Exclusive: We have just posted a gallery of Olympus E-1 images from the second qualifying session of this weekend's USA Formula One Grand Prix in Indianapolis. These were taken by our good friend and dpreview.com contributor Les Freed. The camera Les used is the latest pre-production Olympus E-1 which appears to be delivering noticeably improved image quality, especially image sharpness. We will also have a 'hands-on experience report' from Les sometime in the next two days.

Phil: Note that most of the images were taken with in-camera sharpening set to +1, having said that the improvement in sharpness we can see in these images comes from the underlying image data and it does look like Olympus have made a fairly big stride in sharpness since the sample we had for preview just over a month ago.

UPDATE 30/Sep: Imaging-Resource also post E-1 images from USA GP. Click here to view another gallery of E-1 images taken by Michael Tomkins' of Imaging-Resource.

Olympus E-1 Formula One Samples Gallery

There are 20 images in the samples gallery. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). I make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), I do so in good faith, don't abuse it.

Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at 2560 x 1920 SHQ JPEG. Images downsampled to fit into 1024 x 1024 bounds to fit in your browser, as always the original untouched image is available by clicking on a link below the reduced image.

Note that all of the images were taken in the Adobe RGB color space, they are clearly labelled 'Adobe RGB' above the image and carry a prefix of '_', the smaller image has been converted from Adobe RGB to sRGB, the original image is Adobe RGB (straight from the camera).

Olympus E-1 Samples Gallery Two (20 images) - posted 28/Sep/2003

Click here for our Olympus E-1 Preview