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Olympus PEN E-P3 announced and previewed

By dpreview staff on Jun 30, 2011 at 05:06 GMT

Olympus has launched the E-P3, its fifth generation Micro Four Thirds camera. The P3 features a familiar-looking PEN body and revised 12MP sensor but almost every other aspect of the camera has changed. The latest flagship PEN features what the company claims to be the world's fastest AF-S performance, as well as a 614,000 dot VGA-equivalent OLED touch-sensitive screen and built-in flash. In addition it can shoot 1080i60 HD movies in the AVCHD format. We've been using the E-P3 for a while now and have prepared a full preview with studio and real-world sample images.

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Press Release:

OLYMPUS® LAUNCHES THE PEN® E-P3: ARE YOU PEN READY?

Compact, All-Metal, Premium, Classic-Style Camera Delivers Incredible Power, Amazing Image Quality with Record-Breaking Autofocus and Touch Display

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., June 30, 2011 – Today Olympus announces a new flagship PEN camera designed for the hobbyist or advanced photographer who desires superior image quality, FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) Autofocus Tracking System and total creative control in a body portable enough to travel the world: the PEN E-P3.

The powerful Olympus PEN® E-P3 is the ultimate PEN camera for visual expression, delivering professional image quality, the World’s Fastest AF** speed, a huge selection of built-in creative features and an easy-to-use interface, all elegantly packaged in a classic, all-metal body with full-advanced controls. Two new M. Zuiko prime lenses also join the family of six MICRO Four Thirds® lenses, to expand the broad options offered to imaging enthusiasts.

Look what you can do with the new Olympus PEN E-P3. It blends high-quality still images expected of a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera with high-definition (HD) video, AC3 Dolby Digital audio (comparable to studio recordings) and In-Camera Creativity in an ultra-portable body. The PEN E-P3 has it all.

Outstanding New Features:

  • 12.3 MP Live MOS Sensor – Utilizing new Fine Detail Processing Technology for greater detail in the photograph, the sensor is optimized to maximize the performance of all M. Zuiko digital lenses in all shooting conditions;
  • TruePic VI Image Processor – This new image engine, designed specifically for the Olympus PEN, features Real Color Technology for improved color reproduction and faster speeds;
  • FAST AF – To meet the demand for focusing speed, Olympus has introduced the new FAST AF Tracking System. The FAST AF Tracking System features 35 focus points as well as new Tracking AF to ensure fast & accurate focus each and every time;
  • Low Light Performance – AF Illuminator / Built In Flash / ISO to 12,800;
  • Fast Shutter Response – Never miss a shot again with fast shutter response time of less than 60 milliseconds;
  • Full HD Movie – Shoot up to 29 minutes of full 1080i HD video in either AVCHD or AVI formats; and
  • 3-inch 614,000 pixel OLED Touch screen – Bright high-resolution screen features a newly-designed touch interface that provides an innovative touch display solution.

With a classic, compact, all-metal body reminiscent of the Olympus PEN E-P1, the PEN E-P3 offers an unprecedented level of portability to help you capture great images and videos on the go,” said Katie Roseman, senior product manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “This camera has the creative flexibility to give you a true professional experience.”

Superior Image Quality
A large 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor delivers the highest quality images. Take great photos in low-light environments thanks to the camera’s built-in flash, AF illuminator and ISO up to 12,800. To improve color and speed, the Olympus PEN E-P3 features the new TruePic VI Image Processing Engine. Photos and HD videos taken with the PEN E-P3 will be crisp and clear thanks to three modes of in-body image stabilization. Image stabilization built into the camera’s body enables photographers to take advantage of this feature with every lens. The camera’s award-winning Supersonic Wave Filter™ patented Dust Reduction System vibrates to remove dust and other particles from the front of the image sensor, capturing it on an adhesive membrane every time the camera is turned on.
                  
Blazing Speed
The Olympus PEN E-P3 uses a variety of features to achieve speed rivaling that of the professional Olympus E-5 DSLR. Focus and shoot faster with the camera’s new 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor, TruePic VI Image Processor and new FAST AF Tracking System. The Olympus PEN E-P3 offers 35 separate focus points spread over nearly the entire sensor, enabling the camera to pin-point focus accuracy on small subjects wherever they appear in the frame. Selectable 3x3 groups within the 35-point area are especially effective when shooting active subjects. The camera’s fast shutter response time ensures that you will never miss the shot, even in the toughest shooting environments.

