wlad: looks like pictures from my P&S :(
Only it costs about 450 to 700name-your-currency more.
Bart Hickman: 1" will be a hit. Out-flanks micro 4/3 and takes customers who want small (which is obviously most of the micro 4/3 market). Perfect bridge to 1.5x if an enthusiast wants to move up gradually. The IQ won't be what matters here since it'll be good enough (far better than enthusiast compacts.) They key to success will be everything else--ergonomics, focus speed, video quality, price.
"...not really a change from ENTHUSIAST compacts..."I stand corrected.
A few questions:1. How does it exactly "out-flank" m4/3? Size is very similar between the two with normal lenses, you know. Try an EPM-1 with a Panasonic 14-42 X pancake. THAT is small.2. If IQ will not matter, why bother getting an interchangeable lens system? Remember these lenses are slow, so not really a change in IQ from compacts.3. What sort of video quality on a 1" sensor?4. Price?!? They're pretty damn expensive - at launch anyway.
Craig Atkinson: When will it be available.@bigdaddave If you explained your thoughts they would be more valid.I consider it a very useful product. Good lens, small, now faster with IS, should be little need for a flash. Excellent UI. For a pocket stills camera there is little left wanting for, if, like me you're not fussed by movie or zoom.
"no zoom" does not equal "dark ages".
Very nice, though a bit short, beginner's article. How about categorizing articles, dp? This could easily be put in "basics of photography", for example.It would help in order to avoid criticism from whom already knows the basics - or negative comments from who just has lots of time to waste, thus becoming really helpful and constructive for real beginners.
Just Having Fun: Why not offer Passive glasses like LG and others. It works great at local IMAX.Why pay so much extra?
...hundreds of millions who are forced into wearing glasses, because A. the sun hurts andB. shortsightedness makes one bounce on poles or walls..not a real argument there, sorry. :)
DemonDuck: Sony Nex 5 is still the best IQ
especially if there are lenses so bright that you don't actually need high iso :)
BIDYUT KUMAR DE: In a very near future this kind of cameras will dethrone SLR digital!!
actually there is the panasonic 100-300mm (which is a 600mm equivalent), much (MUCH!) smaller and portable, so I don't see the problem here - at least for half of the question... :)
tkbslc: Well done Olympus!
Now check out the sweet prime kit you can get for m4/3:
12mm f2.025mm f1.445mm f1.8
Actually... they both look great :)
iae aa eia: I like very much the M4/3 format. It has the best combination of compactness and sensor sizer for the compact interchangeable camera market. My only complain is that they should take the advantage of the smaller sizer and flange to develop brighter lenses, but so far I haven't seen good news in this area. When they launch a bright one, the aperture rarely is above one equivalent in the FF format and the price is similar. It doesn't make sense to me. It seems like an opportunity they're using to take advantage in getting a larger interest margin on a product.
Actually there are many bright lenses by now, the Panasonic 20mm f1.7, Olympus 45mm f1.8, 12mm f2.0 and last but not least the Voigtlander 25mm with an impressive f0.95.
Consider that the MFT system was announced in 2008, just three years ago and has taken huge steps forward in very little time. My guess is that there will be extraordinary lenses in the future and the MFT system will become a great choice for professional photography; but mind that I'm a newbie photographer, so I may as well be very wrong about this. :)
christophbodner: I'm waiting for a new FourThirds E-XX camera.
I heard/read that Olympus will be focalizing on the MicroFourThirds format. Which is not bad after all.http://www.1001noisycameras.com/2011/06/olympus-tech-trainer-on-facebook-answers-m43rdsdslrs-question.html
2manyCameraz: The Pentax brand is in no danger. Only Sony had the EGO problems big enough to nix the multigenerational brand power Minolta & Konica carried. I imagine it all started in the mailroom of Minolta, where Sony's future president vowed to destroy them... and there was also a beautiful receptionist, whose heart belonged to another.
Bad Sony bad... :/but anyway, I hope this will not happen with Pentax - heritage, not brand that is.
Michele Kappa: As a new Olympus user and newbie amateur photographer, I'm happy to see that competitiveness in the photo industry seems "sane". I'll explain: All photographic companies try their best to offer HQ products - not necessarily innovative (e.g. Olympus), but nonetheless top class (e.g. Canon) and highly professional (e.g. Hasselblad). Everyone has its share.
