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Olympus PEN E-P3 12.3 MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 14-42mm Zoom Lens (Black) (Old Model)

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  • 12.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • 3-inch OLED touchscreen
  • New TruePic VI image processor with Fine Detail Processing; fast AF tracking system
  • Capture full 1080 60i HD video
  • Low-light performance; AF Illuminator; built-in flash; ISO to 12,800
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • Battery Charger

Olympus PEN E-P3: Preview by dpreview.com

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Olympus has launched the E-P3, its fifth generation Micro Four Thirds camera. The P3 features a familiar-looking PEN body and revised 12MP sensor but almost every other aspect of the camera has changed. The latest flagship PEN features what the company claims to be the world's fastest AF-S performance, as well as a 614,000 dot VGA-equivalent OLED touch-sensitive screen and built-in flash. In addition it can shoot 1080i60 HD movies in the AVCHD format. We've been using the E-P3 for a while now and have prepared a full preview with studio and real-world sample images.

Read the full Olympus PEN E-P3 preview at dpreview.com


Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 2.7 x 4.8 inches ; 2.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0058PL9SO
  • Item model number: V204031BU000
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,468 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 29, 2011

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

CLASSIC STYLE. INCREDIBLE POWER. ARE YOU PEN READY?

E-P3 Image

Designed for photographers who want total control over their creative vision, the powerful PEN E-P3 delivers professional image quality, blazing FAST AF speed and an array of built-in creative features in a classic, ultra-portable design. Its large, 12.3-megapixal Live MOS sensor delivers superb images. A new TruePic VI Image Processing Engine improves color and speed. Three modes of image stabilization ensure that every image is crisp and clear. And the press of a button is all it takes to shoot full 1080 60i HD video in either ACVHD or AVI formats. Plus, the E-P3 is complemented by a system of lenses, strobes and accessories usually found only with traditional DSLRs.








12.3 Megapixels
12.3 MP Live MOS Sensor

Utilizing new Fine Detail Processing Technology for greater detail in the photograph, the sensor is optimized to maximize the performance of all M. Zuiko digital lenses in all shooting conditions.

E-P3 Sample Image 1

Fast AF
World’s Fastest AF System*

To meet the demand for focusing speed, Olympus has introduced the new FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF system. The FAST AF system features 35 focus points as well as new Tracking AF to ensure fast & accurate focus each and every time!

E-P3 Sample Image 2

3-Inch Touchscreen OLED
3-Inch Touch Screen OLED 614K Dots

Featuring a newly-designed touch interface that gives you the ability to choose AF points, release the shutter, and navigate menus. The VGA equivalent display lets you see richer detail and smoother images with higher contrast and richer blacks.

E-P3 Touchscreen Display

TruePic VI
New TruePic VI with Fine Detail Processing
The TruePic VI Image processor delivers excellent dynamic range, newly expanded color accuracy and fidelity plus reduced noise, all the way up to 12800 ISO. “Fine Detail Processing” technology captures more details in every nuance.
Full 1080 60i HD Video
Full 1080 60i HD Movie

A simple, one-touch button allows you to record movies with ease and simplicity. Choose between AVCHD or AVI for amazing clarity right from your camera.

Art Filter
Ten In-Camera Art Filters and New Art Filter Effects and Variations

Ten in-camera Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Gentle Sepia, Cross Process and Dramatic Tone) are enhanced by new filter variations and art effects such as color variations and image effects. You can explore your artistic side while taking both still shots and HD video right from your camera.

Fully Expandable System

A range of interchangeable lenses, accessories and strobes that are compatible with the E-P3 and are available to support all different types of photography needs.

Fully Expandable System

Product Description

  • 12.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • 3-inch OLED touchscreen
  • New TruePic VI image processor with Fine Detail Processing; fast AF tracking system
  • Capture full 1080 60i HD video
  • Low-light performance; AF Illuminator; built-in flash; ISO to 12,800

