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by PhotoVideoOnline on 11/11/2011

Olympus E-P3

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  • Stylish design with metal finish
  • 3-inch OLED touchscreen display for brilliant playback of stills and movies from all angles
  • Available in 3 colours (white, silver, black)
  • Interchangeable grip for a personalised fit and comfortable handling
  • Neatly integrated pop-up flash system

Review | Olympus E-P3 Digital PEN Micro 4/3 Interchangeable Lens Camera
The Olympus E-P3 is the third incarnation of the market-shaking Olympus E-P line. Back when the original and beautiful Olympus E-P1 was first released, the camera sold like hotcakes as it was basically one of the first ‘retro’ inspired designs that offered the convenience and technology of digital, while retaining the character of an old Japanese rangefinder camera.
November, 2011
Olympus PEN E-P3 Review
The Olympus PEN E-P3 is the flagship Micro Four-Thirds SLD from Olympus. This digital camera is built around a 12 megapixels Four-Thirds sensor with a maximum ISO of 12800, unlimited 3 FPS full-resolution output and 1080p HD video capability. It features built-in image stabilization, dual control-dials and a dual-axis digital level. The E-P3 is a relatively compact ILC with an interchangeable hand-grip, a built-in popup flash and a hot-shoe with an accessory port which supports an optional add-on EVF.
November, 2011
Olympus E-P3
The Olympus E-P3 is the follower of the E-P2 and E-P1, the first Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras that were offered as “retro style cameras”. The E-P3 offers the same image sensor as the E-P2, with a nominal resolution of 12MP, but the E-P3 uses a newly developed image processor unit called “TruePic VI” plus offers some enhancements in the AF-speed. The automatic focusing system is really fast and showed a very good performance during our tests. In addition it has some special modes like “AF tracking mode”, which will help both photographers and videographers.
October 18, 2011
Olympus E-P3 Review
Three months before its official release the photographic press caught its first sight of this new model. This was paralleled by close looks at two related models, near-identical in specs, but differing radically in appearance: welcome also to the Lite E-PL3 and Mini E-PM1.
Olympus considers the E-P3 to be the flagship model of its PEN series of new generation system cameras. It uses the Micro Four Thirds series of interchangeable lenses and is available in silver and black.

October, 2011
Olympus E-P3 review
In August I was sent the Olympus Pen E-P3 to review for Cameralabs. The camera arrived just as I was about to leave for a holiday in the South of France so, rather than a full review, I thought it would be interesting to use the camera while I was on holiday and report back here on how I got on with it. So rather than the usual in-depth report, this is more of a diary including my personal likes and dislikes about various aspects of the E-P3's handling and performance. I've also including a page of results showing the noise levels across the ISO range.
September, 2011
Olympus PEN E-P3
The E-P3 is the flagship model of three PEN-series cameras announced by Olympus at the end of June. The 12.3-megapixel sensor from previous PEN models continues in all three cameras, which differ in body size, appearance and functionality. The E-P3 introduces a number of enhancements, among them the addition of a built-in flash and refinements to the autofocusing system, thanks largely to a new, more powerful image processor.
September, 2011
Nikon D5100 vs. Olympus E-P3: Which Camera Is Best For Bloggers?
Are you looking for a digital camera that does a better job of taking pictures than your smartphone or point-and-shoot camera? When you’re a blogger looking to step up, it’s probably a good idea to get a digital SLR camera. But maybe there’s another way to approach this.
We selected a new midrange digital SLR, the Nikon D5100, and compared it to the latest “Micro Four Thirds” camera, an Olympus PEN E-P3. Both represent the best of breed, with the Nikon holding court in the lower end of DSLRs, and the Olympus the latest sensation in the Micro Four Thirds camp.

