Olympus E-P3 – A compromise within two worlds?

by Enche Tjin on October 6, 2010

Olympus E-P3 will be the compromise within two words, classic 4/3 system and micro four third system. Unlike Panasonic, Olympus E-P3 has plenty 4/3 lenses that will become orphan if Olympus stops producing four thirds system camera in the future.

Olympus has been focusing extensively in micro four third system camera for about two years now, and recently announced that they will not work on creating new 4/3 lens. Instead, they are going to invent a new camera that able to work well with either micro four third system lens or classic 4/3 lenses.

Olympus E-P3 might be the answer. At last four thirds system user could get a camera that “good” enough for both worlds.

According to Photo rumor, Olympus E-P3 will be ready before holiday season 2010, and below is the E-P3 rumor spec:

  • 16MP sensor, 1080p video
  • ISO up to 6400, expanded to 12800
  • Articulated LCD screen 3″ and 920K.
  • No built-in flash
  • Optional electronic viewfinder
  • AF improvement for 4/3 lens and micro 4/3 lens
  • Special grip and 4/3 mount adapter.
  • Olympus built-in image stabilization

It is said that the grip will transform the camera to be similar to those 4/3 cameras such as Olympus E-620

I am excited to see how the camera performs. So far Olympus micro four thirds cameras are lagging behind Panasonic, Sony and even Samsung on this department. I believe Olympus put a lot of effort into it and hope for the best so that 4/3 users could use their excellent Zuiko lenses such as 12-60mm, 35-100mm f/2 or 14-35mm f/2 with this new camera.

Source: Photo Rumor

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