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Olympus PEN E-P3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 366 reviews of Olympus PEN E-P3. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the image quality and design. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical views about the memory and exposure, while comments are divided on the price.

performance, usability, portability, design, image quality

sensor, battery, exposure, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus PEN E-P3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Olympus PEN E-P3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-P3 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the durability and design are generally positive. The performance and lens also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the battery and shutter.

portability, lens, performance, design, durability

price, image quality, shutter, battery

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus Pen E-P3 Compact System Camera - Black (Includes M.ZUIKO Digital 14 -42mm II R Lens)Olympus Pen E-P3 Compact System Camera - Black (Includes M.ZUIKO Digital 14 -42mm II R Lens)

Aug, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Olympus PEN E-P3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-P3 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Opinions about the design and image quality are generally positive. The usability and portability are also appreciated, whereas opinions are divided on the low light performance. The exposure and sensor get less positive reviews.

performance, portability, usability, image quality, design

sensor, exposure

97% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus PEN E-P3 12.3 MP Live MOS Mirrorless Digital Camera with 14-42mm Zoom Lens (Black) (Old Model)Olympus PEN E-P3 12.3 MP Live MOS Mirrorless Digital Camera with 14-42mm Zoom Lens (Black) (Old Model)

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Darren Murph (engadget.com)

Olympus PEN E-P3 Micro Four Thirds camera review

 

Being the gadget hounds that we are, we're still struggling to fully digest the Micro Four Thirds / interchangeable lens camera market. The performance

Beautiful ; Loads of buttons and dials ; Stellar autofocus system

Pricey ; No dedicated ISO wheel ; Poor low-light performance

The E-P3 doesn't innovate enough from an image quality standpoint to justify an upgrade, and for newcomers, that $900 price point is awfully hard to swallow.

Aug, 2011

SILVER AWARD!

Expert review by : Andy Westlake & Richard Butler (dpreview.com)

Olympus PEN E-P3

 

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...

Beautifully-styled and built, with lots of external controls ; Excellent JPEG output: warm, saturated colours, but not cartoonish ; Reliable metering and white balance ; Extremely fast, accurate and near-silent autofocus with MSC lenses (including kit...

Ageing sensor means resolution and high ISO noise performance can't match the competition ; Multi-screen Live View interface is beginning to look very dated ; No dedicated ISO or WB buttons (but can be assigned to Drive or Flash mode buttons) ; No Live...

The Olympus PEN E-P3 is in many ways the camera we always hoped Olympus would produce at this level. Fast, pleasant to shoot with, and undeniably stylish too, it produces excellent images with the minimum of fuss. However its ageing sensor is unable to...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : David Pierce (pcmag.com)

Olympus PEN E-P3

 

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.

Beautiful images and video. Fast performance. Improved autofocus speed over its predecessor. Built-in flash. Big, bright OLED touch screen.

Expensive. A bit heavy and slightly larger than its predecessor. No optical viewfinder. Touch screen interaction can be confusing.

Video and Conclusions Like with many Micro Four Thirds cameras, video captured by the E-P3 is impressive. Recordings are in AVCHD format, 1080i at 30 frames per second, or MP4 in 720p30, the latter is easily uploaded to sites like Facebook and YouTube....

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Jackson Lynch (wired.com)

Review: Olympus PEN E-P3

 

The Olympus PEN E-P3 is a real shooter's camera, not just a designer's desktop paperweight.

Lightning autofocus with bumped-up focus points from 11 to 35. Built-in flash. A dedicated video button. Full HD 1080i video at 60fps in AVCHD. 12mm f2 prime lens is the bomb. Shadow tone-adjustment feature adds latitude to images

Would benefit from a new, improved sensor. All that metal means it’s no lightweight. It’s got so many features and options you might spend more time figuring it out than shooting. What happened to 24fps video

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Olympus E-P3 review

 

I really wanted to love this camera. I mean, really . Olympus' PEN line has frequently delivered great photo quality in well-designed cameras, albeit with poor performance. But Olympus worked hard on shooting speed, and I figured that if it was fixed,...

The Olympus PEN E-P3 is an attractively designed camera that's now one of the fastest in its class.

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.

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.

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

Olympus E-P3 First Look

 

Olympus announced three new additions to its PEN line of compact digital cameras, which is now in its 5th generation. They have finally released the successor to the E-P2, with the new flagship E-P3 model. This unit builds off the E-P2 and E-PL2...

