E P3 Olympus set to launch new m4/3 cameras later today

If you're looking at getting a new mirrorless camera then you might want to hold off a little bit, as later today Olympus is set to unveil no less than three new micro 4/3 cameras, of which pictures of two models have already leaked. Full specs of one model has also made an appearance on the web ahead of the launch and one of the headline features of Olympus' new models is superfast auto-focusing.

If you're looking at getting a new mirrorless camera then you might want to hold off a little bit, as later today Olympus is set to unveil no less than three new micro 4/3 cameras, of which pictures of two models have already leaked. Full specs of one model has also made an appearance on the web ahead of the launch and one of the headline features of Olympus' new models is superfast auto-focusing.

The three new models are the PEN E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1, all based around the m4/3 lens and sensor system. So far, full details of the E-P3 has tipped up, alongside with a couple of pictures of the E-PM1. As far as the E-PL3 is concerned, it seems like we might have to wait until the official launch later today.

E P3 Olympus set to launch new m4/3 cameras later today

The E-P3 is Olympus new high-end m4/3 mirrorless model and it features what Olympus calls Instant AF. This almost sounds too good to be true, but Olympus has created a sensor for its new cameras with 35 focus points that are spread across most of the sensor surface and it features what is believed to be infra-red sensors to further improve the AF speed. Olympus claims that this camera has the fastest AF of any camera with interchangeable lenses which says something about how good it should be.

Further improvements over the E-P2 – a camera which shares a very similar body and design with the E-P3 – include an OLED touch screen which is expected to feature a higher resolution compared to Olympus current m4/3 cameras. Despite having a touch screen, Olympus has included a regular mode dial as well as two customizable scroll wheels for more advanced users.

The E-P3 is also Olympus first m4/3 camera to offer 1080 video recording, albeit only interlaced video at 60fps. It records video in the AVCHD or MJPEG formats and it can also shoot in 720p. A few new lenses are also expected and to get the most out of the new, superfast AF you need to team the camera up with the new lenses.

E PM1 Olympus set to launch new m4/3 cameras later today

As far as the E-PM1 is concerned, we're looking at a tiny m4/3 camera, albeit apparently not as small as Panasonic's GF3 and it's meant to share its design, but not size with the E-PL3. As far as specifications are concerned, we'll have to wait for the official word from Olympus, but the good news is that we'll be at the launch event in Taipei to bring you the full details of these new cameras and lenses.

Source: 43rumours (1), 43rumours (2)