updated 06:40 pm EDT, Tue October 16, 2007
Olympus E-3 debuts
Olympus has officially taken wraps off the E-3, its new flagship digital SLR, which replaces the E-1 DSLR. Image quality is rooted in a 10-megapixel Live MOS image sensor with "TruePic III" digital processing and in-body mechanical image stabilization, while Olympus claims 5 frames-per-second continuous shooting, and 1/8000 second top shutter speed. Combined with the Zuiko Digital Specific SWD 12-60mm (24-120mm Equivalent) Lens (priced at $1000), Olympus claims the E-3 delivers the industry's fastest AutoFocus speeds. Image preview is accomplished via a dual-axis swivel 2.5-inch LCD with real-time image monitoring of white balance and exposure. Olympus also claims that the E-3's sealed magnesium alloy chassis is completely splash-proof and dust-proof and that the shutter mechanism will last for 150,000 exposures. The camera accepts both CompactFlash Type I & II, UDMA, Microdrives and xD-Picture Cards.
Alongside the E-3, Olympus has introduced the FL-50R and FL-36R: two new wireless electronic flashes with rotary heads that can be rotated in four directions. The E-3 can control up to three wireless flashing groups independently.
The Olympus E-3 Digital SLR will be available in November 2007 for a suggested price of $1700. The FL-50R will carry a price of $500, and the FL-36R $300.