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.
Our friend Victor Pisarev sent us a link to Onfoto.ru. They talked with Mr. Akira Watanabe about the Four Thirds system (google translation from russian to english): “There is nothing sensational out of that battlefront: yes, DSLR system is also important for us, we honour and remember users of our 4/3 optics. We have E-5 in our product line for them. It is possible that we return to active development but now I cannot say something audible. Current situation is so that we have to provide stability and survival, and that is what PEN system is dedicated to. By the way, their sales are good. We tried to adapt “big” optics to micro system but there are fundamental troubles: phase detection system is made to calculate needed focusing shift and to shift lenses to proper place at once but contrast detection system uses iteration fidgets by its nature. We cannot to join them right, so in fact we have capitulated. Approximately in this way. Watanabe also said me that many leading managers and bosses use E-5 personally so understand anxiety of simple users very well.”
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, 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, eBay. And those are the E-P3 preorder search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
The Fuji X100 could soon get micrfourisized?
Inside his latest post Thom Hogan said that the Fuji m43 camera “has been prototyped and tested. The question is whether it would be built and sold. It’s looking more and more like it will.”
I am still working on that rumor. The only thing I heard from a trusted source is that Olympus and Fuji are very close friends and that Olympus officially invited Fuji to join the m43 consortium. Hope to get more rumors about Fuji soon! I would love this rumor to become true!!!
Reminder -> Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct