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(FT5) First pictures of the E-P3 with 12mm lens!


Here are the first pictures of the upcoming new Olympus E-P3 with 12mm f/2.0 lens attached! As you see the E-P3 is very similar to the Olympus E-P2. The main difference is the new built-in flash. We have been told the 12mm lens has a focus ring you can pull in a different position to allow manual focusing. Once pulled the focus ring on manual position you will see the distance scale! Cool!!! And as you see the new 12mm f/2.0 lens has almost the length of the Panasonic 45mm macro.


Those are the full E-P3 specs:

– It has the new Olympus “tweaked” 12 Megapixel Sensor
– Truepic VI engine (two processor in one)
– ISO 100 to 12.800
– 1080i 60frs AVCHD or JPEG video
– 35 point autofocus
– OLED touch Display (610k resolution). Sounds like it is almost the same screen used for the Olympus XZ-1.
– pop up live guide
– dual dials
– fastest AF to date for any mirrorless cam (and I have been told that it is considerably faster that the Panasonic GH2!).
– updated art filters
– effects to combine with art filters (like starlight)
– 3D still images
– built-in Eye-Fi support for controlling the Eye-Fi cards (Click here to see the cards on eBay)
– Interchangeable grip. I have been told there are two different grips you can buy (and more will come after).
– Design changes: The top dial is now placed instead of the ON/OFF button of the E-P2. To make room for the built-in flash. There is a video recording button over the AEL button.

  • Arnold

    The pictures were made with the awesome Pentax Q :p

  • dumbo

    lets hope if the screen is like the xz-1’s, then they have removed the green tint

  • Now I´ve made the jump back to film. Thankyou and goodbye 43rumors.

    • mountainwalker

      I’ve made the jump back to painting with watercolors. This makes even more fun. For serious!

      • Now I’ve made the jump back to 1955!

      • Boooo!

        Real men ™ paint with blood of the animals they’ve caught with their bare hands and then eaten raw. Watercolours are for hipsters.

  • maitani

    danonino you have a point here, 1000 euros can buy a lot of film and developer, it’s also a choice of philosophy and slower approach, and film still outperforms digital imo for so many applications.

    the camera looks ok, but IMO everything stays or falls with the sensor, if the sensor is in the E-5 league only, an old design with limited DR and shadow noise,the system will fail.

    if the sensor is a huge step up, in DR, and hi iso, it will be a big hit, those small metal AF lenses remind me of th glorious Contax g system.

    also a pity that the first bright high-end lens they announce is a wide-angle, not that i don’t like wide-angle, but F2 on a wideangle is less important than a bright mid-tele lens imo. they should announce super bright 35 and 85 (ideally 1.4 lenses..) asap in they same looks as the 12/2, but i will stop complaining now,

    i will pre-order the E-P3 + 12 as soon as the orders are open..

  • Hate pablo

    Cheers for olympus and the m4/3 system.. a words for pablo, since so many insufficient that u have mention for oly ep3 maybe is true, but dont forget that there is no perfect camera in the world, even for me i can state down plenty disadvantages for n-x or other brand. So stop Insult the ep3 anymore. and be positive with the m4/3 system and the olympus.. Cheers

    • Rachnaroch

      Why do you take so personal what others think about a damn camera? It’s childish, really, it’s just a piece of plastic and electronics, no need to be so serious about it. As I said in many posts, this EP3 and that 12mm f/2 are going to be my next purchases, something I had decided some time ago, yet I agree with most of what Pablo says. And you know? I don’t give I … well, that. I’ll just enjoy my next camera even if not perfect and even if I know that Olympus is in serious danger if they don’t take wise marketing decisions in the next few years because the competition have better cards right now, including Panasonic of course. Enjoy your Olympus, don’t be a fanboy.

  • The EP3 looks so much like the EPL2, it has flash too. I wonder how’s the coming EPL3 looking..

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