August 21, 2011
Olympus PEN E-P3 Mini Review
My first thought was that it’s brilliant of Olympus to give photographers a choice in the kit lens. Most people will pick the 14-42 F/3.5-5.6 zoom. But I think the better choice is the 17mm F/2.8. The zoom (which I previously tested with the E-P1) is a good but not great lens. The 17mm lens (which has an effective focal length of 34mm on the 2x E-P3 sensor) promises to be much better. No matter which lens you select, the price is the same – $899. I wish more camera companies would adopt this idea and give you a choice of kit lens. Way to go Olympus.
August 20, 2011
Which One? Sony NEX C3 vs Olympus EP3
The Sony NEX C3 (or NEX-C3 and NEXC3) is a hot new camera; but so is the Olympus EP3 (or E-P3, E P3, EP 3, and EP-3). In the world of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, these two are currently amongst the choices of many users. Whether you want a DSLR alternative, a smaller camera with more power, or a camera for street photography, you may be confused as to which one to purchase. This post will hopefully clear things up.
August 19, 2011
This 12 megapixel micro four thirds camera is an upgrade, and a massive down-price, from the E-P2. Olympus claim that the new body-lens combination provides the fastest auto-focus in the business. The LCD is now a 640k dot touch screen with the touch-focus-shoot function as used on the Panasonic compact system cameras. Image stabilisation is by sensor shift. There is an optional electronic viewfinder that we could live with. There is both an in-built pop-up flash and a flash shoe, but the shoe is used by the EVF so you can’t have both external flash and EVF at the same time. Auto bracket is up to seven frames which will appeal to the HDR brigade. Movie is full HD 1920X1080. Body construction is excellent and the form is gorgeous retro. There is a set of art filters that is moderately useful.
August 17, 2011
Olympus E-P3 vs Panasonic GF3 vs Sony NEX-5 vs Samsung NX11
All of these cameras fit into the mirrorless compact system camera category and feature Digital SLR sized sensors, but by removing the mirror from the camera, they offer much more compact sizes, and also new lens mounts to match the sensor.
Panasonic and Olympus both use Micro Four Thirds sensors (size 17.3 x 13mm - the same size as used in Four Thirds DSLRs) and Micro Four Thirds lens mounts, meaning you have a choice of Olympus and Panasonic lenses. Samsung and Sony use APS-C sized sensors (size 23.4x15.6mm - the same size as most DSLRs), and Samsung use the NX lens mount with 9 lenses available, and Sony use the E-Mount with 4 lenses available.
In this comparison we compare the four cameras, you can also read the full reviews of each camera here: Olympus PEN E-P3, Samsung NX11, Panasonic Lumix GF3, and Sony NEX-5.

August 17, 2011
Olympus PEN E-P3 Mirrorless Review
The Olympus PEN E-P3 is the newest Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus, and offers improvements in speed, focusing, image processing, video, built in flash, and even more, including a high resolution 3 inch touch screen. In fact, the camera's focusing is so fast, Olympus are claiming it's the world's fastest! Find out in our review how the camera performs.
August 12, 2011
Olympus E-P3 Review
The E-P3 is the latest flagship Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus. Allegedly featuring the world’s fastest auto-focus system, the Olympus E-P3 also offers a 12.3-megapixel High Speed Live MOS sensor, 610K dot OLED touch-screen, a pop-up flash and external flash hot-shoe, sensitivity settings of ISO 200-12800, 1080i/60fps high-definition video recording with stereo sound, built-in image stabilisation and 3fps continuous shooting. The Olympus E-P3 is available now in black, silver or white for £799 / $899 with the new 14-42mm kit zoom lens.
August 11, 2011
Olympus Pen E-P3 review - A top performer?
The latest Olympus Pen, the E-P3, adds some long-needed features to the series. While the first two E-P installments lacked a built in flash, the E-P3 finally delivers on this front. And any moans of slow autofocus from previous models should also now be banished thanks to the E-P3’s latest “FAST” (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) autofocus system - that claims to be the world’s fastest of any interchangeable lens camera.
August 9, 2011
Olympus E-P3 First Impressions Review
The Olympus E-P3 is the third model in the flagship Micro Four Thirds lineup known as PEN cameras, which got started with the E-P1. I’ve been using the Olympus E-P3 for a couple of days now and wanted to give you some of my initial thoughts on the new camera and why it’s the best PEN yet.
First of all, it’s fast.

