Olympus has announced today the VF-3 electronic viewfinder for the popular Micro Four Thirds Pen series. Although I've not seen it I have an E-P3 on my desk with the VF-2 attached and the new finder looks to have a lower (smaller) profile. As can be seen from the images below, there's a large diopter control, but a new feature is the addition of a hotshoe lock to prevent inadvertent detachment. There's no word on resolution, but it will retail for $236 (as a rate conversion) / £179.99 / 204 Euros inc VAT from mid-August.
Olympus PEN family gets new electronic viewfinder
High power, high res - VF-3 viewfinder enhances new PEN camera range
London, 27 July 2011 – Olympus has launched a new high-resolution electronic viewfinder
to boost the imaging power of its stylish PEN Micro Four Thirds cameras – the new PEN
(E-P3), PEN Lite (E-PL3) and PEN mini (E-PM1). The VF-3 offers a 100% field of view and
more than four times the resolution of rival electronic viewfinders for comparable cameras,
so it’s ideal for capturing high-zoom close-ups in excellent picture quality. Compact, lightweight
and just as sleek as a PEN camera, the VF-3 tilts up to 90° making it easy to shoot movies
and stills from tricky angles, even in difficult light.
The VF-3 is available from mid-August 2011 for £179.99.