Olympus E-P3 arrived today.

Olympus E-P3 14-42mm lens

Well it's here. And its gorgeous. To my eyes the best looking camera ever. Great to hold.

Olympus E-P3 14-42mm lens

The kit zoom is MUCH nicer. Better made, looks great, no telescope extension and a really solid feel. Very nice indeed. I normally sell these off really quickly on ebay, but this ones staying. Seem to perform exactly the same however.

Olympus E-P3 14-42mm lens

QUICK IMPRESSIONS.

Yes the AF is fast. Who knows whether its the fastest, but it feels instant to me, even going from near to infinity. 

The OLED screen is very good also. Very clear and sharp. Haven't used it in sunlight yet, so will report back on that. However, it functions perfectly, horizontally and vertically with polarised sunglasses. Hooray!!

Touch screen works very well. Instant focusing and taking the picture with only the slightest touch. However carrying it means you take lots of pictures as you're walking along, since the merest brush against my clothes meant it took a picture. Street photographers take note. The ultimate stealth camera.

Did I mention it looks gorgeous.

None of my previous leather cases fit it. However its sits very nicely inside my Zhou Leica M9 case.

Images quality looks much the same as previous Pens. However I need to check this out.

BUT - the colour has definitely been tweaked. Very saturated. Finally camera manufacturers are realising that the real world is full of rich colour. These images are both full of colour but they are realistic also.

Olympus E-P3 14-42mm lens

Olympus E-P3 14-42mm lens

Olympus E-P3 14-42mm lens
Olympus E-P3 14-42mm lens

Removeable grip is interesting.

The battery hardly lasts anytime at all.

The bundled software - Olympus Viewer is just about the worst I've ever used. Truly dreadful. Please hurry up Adobe and release the next version of ACR.

Menus are slightly better, more like the E-PL1/2. Manual focusing is easier, uses the same method as the EPL's. 

It looks gorgeous.

More as I use it. 

My 12mm f/2 arrives Monday as well so that will be good.

More later - In the meantime here's some more camera porn!

Olympus E-P3 14-42mm lens

Olympus E-P3 14-42mm lens