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Olympus Evolt E-3 10.1 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Body with Supersonic Wave Filter and 2.5" HyperCrystal LCD Screen

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About Olympus

World's fastest Auto Focusing system - Capture it All faster than ever. Speed is a key element in digital SLR photography and the E-3 comes ready to perform. It provides fast start-up and wake-up times, a snappy continuous shooting speed, high-precision shutter control, and unparalleled high-speed autofocus performance. From the first time you start it up, to your final shot of the day, the speed of the Olympus E-3 can freeze fast-moving moments in time and deliver amazing results.

Quality to let you Capture It All. At the end of the day, every serious photographer wants pristine picture quality. The E-3 brings together a number of enhanced technologies to push the limits of digital imaging. Experience the effects of advanced image stabilization, superior color processing and precision-crafted digital specific lenses.

An innovation in digital SLR imaging - shoot from unique angles with complete control. Unlimited creativity, unhindered motion, unbelievable accuracy - this is what you get with the Live Viewing capabilities of the Olympus E-3. The dual-axis variable-angle Live View monitor allows you to conveniently capture scenes that would require a difficult posture or a little bit of luck when using an optical viewfinder. With the E-3, you can easily and accurately compose and shoot wide-angle scenes over the top of a crowd or macro shots from ground level.

Trusted performance - even in the most demanding shooting conditions. With the E-3 Olympus has developed an impressive array of highly reliable new technologies essential for serious SLR photographers. Olympus cameras have a history of raising the bar when it comes to reliability, toughness and durability - and the E-3 takes it to a whole new level.

Olympus Features

  • Experience the World's Fastest Auto Focus with the Olympus exclusive 11-point biaxial auto focus system coupled with the new (SWD) Supersonic Wave Drive lenses. It provides exacting auto focus precision at exceptional speeds
  • Continuous shooting, up to five frames per second, means you can capture fast-moving moments in time and get amazing results. The UDMA CompactFlash compatibility enhances capture speeds for the ultimate in shooting performance
  • 1/8000-second high-speed, high-precision shutter enables you to freeze even the fastest subjects. Or, set shutter speeds as long as 60 seconds in Manual or Automatic setting
  • Effectively reduce blur with Olympus' exclusive Supersonic Wave Drive (SWD) in-body Image Stabilization System. Get up to a five step EV stabilization effect with all Zuiko Digital Lenses, and all Four Thirds Format Lenses
  • A newly developed high-performance 10.1-megapixel Live MOS Sensor provides the high resolution you need to accurately reproduce subject details with rich tones and natural colors as well as lower power consumption. Increased reading speed supports 5 fps continuous shooting
  • The Olympus exclusive TruePic III digital image processing system produces superior image quality and shadow detail
  • Olympus Zuiko Digital Lenses - designed specifically for the demands of digital photography - deliver sharp, high-quality color accuracy to the image sensor for amazing photographs
  • Live View shooting provides the next generation of composition control in digital SLR photography. The E-3's Live Simulation allows you to check exposure, white balance and composition -in real time, while you compose - with the integrated Live View technology
  • The 2.5-inch dual-axis, free-angle swivel Live View monitor provides a 100% accurate representation of your shooting scene. Additionally, the E-3's HyperCrystal wide-angle display, with 360-degree articulation, makes composition and image viewing possible at any angle
  • The E-3's proven Dust Reduction System, with the Supersonic Wave Filter (SWF) self-cleaning ultrasonic sensor unit, eliminates dust particles on the sensor by silently vibrating an amazing 30,000 times per second, ensuring spot-free images
  • The 100% accurate high eye point optical viewfinder, delivers the precise compositional accuracy demanded by the most discriminating photographer. When shooting with the E-3, what you see is what you get
  • A Rugged magnesium-alloy construction coupled with advanced splash and dust protection, make the E-3 the perfect choice for photographers who demand the most from their equipment, in any situation
  • Durable shutter mechanism tested to 150,000 cycles. The pro-level shutter ensures reliability, even at five frames per second, thanks to a durable shutter mechanism tested to 150,000 cycles, making the E-3 the camera of choice for photographers who demand durability from their equipment

