Olympus Refreshes PEN Range

For the past few weeks there had been rumours of a new Olympus PEN model coming but today Olympus took many by surprise by announcing 3 new cameras in essence refreshing their entire PEN range. All three of the new cameras share the 12.3MP Live MOS sensor and boast improved autofocus. In brief the new cameras are:

  • Olympus PEN E-P3 – replacement for the E-P2 now with built in flash and higher resolution (614k) touchscreen
  • Olympus PEN E-PL3 – replacement for the E-PL2 now with flip out LCD screen
  • Olympus PEN E-PM3 – tiny new model aimed at broader consumer market

In addition to the new cameras Olympus have launched two new fast prime lenses. The first is the M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 and the second the M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8.

Now as many of you know, I like the Sony NEX-5 and use it regularly, however the competition in this mirrorless market is getting very hot and the launch of these new lenses make the Micro Four Thirds system far more appealing for me personally than the NEX mount is offering right now. Sony will need to ramp up that NEX lens road map ASAP if they are going to keep the great momentum they kicked off with.