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NEWSFLASH: Hands on with Olympus' E System digital SLR
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 3, 2003 - 18:38 EST)

This afternoon, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to see Olympus' recently-announced E System producs up close and personal.

Arranged on extremely short notice, we've come straight back to the hotel to upload 22 images of the digital SLR body, two of the lenses, two flash units and the portrait grip. No new information has been provided as to specifications - for those we suggest reading our earlier item. If you're a fan of Olympus and/or the "Four Thirds" system, though, this is eye-candy of the highest order (with the exception of image quality anyway - as already noted these images were captured on very short notice, and the conditions weren't exactly ideal).

To recap (very, very briefly): the E System uses a 4/3-type image sensor (either CMOS or CCD - it hasn't been stated which Olympus is planning to use for their first E System digicam); the camera will offer interchangeable lenses, a magnesium body, focal-plane shutter, flash hot shoe, and both aperture and shutter priority modes as well as full manual, and both auto and manual focusing. Since the camera we were photographing had to be treated carefully, we were not allowed to open any of the various covers or remove the lens at this time.

Now, without any further ado, our pictures (all © 2003, The Imaging Resource, and not to be reproduced without our permission):

Olympus E System Hands-On
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SLR camera body, front left view
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SLR camera body, rear left view
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SLR camera body, rear right view
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SLR camera body, front right view
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SLR camera body, top view
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SLR camera body, right controls close-up
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SLR camera body, left controls closeup
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SLR camera body, under side view
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SLR camera body, front view with portrait grip
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SLR camera body, rear view with portrait grip
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Portrait grip, front view
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Portrait grip, front underside view
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Portrait grip, rear underside view
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FL20 flash unit, front view
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FL20 flash unit, rear view
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Unnamed flash unit, front view
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Unnamed flash unit, rear view
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Unnamed flash unit, controls closeup
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50 - 200mm lens, right view
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50 - 200mm lens, left view
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300mm lens, right view
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300mm lens, left view
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