Olympus E-P3 Review

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Olympus E-P3 ReviewThe Olympus E-P3 is the third-generation flagship camera in the Olympus Pen line of Micro Four Thirds format mirrorless, interchangeable lens cameras. It has a 12-megapixel Live MOS sensor, seriously improved auto focus, full HD video, a beautiful OLED (organic light emitting diode) touchscreen display, a solid metal body and pro-level exposure controls. The Olympus Pen system has matured considerably since the E-P1 was introduced in the summer of 2009. The lens selection has and there are now ten dedicated Olympus Micro Four Thirds lenses, including three fast primes. There are also a whole bunch of non-Olympus Micro Four Thirds lenses available now. I’ve been using the Olympus pen cameras since they were first introduced and I think the new sensor, OLED display, faster auto focus and refined design make the Olympus E-P3 the best Pen camera yet. If you like E-P3 but it’s out of your price range or you want a smaller camera, read this review anyway because the Olympus E-PL3 and E-PM1 have the same processing and sensor so their image quality and basic performance will be the same.

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Above Riva del Garda, Italy - Olympus E-P3

    Olympus E-P3 Pros

  • Image quality is very nice to ISO 800
  • Beautiful 3-inch touchscreen OLED display
  • 1920 x 1080 AVCHD full HD video with built-in stereo sound
  • Sturdy metal body
  • Separate aperture and shutter speed control dials
  • Built-in pop-up flash
  • Wireless flash operation with selected Olympus flashes
  • Sophisticated in-camera Art Filters
    Olympus E-P3 Cons

  • Easy to accidentally trigger touchscreen display
  • Continuous auto focus not very good
  • 3 frames-per-second burst is slow
  • Some color issues
  • A bit short on detail for serious landscape photography
  • No eye-level viewfinder
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Street Price: $850 with 14-42mm kit lens

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Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of PhotographyREVIEW.com 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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