Creative Freedom
Olympus PEN series cameras put you in the director’s chair, offering a new level of freedom to the creative shooting experience and enabling instant experimentation, feedback and gratification. For the first time, the Olympus PEN E-P3 features full 1080 60i HD Video. Push the direct HD video button to instantly start filming your HD video with a choice between ACVHD and AVI formats with uncompressed CD-quality 16 bit/44.1kHz Linear PCM stereo recording or AC3 Dolby Digital Audio.

In-camera features such as Art Filters, Multiple Exposure and In-Camera Editing enable photographers to capture the world as they see it. The Olympus PEN E-P3 features 10 Art Filters: Diorama, Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia and Dramatic Tone. The camera also features nine Art Filter variations and enhancements, including new Pale & Light Color II, and five Art Filter Effects, including new Star Light and White Edge. The new Art Filter Bracketing function helps you develop multiple pictures utilizing different Art Filters with a single shot, making it possible to experiment with several different photographic effects at the same time. Photographers can use Art Filters in all shooting modes: shutter priority, aperture priority, manual and program auto modes for expanded control. All Art Filters can be applied to both still shots and Standard Definition or HD movies. Art Filters set the Olympus PEN E-P3‘s images and videos apart from the pack. Since they’re built into the camera, Art Filters can help you achieve dramatic results on the go without the need for a computer or editing software.

The Olympus PEN E-P3 adds a new dimension to photographs by shooting dynamic 3D photos in any situation from macro to landscape. Recreate a sense of depth like that of the original scene. Simply select the 3D Photo Mode, release the shutter, and slowly pan until the camera automatically takes a second image from a slightly different perspective. The 3D data is processed in-camera resulting in an .MPO file, the universal industry 3D format for easy display on 3D televisions or laptops.

Expanded Control Combined with Ease of Use
Controlling the Olympus PEN E-P3 is simple with its next-generation, three-inch, touch-sensitive 614,000 pixel OLED display. Consuming much less energy than the traditional LCD, this display has a wide 176-degree angle of view and is bright enough to compose images even in harsh midday light. With the camera’s new intuitive graphic user interface and touchscreen, it is easy to capture a picture, change camera settings or navigate the Live Guide controls by simply touching the screen. Going through a day’s photos is easy by scrolling through and enlarging photos with the tap of a finger.

The Olympus PEN E-P3’s built-in, pop-up flash makes it easy to illuminate low-light subjects, reduce red-eye and fill in dark areas. The camera is compatible with SDHC, SDXC and UHS-1 memory cards for greater speed and capacity and can be utilized with the Olympus PENPAL® or various Eye-Fi™ cards for instant wireless uploads to your favorite social or photo sharing websites.

Olympus has added a rotational dial, sub-dial and two new function buttons to the back of the PEN E-P3 so photographers can make rapid changes to menu settings and maximize the camera’s performance. With a thumb, photographers can adjust aperture and exposure time in an instant without switching between menu selections. Hands-on shooters will appreciate the two customizable buttons they can assign to favorite functions. Photographers will appreciate how the camera’s mode dial enables access to basic settings.

The Level Gauge in the Olympus PEN E-P3 is a tremendous benefit for architectural photographers who must ensure that images of buildings are as centered and true as the walls of the buildings themselves. This feature detects the camera’s pitch and roll during Live View operation so photographers can make sure subjects appear where they should in the frame.

New Lenses and Accessories for Every Shooting Challenge
The Olympus PEN MICRO Four Thirds family features eight fully-compatible MICRO Four Thirds lenses. The legendary Olympus Zuiko® Digital Four Thirds range of 27 high-quality lenses, OM-series and other manufacturers’ lenses can be attached to Olympus PEN cameras with optional adapters. The Olympus PEN E-P3 comes packaged with the Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) ED m14-42mm II R f3.5/5.6 zoom lens (28mm-84mm equivalent) or the m17mm f2.8 (34mm equivalent). Today, Olympus is proud to announce several new Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) lenses with high-speed, near-silent autofocus during still shooting and high-definition (HD) video capture. Also, several new accessories will complement the PEN E-P3 perfectly and broaden the creative horizons for all PEN photographers.

