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Old 09-12-2011, 11:30 PM
Jason Dunn
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Default Engadget Takes on the Olympus PEN E-P3

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/29/olympus-pen-e-p3-micro-four-thirds-camera-review/' target='_blank'>http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/29/...-camera-review/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Olympus' PEN line has been a beautiful one from the start, but one that found itself out of consideration for many due to the poor value proposition. Even the newest PEN E-P3 isn't a bargain; at $900 with a somewhat versatile 14-42mm lens, it's well north of most entry-level DSLRs, and on-par with many mid-rangers. So, is it really worth splurging on a slightly more compact frame, devilishly good looks and "the world's fastest autofocus system?" Read on for our take."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1315365582.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>As a Panasonic GF-1 owner, I've found myself peering over the fence and looking at the Olympus micro 4/3rds cameras lately. I've been looking for an upgrade to my GF-1, but the direction that Panasonic is going with the GF series isn't very appealing to me. I like the manual controls and buttons; I don't want just a point and shoot camera with a better sensor. One thing's for sure though: the above image showing a small body camera with a large lens is the kind of thing I want to avoid.</p><p>I'd actually be happy to give up the ability to change lenses entirely if I could get a camera like the GF-1 that had a slender 18mm to 55mm focal range (or thereabouts). Yeah, I know, I should just buy a Nikon P7100 or a Canon G12...</p>
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