Continually updated: Olympus new PEN and lenses announced!

Continually updated: Olympus new PEN and lenses announced!

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In Summary, Olympus announced three cameras (E-P3, E-PL3, E-PM1) two new lenses (12mm f/2.0 and 45mm f/1.8) and a new external flash. We are still missing the external viewfinder announcement.

Links to preorders

Olympus E-P3 preorders at Adorama (Click here). Price $899 with kit lens!
E-P3 presentation page on Amazon (Click here). No preorders yet.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens preorder at Adorama (Click here). Price $799.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 preorder at Adorama (Click here). Price $399.

Reviews, Previews and Hands-on

E-P3 review by Robin Wong.
Hands.on at TvSmith
Sexy camera pictures and image samples at Clubsnap
Size comparison at ePhotozine.
E-PM1 hands-on at FourThirdsUser.
E-PL3 hands-on at FourThirdsUser.
E-P3 review at DCresource.
Short E-P3 review at PDN.
Full E-P3 review at Digitalcamerareview.
HOT! E-P3 versus G3 at Dpreview (Jpeg Studio comparison)
HOT! Full E-P3 review at ThePhoBlographer.
Olympus E-P3 field report at OutbackPhoto.
Olympus E-P3 preview at Dpreview.
Olympus E-PL3 and E-PM1 preview at Dpreview.
HOT! First complete E-P3 review at Digitalcamerainfo!
E-P3 hands-on at Quesbesde.

Image and video samples (+ video reviews)

12mm hands-on on youtube.
An image of a personalized E-P3 grip at HastaLosMegapixeles.
E-P3 spanish presentation at Quesabesde.
E-P3 video hands-on on youtube (Photographyreview).
First video quality test at youtube (ThePhoBlographer).
12mm image samples on Quesabesde.
First hands-on video on youtube (ThePhoBlographer).
HOT! First RAW pictures at Quesabesde (once clicked scroll down to download them).
12mm image sample gallery at Dpreview.
E-P3 image samples at Dpreview.
E-P3 field test gallery by OutbackPhoto.
Image samples at ThePhoBlographer.
HOT! Autofocus speed test on youtube (ThePhoBlographer)

Official press release

Grip option list at Olympus Japan.
Openpn (french)
The new reworked kit lenses at
Focus Numerique (french).
Amateur Photographer PEN presentation on youtube.
SystemKameraForum (german)
Cnet US (german)
E-P3 at Olympus official website.
Imaging Resource
Launch event pictures in Malaysia (Twitter)

Hot news

Olympus E-P3 price: $899 in US and 849 Euro in Europe (with kit lens).
Olympus doesn’t explain what’s new with the new sensor. After first tests we can see the new PEN cameras do have an excellent color accuracy and superb AF speed.
M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 lens: Available Now Estimated Street Price: $799.99
MCG-2 Exchangeable Camera Grip: Available Now Estimated Street Price: $19.99
FL-300R Compact Flash: Available Now Estimated Street Price: $169.99
M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 lens: Available in September 2011 Estimated Street Price: $399.99

User reactions

Olympus E-P3 tweets.
Olympus E-PM1 tweets.
Olympus E-PL3 tweets.


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  • Admin find the blogpost of mr wong of Malaysia e5 personal review fame.

    he is doing the ep3 review too!!

  • Am i wrong or does the E-PM1 looks even more bent on the top than the E-PL3?. BTW in my opinion this strange wavy top strongly interferes with the otherwise no-nonsense design of these cams.

  • any info on af speed of the new lenses on previous pens (e-p1, e-p2)?

  • According to Robin Wong it is a new sensor. Comparing jpgs with E-PL1 and E-5 i see some difference and the ISO 1600 jpgs are very usable. For higher ISO i prefer FF anyway

    One thing that puzzles me are the comments regarding the menu on outdoorphotographer and dcresource. They obviously missed the super menu, which is pretty poor for someone claiming to do a review and very misleading for potential buyers.

  • While you here all this “Oh, the same old sensor” stuff, Robin Wong comes to another conclusion. According to him, it is a new sensor and both DR and colour rendition (the latter particularly when it comes to the reds) have been massively reduced.
    Now I just can’t wait for the next chapter that will deal with the allegedly fastest AF in the world. Tell me that it’s got a working C-AF, Robin!!! And that it also works with my FT Zuikos!

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