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Olympus Launches Powerful E-3 Digital SLR

When it comes to digital SLR cameras, Olympus is a well known manufacturer that is polishing its reputation by unveiling the new E-3 DSLR, complete with 10 megapixels and the fastest auto-focusing speed available.

Digital Journal — Available in late November for just under $2,000, the E-3 is the successor to Olympus‘s popular E-1 camera.

This time around, a new range of lenses gives the E-3 the world’s fastest auto-focusing speed yet, Olympus claims. Other features include 5fps continuous shooting, 1/8000 second top shutter speed, “TruePic III” digital processing, and the Live-MOS view sensor chip.

The latter feature lets users see how a picture will look before taking it to the LCD screen, displaying what exposure or colour-balance changes will look like. Also, built-in image stabilization allows shake-free photos in dark areas or with long telephoto lenses.

Olympus wants to make sure the adventurous photographer has a durable DSLR to take along for the road trip. The E-3 has a patented ultrasonic technology to vibrate dust and other debris off the image sensor to ensure spot-free photos. As well, a strong magnesium chassis is sealed to make it splash-proof.

John Knaur, senior marketing manager, Digital SLR, Olympus Imaging America, said in a press release:
Olympus continues to innovate by producing cameras of the highest quality with breakthrough technology. The new E-3 will satisfy the pro-level needs of our customers with incredible AF speed, superior image quality due, in part, to In-body Mechanical Image Stabilization that stabilizes all lenses attached to the camera, and a durable body to capture it all.
The E-3 isn’t the only Olympus camera for shutterbugs to slobber over this year. The company also released a line of Stylus 790 SW cameras, known to be waterproof, freezeproof, and employing face detection software. For the photographer in love with close-ups, Olympus offered the SP-560 Ultra Zoom which boasts an impressive 18x optical zoom. And finally, the ultra-portable FE-300 sports a 12-megapixel image sensor and technology to let users eliminate blur on photos after they have taken them.

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