Olympus Specifications

Product type
Single-lens reflex Live View digital camera with interchangeable lens system
Memory
CompactFlash Type I/II, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card (Dual-Slot)
Screen size
17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Lens mount
Four Thirds Mount
Effective Pixels number
10.1 million pixels
Image Pickup Unit
High speed Live MOS Sensor
Total pixels
Approx. 11.8 million pixels
Aspect ratio
1.33 (4:3)
Filter array
Primary color filter (RGB)
LPF
Fixed type
IR cut filter
Hybrid type
Dust reduction
Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Recording format
DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
File format
RAW (12-bit), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Recording image size
[RAW] 3648 x 2736 pixels
[JPEG] 3648 x 2736 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
Large File Size
3648 x 2736 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 6.8MB
3648 x 2736 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 4.7MB
3648 x 2736 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 2.2MB
3648 x 2736 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.5MB
Middle File Size
3200 x 2400 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 5.3MB
3200 x 2400 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 3.7MB
3200 x 2400 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.7MB
3200 x 2400 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
2560 x 1920 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 3.6MB
2560 x 1920 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 2.2MB
2560 x 1920 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
2560 x 1920 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.7MB
Small File Size
1600 x 1200 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 1.3MB
1600 x 1200 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.8MB
1600 x 1200 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
1600 x 1200 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1280 x 960 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.8MB
1280 x 960 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
1280 x 960 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1280 x 960 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
1024 x 768 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
Viewfinder Type
Eye-level single-lens reflex viewfinder
Field of view
Approx. 100%
Viewfinder magnification
Approx.1.15x (-1m-1, 50mm lens, infinity)
Eye point
Approx. 20 mm (-1m-1)
Diopter adjustment range
-3.0 - +1m-1
Focusing screen
Changeable at a service center (Neo Lumi-Micro Mat screen supplied, possible to change to gird mat type)
Eyepiece shutter
Built-in type
Eye cup
Interchangeable type EP-5/6/7, EP-7 is supplied (Magnifier Eyecup ME-1 is available)
Optical Preview (viewfinder)
Yes, by preview button
Live Preview
Available to set to Fn button
View finder information
Aperture value, Shutter speed, Record mode, AF confirmation mark, Flash, WB, AE lock, Number of storable still images, Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, Battery warning, Exposure mode, AF frame (super impose), IS, Bracket, ISO value
Live View
Live MOS Sensor for still picture shooting is used, 100% field of view, Exposure adjustment pre-view, White balance adjustment pre-view, Gradation auto pre-view, Grid line displayable, 5x/7x/10x magnification possible, MF/S-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, Shooting information, Histogram.
AF
Phase-difference detection system with mirror down.
System
Built in (Imager shift image stabilizer)
Mode
2 modes (2 dimensional activation, 1 dementional activation)
Display Type
HyperCrystal LCD (semi-transmissive TFT color LCD)
Display Size
2.5 inches
Display Total No. of Pixels
Approx. 230,000 dots
Playback field of view
100%
Brightness control
Auto/Manual 15 levels
AF system
TTL phase-difference detection system
Focus mode
Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / C-AF + MF
Focusing point
11 points full-twin cross AF sensor
Focusing point selection
Single point, Group area, All points are selectable.
AF luminance range
EV -2 to 19 (at 20°, ISO 100)
AF illuminator
Built-in flash (external flash available)
AF lock
Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode / AEL button (customizable)
Focus tracking
Interlocked with Continuous AF mode
Focus aid
Available
Metering system
TTL open-aperture metering system
(1) Digital ESP metering (49-point multi pattern metering)
(2) Centre weighted average metering
(3) Spot metering (approx. 2% for the viewfinder screen. Highlight / shadow bases are available)
Metering range
EV 1 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Centre weighted average metering, Spot metering)
(At normal temperature, 50mm f2, ISO 100)
Exposure mode
(1) P: Programme AE (Programme shift can be performed) (2) A: Aperture priority AE (3) S: Shutter priority AE (4) M: Manual
Underwater programme AE
Available to set to Fn button
ISO sensitivity
AUTO (ISO 100 - 3200) / Manual (ISO 100 - 3200), 1/3 or 1 EV steps
Exposure compensation
5 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE lock
AEL button (customizable)
Exposure bracketing
3 or 5 frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable
ISO bracketing
3 frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable
Auto WB system
Hybrid detection system with High speed Live MOS sensor and dedicated external sensor.
Preset white balance
