Today I went to the PC Expo 2011 in PWTC. Those of you who have known me for some time knows that I go to trade fairs like this to take pictures of the product ambassadors. Well, this time around I was disappointed.
PC Expo is kinda small. It takes up only 2 halls in PWTC and one can breeze through the booths in about 30 minutes if you walk slowly. There's also not much in terms of PC to see. I saw only 2 notebook brands selling their products there. Other booths were selling mostly accessories like MP3/MP4 players and things like mouse or keyboards and Wi-Fi access points and/or routers and signal boosters.
Here are the gals' pics.
Above & below : Trend Micro gals.
Since there are not many gals to shoot, I did the next best thing! I shot pictures of some recent camera models from Olympus and Panasonic. Those of you who are looking to get a camera that can perform like a DSLR but don't want the size can take note. I present to you the Micro Four Thirds E.V.I.L. cameras. E.V.I.L. stands for Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lens.
I took a look at the Olympus PEN series there. Namely the E-PL1, E-PL2 and the just released E-P3.
Here's how the E-P3 looks like without a lens attached.
From left to right : The E-P3, the E-PL2 and the E-PL1
Here it is with the 14-42mm lens attached (picture above) and its size in an average adult's hand (picture below).
The E-P3 with its lens retracted for storage (picture below). Notice that when you want to shoot, the lens has to be extended as in the picture above.
Here's a shot of the E-PL1 below.
And above's a shot of the E-PL2 comparing it with my Sony 85mm f2.6 lens(on the left) which is one of the smallest lens in the Sony's DSLR stable.
Any of you who are interested the prices listed are as follows:
E-PL1 selling for RM 1.799 with the 14-42mm zoom lens.
RM 2,299 for a twin lens kit of 14-42mm and 40-150mm lens.
RM 3,099 for a super zoom lens of 14-150mm which is equivalent to a 28-300mm zoom in terms of a 35mm camera. That's a lot!
E-PL2 selling for RM 2,199 with a choice of the 14-42mm zoom or the 17mm pancake lens.
RM 2,699 for the twin lens kit of 14-42mm and 40-150mm lens.
The E-P3 is selling for around RM 3,000 for a 14-42mm lens. Pricey!
Panasonic is also in the E.V.I.L. camera race with their Lumix G2 and GF2 models
Here's a shot I took comparing it with the Sony NEX 3 (white cam on the left in shot below) which is Sony's entry in the E.V.I.L. range of cameras. Note that the lens on the the Sony NEX is not a native Sony NEX lens. It is a Sony Alpha DSLR lens mounted on the NEX using an adapter. That's the reason it appears so bulky.
In my humble opinion, the Olympus PEN series seemed to outperform the Panasonic Lumix G series. I noticed that the Olympus had better LCDs and the flash compensation control seemed to be better on the Olympus too. Then again I did not really spend a lot of time fiddling with the cams so do your own testing if you intend to buy.