Olympus E-3 Rumors

UPDATES 10/16/07:

The Olympus announcement letter is here.

Here’s an E-3 brochure in the wild. Click on it for a larger version. Unfortunately, much of it is unreadable due to scan quality.

Looks like the E-3 will arrive at 6:00 p.m. ET. See the Countdown.

The launch is close. This blurb appears in the search results for E-3 on Olympus Australia’s site:

The new range-topping Olympus E-3 is designed for the professional photographer and advanced enthusiasts requiring super fast auto-focus and responsiveness in a camera that delivers professional lev. . .

UPDATE 10/15/07: While we’re waiting on more news of the Olympus E-3, take a stroll over to the Olympus E-System: Passion for the Best site to discover some of the features and buzz that Olympus is promoting for it’s new E-3.

UPDATE 10/12/07: News on the Olympus E-3 launch event in New York.

UPDATE 8/29/07: More info on the E-3 at the Korean photo show.

UPDATE 8/28/07: The E-3 has shown up at a photo show in Korea. More images and discussion here. Stay tuned for more.

UPDATE 7/13/07: Apparently, Olympus has caught wind of their .PDF (discussed below) surfacing on the internet:

I have been asked to remove the PDF from public sight while the leak is being investigated. Too bad that my first and only phonecall from Olympus was so negative. But we will know in a few days, at least it looks like the camera is going to hit the shelves very soon now. I’m am already putting money aside for it myself.

(Source: 4-3system.com)

If anything, it sounds like this adds some legitimacy to the .PDF that some folks were originally skeptical of.

ORIGINAL POST: Olympus E-P1 has left the building. It appears that the goods on the Olympus E-P1 (apparently, that is the going name) has made its way to the Internet from a European Business Meeting presentation in .PDF form. The .PDF file has popped up on a number of sites. It looks like the source points back to a post by forum user “noone” over at fourthirdsphoto.com. (via 4-3system.com). Here’s a direct link to the .pdf file *it’s 14MB. (via fourththirdsphoto.com). I’ll try to keep current with the developments on this page.

Now for the good stuff from the presentation:

E-1 customers’ are expecting:

More pixels and less noise

Fastest AF and more AF points

More accurate AE

Larger LCD monitor

Faster burst rate

Higher shutter speed and flash sync. speed

Built-in flash

Wireless flash control capability

Live View capability with swivel monitor

Image stabilization

Nikon D200 / 30D customers are not satisfied with:

95% coverage finder

No sensor dust solution

Expensive images stabilized VR / IS lenses

No built-in wireless flash control (30D)

No splash-proof body (30D)

Main Specifications

World most effective anti-shake system (Max. 5 Steps)

10 MP High Speed Live MOS (5fps)

Live View with multi angel LCD

(SAT, White Balance & Exposure Compensation)

Dust reduction (SSWF)

Splash proof body

Wireless flash control in 3 groups

High speed shooting capability

(5fps, 1/8000, X=1/250

Big Viewfinder image with 100% coverage

Bigger finder magnification (x1.15) with full coverage ratio (100%)

AF performance

Quicker and more accurate World

quickest with SWD lenses

11 points

All cross sensor (D200/30D just

Center point)

Better low light performance –

2EV@ISO100 (D200 -1EV, 30D, –

0.5 EV)

Better continuous AF

Nikon D200 / 30D customers are not satisfied with:

95% coverage finder

  • Olympus provides 100% coverage and bigger finder

No sensor dust solution

  • Olympus provides the most effective dust reduction system

Expensive image stabilized VR / IS lenses

  • Olympus provides the body built-in image stabilizer available for all lenses

No built-in wireless flash control (30D)

Canon customers have to buy a bulky hot-shoe clipping wireless controller unit for wireless applications

No splash-proof body (30D)

E-P1 – “Capture qualified Images under any situations”

“World most effective Anti-Shake performance”

  • Photographers can take sharp images with slower shutter speed, or under darker situation, they have not taken before.

World quickest precise AF performance

  • Sharply captured every moment.

Live View

  • New shooting style also thanks to multi angle LCD.

“Dust Reduction System and Splash & Dust Proof Body

  • …performance is proved by E-1

“Big VF & Wireless Flash Control

  • For perfect control

E-P1, a camera made for professionals!

Perfect product, with a lot benefits to competition.

“Let’s promote and enjoy top down effect to E-410 & E-510 and accessory sales.”

E-P1 based on Four Thirds

Main benefits

Specifically designed for digital photography

Maximises the performance of image sensors and lenses

Flange back ratio allows thinner construction of the body

As of today the widest real digital lens line up exist on the market

Allows use of smaller, lighter lenses with same angle of view as 35mm lenses

Full wide-angle capacity because of newly developed standard

Dust reduction system planned into design

Secure investment due to future-oriented technology

Open standard ensures cross-manufacturer inter-changeability Olympus, Panasonic, Leica & Sigma with products


Latest status of local sales start in November

OPR & Press event planned around Mid October

Final confirmation from OT by end June

NEW Zuiko Digital Lenses

Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm f2,8-4,0 SWD (Equiv. 24-120mm)

  • Faster Autofocus
  • Pro Lens
  • October 2007

Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm f2,0 SWD (Equiv. 28-70mm)

  • Top Pro Lens
  • Spring 2008

Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm f2,8-3,5 SWD (Equiv. 100-400mm)

  • Faster Autofocus
  • Pro Lens
  • Nocember 2007


Tele converter EC-20 for double telepower

  • October 2007


Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm f4,0-5,6 (Equiv. 140-600mm)

  • Faster Autofocus
  • Standard Lens
  • October 2007

In short, I’m impressed and will certainly be thinking a little more about Olympus as a real contender in the future.

As always, I’ll keep you posted when more word comes down the line.

UPDATE 7/17/07: Via 1001 Noisy Cameras:

ImagingInsider reports that Olympus is officially denying releasing the presentation of what became the “leaked E-P1 files”. Of course if you parse the sentence of the Olympus rep, he is only denying that Olympus (officially) released the presentation, which is true.

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