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Olympus E-P3

Olympus E-P3 Pen Camera

The Olympus E-P3 Pen camera has been a big hit in 2011. It’s won a bunch of awards and it’s one of our favorite cameras this year. Although it’s about the size of a high-end compact camera, you can change the lenses and it has a larger sensor and digital SLR image quality. The E-P3 is a great alternative to a big DSLR – especially for outdoor and travel photographers. The performance is excellent, too. The auto focus is very quick (the fastest on the planet when it was announced), image quality is very good and it has a wonderful OLED touchscreen display. The Olympus E-P3 is highly recommended for anyone who’s considering buying a digital SLR or a high-end compact digital camera. Unless you need full-frame DSLR image quality or you’re a sports photographer and need continuous auto focus and high-speed burst, the E-P3 is an excellent camera.

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  • MSRP: $899 with 14-42mm kit lens
  • 12-megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • Interchangeable lenses with Micro Four Thirds lens mount
  • 1920 x 1280 full HD AVCHD video
  • 3-inch OLED touchscreen display with touch shutter and touch auto focus
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About the author: Photo-John

Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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  • thien says:

    The Canon S100 is officially on my christmas list!

  • Photo-John says:

    Happy to help siphon some money out of your wallet and stimulate the economy, Thien! :-)

  • OllieK says:

    How on earth could you guys not include the Canon SX230HS with a 14x zoom, image stabilization, HD video with mini HDMI out, and many more great features all for under $200 street price. Your overall selection is pretty lame considering the truly fabulous cameras out there. A few of your selections are just plain pathetic. Who is paying you off??

  • Photo-John says:

    I can’t help laughing a bit at your comment, Ollie. Diplomacy is not one of your skills, I guess. Still, thanks for the comment and thanks for mentioning the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS, which I actually own. And I agree with you – it is an awesome camera. That’s why I bought it. Pocket superzooms like the SX230 HS are actually my favorite kind of compact camera. I have been pushing them hard outside of this guide (my pocket superzoom camera guide) and I was disappointed I didn’t get to include one in this list. I did try to explain how I made my choices in the introduction. I only chose ten cameras and I based them on what was popular on the site and what is selling well on Amazon. No matter how I make a top cameras list I’m going to leave something out and someone is going to think its lame. That’s why I encouraged our readers – and you – to post their picks in the comments. That way you get to voice your opinion, tell me I’m lame and tell people what camera you think is best. So thanks for your contribution. And no – no one is paying us off :-)

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