Olympus PEN E-P3 review posted!


posted Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 12:31 AM EDT

Olympus' E-P3 compact system camera. Image copyright © 2012, Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.Although it looks very similar to its previous PEN-series flagships externally, the Olympus E-P3 includes several significant changes.

Key among these is a new brand-new autofocus system, branded 'Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology', or FAST for short. Olympus showed supreme confidence in choosing the name, and it wasn't misplaced: the E-P3's AF performance actually rivals that of many SLRs. The P3 also includes a new touchscreen interface, and a built-in popup flash that addresses one of the main concerns with its predecessor.

Tweaks in its imaging pipeline are more subtle, however; the sensor design seems little-changed from that used by its predecessor two years earlier. Are the improvements in other areas enough to compete in today's mirrorless camera market, given how competitive it's become?

Read our Olympus E-P3 review, and find out!