Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Olympus E-P3, you will be mine

I'm obviously a big fan of the micro four thirds system. Almost two years ago, I bought an Olympus E-PL1 and fell in love with photography. I wasn't much into photography before then, but this nifty little system changed my mind. Recently, I've been feeling the limitations of the E-PL1 -- slow autofocus and poor low light performance -- and now the E-P3 has arrived to (mostly) fix all of that! I'm sold. Now to hunt for a good deal…

In case you haven't seen or heard of the camera yet, the Olympus E-P3 looks very much like the retro E-P2, but with the controls of the E-PL system and a built-in flash. Features wise, it boasts of super fast autofocus rivaling that of D-SLRs from Canon or Nikon, some say. In tandem with the new lenses, it's super duper fast. With older lenses, just fast. And those new lenses look yummy, especially the wide and bright 12mm f/2.0. Mmmm...

The Olympus 12mm f/2.0 ED M. Zuiko Digital. Not cheap at $900.
The E-P3 also comes in silver with a silver kit lens. Pretty!

In many ways, the E-P3 is the camera that the E-P1 was meant to be. Small and retro-looking but with interchangeable lenses and the performance of an SLR. It doesn't look like low-light performance is quite there yet, but coming from the E-PL1, it's a significant improvement. E-P2 owners, or D-SLR owners may not be impressed by the low-light performance. Or so the early reviews say.

The E-P3 just hit Amazon. There's a black one going for $1,544, far above the $1,000 official price. I should have pulled the trigger a few days ago when there was an $800 black one. Except I want a silver one. Anyway, the price right now is all over the place. Let's wait for things to settle down, shall we?

Until then, here's a fun little app to play with while we dream...

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