The SLR has had one essential change: analog to digital. However, esthetics and much of mechanics have remain unchanged for several decades.
So I'm actually glad that Ricoh, as an innovative photo company "picked up" Pentax. Even if the trademark "Pentax" vanishes, as long as Ricoh continues to support & listen its users, sustaining the huge Pentax photographic history and heritage, I don't mind.
I'm only hoping this acquisition will strengthen innovation in digital photography. Both photographers and the photo industry shall benefit from that. So more and more beautiful pictures will be shot by each one of us in the future.
Actually Lenovo bought the IBM personal computing business and changed it to Lenovo. However, the build and material quality have remained inaltered - pretty high that is.If Ricoh maintains the Pentax heritage, I'm confident that renaming the Pentax to Ricoh would be just this - a name change, and nothing else; as for nostalgia I also miss Minolta, but in that case Sony swallowed it and left nothing behind. Let's hope that shan't be the case. :)
Doug Frost: Did Olympus upgrade the CMOS sensor in the E-P3? From the press release it sounds like they merely upgraded the image processor. While that's all well and good, it doesn't do a thing in terms of improving the sensor's dynamic range. Also, I suspect that although you can now crank the ISO up to 12,500, the image quality at high ISO will not be very impressive unless the CMOS itself has been improved. Enhancing high ISO performance through in-camera image processing alone tends to produce pictures with smeared details and limited dynamic range.
There's also the firmware to be taken into account: I believe this will be dealt with in the next update; noise reduction is nasty looking in the JPEGs even compared to my E-PL1. Don't know about RAW though, but I'm pretty confident this new sensor will be much better than the older one.
Lupti: Again a new camera that records interlaced video? Come on, are you kidding?
Consumers do not usually know or care about what interlacing is. On the other hand, yes, interlacing could be done with, or dealt with; and dealing with it is as simple as setting the software used to do it for you.
John Farragut: No 50i (25fps) AVCHD, only 60i (30fps) AVCHD? Is this true? Not so good for a large part of the world.
Actually the video output is selectable between NTSC and PAL, so no problem hooking it up to TV. And sofware in these days handles both, so no problem in software editing either.
Bottom line, there shouldn't be any problem in the whole world. :)
TrapperJohn: What? No CF card slot. Strap lugs aren't where I like them. No LCD panel on the top. No 3D video. Can't AF my old Tamron lenses. Won't fit in the pockets on my designer jeans. No GPS. No telephone. Won't play Angry Birds. Anything else I can nitpick about while I feel my bluging EgoCam slipping towards the ash heap of obsolescence? Oh dear, I might not have The Right Camera!
It's a winner. Retains all the things about the EP1 I loved: small, unobtrusive, excellent IQ, beautifully made, and fixes all the things I put up with: slow AF, blackout during shots, no eye level VF, weak low light AF.
Actually, there's one thing I may not like about the EP3. When I run into a gearhead in public with their bulging camera bags, their obnoxious banter, and their absence of compositional skills or imagination, I'm going to feel smug as all get out with this sleek little package.
Ah, I'll learn to live with it.
@TrapperJohn: not to mention it has a built-in flash. Obviously migrated from the E-PL, it's a very nice addition.
Tesselator: No EVF means I can not use this camera. Too bad!
I agree, in part. A good motive for having a viewfinder is the stability gained in low light or extreme zoom. Other than that, as Richard says, there is the VF-2 which is an excellent high definition viewfinder.
FlamingJune1967: I'm very sad to see that there is still no orientation sensor!I really wanted to like this camera, since I already own an XZ-1 with vf-2, but it looks like it's the G3 for me.
I'm a happy E-PL1 owner and I was a little sceptical about the orientation sensor before buying it. Now that I've bought it, I understood that I couldn't care less about such a minor detail.
On the other side, I understand some would like an orientation sensor; but I really don't know if that by itself could make someone turn away from Olympus to Panasonic, especially with the great improvements in AF, AF assist, sensor, menu handling and general usability of the new 3s'.
As a new Olympus user and newbie amateur photographer, I'm happy to see that competitiveness in the photo industry seems "sane". I'll explain: All photographic companies try their best to offer HQ products - not necessarily innovative (e.g. Olympus), but nonetheless top class (e.g. Canon) and highly professional (e.g. Hasselblad). Everyone has its share.