  • M. Zuiko Digital ED 12m f2.0 lens (24mm equivalent): This high-speed, single-focal–length, wide-angle lens is ideal for shooting everything from dramatic landscapes in low-light conditions to hard-to-get, spontaneous street shots. It has a beautiful full-metal body and a snap ring that enables photographers to pan focus with a distance indicator.
  • M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 lens (90mm equivalent): This single focal length portrait lens has a beautiful shallow depth of field, which enables the background blurring effects not possible with the 14-42mm kit zoom lens. The MSC mechanism is great for tracking a moving child or pet, and provides a quick and silent focus mechanism for movies and still photography.
  • FL-300R Compact Flash: This flash functions as a bounce flash and wireless remote flash with enough power for nearly any shooting situation. Photographers can use it in tandem with the camera’s built in pop-up flash, or as an alternative to it. It is designed in silver to match the new PEN lineup.
  • MCG-2 Exchangeable Camera Grip: Available exclusively for the PEN E-P3, this comfortable grip enhances the grip area of the camera to fit any photographer’s hands perfectly. It is available in black and beige.

Availability
The Olympus PEN E-P3 kit will be available in stylish black, white and silver, starting in August 2011. It includes the PEN E-P3 body, lens, USB cable, video cable, BLS-1 Li-Ion battery pack, Li-Ion battery charger, shoulder strap, OLYMPUS [ib] software CD-ROM, manuals and registration card.

U.S. Pricing / Product Configurations
Olympus PEN E-P3 Body with MSC M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm II R f3.5/5.6 Zoom Lens
Estimated Street Price: $899.99

Olympus PEN E-P3 Body with MSC M. Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f2.8 Prime Lens
Estimated Street Price: $899.99

** As of June 30, 2011.

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Comments

Total comments: 84
Eric MORAND
By Eric MORAND (Jul 29, 2011)

As one of the happy users of the good old GF1 that feel let down by Panasonic with the new market targetted by the GF serie, I'm more than happy with this E-P3. It may not be a huge leap forward from my GF1 but the OLED screen, the in-body stabilization and the famous Olympus JPEG engine (and colors !) are enough for me to upgrade. Yes, it is very expensive. But the GF1 was also at launch and it was the best camera I've ever bought...

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samanthabubi
By samanthabubi (Jul 19, 2011)

Hello all!!! Need some advice... I am planning on my buying my first camera... I think the Olympus pen3 is nice and all.. but with that price.. I could be getting a Canon EOS 600D instead... I am not too familiar with cameras and all ... any advice or suggestions would be gladly appreciated.....
I was checking out Digitalrev's review on the Pen3 and I was hooked with that camera.. I guess its just the price that is holding me back..

Thanks guys!!! any input would be great!!!

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oly-epl2
By oly-epl2 (Jul 27, 2011)

my input is, get the cheaper EPL-2. it has everything even for a pro needs to shoot everyday family/outdoor photos.

i can't see why someone will spend 300-400 dollars extra over EPL2 just for the "fastest AF", OLED touch screen. and i have no idea what difference this truepic VI engine is going to make.

EPL3/EPM3? don't even waste your money on them.

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (Jul 8, 2011)

For the same price as the Olympus PEN E-P3 , you can get a Canon Rebel T3i / EOS 600D DSLR. And if you want a viewfinder on your Olympus, that's an additional $249.99. The EP-3 is just crazy-overpriced.

0 upvotes
Vadimka
By Vadimka (Jul 11, 2011)

With all do respect, your statement is kind of irrelevant, because you are comparing apples to oranges. I'm sure there are plenty people, like me, who wouldn't take EOS 600D to shoot under any circumstances (just due to its form factor)

Besides, its not really Olympus' fault that Canon still did not release their mirrorless system. But once they do I'm sure Oly will be happy to lower their prices.

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ChrisKramer1
By ChrisKramer1 (Jul 6, 2011)

This camera costs 849 euros for the body alone. That's a hefty asking price. I now see a review on CNet that is less than complimentary, to put it mildly. Let's hope Grunin got a dud copy because people are not going to be happy with a product that gives sub-par image quality for the price of a Sony 580.

I see the EP2 is available for 350 Euros (body only) which seems like a good deal. Thing is, a few months ago this camera cost 700 euros! My feeling is Olympus is trying to pull a fast one on consumers.

