Pekka Potka (Click here) tested the autofocus speed of the new Olympus E-P3. First he compared it with he older Olympus E-P2 using four different lenses. The E-P3 is around 40% faster than the E-P2! But the real surprise is that the new E-P3 is even faster than the 10 times more expensive Nikon D3X!!! Can’t wait to see what the next Pro PEN can do
By the way the new E-P3 manual is online (Click here to download the pdf). One more test: Olympus E-P3 with 45mm f/1.8 versus Leica 25mm f/1.4 at Reddotphoto.
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Photographyblog (Click here) posted the new GF3 review: “We do have a few more concerns about the GF3 than the GF2 though, most notably the lack of an external viewfinder, flash hotshoe, stereo sound and fewer external controls, but the majority of the GF3’s target audience will probably never notice their absence, while the speedy auto-focus may tempt more advanced users looking for a small and inconspicuous system.”
Just my two cent, if the target audience of the GF3 is an attempt to woo compact camera owners than the problem of the camera are not the lack of some GF1 features, but the price! It’s to high to appeal the compact camera mass typology. Don’t you think so?
Check the price and availability of the GF3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
ePhotozine compared the two newest m43 cameras, the G3 versus the E-P3: “Overall the Olympus PEN E-P3 gives warmer results, while the Panasonic Lumix G3 gives cooler, but also more neutral images. The G3 shows less noise, but also seems to show less detail than the E-P3, which is surprising considering the higher resolution 16 megapixel sensor in the Panasonic, you would expect to see more noise, but ideally more detail as well. The Olympus PEN E-P3 shows more detail in highlights and in shadow areas which means you should get better dynamic range in your photos.”
On their website you can see many image comparisons. Now the big question is:
The G3 is now slowly beeing delivered to worldwide stores. Check those direct search links to see the status at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay. And those are the E-P3 preorder search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
One of my favorite cameras gets a field review at Luminous Landscape (Click here). They tested the G3 and the new Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens: “The new G3 may well be one of the best Micro Four Thirds camera yet. And, except for those that need more versatile video capability, the G3 may in fact be a preferable camera for some users than the top-of-the-line GH2…Overall image quality was very good indeed. The jump from 12MP to 16MP has not detracted from IQ in any visible way. At ISO 160 and 200 the camera is as clean as one could wish. ISO 400 and 800 start to show noise, but no worse that similarly priced cameras from Nikon, Canon, Pentax, etc. A bit of luminance smoothing in Lightroom and the images are certainly usable for most any purpose. Beginning at ISO 1600 noise begins to be problematic, and though it can be reduced, detail resolution starts to suffer.”
And about the 25mm lens: “I found little to fault and a lot to like. The lens’ resolution wide open is very good in the center, and naturally softens toward the edges, though by less than one would imagine. Vignetting is modest and I rarely bothered to correct it in post processing. Flare is minimal, even wide open.”
As you know the G3 is finally shipping everywhere in the world and you can find first kits in Stock in at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay! The Panasonic Leica 25mm lens is only available for preorder at Adorama, B&H, J&R, Digitalrev and eBay. Both the G3 and 25mm lens are highly recommended!
The video on top shows an AF test with the Four Thirds 12-60mm lens. It looks like the AF on the E-P3 works faster than on th older Pen cameras!
And the video below shows the AF performance with the 20mm f/1.7 pancake:
So what do you think?