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Olympus E-P3, E-PL3, and E-PM1 Micro Four Thirds cameras: specs, pricing, and release dates

Olympus' new E-P3, E-PL3, and E-PM1 boast 1080p video, swappable lenses, and touchscreens.

  • Joanna Stern

    Aug 25, 2011

    Joanna Stern

    Olympus PEN Mini (E-PM1) pricing announced

    Olympus E-PM1
    Olympus E-PM1

    And pricing on the last of Olympus' new micro thirds cams is in -- the PEN E-PM1 or PEN Mini will be hitting in September for $499.95. That's $400 cheaper than the company's halo E-P3, but the smaller body and lack of an OLED display (it's just a regular touchscreen LCD) obviously shaves off some cash. Still, you get a 12.3 megapixel sensor, 1080p video recording, and the ability to swap out the 14-42mm kit lens for the variety in Olympus's lineup. Check out the press release below and the full specs in the database. 

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  • Joanna Stern

    Aug 25, 2011

    Joanna Stern

    Olympus debuts trio of new PEN Micro Four Thirds cameras

    Olympus E-P3
    Olympus E-P3

    Olympus last updated its flagship PEN line of Micro Four Thirds shooters in November of 2009 with the E-P2, and today the company has announced its successor, the E-P3. Although it uses the same 12.3 megapixel sensor as its predecessor, the E-P3 ups the ante with 1080p video recording, an OLED touchscreen to work in conjunction with a revamped UI, and what Olympus claims is the "world’s fastest autofocus," all while dropping the price to a solid $900. The E-P3 stands strong against competitors like the Panasonic GF3. While the GF3 lacks a hotshoe, it’s priced lower (at $700), but the E-P3 takes the cake with a max ISO of 12,800, which should allow for some serious low-light shooting. Sony’s NEX-C3, another player, has an ISO cap of 12,800 as well, but is stuck shooting video at 720p.

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