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Vadimka
By Vadimka (Jul 11, 2011)

"Camera Review CNet"

those 3 words make me laugh no matter in what order you put them.

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Beth
By Beth (Jul 3, 2011)

Is there a place where this can be pre-ordered? My ePL-1 has 'died.' Screen no longer works for composing or settings. I need a new camera! Can't see buying an eP-2 when the 3 is almost out!

0 upvotes
Mssimo
By Mssimo (Jul 5, 2011)

You can only pre-order the EP3 at this time. They did not announce the price or release date for the pen lite or mini.

0 upvotes
avicenanw
By avicenanw (Jul 3, 2011)

This is almost exactly what I have been waiting for. Would be perfect if it came with a flip screen that will add to shooting versatility and great for video. Canon and Nikon better take notice. The interchangeable lens compact mirrorless cameras are eating away your cake.

0 upvotes
MarcMedios
By MarcMedios (Jul 1, 2011)

No viewfinder? No dice.

0 upvotes
dark goob
By dark goob (Jul 2, 2011)

Dice and viewfinders are both highly overrated.

6 upvotes
Mike Ronesia
By Mike Ronesia (Jul 5, 2011)

That's what I thought until I tried one and now I can't even imagine using a camera without one.

0 upvotes
Edge904
By Edge904 (Jul 5, 2011)

Apparently the OLED display is excellent, even in bright direct sunlight. Or, if that doesn't work for you, there's the very well reviewed EVF available. To say thumbs-down on the camera solely because it surprisingly came without a viewfinder is silly. Admittedly there is a non-trivial cost associated with adding the EVF. Perhaps the additional cost is your concern?

0 upvotes
Tesselator
By Tesselator (Jul 1, 2011)

No EVF means I can not use this camera. Too bad!

0 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jul 1, 2011)

Unless you buy the optional one, of course.

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dark goob
By dark goob (Jul 2, 2011)

What is wrong with people's eyes that they are unable to use screens? I still don't get it. On my E-5 I mainly use the rotating LCD as opposed to "looking in the hole."

I think it's a generational thing?

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Michele Kappa
By Michele Kappa (Jul 2, 2011)

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.

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ching43202
By ching43202 (Jul 1, 2011)

My bad dream just comes true that there is no more E5XX/E6XX which can be replaced completely by EP3! AF speed, OLED screen, fps rate, filters, processor, AF assist lamp, full HD, and all others!

Wow!

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TrapperJohn
By TrapperJohn (Jul 1, 2011)

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.

9 upvotes
dark goob
By dark goob (Jul 2, 2011)

Nice post. I agree.

If only it were weatherproof, I'd probably sell the E-5.

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dkadc
By dkadc (Jul 2, 2011)

I wasn't aware the desire for a mirror (or at least a built in EVF) meant the shooter was the owner of an "EgoCam" with an "absence of compositional skills or imagination."

The new Pens are all nice piece of hardware, but its not the form factor for everyone; mere ownership of a Pen does not make one a skilled shooter.

You seem to display the same crass snobbery you claim to disdain in others, the attitude that your selected hardware is the only hardware worth using, there are no legitimate reason why someone would want or need to shoot with anything else, and everyone shooting with anything else is clearly a bumbling photography fool.

Give me a break.

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Michele Kappa
By Michele Kappa (Jul 2, 2011)

@TrapperJohn: not to mention it has a built-in flash. Obviously migrated from the E-PL, it's a very nice addition.

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John Farragut
By John Farragut (Jul 1, 2011)

No 50i (25fps) AVCHD, only 60i (30fps) AVCHD? Is this true? Not so good for a large part of the world.

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liquidsquid
By liquidsquid (Jul 1, 2011)

Video? I understand the fixation on video on cameras like this that are difficult to hold steady for long periods and no articulating screens. Very low priority on this form-factor IMHO.

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liquidsquid
By liquidsquid (Jul 1, 2011)

don't understand. Where is that darned edit button?

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John Farragut
By John Farragut (Jul 1, 2011)

Tripod? Doesn't matter if it is an extra on these bodies. Fact is, Panasonic does do 50i in countries in so called PAL countries and 60i in NTSC countries. If you add a function, conform to the market you are addressing. Heck, most DSLR in same price range you can switch between frame rates.

