Photos: Hands on at the Olympus E-3 launch

We got our hands on the forthcoming Olympus E-3 dSLR at a James Bond-themed event, giving us a closer look at one of the most feature-packed cameras we've ever seen

The Olympus E-3, which was announced back in October, promises to be one of the most feature-packed SLR cameras ever, and we were pretty excited to get our hands on one. Our introduction to the E-3 came in a secret hollowed-out volcano hideout yesterday. Well, a West London art studio, but hey, we're just trying to set the scene.

Olympus chose a James Bond theme for the event, as photographers got to grips with the E-3, an Aston Martin DB5, and a bevy of Bond beauties. Sixties iconmaker David Bailey also made an appearance.

The E-3's technology is bang-up-to-date, however. An optical image stabiliser detects horizontal and vertical motion and will stabilise all lenses compatible with the camera. Olympus claims up to five stops of leeway.

The E-3 packs a 10-megapixel Live MOS image sensor and a top speed of ISO 3,200, with the thinking handled by a new TruePic III processor.

Click through for more photos of the E-3. -Rich Trenholm

Update: Read our full Olympus E-3 review

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