*Holiday Gift Guide* Olympus Pen E-P3

Get the professional photos without the big bulky camera this holiday. Easy enough for the everyday shots and functional enough for a professional look to your photos. Olympus PEN series has already been a must have camera line since first launch in 2010. Now Olympus has introduced three new models, just in time for the holiday season. Our favorite, the PEN E-P3. The Olympus PEN line is best known for its range of interchangeable lenses, accessories and strobes that are compatible to support all different types of photography needs.

The Olympus PEN E-P3 has reportedly the world’s fastest auto focus (great for those non-posed moments), built-in creative features such as ten in-camera Art Filters), and a new OLED touch screen in a classic, all-metal body with fully advanced controls. What I like best is the Art Filters can be used in video mode as well as photo mode. For low light photos are now a click away with an increased ISO sensitivity to 12,800. From portraits to sunset shots, the E-P3 is equipped with 23 Scene-Select modes for effortless picture taking, including Fireworks, Sunset, Children, Macro and Panorama, to name a few. There are even three scene modes that are specific to shooting with Olympus’ conversion lenses to optimize the performance of those lenses.The camera also has a built in flash with wireless flash capabilities as well.

The camera shoots up to 29 minutes of 1080i HD video and stereo sound in either AVCHD or AVI formats. A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just the press of a button. 3D is all the rage lately so of course Olympus has added it. By simply selecting the 3D Photo Mode, releasing the shutter, and slowly panning, the camera will automatically take a second image from a slightly different perspective. The 3D data is processed in-camera resulting in an .MPO file, the universal industry 3D format, for easy display on 3D televisions or laptops.

You can learn more about the line at: http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1573&page=overview

Price: $899.99

Key features:
3-inch screen, 614K pixel OLED touchscreen;
High speed Imager;
AF2-1/4000 seconds shutter speed;
10+ scene selections;
200-12,800 ISO Sensitivity;
321 grams(body weight only);
12.3 megapixel;
Live MOS Sensor;
True Pic VI Image Processor.

Body Colors Available: black, white and silver color.