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Olympus E-PL3 Coming This September

With Sony having released its entry level DSLRs: the alpha-nex 3D ad alpha-nex 5D, Electronics rival Olympus has also planned to release a camera having features both of a compact camera and a DSLR. Therefore, Olympus announced its interchangeable lens camera, the Olympus E-PL3 in June. But no information was provided regarding the price and release date of the unit.

Now, Olympus has at least announced the month of its arrival in the US which is September 2011. The camera will feature a 12.3 megapixel sensor with an interchangeable lens capability, a Live MOS sensor, TruePic VI image processors and an ISO ceiling of 12,800.

It will also feature an enhanced auto-focus system and will be capable of recording 1080p HD videos. Instead of an OLED touchscreen which most of the upcoming cameras are featuring, it will have a 3″ 16:9 aspect ratio tilted LCD supporting a resolution of 480*320 pixels.

Unfortunately, the camera doesn’t feature a built-in flash which renders it useless for casual photography at night unless you hook up an external flash on top of it. Since it is an interchangeable lens camera, we can hope it to come bundled with either a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens or 17mm pancake prime lens.

Olympus has also introduced a 3D imaging mode which behaves much alike Panorama Sweep Mode of Sony’s Alpha-Nex line in which the user holds the camera button while sweeping across the scenery so that the camera captures images with different angles. These images are then internally combined by the camera giving a 3D view. For storage, either the SDHC or SDXC card types can be used.

All in all, the camera looks quite promising but obviously some features look lousy. So if you are not a “Die Hard” Olympus fan, you can wait for a few months as better mirror-less units are coming this fall. Check out the video for a closer look.


Photo Courtesy of imaging
Photo Courtesy of imaging