A few weeks ago, we had a close encounter with the Olympus PEN E-PL3, a mid-range micro 4/3 digital camera with a slim body and a swivel screen that increase your comfort when shooting from above your head, or below your waist. Many users got excited and were anxiously waiting to know about the pricing the upcoming damage to their wallets.

This is now official: the PEN E-PL3 will come out in September with a $699.99 price in two possible kit lenses: 1/ the 14.42mm lens with its super-fast and silent autofocus. 2/ a 17mm compact “pancake” lens. Interestingly, the f-stop of those lenses was not mentioned, but it should be f3.5-5.6 and f2.8, respectively.

This price is very similar to its competitor, the Panasonic GF3 that we reviewed recently. Which one do you prefer?

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