This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F).
Sony DSLR-A700 vs. Olympus E-3
Sony DSLR-A700: Minolta 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 200
JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer (auto MLU)
The E-3 may have 'only' ten megapixels to the A700's twelve but because of it's four to three aspect ratio the lost pixels are on the left and right of our scene (as it's framed vertically) and so it has almost exactly the same vertical pixel count. Compared to the A700 the E-3 delivers very nice detailed images with good low contrast detail and a noticeable 'crispness' (again, per pixel sharpness). One noticeable difference are the clipped highlights on the paperclips and the jagged artifacts this has produced.