August 6, 2011
The Olympus E-P3 Review. The new mirror-less flagship is a winner.
I can not believe I am sitting here writing a review for the new Olympus E-P3. Why? Well, it seems like just a few days go that I was writing about the E-P1 and then the E-P2, man…how time flies by!
Here we are with an E-P3 already and this time Olympus seems to have a semi-winner (more on that statement later). The camera has gone through some cosmetic changes, has gotten some speed enhancements, a couple of new”pro” style lenses, a touch screen OLED display, a built in flash, and a few other new things like high ISO capability and added Art filter effects. Olympus calls the sensor “new” but the image quality is just about exactly the same as the E-P1 and E-P2, so not so sure what the new sensor has added besides speed and higher ISO.

August 4, 2011
Tiny Camera Performs Like a Pro
Anyway, two new ones, from Sony and Olympus, set new records for speed and photo quality.
The big news about Olympus’s new flagship I.L.C., the PEN EP-3 ($900 with 3X zoom lens) is its speed, especially in focusing. In fact, Olympus’s testing shows that it focuses faster than real S.L.R.’s like the Canon Rebel and the Nikon D3100.

August 3, 2011
Olympus PEN E-P3 Review
A gorgeous camera for serious snappers with a penchant for the cooler things in life
Of course the Olympus PEN E-P3 isn’t an SLR. We all know that but we have to call it something. This third evolution of the interchangeable lens compact camera (see, micro-SLR is neater isn’t it?) has almost nailed the concept. Not quite, but it’s not far off.

August, 2011
Olympus PEN E-P3 in-depth review
The Olympus PEN E-P3 looks a lot like its forebears - not just the E-P1 and E-P2 but, just as significantly, the company's film era Pen F camera. Significantly because, in an age in which the major electronics giants are building their photographic presence, Olympus is one of only a handful of companies with genuine heritage to turn to. And, despite modern cameras making high image quality more accessible than ever, there is an undeniable reverence for the look and feel of 1960s cameras.
August, 2011
Olympus PEN EP-3 review
The EP-3 builds considerably on the strengths of its predecessors. As such, it’s a generously featured enthusiast-level camera that offers a good degree of user customisation while remaining easy enough for the novice user to get to grips with too. Image quality is the best we’ve yet seen from an Olympus PEN camera, with the new 14-42mm kit zoom producing crisp, sharp edges throughout the whole frame. That said, it loses a point overall on account of its high initial retail price - compared to other compact system cameras and even some enthusiast-level DSLRs, the EP-3 looks undeniably expensive. Still, if you're intent on buying one regardless, rest assured that you won't be disappointed by it.
July 31, 2011
Olympus PEN E-P3 review
Could the PEN really be mightier?
With its recent announcement of the PEN E-P3, E-PL3 (L standing for Lite) and the E-PM1 (M for Mini), however, Olympus has attempted to deal with this identity crisis as well as make a few other improvements.
While sharing the same basic specs, the three new models are designed to appeal to different users. The PEN E-P3 sits at the top of the range and caters for advanced users, the E-PL3 is in the middle for those perhaps looking to upgrade from a high-end compact model, while the E-PM1 (Mini) is for photographers who want a very a compact camera that accepts interchangeable lenses.

