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Olympus PEN E-P3 12.3 MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 17mm Lens - Black
- 3" Touch Screen OLED 614K Dots
- New TruePic VI with Fine Detail Processing
- Full 1080 60i HD Movie
- Ten In-Camera Art Filters and New Art Filter Effects and Variations
- Fully Expandable System
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|Continuous Shooting Speed||3 fps|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SD, SDHC, SDXC, UHS-1|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/180_sec|
|Focus Type||Automatic with Manual|
|Item Dimensions||4.5 x 2.8 x 1.6 inches|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||2 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||7.5 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.195 grams|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||limited 1 year parts and labor|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.3 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||MOS|
|Shipping Weight||1.65 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||avi|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080i_hd|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
Top Customer Reviews
I considered the Sony NEX series, but the weak performance of their 16mm pancake (and relative lack of other reasonably priced primes) pushed me toward micro-4/3rds.
The in-body image stabilization was a deciding factor for this model over the offerings from Panasonic, particularly because I knew that I would mostly use this camera with the compact prime lenses that lack stabilization.
An articulating screen would be nice, but I guess I'll have to wait for the perfect camera ;-)
my purchase decision came down to the panasonic gx1 vs. the olympus e-p3 ($799 with the 17mm f2.0), and went olympus because of in body stabilization.
* lightweight. your back will thank you.
* compact. i easily fit the oly e-p3, 45mm f1.7, 17mm 2.8, and panny 14-140mm, 100-300mm in a lowepro 100 sling.
* hd video in avchd or motion jpeg
* 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.
* acceptable built in flash, mainly for fill
* compatibility with canon external flash (with loss of some auto settings)
* acceptable battery life (but do always have 'at least 1 extra charged battery on hand)
* full aperture, shutter, and manual controls
* special settings (fireworks, portrait, night, etc.)
* focusing in low light takes some time
* if set to continuous autofocus, shutter lag is unacceptable
* menu system is disorganized / confusing, not as intuitive as the panasonic and canon systems
* occasionally exposure is off (sometimes way over exposed or under exposed)
* i'd rather have the panasonic 20mm f1.8 instead of the oly 17mm f2.8. oh well.
* when videoing, the crop factor jumps up, so you can't rely on what you see to compose.Read more ›
Let's start off with the positive. This camera is awesome! For the semi-pro and amateurs looking for a smaller, lightweight alternative, look no further. I use a Canon 7D, and honestly, I find myself leaving the camera at home because it is just so bulky! I am able to pack this camera into a small purse and I still produce the same quality images. Not to mention the oohs and aahs and intsant Q&A session I receive from people when I pull it out. I also have a lot of fun with the built in filters, a feature that I thought I would never use because I'd rather process my images in Photoshop. But lo and behold, the black + white and lomo-style filters get used quite often. Great low light photos as well.
My only negative and it's a big negative, is that I tend to get a lot of blurry images when I use the Auto focus mode. All of the reviews I read praise this camera for its stabilization feature, and perhaps I'm doing something wrong, but 9 times out of 10, I'm getting slightly blurred photos if not outright blurry images. I would love advice from anyone about any settings to correct this.
At the end of the day, I love love love this camera and believe it's worth the price tag.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Everything like described. And the camera is a great choice.Published 17 months ago by Elisa Cavazza
I am a professional photographer, and love taking photos, but after years of lugging the large camera around everywhere, you long for the days of when you knew nothing of better... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by J. Perry
beautiful pictures. terrible video - says it all really. the video keeps on autofocusing which is both noisy and jarring when viewing.Published on February 6, 2013 by fuglis
My new favorite camera. As an advanced amateur I wanted a small camera with the ability to manually control and interchange lenses. The EP-3 was the flagship of the Pen line. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Howard P
This is more of a testimony than a product review. I started my DSLR camera journey seven years ago, invested in entry level Canon. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by Cem Gahibb
Prior to purchasing this camera, I called Olympus and spoke with, what they call on their website, an EP3 specialist. Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by Michael Appel
I don't typically write reviews but I had to write this one because the PEN E-P3 exceeded my expectations--which doesn't happen very often. Read morePublished on April 14, 2012 by Stephen Thomas Reese III