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Customer Reviews

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Who doesn't want a camera that fits in your pocket and has interchangable lenses ? ? then gives fantastic pictures, thank you Olympus Read more ›
I just love it. What else can I say...it takes great pictures. Great build, feels solid in your hand...wonderful camera. Read more ›
- and live histogram... ... makes for a terrific photographic machine. These are the positives of this camera. Read more ›
I've had my camera for a while now and it takes beautiful pictures. I am not a professional photographer by any means nor would I say that I am well versed in using dslrs,… Read more ›
Debated on a couple of others but pleased with my choice. Takes great photos! Read more ›
I bought this camera for my Christmas gift, and it is awesome. Easily used, multiple function, and of course great photo. Read more ›
It takes great, clear pictures. Many cool features. I got it "refurbished" for less than half the "new" price, and it's in mint condition. Read more ›
On one hand it is a camera with which a beginner can take stunning photos without diving very deep into the controls, and on the other hand there is virtually nothing you… Read more ›
The…I soon found myself annoyed at the Panasonic because of that, because I find touch focus & shutter to be one of the most useful features I've ever tried on any camera. Read more ›
Grr! On the other hand, I have found the touchscreen to be pretty useful for changing settings, including ISO. Read more ›
I considered…I also found myself drawn to the throwback look and feel of the E-P3 - like a modern version of the clunky, but classy film cameras I used in HS Photography. Read more ›
The shutter can still be fired through a shirt. Extra points due to the fact that it's a capacitive screen (like most modern phones). Read more ›
This is 'drunks camera' mode, and is perfectly acceptable. SHARP: the two kit lenses are superb. AUTO FOCUS: choose mode carefully. Read more ›
That…I was given this camera by my husband as a gift and he was so proud that he spent weeks and weeks researching which of the interchangeable lens cameras was the best. Read more ›
Very nice camera and lenses. Im happy. Read more ›
* high iso, i shot my daughter's night soccer playoff game at 4000 iso with acceptable graininess (max 128,000). * in body stabilization, great for prime lenses without is. *… Read more ›
On the other hand, there are many lenses - good zoom lens and excellent fast primes such as the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 or the newer [[ASIN:B0058PL9R0… Read more ›
It offers fast AF, a nice touch screen, availability of a nice range of lenses, a much larger sensor than point and shoot cameras, great JPG engine, in-body IS, hot shoe… Read more ›
The E-P3 solves this. The screen is great and is even touch sensitive. This adds a whole dimension to shooting with the camera. Read more ›
LAST BLURB: I like this camera: confident and fast AF, near-DSLR image quality, great LCD, stylish design, excellent fit and finish and advanced features make it a great… Read more ›
Do not underestimate the fun part of having a camera - look beyond the specifications. - Nice screen. - Auto focus is stupid fast with the kit lens in good light. Read more ›
It is more solid in the hand, and it has an extra scroll-wheel that enhances the speed of choosing aperture settings (I usually shoot in…I also liked the touch screen. T… Read more ›
Best of all, it is a touch-screen. Coming from SLRs, I thought this was a gimmick, but I have been surprised to find that I absolutely love the touch screen. It's great for… Read more ›
It offers fast AF, a nice touch screen, availability of a nice range of lenses, a much larger sensor than point and shoot cameras, great JPG engine, in-body IS, hot shoe… Read more ›
The touch screen to capture is a really fun feature. The auto focus works really well too. Before buying I did talk to a guy who had the camera, his only advice was that in… Read more ›
While it's true that the most recent mirrorless cameras may have a better signal to noise ratio, it's…The autofocus is generally fast, with decent face recognition too. O… Read more ›
Outside in daylight the focus is fast, but if it is too bright out, it's guess and shoot as the screen gets washed out by the sun. Read more ›
I actually own a Canon EOS 7D…It's got awesome auto focus and a super fast burst rate and outdoor action sports are my main subject so I need to have a camera like that. Read more ›
Not only is this camera extremely compact while still using the same DSLR-size image sensor found in Olympus DSLRs, but the new auto focus system inside this camera makes… Read more ›
(5) Very responsive and quick reactions, extremely fast and accurate auto-focusing in good light (faster than my older DSLR), rarely miss a shot due to sluggishness; simply… Read more ›
I would recommend this camera to any beginner at photography, as it is very easy and convenient to use. It takes great quality pictures. Read more ›
For an amatuer like me, this camera is all what I need. easy to use, great balance, takes nice pictures. especially very light and portable for traveller. with the price… Read more ›
Very easy to use and already takes great pictures. I think there is more to learn about it, which will hopefully only improve my results. Read more ›
