Olympus E-M1 rumors : price, specs and images

The Olympus E-M1 should be announced soon. According to rumors, the announcement date is Sep 10th (tomorrow).

and some key specs that we gathered so far:

  • 16 Megapixels
  • 81 Autofocus point
  • 10 fps continous shooting
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Flash sync speed: 1/320s
  • ISO range: 200-25600
  • 3″ tiltable TFT LCD touch screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder with 2.3 Mpixels
  • Micro Four Thirds mount only
  • Weight: 430g
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 122mm × 68mm × 37mm

the camera available for following prices:

  • OM-D E-M1  Body Only $1,399.00
  • OM-D E-M1 + 12-40mm Lens $2,199.00


Olympus VF-3 Release Date and Price

The previous leaked Olympus viewfinder, the Olympus VF-3 has finally announced today. The new viewfinder will be smaller and lighter than previous Olympus VF-2.


Key Features:

Resolution: Approx. 920,000 dots
1.00″ (W) x 1.7″ (H) x 1.75″ (D) (25.6mm x 43.5mm x 44.7mm)
Approx. 1.0 oz (30g) without cover
100% field of view
Approx. .97x magnification (-1m¹, 50 mm Macro, at infinity)
Eye-point: Approx. 17.4mm (-1m¹)
Diopter adjustment (-3.0 to +1.0m¹)
Shoe-lock mechanism

Release Date and Price

The Olympus VF-3 will be priced at $180 and ready for shipping in August 2011

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Olympus 12mm f/2.0 Stock Status and Video

Newest Olympus’s fast and wide lens , Olympus 12mm f/2.0 now in-stock at many retailers including Amazon, B&H and Adorama. The micro four third lens available for $800 ! Not a cheap one but considering its effectiveness for low-light conditions, the lens may tempting some people.

Key features:

  • 24 mm Equivalent (in 35 mm Format) Lens
  • Wide f/2.0 Aperture for Low-Light Photos
  • Snapshot Focus for Fast Shooting
  • Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) Lens
  • Near-Silent Autofocus for Stills & Video
  • Two Extra-High Refractive Lenses
  • Dual Super Aspherical Lens
  • Super High Refractive Lens
  • ZERO Coating Eliminates Ghost & Flare

And, first unboxing video from daisukiphoto

Olympus E-P3 is in-stock at Amazon now!

Great news! the Olympus E-P3 (black version) is in-stock at Amazon.com now. You can order the camera for only US$899 and be quick, there’s only 4 items left in stock. There’s also a white version but the price is ridiculously high so be careful.

Order Olympus E-P3 at Amazon.com


Olympus VF-3 EVF photo and specs leaked

New Olympus electronic viewfinder, the VF-3 EVF , is leaked at Olympus website. The viewfinder is more lighter and has less magnification than previous VF-2 viewfinder but more important is that it’s compatible with all PEN cameras including the new E-P3.  There’s buy button below the product but won’t go anywhere.

Click here to see the specs , or read below


Electronic Viewfinder VF-3 (Silver) 
The VF-3 is a compact viewfinder that easily slides onto the accessory port and hot shoe of the Olympus PEN and XZ-1 to provide 100% field of view and .97x magnification. The VF-3, which is compatible with all PENs that have an accessory port, is quite useful for outdoor shooting, low-angle shooting or telephoto shooting.


  • Resolution: Approx. 920,000 dots
  • 1.00″ (W) x 1.7″ (H) x 1.75″ (D) (25.6mm x 43.5mm x 44.7mm)
  • Approx. 1.0 oz (30g) without cover
  • 100% field of view
  • Approx. .97x magnification (-1m¹, 50 mm Macro, at infinity)
  • Eye-point: Approx. 17.4mm (-1m¹)
  • Diopter adjustment (-3.0 to +1.0m¹)
  • Shoe-lock mechanism

Olympus E-P3 DxOMark Score Now Available

DxOMark just finished their testing and review on Olympus E-P3 to measure its sensor performances. Interesting results ! The E-P3’s score is somewhat lower than its predecessor , E-P2 and E-P1. E-P3’s overall score is 51 while E-P2 and E-P1 are 56 and 55 respectively. According to DxOMark , they believe that E-P3 use the same sensor as its predecessor.


Several interesting comparisons to check for

Order and Stock Status

Olympus E-P3 still not available for pre-order on Amazon but listed on Adorama for $900 ( body + 17mm f/2.8 lens )

Olympus E-P3 Sample Images and Videos

Olympus E-P3 sample images and videos,

  • From Olympus Australia , contains 10 Art Filters including Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Colour, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia and Dramatic Tone.

Sample videos:

Olympus PEN E-P3 vs E-PL3 vs E-PM1

Confused in choosing the right camera for you ?

Check this comparison table below to get a better view at them. Basically, They’re almost similar in specs but with some differences.

Specs E-P3 E-PL3 E-PM1
Sensor 12.3MP 12.3MP 12.3MP
Engine TruePic VI TruePic VI TruePic VI
LCD Res 3″ – 610K 3″ – 460K 3″ – 460K
LCD Tilting Fixed Yes Fixed
LCD Touchscreen Yes No No
AF Points 35 11 11
Continous Shooting 3fps 5.5fps 5.5fps
Built-in Flash Yes Removable (included) Removable (included)
HD Video Full HD 1080i Full HD 1080i Full HD 1080i
Art Filters 10 type 6 type 6 type
ISOs 100-12800 100-12800 100-12800
Image Stabilization Yes (Sensor) Yes (Sensor) Yes (Sensor)
Support RAW Yes Yes Yes
Lens Mount micro four third micro four third micro four third
Control Buttons 2 function buttons, subdial 1 function button, simplified
button structure
Simplified button structure
Camera Grip Included in package No No
Exposure Bracketing Yes Yes Yes
WB Bracketing Yes Yes Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 330 300 330
Orientation Sensor Yes No No
Weight 369g 313g 263g
Body Size 4.8”W x 2.72”H x 1.35”D Smaller Smallest
Price $900 TBA TBA

Pretty similar right ? Olympus E-P3 comes with better specs but also the biggest and heaviest of them all. On image quality i think they all similar because they use same sensor and engine processor. For learning purposes , i think they all great ! All cameras offers manual exposure control , bracketing functions, and plenty of in-camera editing tool (Art Filters) to boost your photo skills.

So , it’s a matter of choosing the best specs for your needs and how small/light the camera that you want ?

Olympus PEN E-P3, Mini, and Lite announced

As predicted before, Olympus finally announces their latest addition to PEN camera lineup. They are PEN E-P3, PEN Mini and PEN lite. PEN Mini and Lite are almost similar in specifications but with smaller and lighter body. Olympus E-P3 will be ready for shipping and priced at $900 , while PEN Mini / Lite’s price will be announced soon.


Olympus PEN E-P3


Olympus PEN Lite / E-PL3


Olympus PEN Mini / E-PM1

Alongside cameras above, Olympus also has announced two new fast prime lenses for micro four third format : M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm F2.0 and M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.8

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