Jun, 2011

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Olympus E-P3 Review

 

Olympus E-P3 Review - It is true that it classic looks inspire confidence, but can such a small camera deliver a professional quality?

The Olympus E-P3 is a remarkable camera that snaps quality photos, even in difficult lighting conditions. I like the build quality, and the attention to details that Olympus has put into it. Its design will surely catch the attention of classic camera...

Expert review by : Let's go digital (letsgodigital.org)

Olympus PEN E-P3 Test

 

Olympus PEN E-P3 Test : Die Olympus PEN-Serie verfügt über einen relativ großen Sensor, während die Systemkamera selbst genauso kompakt gehalten wurde, wie eine digitale Kompaktkamera. So wird die kreative Freiheit einer digitalen Spiegelreflexkamera...

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

Olympus PEN E-P3Digital Camera Review

 

What follows is a quick overview of the video capabilities of the Olympus PEN E-P3. Read our comprehensive analysis and testing results in greater detail at DigitalCameraInfo.com.

The addition of Full HD 1080p recording may steal the headlines, but the real joy of recording video with the E-P3 stems from the camera’s slick interface and good design. On the E-P3, Olympus lets you record video in nearly any camera mode, or you can...

Jun, 2011

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (photographyblog.com)

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...

Interestingly, the argument for/against the E-P3, now that were have a Micro Four Thirds 'CSC' camera in its third iteration, is not whether it's good enough to completely replace a DSLR - as with its predecessors we'd argue image quality falls...

Aug, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:LPCM, WAV / PCM
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:925
Battery life (CIPA standard):300 / 330
Battery performance:925
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:LI-50B
Battery voltage:3.7
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:AC / AC, Battery / Battery

Camera

3D:Y
3D compatibility: Yes
Calendar: Yes
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.2, RAW / DCF, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.3
Camera playback:Movie, Single image / Movie, Single image, Slide show
Contrast adjustment: Yes
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Crop, Resizing / Resizing, Trimming
Languages support:BUL, CZE, DAN, DEU, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, RUS, SLK, SLV, SWE, TUR, UKR / ENG, FRE, ITA, JPN, KOR, TUR
Live view: Yes
Multi-shot: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, LAV, LIT, NOR, POL, POR, RUS, SER, SLK, SLV, SWE, TUR, UKR / DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, ITA, LAV, LIT, POL, POR, RUS, SLK, SLV, SRP, SWE, TUR, UKR
Photo effects:Art, Black&White, Muted, Neutral, Vivid / Art, Muted, Neutral / Art, Muted, Neutral, Vivid / Black&White, Sepia / Sepia
Scene modes:Backlight, Beach, Candlelight, Children, Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Portrait, Snow, Sports / Backlight, Beach, Candlelight, Children, Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Panorama, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset / Backlight, Beach, Candlelight, Cuisine, Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night landscape, Night portrait, Party (indoor), Pet, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset / Beach, Candlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night landscape, Night portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset, Underwater / Beach, Candlelight, Children, Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Panorama, Portrait, Snow / Beach, Children, Close-up (macro), Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Panorama, Portrait, Snow, Sports / Beach, Children, Close-up (macro), Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Panorama, Portrait, Snow, Sports / Beach, Close-up (macro), Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Panorama, Portrait, Snow, Sports / Portrait
Self-timer:2,10 / 2,12
Self-timer delay:2,10 / 2,12
Shooting modes:Auto
White Balance:Auto / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Lamp, Manual, Shade / auto, Cloudy, daylight, flash, Fluorescent, manual, Shade / auto, Cloudy, daylight, Fluorescent, Shade / Auto, Cloudy, Flash, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Sunny, Tungsten / Cloudy, Fluorescent, Shade, Sunny, Tungsten / Flash, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Sunny, Tungsten

Design

Color of product:Black / Silver / White
Energy Star certified:N
Material:Metal

Display

Display:LCD / OLED / TFT
Display aspect ratio:3:2
Display Diagonal:3
Display Diagonal (metric):2.99
Display resolution (numeric):460000 / 610000
Field of view:100
Flip-out screen:N
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touchscreen:N / Y
Vari-angle LCD display:No / Yes