July 25, 2011
The Olympus PEN E-P3: Making Cameras Fun Again
As a long-time fan of Olympus’ Micro 4/3s series of cameras, I came to the E-P3 expecting good things. I was not disappointed. The camera is like Mini Cooper or a Smart car: it gets you where you need to go, you have fun on the way, and the resulting savings in size, bulk, and, in some ways, price makes it a great second camera for a DSLR buff or a great first camera for someone just getting started in the world of removable lens shooters.
July 22, 2011
Olympus Pen E-P3: Pricey, light, lots of controls
I've spent the last three weeks with the soon-to-be released Olympus Pen E-P3, the $899- with-lens successor to previous Pen digital cameras, which originally launched in 2009. The Pen offers Digital SLR-like controls (manual features, no shutter lag, inter-changeable lenses) in a smaller point-and-shoot-size body.
July 17, 2011
Olympus PEN EP-3: Micro Four-Thirds Is Starting to Get Good. Real Good.
The EP-3 could very well be the first camera that will satisfy the desires of the weekend photo hobbyist. The person who knows the difference between a zoom and a macro lens. Knows how to adjust ISO, exposure, and shutter speed accordingly. Is curious about HD DSLR video. Basically, they want to take relatively straight forward photos that look great and don't need the power of a full-bore DSLR. The EP-3 is for this person.
July 11, 2011
Olympus PEN E-P3 review
The latest Olympus PEN, the E-P3, arrives with the promise of the PEN Lite (E-PL3) and PEN Mini (E-PM1) also due in the not-so-distant future. It looks to be a PEN overhaul, with the E-P3 adding a much needed built-in flash gun, an updated AVCHD movie mode and, the biggest headline of them all, the world's fastest autofocus system. The E-P3 claims to even outdo DSLR autofocus speeds. Is the latest PEN true to its word, can it deliver performance like no other, and is this the best Compact System Camera yet? The What Digital Camera Olympus PEN E-P3 review reveals all...
July 11, 2011
High ISO Test: Olympus EP3 vs Canon 5D Mk II vs 7D
According to DXoMark, the Fuji X100 has an amazing sensor and it has been rated to be better than the Canon 5D Mk II and the 7D (correction: the 5D Mk II is still rated to be better). With the announcement of the Olympus EP3, I decided to put the camera against the two DSLRs myself. So how does the new internally developed sensor do against the mainstream giants?
July 9, 2011
How Fast Can the Olympus EP3 Focus?
The Olympus EP3 claims to be a faster focusing camera than even the likes of the Canon 1D Mk IV according to Olympus’ internal testing. I decided to put the little camera against the next best thing: the Canon 7D. The 7D has some beastly autofocus algorithms and is almost always reliable no matter what. Take a look at the video below and then check out our analysis.
July 8, 2011
Olympus PEN E-P3 Hands On Preview
The PEN range from Olympus has always been at the forefront of the micro four-thirds division, slowly chipping away at the barrage of entry-level DSLR users. The E-P3 is Olympus’ new flagship model, and with this they are not holding back.
July 8, 2011
Olympus PEN E-P3 vs Panasonic Lumix G3
The Olympus PEN E-P3 is the latest Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus, we thought it would be interesting to see how the new E-P3 compares to one of the most recent offering from Panasonic, the Lumix G3, and had the chance to shoot side by side.
July 5. 2011
Olympus PEN E-P3
Pros: Beautiful images and video. Fast performance. Improved autofocus speed over its predecessor. Built-in flash. Big, bright OLED touch screen.
Cons: Expensive. A bit heavy and slightly larger than its predecessor. No optical viewfinder. Touch screen interaction can be confusing.
Bottom Line: The Olympus PEN E-P3 Micro Four Thirds camera offers a pleasing mix of a smaller-than-SLR body, fast performance, and beautiful images, but for the best pictures possible you still need a true D-SLR.

July 5, 2011
Which One: Olympus EP-3 vs Olympus EP-2
As a proud owner of the Olympus EP-2 (E-P2, or EP2) and after having the Olympus EP-3 (also called the Olympus Pen, EP3, and E-P3) in my hands for a while, one wonders if it’s worth the upgrade. Sure, the Olympus EP-3 does much to make it stand out from its predecessor. However, some features may not be notable enough to current EP-2 owners. So is it really worth the upgrade?
July 5, 2011
DCRP Review: Olympus E-P3
The Olympus E-P3 ($899) may look like the E-P1 and E-P2 that came before it, but it sports some pretty significant changes. Olympus has addressed every complaint I had with the originals (and then some), making the E-P3 an interchangeable lens camera to be reckoned with.
July 2, 2011
Review: Olympus EP-3 (and 12mm F/2)
The Olympus EP-3 (or E-P3 or EP3) has been in my hands for a little bit over a week now thanks to the kind folks over at Olympus. They also sent over the gorgeous new 12mm F/2 (or 12mm F2) lens for review with the camera as well as the new kit lens. This review will not be the special field review that we do with many postings in a journalistic fashion, but instead it will be one super long and thorough review. With a list of defining new features to separate it from the predecessors and other cameras announced, does the EP-3 have what it takes to become a hit?
June 30, 2011
Olympus E-P3 Review
The E-P3 boasts one of the fastest auto focus systems available in a compact interchangeable lens camera. There's plenty to like about this third gen Pen.
Pros: Faster, DSLR-like AF, Compact and stylish, Art Filters
Cons: Some AF quirks, Dense menu system, Still some LCD lag with art filters