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Jul 1, 2011)

This isn't about video vs no-video, its about right video vs wrong video. Clearly Oly has already spent the effort to put video into this unit, they just didn't get it right.

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Michele Kappa
By Michele Kappa (Jul 2, 2011)

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. :)

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ViTAR
By ViTAR (Jul 4, 2011)

This press release is from and for US. Why list non-US spec?

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jul 6, 2011)

What, do you still live in the 90s or something ? Tv's, Computers, Phones and Microwaves play whatever framerate you want them to these days. Why would you want less than 30 ? Look at it as editing material, once you make your home video or upload it to youtube, it'll be 24fps anyway.

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ShtrBug
By ShtrBug (Jul 1, 2011)

I've had a Panasonic GF-1 for a little over a year and I'm very pleased with it. I was anxious to see what the GF-2 and now the GF-3 would offer but I've been disappointed to say the least. Each upgrade seemed to take away features that I appreciated in the GF-1. With the announcement of the PEN E-P3 and after reading this preview I'm seriously thinking of switching over to Olympus. Faster focus, 5 fps shooting and staying with buttons and dials are features that make this camera such a better fit for my next purchase. Touch screens are fine indoors or if speed searching thru menus isn't an issue, but for me a buttons and dials is a faster and more intuitive method to performing your frequently used functions. I better start saving up my money now and look forward to it's release.

1 upvote
tazztone
By tazztone (Jul 1, 2011)

maybe wait some months mirrorless rumors says there is a "pro GF" series coming in autumn

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BIDYUT KUMAR DE
By BIDYUT KUMAR DE (Jul 1, 2011)

In a very near future this kind of cameras will dethrone SLR digital!!

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brettchris
By brettchris (Jul 3, 2011)

not likely. the problem is I NEED an optical viewfinder and this doesnt have one- & i bet i am not alone.

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asadmalik
By asadmalik (Jul 5, 2011)

Last year, many stated; "it cannot focus as fast as my dSLR, so I will never give up my dSLR" - this year Olympus PEN has come up with a faster AF than dSLR's.
Next year, they might come up with an EVF that is better than an optical view finder, who knows?
Now please don't say EVF cannot be better than OVF, because if AF can be faster than a dSLR, (which I never expected), they can come up with an EVF better than an OVF.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jul 6, 2011)

Sure a EVF will be as good as a OVF some day. The pixels will get high enough. And the fact that it omits light itself can even make it see in the dark eventually in who knows how few years from now, which a OVF obviously can't, and so will even get ahead. Plus it can still be sizeable as in the GH2 like otherwise only a full-frame mirror could accomplish for a OVF.

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TechOutsider
By TechOutsider (Jun 30, 2011)

Finally, an AF illuminator.

That probably cut AF time by half in dim situations.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Jul 1, 2011)

Yeah, not sure what took them so long to add one as I find it extremely useful on my various Panasonic m4/3 cameras

1 upvote
Mssimo
By Mssimo (Jun 30, 2011)

Does anyone else hate the guts of the cnet reviewer called Lori Grunin? She just trashed the hell out of this camera on her video review. Let me get some feedback on what you guys think. reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/

Cant wait for the dp review to come out!

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sensibill
By sensibill (Jun 30, 2011)

I can't stand her, either! I've posted corrections of her errors and pointed out some of her gross exaggerations before, but she seems above it all... She's super-annoying and quite opinionated (and inaccurate).

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Jun 30, 2011)

Don't let me get started on her looks!

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JonathanJK
By JonathanJK (Jul 1, 2011)

Oh my god, she is terrible, I just watched a video now as you suggested. I can't get quite worked up anyway since I haven't went to Cnet for my tech news since 2000.

2 upvotes
straylightrun
By straylightrun (Jul 1, 2011)

Her review is almost as bad as that potato sack she's wearing.

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cre8unique
By cre8unique (Jul 1, 2011)

I find these comments really quite offensive. She did not trash the camera. The overall rating was 'very good'... how is that trashing the camera? She seemed quite complimentary on most things except image quality. And since none of use have used the camera ourselves, maybe we should not comment on the veracity of her image quality comments until we have. But in any case, throwing abuse about her looks just because she wasn't 100% positive about your favourite camera brand is childish and silly.