7 settings (3000K - 7500K) Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Fluorescent 3 (6600K), Daylight (5300K), Flash (5500K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K)
White balance compensation
7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)
Custom white balance
1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
One-touch white balance
4 custom settings can be registered
White balance bracketing
3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each R-G/G-M axis.
Color matrix
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Mode
Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone, Custom (default setting: Natural)
In custom mode, basic 5 modes and adjustment is available
Adjustment parameter
Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation level available in 5 steps for Vivid, Natural, Portrait and Muted
Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for Monotone.
In custom mode, gradation level available in 4 steps
Filter effect
Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone
Picture tone
Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone
Gradation
4 levels (auto, high key, normal, low key)
Shutter Type
Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed
P(Ps), S, A, M mode: 60 - 1/8000 sec.
Bulb: up to 30 min. (selectable longest time in the menu. Default: 8 min.)
1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.
Self-timer
Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
Remote cable release
Available (with optional RM-CB1 Remote cable.)
Optical remote control
Operation time: 2 sec., 0 sec., bulb control available (with optional RM-1 remote control)
Anti shock mode
Available (1 to 30 sec selectable)
Drive mode
Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting H, Sequential shooting L, Self-timer, Remote control
Sequential shooting speed
Approx. 5 frames/sec. in sequential shooting H, 1 to 4 fps selectable in sequential shooting L.
Max. Recordable pictures
On Sequential Shooting - RAW mode: Max. 16 frames.
JPEG mode: Depends on compression ratio and no. of pixels (Large normal mode: up to card capacity with SanDisk Extreme III or faster CF Cards)
Built-in flash
Retractable flash, GN=13 (ISO 100.m)
Compatible external flash
FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, STF-22, SR-11
Flash control mode
TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual
Flash mode
Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Manual (1/4, 1/16, 1/64), Off.
Synchronization speed
1/250 sec. or less, Super FP up to 1/8000 sec.
Flash intensity control
Up to 3 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Flash bracketting
3 frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1 EV steps selectable.
Control method
Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light
Number of channels
4 channels
Group setting
3 groups
Control panel Information
WB setting, WB compensation notification, B/W mode notification, Record mode, Exposure mode, ISO sensitivity BKT notification, Flash mode, Drive mode, Recordable still image number, Storable number of images, Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, Activated AF points, Focusing mode
Back light timer
8 sec.
Super control panel Information
Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value Flash compensation value bar, Flash compensation value, ALE notification, Flash compensation notification NR notification, BKT notification, AF illuminator deactivated notification, Color space, Flash mode ISO sensitivity, Drive mode, WB setting, WB compensation value, Picture mode, Metering mode, Focusing mode File name, Image parameter, Gradation, Date, Storable number of images, Record mode, Battery warning
Playback mode
Single-frame, Index (4/9/16/25 frames), Calendar, Close-up ( 2 - 14X), Slideshow, Picture rotation (auto mode available), Light box
Information display
Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight / Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information
Languages
Japan: Japanese, English
U.S: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Europe: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish
Others: English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean
Additional one language is possible to download.
Custom reset
2 setting recordable
My mode
2 setting recordable
Erasing function
Single frame, All frames, Selected frames
Protect function
Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
Copy between media
Single frame, All frames, Selected frames
RAW picture editing
RAW development
JPEG editing
Resize (producing another file), Gradation auto
Print function
Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
PC interface
USB 2.0 High Speed for storage and camera control (MTP mode is available)
Video connector
Video out (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable)
Flash attachment
Hot shoe
DC-in
Yes (AC-1 compatible)
Battery
BLM-1 Li-ion battery (included)
CR123 x 3 with LBH-1
Sleep mode
Available (1, 3, 5, 10 min., off selectable)
No. of recordable pictures
With 50% Flash Light - Approx. 610 shots (optical viewfinder) (with BLM-1 under CIPA testing standard)
Power battery holder
HLD-4 compatible
Operating Temperature
0 - 40° (operation) / -20 - 60° (storage)
Operating Humidity
30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
Splash proof
Yes
Dimensions
5.6 in. (W) x 4.58 in. (H) x 2.9 in. (D /(142.5 mm (W) x 116.5 mm (H) x 74.5 mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
Weight
1.79 lbs./810 g (body only)
Warranty
Olympus limited warranty
Mfr #
262010
SKU
IOME3