Flash

External flash connector: Yes
Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash guide number:393.7
Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro, Slow synchronization / Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction / Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / auto, fill-in, manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash sync-speed:1/160 / 1/180

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Face tracking, Single Auto Focus / Face detection, Spot Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus / Multi Point Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance:19.7 / 9.84
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto / Manual
Macro focusing range (tele):0.9 - ∞
Macro focusing range (wide):0.1 - ∞
Normal focusing range:0.6 - ∞/1 - ∞
Normal focusing range (tele):1 - ∞
Normal focusing range (wide):0.6 - ∞
Super Macro focusing range:0.02 - 0.6

Lens System

Digital Zoom:14 / 4 / 5
Filter size:1.46 / 2.28
Focal length range (f-f):0.173 - 1.39 / 0.315 - 39.4 / 0.551 - 1.65 / 0.551 - 5.91 / 17
Lens mount interface:Micro Four Thirds
Lens structure:15/11 / 8/7
Lens structure (elements/groups):15/11 / 8/7
Maximum aperture number:1:22 / 22 / 5.6 / 5.9
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):11.8 / 3.31 / 7.87
Minimum aperture number:1:3.5 (wide) / 1:5.6 (tele) / 2.8 / 3.3 / 3.5 / 4 / 5.6
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.984 / 1.1 / 1.34
Number of aspheric elements:2 / 3
Number of diaphragm blades:7
Optical Zoom:3 / 8

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 6400, Auto / 200, 12800 / 200, 12800, Auto / 200, 1600 / 200, 1600, 12800 / 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2250, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 12800, Auto / 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2250, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, Auto / 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 12800, Auto
ISO sensitivity (max):12800 / 6400
ISO sensitivity (min):100 / 200
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE / Aperture priority AE, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot / SPOT

Memory

Compatible memory cards:Eye-Fi, SDHC, SDXC / SD, SDHC, SDIO / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal memory:46.8
Memory slots:1

Networking

Bluetooth: Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):30 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:30 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:3.15 - 11.8
Aperture range (F-F):40 - 150
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:1/4000
Date imprinting: Yes
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):3.15 - 11.8
Frame: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Interface:USB / USB 2.0
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connectivity: Yes
Video capability: Yes
Video out:AV

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled:No / Yes
AC adapter included:N / Y
Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:AV, USB / USB
Hand strap: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera / MILC / MILC Body / SLR Camera Body / SLR Camera Kit
Image formats supported:EXIF, JPG / JPG / RAW
Image Sensor Size:1/2.3 / 4/3
Image sensor size (W x H):0.681 x 0.512
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer location:Body
Maximum image resolution:3968 x 2976 / 4032 x 3024
Megapixel:12 / 12.3
Sensor Type:CMOS / Live MOS
Still image resolution(s):1024 x 768, 2560 x 1920, 4032 x 3024 / 1024 x 768,2560 x 1920,4032 x 3024 / 3264×2448, 3968×2232, 2560×1920, 2048×1536, 1920×1080, 1600×1200, 1280×960, 640×480 / 4032 x 3024 / 640 x 480 / 640 x 480,1024 x 768,2560 x 1920
Supported aspect ratios:16:9 / 1:1, 3:2, 3:4, 4:3, 16:9 / 3:2, 3:4, 4:3, 16:9 / 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 / 4:3
Total megapixels:13.01 / 13.1

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI: Yes
HDMI connector type:Micro / Mini
Optional connectivity:Bluetooth
PictBridge:No / Yes
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/2000 / 1/4000
Slowest camera shutter speed:4 / 60

System Requirements

Minimum hard disk space:1000
Minimum processor:Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz+
Minimum RAM:1024

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Video compression format:AVCHD, AVI / AVCHD, AVI, M-JPEG / AVCHD, M-JPEG / H.264, MOV
Video formats supported:AVCHD,AVI / AVCHD,AVI,M-JPEG / AVCHD,M-JPEG / H.264,MOV
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480,1280 x 720 / 640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder:Optical
Viewfinder type:Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.03 / 1.34 / 1.35 / 1.47
Height:2.36 / 2.51 / 2.72
Lens diameter:2.22 / 2.5
Lens length:1.97 / 11.2
Lens weight:3.99
Weight:11.3 / 6.7 / 9.35
Weight (including battery):11 / 13 / 5.43
Width:4.09 / 4.29 / 4.76 / 4.8