If you are looking to buy a digital camera in 2011 you will find it hard choosing the perfect model to suit your needs because of all of the products on offer, today we will introduce you to an upcoming Olympus model which may be the perfect candidate for you.
It looks like Olympus are planning to release a camera called the EP-3, full details are currently scarce, however a leaked photo recently showed up on SlashGear with some rumored specs and features, however for now we mustn’t take things too seriously.
SlashGear’s article suggests that the EP-3 will feature a 12 megapixel sensor which supports an IOS range of up to 12800, they also say that the camera will feature a new autofocus system which is faster than what previous Olympus Pen range cameras were capable of. Other things worth mentioning include the noticeable pop-up flash, a large touchscreen display on the rear, 1080i 60fps video recording and the lack of a viewfinder, that said it looks like you will be able to attach an external EVF.
Below we have embedded a photo which shows the rear of the camera (on the left), as you can see there are lots of buttons and two dial wheels, one on the top which will choose certain modes and one on the rear for menu navigation, if you compare the rear of the camera in this leaked photo you will see that it is very similar to the EP-1 (on the right), which suggests that Olympus did not want to change what they think is a winning formula.
The most similar camera to the EP-3 which is currently on the market is the EP-2, you can find out all about this camera over at OlympusAmerica.com, as you can see the main difference in design between this and the EP-3 is the fact that the EP3 has its own pop-up Flash, everything else looks pretty similar.
If you want to find out a little more about the EP-3′s technical specifications check out this link, to see three different (blurry) photos of the EP-3 check out this link, the latter link includes a comments section where people are less than happy that there is no optical viewfinder, does this bother you?
Someone else in the comments section was frustrated by the fact that the UI and general navigation looks similar to what Olympus has given its cameras before, do you see this as a problem?
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