I really like the option…The digital menu is overwhelming at first, but fairly easy to use and all the most useful tools are accessible from actual buttons on the camera. Read more ›
e. Movie mode: I'm not into movies and thus won't comment other than to say, they appear to be good, good sound, easy to use. Read more ›
It just feels right. The handling is great, the build quality is amazing, and the manual controls are very easy to use. It is a fun camera to carry around, every day. Read more ›
small and lightweight i bought this at a reasonable price good image quality in good lighting situations Read more ›
It was a great price. The seller was so helpful in getting it to me. Read more ›
The camera is excellent for general still and portrait photography. At these clearance prices, it's a steal. Read more ›
It's a very good price for this kind of camera! It's easy to use but the quality of picture is pretty good. Read more ›
It's hard to claim that the E-P3 is a good value when its much cheaper siblings are so similar; if you don't specifically need any of the E-P3's body features, the lower… Read more ›
The case for owning this camera (or one of its other PEN siblings) gets stronger when you realize that you'll probably spend far more on lenses eventually than you spent on… Read more ›
In terms of it's output, the renowned Olympus colors apply here. Wonderful colors! There is something about Olympus JPEGs that is not only a color thing, but a texture to… Read more ›
The video quality has the potential to be awesome, with great detail and vivid colors, but with the camera's built-in image stabilization turned on, the captured video… Read more ›
The Olympus that was my first digital camera…My canon slrs were good but I missed the vivid colors... Now I decided to take a dip again even though Olympus is on the ropes. Read more ›
No its not full frame but if you want full frame - get full frame. - JPEGS are really good, great color and white balance. - Did I say that this was a fun camera to use? Read more ›
It is a fun camera to carry around, every day. The images are sharp and the colors are well balanced. Adding the new Zuiko 45mm lens made the deal even better. Read more ›
Solid metal construction, bright and colorful OLED touch screen, pop up flash, and a host of manual controls, the EP3 has enough updates to be a real advancement from it's… Read more ›
Fit and finish is generally good, though I experienced the dreaded "Mode dial falls off" problem within the first month of ownership. Luckily I noticed the problem before I… Read more ›
It just feels right. The handling is great, the build quality is amazing, and the manual controls are very easy to use. It is a fun camera to carry around, every day. Read more ›
In terms of handling, the camera has a wonderful build, not heavy but definitely says quality. Controls are logically placed. Read more ›
LAST BLURB: I like this camera: confident and fast AF, near-DSLR image quality, great LCD, stylish design, excellent fit and finish and advanced features make it a great… Read more ›
Solid metal construction, bright and colorful OLED touch screen, pop up flash, and a host of manual controls, the EP3 has enough updates to be a real advancement from it's… Read more ›
With the kit lens and most other native…The 20mm f1.7 lens is still slow to focus, but that seems to be caused by the design of the lens, not the function of the body. Read more ›
(8) Well-built, good finishing, metal body shell and sturdy feel. Read more ›
- kit lens: I guess it focuses faster than the old kit lens. Hard for me to really say, both are quite fast on this body. It's actually longer than the original kit lens… Read more ›
Advanced users will appreciate this. The solid metal body feels sturdy in the hand. The camera has been miniaturised while retaining just enough heft for stable shooting. Read more ›
Micro Four Thirds (m4/3s) have been a dream come true for those camera enthusiast who want the control, performance, and interchangeable lenses of a dSLR in a compact body… Read more ›
Of course you can get those feature now on the E-P5 for…But for what it is, this camera takes great pictures and video and offers step up features for a diminutive price. Read more ›
There are many non-video cameras that do not exhibit these problems. My Panasonic FZ150 is one example of a still photography camera that takes wonderful video. Frankly, I… Read more ›
The E-PM1 is…Turning the built-in IS off, and turning the lens's OIS on, I was able to take excellent video with none of the problems that the camera's built-in IS causes. Read more ›
The EP3 also comes with 10 onboard art filters, so your…You also finally get full 1080i HD video w/ stereo sound; clean and sharp videos albeit with a little jerkiness. T… Read more ›
Images at reasonable ISO speeds are sharp and punchy. I shoot JPG's most of the time and only use RAW in challenging lighting. Read more ›
The only true negative I can say about this EP3 is it's old sensor. It is not the most ideal for high ISO situations. ISO 1600 is not the worst depending on your noise… Read more ›
Noise at High ISO's: With my E-PL1 I felt comfortable shooting at ISO 1600. With the E-P3, I usually hesitate to go above 1250. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