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celan718
By celan718 (Jul 1, 2011)

Furthermore, Grunin happens to be absolutely right in her review. The jpegs on this site show that Olympus has decided to turn the default noise reduction and sharpness way up, perhaps in an attempt to cover up the high shadow noise of the sensor, making the photos look like those from early Canon cameras. They started down this road with the E-PL1. Grunin is right to say that this "fried" look doesn't belong in a camera of this price and seriousness. Fortunately, it sounds like both NR and sharpness can be turned down. I love the image quality I get from the E-P1, and while I was excited about the performance improvements of the new camera, I'm going to reserve judgement until I can see whether the photos can equal the earlier iterations.

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CriticalI
By CriticalI (Jul 2, 2011)

The fact that you all have to resort to pathetic comments on her looks and clothing to trash her review makes me think she is probably the one with the functional brain around here and you lot are just pathetically defensive and offensive at the same time.

Get a life, she's right. Oly messed up the IQ on this one. What do you expect with an ancient sensor on its 200th reincarnation? Can't get a golden egg out of an iron goose.

Oh yeah, it looks pretty. Obviously what you guys care about.

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Jul 3, 2011)

Lets compare her review to comments from luminous landscape:
Olympus has just kicked the door down with auto focus speeds that beat top of the line pro DSLR's.
AF performance is just outstanding.
The new UI is elegant and modern
images displaying better micro contrast, saturation, sharpness and clarity.
I have a problem with all of lori's reviews, not just Olympus. She does not put much effort into learning the camera at all. I do think she is flat out wrong about the image quality. Do I like images better with less NR..YES But default image quality looks really good to excellent compared to previous models. Not that it matters, cameras defaults always come in the middle, if you do not like..you can turn it up or down.
Aside from content, she does not know how to do reviews. When she starts her review by saying "I really really wanted to like this camera, but..." I look at that as trashing the camera.
There is a reason why we trust some reviewers and not give much credit to others.

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Jul 3, 2011)

As far as her looks, I might be very different than you, but i don't care for woman with mustaches.

They always give very good rating to 90% of all cameras. Only the top of the line canons and nikons get better. (D3 and 1DMKx)

Anyone..thanks for the feedback, I might just read her reviews from now on, skip the video.

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skytoastar
By skytoastar (Jun 30, 2011)

I know it's a small group who would be interested but I hope in the full review a paragraph is spent on autofocus with four-thirds lenses using the MMF-2.

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snake_b
By snake_b (Jun 30, 2011)

I can't wait to not buy this.

5 upvotes
Brightway Training
By Brightway Training (Jun 30, 2011)

Super cool... new pens, new lenses I can't wait to buy one.

2 upvotes
Chepe Nicoli
By Chepe Nicoli (Jun 30, 2011)

Chido one

0 upvotes
Lupti
By Lupti (Jun 30, 2011)

Again a new camera that records interlaced video? Come on, are you kidding?

4 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jun 30, 2011)

If you know how interlaced works you'd know that 1080i at 60fps is the same as 1080p at 30fps, so... do some research first.

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Jun 30, 2011)

1080i60 is not the same as 1080p30. Even if the data is true 1080p30 and just being put into a 1080i60 container, thats still a nuisance.

Nobody needs 1080i anything in 2011. These companies need to realize any interlaced format is annoying, obsolete and not wanted but pros and consumers alike.

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Michele Kappa
By Michele Kappa (Jul 2, 2011)

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.

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Doug Frost
By Doug Frost (Jun 30, 2011)

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.

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liquidsquid
By liquidsquid (Jul 1, 2011)

From what I understand is they tweaked an existing processor by allowing some sites to see IR for the fast-focus using IR diffraction techniques to give indication of focal direction, not just contrast detection. Not sure what else they may have tweaked though. Awaiting some reviews instead of this long stream of previews.

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pictionary
By pictionary (Jul 1, 2011)

a review from someone who had the camera in hands is as follows:

http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/olympus-e-p3-with/4505-6501_7-34843850.html

obviously the image quality (again) leaves sth to be desired.
there are still (well, it seems to have gotten worse) those unlikable pixel artefacts looking like lumps and worms creeping through the picture ...
seems to be due to noise reduction algorithm that leaves much to be desired, too.
sometimes it is just better to go with a natural noise pattern than to destroy the image. ... or: to improve the sensor!

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Michele Kappa
By Michele Kappa (Jul 2, 2011)

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.

