JPEG format is ideal. It generates larger files but is easier to handle with PC editing software.

PEN lenses

Olympus PEN lenses
Like every other PEN camera, the Olympus PEN E-P3 is a system camera. The moment users purchase it; they gain instant access to more than 500 Micro Four Thirds, Four Thirds and other lenses (via a adapter). Highlights of the Olympus PEN lens range are two new fast-aperture lenses. The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm 1:2.0 (24mm) wide-angle ‘Street Photography’ lens is ideal for capturing broad subjects such as landscapes, especially in low-light conditions. By contrast, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm 1:1.8 (90mm) portrait lens delivers remarkable portraits with beautiful background blurring. Another first-class option is the re-sculpted M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm (28-84mm) 1:3.5-5.6 II R. All three Olympus PEN lenses are specially designed for near-silent operation, so users can shoot HD movies in stereo without the background whir. Their metallic casing and compact, lightweight design makes them a perfect match for the Olympus PEN EP3.

Olympus PEN E-P3 review

Olympus PEN E-P3 price & availability
The Olympus PEN E-P3 14-42 kit is available with the camera body in classic black, white or silver from August 2011. As soon as we receive a Olympus PEN E-P3 test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extensive Olympus PEN E-P3 review.
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