Olympus E-P3 Leaks Ahead of June 30 Event

June 27, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

What would you want your next digicam to be? If you haven’t decided as yet, read on. As you all know, Olympus is fast gearing up for their June 30 event and we are sure new devices are to be shown. What interests us prior to the event is the surfacing of a few pictures of the upcoming E-P3 that the company was to show us. It does look somewhat similar to the E-P2 but packs different hardware.

Other than having the built-in flash and the build quality of the E-P2, the E-P3 is expected to have a Truepic VI engine, a 12-megapixel sensor with a higher ISO 12,800 sensitivity limit and a much faster autofocus, which is rumored to put it on competition with the DSLRs. Movie capture is said to be upgraded to support 1080i at 60 frames per second.

The camera allegedly has a new interface that has both, a 600,000-pixel touchscreen as well as redesigned buttons, menus, and expansion ports. The top dial is now placed, instead of the ON/OFF button of the E-P2, so as to make room for the built-in flash.

There is a video recording button over the AEL button. A 12mm f2 pancake lens and a 45mm f1.8 lens are expected to come along with the new bodies.

Other speculated features include updated art filters and effects to combine with art filters, 3D still images and interchangeable grips. We have get to learn is that, currently, two different grips can be bought, while many more are in the offing.

The release dates and the prices are yet to be announced. But we are guessing it to be in the market for around $800. Will you be going for it when it actually arrives?

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