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Olympus Announces Three New PENs: the E-P3, E-PL3, and E-PM1


Olympus unveiled a boatload of Micro Four Thirds gear this morning, including three new PEN cameras, two new prime lenses, and a flash. All three cameras pack a 12.3 megapixel sensor with ISO that goes up to 12,800, a speedy new autofocus system (the “world’s fastest”), and 1080i HD video recording. The E-P3 (shown above), the flagship camera of the PEN line, features an all-metal body, a pop-up flash, and an OLED touchscreen. It’ll cost you $900 when it’s out in August 2011.

E-PL3 (AKA PEN Lite)

The E-PL3, also called the PEN Lite, has a small compact-camera-sized body and a tilting 3-inch LCD screen. No word on price yet.

E-PM1 (AKA PEN Mini)

The E-PM1, also called the PEN Mini, differentiates itself by being available in six colors (purple, pink, brown, white, silver and black) and by featuring a simplified UI and streamlined button structure on its small body. No word on this one’s price either.

2 Lenses and 1 Flash

Olympus also announced the M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 ($400), the M.Zuiko ED 12mm f/2 ($800), and the FL-300R flash ($170). The 45mm will be available starting September 2011, while the other two are available now.