30th June 2011, 01:12 PM
Rob Galbraith: Olympus announces three PEN Micro Four Thirds cameras, two new lenses
Olympus has announced three new 12.19 million image pixel cameras in the company's PEN lineup of Micro Four Thirds system cameras, as well as two new prime lenses. The PEN E-P3 seems sure to replace the E-P2 as the upper-level enthusiast PEN camera; the PEN E-PL3 (PEN Lite) is about 25% smaller than the model it likely replaces (the E-PL2); and the PEN E-PM1, dubbed the PEN Mini, slots into the lineup as a new, simplified entry-level model. The new lenses are a 12mm f2.0 (24mm equivalent) with "snapshot" manual focus and a 45mm f1.8 (90mm equivalent). The E-P3 features faster autofocus and overall performance improvements, a built-in flash, and a 3-inch OLED screen, among many other changes.