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October 17, 2007

Olympus Debuts E-3 Digital SLR

After a long hiatus, Olympus has re-entered the professional level Digital SLR market with the 10MP E-3.

The new camera's features read like a list of must-haves given the competition; dust reduction, sensor-based image stabilization, 5 frames per second, top shutter speed of 1/8000th of a second, 100% coverage viewfinder, TruePic III image processing and a dust/water-proofed mag-alloy body. To address the shortcomings of the previous 3-point AF system in the E-1, the E-3 features a new eleven-cross point module. Unique to the pro tier is a 2.5" rear swivelling LCD which - coupled with the patented Live View system - will allow unique composition opportunities.

Also debuting with the new camera are three new pro-tier Zuiko lenses equipped with Olympus' coreless lens motor - the Supersonic Wave Drive (SWD). The ED 12-60mm f2.8-4 SWD, the ED 55-200 f2.8-3.5 SWD and the ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD will enhance the small but impressive list of E-system lenses currently available. Finally, Olympus addresses the wireless flash system with two new flashguns - the FL-50R and the FL-36R.

Posted by covey22 at October 17, 2007 10:22 PM