Originally Posted by zijon
It's a matter of taste. But I like the sound of E-3. It's a kind of classical SLR sound - short, clear, without mechanical rattles or electronic whistles. However, it's not so silent as I've expected. E-510 sounds not so clear, but the sound of E-1 is very unique - a kind of shy.
Honestly, the E-3 sound is refined in it's own way, just not as refined as the E-3. Having top operate almost twice as fast, I think Olympus' engineers were up against trying to retain the same kind of sound as the E-1.
But soon you will be able to compare it to, say, a Sony Alpha A700 - I have a review sample arriving next week
Audio aside, this will be a stern test for the E-3. The A700 I tried at the launch a few weeks ago had impressive image quality, especially at high ISOs.