One of the Olympus E-P3's biggest selling points is its super fast Autofocus, which is faster than some high-end SLRs they say. In this round of sample photos, I put the Autofocus to the test by shooting a bunch of toddlers in a birthday party.
When my boy Vito learned how to walk, it became a big challenge to take photos of him. He doesn't stand still for very long. He's always moving. So I've had to adjust. Most of these photos were shot at around ISO 1600. Aperture was mostly wide open. (I used the Panasonic 20mm wide open at f/1.7.) Burst mode was enabled. Anyone who's tried taking pictures of kids knows that you need to take a lot of photos and often. And then hope for the best!
|The Olympus E-P3 is great at freezing those, erm, Kodak moments.|
First impression: that Autofocus really is damn fast, even with the Panasonic 20mm. It's a smidge faster with the Olympus kit lens and (so I hear) the Olympus 12mm. The speed was plenty fast for me, allowing me to turn on the camera in an instant and freeze those kids in their crazy poses. Sometimes, I even skipped the half-press to focus and still managed to get the shot.
The Autofocus of the Olympus E-P3 has been bumped up to 35 points, but I preferred to focus on the center point. Setting the focus to all 35 points sometimes makes the camera focus on other stuff. It works great, but it's not infallible.
|Focused on the ball. Still a nice photo methinks.|
With kids, those special moments may be gone in the flash of an eye. The E-P3's lightning fast autofocus makes sure that you won't miss them -- provided you're looking in the right direction, that is.