225 of 227 people found the following review helpful By newzild on September 4, 2011
Color Name: Black
I bought this camera after backpacking around the world with an "expendable" Nikon D40 digital SLR which I bought for just $420 - less than half the price of my new Olympus E-P3. Prior to that I shot film on SLRs. The Nikon took photos that were probably just as good as those from the E-P3. Why, then, did I buy the E-P3? Because of the weight. Anybody who has spent all day, every day, lugging an SLR around with them will know what I mean.

Size and weight are the two advantages that mirrorless cameras offer over SLRs. But once you make the decision to go mirrorless, it is critically important to choose the right format - otherwise you will box yourself into a corner with lenses. I opted for the micro four-thirds (M43) format (supported by Olympus and Panasonic) for the sole reason that there is a much greater selection of lenses for M43 cameras than for the competing Sony and Samsung mirrorless formats.

The three newest M43 cameras are the Olympus E-P3, Olympus E-PL3 and Panasonic G3, all of which have strengths and weaknesses.

After handling the E-P3 and its smaller and cheaper cousin, the E-PL3, in-store, I found that I much prefered the handling of the more expensive model. It is more solid in the hand, and it has an extra scroll-wheel that enhances the speed of choosing aperture settings (I usually shoot in aperture-priority mode). I also liked the touch screen. The negatives were the price and the lack of an articulating screen (which the E-PL3 and G3 have).

Choosing between the E-P3 and the $200 cheaper Panasonic G3 was more difficult. The G3 has an inbuilt electronic viewfinder, an articulating screen and a much better sensor (better photos in low light, without grainy "noise").
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Admiral2525 on November 18, 2011
Color Name: Silver
I used film cameras starting from the 1990s, switched to prosumer DC in 2003, and used DSLR for several years. In Jan 2011, I sold the DSLR and its two lenses, and decided to go mirrorless, finally settling on m43 and the Olympus PEN E-PL2. I was so satisfied with it that before my 19-day Switzerland family trip in August 2011, I purchased the E-P3 and relegated the E-PL2 to a backup camera. After my trip, I sold the E-PL2 since the E-P3 was much better in some critical areas and I did not need a backup when I would not be on any long trip in the near future.

Although images from the DSLR were very good, a major problem was that the DSLR gear was way too heavy. I took a lot of photos while travelling, much more than when staying in my home city. As a small man, it was a pain to carry the DSLR around, especially hiking with a backpack full of other essentials. A smaller and lighter camera with good image quality, suitable for long trips, was thus my prime concern. Before deciding on m43, I considered several mirrorless systems and different camera bodies.

(A) Sony NEX
The main problem with NEX is the lenses, not the camera bodies. Auto focusing is a must for me and there are too few native NEX lens choices at present, which is important when committing to a system. The existing NEX lenses are either optically slow and big, or smaller but having mediocre optical quality. There is not any good fast prime. The NEX may become more attractive in future, but not now. The small and thin NEX cameras with the big lens mounted are a bit unbalanced in my hand and look extremely ugly. The major advantage of NEX is its best-of-class image sensor.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Jackson Jr. on November 6, 2011
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I've owned several Olympus digital cameras over the years (E-1, E-330, E-3, E-PL1, and now the E-P3) and the E-P3 is by far be best Olympus digital camera to date. Not only is this camera extremely compact while still using the same DSLR-size image sensor found in Olympus DSLRs, but the new auto focus system inside this camera makes it one of the fastest focusing cameras on the market (depending on the lens you're using).

The 14-42mm R II kit zoom lens focuses extremely fast and is good enough for casual/vacation use but the real advantage of a camera like the E-P3 is the ability to use interchangeable lenses. My favorite lenses to use with this camera are the Olympus 17mm f/2.8 pancake lens, the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4, and the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lenses. I also have the 9-18mm zoom lens when I need to have a wide angle lens. I owned the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens for a while but it focuses slowly compared to the 17mm and 25mm lenses.

One feature that I didn't expect to use was the touchscreen display. I thought I'd just use the screen to compose my images like any other camera, but I discovered that it's really nice to be able to touch the screen EXACTLY where you want to focus and have the camera instantly take the picture.

In any case, the durable metal construction, built-in image stabilization, built-in wireless flash control, and decent 3fps burst shooting mode make the E-P3 a solid DSLR replacement if you're looking for DSLR quality without the bulk. I also have several Sony NEX cameras and lenses and I can tell you that as of November 2011 the Olympus system has a MUCH better selection of lenses ... and that has more impact on image quality than the differences between the Olympus image sensors and the Sony image sensors.
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