Pictures and news of the Olympus E-3, the very long-awaited replacement for the pro E-1, have just begun to filter on to the World Wide Web. (That demo lens is a 12–60mm.) I'm afraid I don't know the official embargo date for the announce- ment, but we're probably getting close now.
Here are some of the features you can expect:
- 10 MP with greatly improved high-ISO performance
- In-body IS that Olympus claims will surpass any yet seen (it claims up to 5 stops)
- Pop-up flash with wide-angle coverage
- Articulated LCD with live view
- Wireless flash control
- Sensor dust-reduction (as on E-1)
- Improved AF that Olympus says will be appreciably faster than the D200 or 30D
- 100%, 1.15X viewfinder with –3 to +1 diopter
- Splash- and dust-resistant body construction (as good as E-1)
Also, there are four new Supersonic Wave lenses planned and a compact 2X converter. The lenses include a 14–35mm ƒ/2 that will be available next Spring and a 12–60mm ƒ/2.8–4 due in October.
(Despite the "pro" label, Olympus expects the E-3 to compete with the Canon 40D and Nikon D300, so look for roughly comparable pricing.)
Estimate on the hands-on press event is October, with shipping to begin probably in November.
Mike (Thanks to Carl)