June 30, 2011
PDN Camera Review: Olympus PEN E-P3
At the head of the Olympus compact system camera (CSC) pack is the 12.3-megapixel E-P3, with several under-the hood improvements including a new image sensor and a new processing engine.
Faster performance—yes, it’s true—and full HD movie capture are only a few of the camera’s new features. Other highlights include a new 3-inch OLED semi-touch screen (more about this later), native ISO up to 12,800 for easier low light shooting and additional flexibility for Olympus’ trademark creative Art Filters.

June 30, 2011
Olympus PEN E-P3 Hands On Preview
The Olympus PEN E-P3 is the newest Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus, we were at the European launch of the camera, and were able to try out it's new features and new high speed focusing.
To anyone who's used the E-P1 or E-P2, the general design and feel of the camera will be very familiar, as the body is very solidly made, but with some subtle but useful improvements. The major improvement is the inclusion of a built in flash and the ability to change the grip on the camera - you have the choice of no grip, giving you the slimmest camera, a standard / medium sized grip, or a larger more substantial rubber grip. There are further more stylish grip options available as well.

June 30, 2011
Olympus Pen E-P3 hands-on
Should you join the Pen club?
Olympus has carved out a crafty little niche in the camera market with its trendy take on the compact mirrorless camera. Previous generations of Pen cameras were adopted for their looks as much as their size and portability.
The entry level DSLR however has always succeeded in outdoing the Olympus offerings, providing just that little bit more bang for your buck specs-wise. At first glance the E-P3 looks like it might just have caught up with the competition. All the functions are there; proper HD video, touchscreen, in-camera Art Filters and a decent ISO response.

June 30,2011
The Olympus E-P3 Review: Retro, Gorgeous and Powerful
The Olympus E-P3 (also known as the Olympus PEN, EP3 and EP-3) is the company's new flagship Micro Four Thirds camera, and offers a mountain of new changes and upgrades over the previous models. Have you ever had upgrader's envy? Most photographers often feel the need to upgrade when a brand new camera (or the successor to theirs) is announced. If you're already invested into the system, this may be the camera that you'll want to take a closer look at. If not, then perhaps you'll fancy the new 12mm f/2.0.
June 30, 2011
PEN E-P3 Digital Camera Review
The Olympus E-P3 is the latest flagship Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus and brings a number of new features to the table: a touch-enabled 610k-dot resolution OLED screen, an interchangeable grip, a lighting-quick contrast autofocus system, a new built-in flash, and the same retro styling we’ve come to know and love from Olympus E-P cameras. It still uses a slightly outdated 12-megapixel Live MOS image sensor, though, which leaves questions about its performance compared to the rest of the 2011 compact system market.
June 30, 2011
Olympus E-P3 (with 17mm f2.8 lens, Silver)
The good: The Olympus PEN E-P3 is an attractively designed camera that's now one of the fastest in its class.
The bad: Poor video quality and suboptimal default image settings aren't that great, so you really need to shoot raw to get good results at midrange to high ISO sensitivities.
The bottom line: While the Olympus PEN E-P3 shoots out in front of its class for performance and holds its own on features and design, it's a bit expensive and you'll need to tweak its JPEG settings to get the most out of its images.

June 29, 2011
Olympus PEN E-P3 Hands-on Preview
The Olympus PEN E-P3 looks a lot like its forebears - not just the E-P1 and 2 but, just as significantly, the company's film era Pen F camera. Significantly because, in an age in which the major electronics giants are building their photographic presence, Olympus is one of only a handful of companies with genuine heritage to turn to. And, despite modern cameras making high image quality more accessible than ever, there is an undeniable reverence for the look and feel of 1960s cameras.
June, 2011

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