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meanwhile
By meanwhile (Jul 3, 2011)

The CNET review is talking about default JPEGs, not sure how that translates to "obviously" worse image quality, or that artifacts have gotten worse ...

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msusic
By msusic (Jun 30, 2011)

*Olympus PEN E-P3 Body with MSC M. Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f2.8 Prime Lens
Estimated Street Price: $899.99

MSC, are you sure??!

Older 17mm lens doesn't have MSC designation - it this a typo, or did Olympus make new version of the 17mm?

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calmwaters
By calmwaters (Jun 30, 2011)

Oly keeps on impressing me.

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Lightshow
By Lightshow (Jun 30, 2011)

Bring on the NEX 7

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cheddargav
By cheddargav (Jun 30, 2011)

I think the lenses are definitely a highlight here. I imagine there will have been a few photographers considering the m4/3 market but put off by a lack of good quality primes - not any more I guess.
I think the 12MM would look quite cool on the black GF1.
Also, I may be alone here in thinking this, but I reckon the original GF1 is already starting to look quite cool, almost retro, compared to the newer m4/3 cameras...
Good work Oly

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Kevin Coppalotti
By Kevin Coppalotti (Jun 30, 2011)

Awesome work oly. 3 new pens, new lenses, whats not to like? Well done.

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jafleming3
By jafleming3 (Jun 30, 2011)

Hope they'll provide the option of buying the camera body without the lens kit for those who wish to upgrade from a prior Pen model

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bluevellet
By bluevellet (Jun 30, 2011)

Probably, but the new kit lens is part of the upgrade itself.

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AnandaSim
By AnandaSim (Jun 30, 2011)

My friend's own style of review with photos of spots that I am familiar with - having photos of places you know keys in the context of light, dynamic range and colours. See

http://robinwong.blogspot.com/2011/06/olympus-e-p3-review-pudu-wet-market.html

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (Jun 30, 2011)

I'm not sure why people are so obsessed with sensors and judge everything through sensors. This new PEN and that new 12mm lens look simply gorgeous and in hands of a inspired person, can make wonders.

5 upvotes
straylightrun
By straylightrun (Jun 30, 2011)

I would rather get the Pentax Q.

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chrswggl
By chrswggl (Jun 30, 2011)

I take it you enjoy the occasional detail with your noise reduction.

7 upvotes
mujana
By mujana (Jul 1, 2011)

Ricoh you mean:-)

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fransams
By fransams (Jun 30, 2011)

'New' sensor is a bit disappointing. I will continue with my G1 and E-PL1. No need for an upgrade at the moment.

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ching43202
By ching43202 (Jul 1, 2011)

How about the fast AF? I feel sad by missing so many shots for active children and in the party with my E-PL1. With all other new features I cannot wait to have another new baby.

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GSnowdon
By GSnowdon (Jul 6, 2011)

LoL. This camera will sort you out. It focuses fast and using touchscreen, it can shoot where you focus simultaneously. Can't wait to use it at the school.

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TechOutsider
By TechOutsider (Jun 30, 2011)

That's a nice looking lens on the Pen.

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Jogger
By Jogger (Jun 30, 2011)

so much for those rumoured IR sensors in the sensor.. this is just the same old 4 year old 12mp panasonic sensor.. oly can claim whatever they want

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ching43202
By ching43202 (Jul 1, 2011)

Human brain is studied to use only 10% of its capacity in our whole life. Will the research also apply to this sensor? Olympus may only develop 10% capacity on E30/E620 and now 60% on EP3? Just guessing! :-)

Is there anyone told you that your brain is just the same old 3X years old brain? No, definately not. We all know that you have been improved to version XXX and we also know that there is a huge difference!

Later on we will see more information about how they do the improvement including the sensor and the processor?

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Sosua
By Sosua (Jun 30, 2011)

Looking good... but wait... Please tell me there is something wrong with those studio sample images? Water colour mush city, even at ISO 200 and hilarious at higher ISO. What on earth is going on here? Panasonic has usurped the fabled oly jpeg engine?

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dolphinsnose
By dolphinsnose (Jun 30, 2011)

Pricing seems a tad higher compared to G3..

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Jun 30, 2011)

yes you are

1 upvote
cinemascope
By cinemascope (Jun 30, 2011)

Am I really the first to comment?

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