Another week, another tiny interchangeable lens camera. The Olympus PEN E-P3 Camera ($900) is the latest entrant into this increasingly crowded market, and packs a 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor, the new TruePic VI processor, an all-new FAST AF Tracking System with 35 focus points, 1080i HD video recording, ISO up to 12,800, and a 3-inch OLED touch screen for viewing all those masterpieces. DSLR, it's time to break out the bottle again.
In a recent interview with Uncrate, the DSLR made its feelings known about the rising number of small, interchangeable lens cameras. Below is an excerpt from that talk.
"Doesn't anyone like big, heavy, highly-capable cameras anymore? All these new models are stealing my lens-swapping mojo while pushing around my longtime buddy, the point-and-shoot. Take the Pentax Q Camera ($800), for instance. It claims to be the world's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera — proud little prick — with a 12.4 megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor that it no doubt stole off one of my cousins, full Aperture/Shutter Priority and Manual modes, 1080p HD recording, 5 frames-per-second shooting, a Shake Reduction system, and 3-inch LCD. Well whoop-de-doo! Does it know how long I've worked to make all that possible? Does it even care? Effin' thing will probably end up outselling me someday. I need a drink."
We've seen the standard edition, and we've seen it in titanium. Now it's time to see it go undercover. The Leica M9P ($TBA) brings the 18 megapixel, full-frame 24 x 36mm sensor, 80-2500 ISO range, 1/4000 of a second shutter speed, full metal housing, and 2.5-inch monitor of the original to bear in a generally unmarked model, replacing the signature front red dot with a logogram on the top deck, and adding a sapphire crystal covering for the LCD. Available in unobtrusive silver or even more stealthy black.