Olympus has launched its new flagship D-SLR – the Olympus E-system E-3 ($2,499) manufactured especially for professionals and advanced photography enthusiasts who need advanced features and a sturdy design.
Available in retail stores from November, the new E-3 offers users a combination of high picture quality, total system mobility and rugged reliability, according to Olympus.
The camera also offers high speed performance for sequential shooting at 5 frames/sec and high speed shutter of up to 1/8000 sec.
A built-in image stabilisation mechanism is also present, boasting a compensation range of up to 5 EV steps, an advanced 10.1 megapixel High Speed Live MOS Sensor, and TruePic III image processing engine.
A Live View function uses a dual-axis flexible-angle HyperCrystal LCD monitor with free horizontal and vertical swiveling, while a large optical viewfinder with 100 per cent field-of-view is included.
A Dust Reduction System and a dust- and splashproof thixomold magnesium alloy body help the unit withstand use in challenging professional shooting conditions.
The unit can be purchased with one of three interchangeable lenses for the following prices:
– Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD $1,499
– Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 SWD $1,599
– Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm F2.0 SWD $3,499
Incorporating Olympus’ newly developed, industry-leading Supersonic Wave Drive (SWD), these lenses offer quiet, ultra-fast auto focusing.
Available accessories optimised for use with the E-3 include the Olympus Zuiko Digital 2x Telconverter EC-20 – an ultra compact, high-performance teleconverter lens capable of doubling the focal length of the master lens, electronic flashes, eye cups and a power battery holder for the Olympus E-system.
Customers will also gain access to Olympus DSLR technology experts with the introduction of the new Olympus E-Pro professional support service.