Are interchangeable lens cameras the next trend? Quite possibly.
Almost every major camera manufacturer has introduced to the public their entry into the compact ILS market (with the exception of two giants who still haven’t joined the game or simply refuse to do so).
Olympus today announced three new systems to be added to their PEN series: E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1.
One of the highlighted improvements is a quicker autofocus system, dubbed by the company as the “world’s fastest”, which seems to be the path that most manufacturers are following nowadays. Olympus also showcases a new user interface for its touchscreen display and maximum ISO’s that reach up to 12,800.
All three systems feature 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensors, image stabilization within the bodies, 1080i video, and 3D capabilities. Numerous creative “Art Filters” are also added, providing users alternative methods of shooting. They will also be packaged with kit lenses: either the MSC M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm II R f3.5/5.6 Zoom Lens or the MSC M. Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f2.8 Prime Lens.
These three cameras are scheduled to be released in August, and should reach the Philippines soon, with an approximate retail price of Php 39,000.