A pair of years have passed since wereconsidered the extreme first Olympus PEN camera, the E-P1. It seemslonger, because too much has altered in this space. The PEN E-P1 wasthe first of the small Micro Four Thirds cameras, at the time thesmallest, but as its introduction a war has bust out for the title ofthe smallest compress system camera. Though the smaller Olympus PENLite and PEN Mini have came in the fray in the "small"arena, Olympus watched suit to even update and revamp the originalPEN with more practicality.
Sensor size stays the similar, butOlympus tells that it has been optimized for better high ISOperformance. The company even added a removable, ascent grip, anAF-assist lamp, a pop-up flash, and optional touchscreen control,amongst other things. While it is a little wondering they remained onthe basic overall size and shape afforded the competitiveenvironment, it does afford them a larger platform to hang boastswith, better for the more serious photographer, who is likely tofavor the additional dial and buttons.
May be the most vital advance is thevery fast autofocus, which rivals the fastest digital SLRs, aremarkable accomplishment, rather vindicating the brand laterdecriminalize complaints of extremely slow autofocus with the firstcamera as well as lenses. That is all turned on its head now, likeeverything of the present Olympus optics are fast and instead, andthe novel FAST AF engine in this novel line of cameras completes theimage.
The novel 14-42 mm kit lens plan, whichdebuted on the E-PL2 in 2010, has a novel feel, on a silver body andfiner knurling with the rings. The old plan even left over thebayonet exposed, though the novel adds a silver beauty ring for amore finished feel. Deleting the ring exposes the black stab mountfor adding optional adapter lenses. The E-P3 we received had achampagne complete, creating the silver lens feel almost blue bycomparison.
From the considerations at right, youcan watch the novel Pop-up flash, tucked into its silo in this shot.Since this is where the Mode dial applied to reside, they moved it tothe right next to the shutter button, creating it simpler to watchand apply.
Even novel with the front is theAF-assist lamp, which glows a bright amber when activated; it evenflashes less brightly for the Self-timer. The Olympus logo, which wasflanked by stereo microphone holes, now feels cleaner, like themicrophone holes have moved to the top deck.