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8 months on & love the E-3

Carry the camera everywhere with me - has been soaked in rain and exposed to lots of dust and has never let me down. I find the camera a joy to use, love the large, bright view finder, its ergonomics, its speed and its excellent quality photos. Only con: it is quite a bit heavier than the other Olympus models. One recommendation - expose to the left, i.e. be sensitive to blow highlights, there is a lot of details in the shadows.

Reviewed by 8 customers

 
5.0

Very Pleased!

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Upgraded from my E-510 as I was looking to move up to a "Pro" camera. My small photography business is growing and to shoot weddings I would need a back up camera. I elected to get the E-3 and make my E-510 my back up. I considered switching brands (Nikon or Canon) due to their high ISO performance ratings but after much reading on the E-3 and considering how much of my business DOES NOT require high ISO performance, I felt there was no need to ditch my Olympus gear. Just a note - I have shot GREAT shots at ISO 800.I have been shooting great outdoor shots of kids, studio shots of models and glamour shots with this E-3. I am really impressed the faster focusing vs my older E-510 even in low light situations. The increased number of focus points also helps a great deal. I have teamed up the E-3 with the 12-60mm f2.8 from Olympus as well. This combination has been AWESOME. Great range, fast focusing, great clarity. My new work with this set up is BLOWING AWAY my older works....in my opinion. The only negative I can think of with the camera is the learning curve of new buttons. This cannot be helped as with something new, it will take some time to learn how to operate it quickly. I'm not knocking the camera at all, I will just continue to learn how to use it.[...]

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Liked It Enough To Buy It Again!

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I purchased my first E-3 camera two years ago and think this is the most successful product to come from Olympus in a long time. Bottom line -- I purchased a second E-3 from Adorama because I like this one so much! When I see reviews that state this camera is built cheap and low quality, I have to question as to if the reviewer has ever even held / used one. The E-3 is anything but a cheap camera. The E-3 is a little on the heavy side, but I prefer the feel of a heavier more solid camera. The LCD display can be positioned in many angles is a long awaited feature. If you have any of the Zuiko lenses that are available for the E-System camera's 4/3 system - they are of excellent quality. The resulting pictures from these lenses are also excellent. The layout of the function buttons are well thought out and although there may be slight leaning curve using the menu structure - it too is very comprehensive. I have not had any problems with a dirty image sensor thanks to the Olympus internal cleaning system. I believe that this camera can go head to toe with any of the Canon & Nikon models. Perhaps those who can't believe that Olympus is challenging the competition should accept it! They are. I have used Canon & the Nikon high-end camera's. I won't deny they a very nice. But at the end of the day - do not write off the Olympus E-3. Perhaps my preference is Olympus, but I won't put down Nikon & Canon just because I own an Olympus. But it IS NOT a cheap camera.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An obvious choice

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This is my second E-3; the advantages of having two lenses mounted and ready to go when shooting an event are important to me. This camera is very dependable; and the available lenses are second to none.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Camera

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I have had this body less than a month, but am impressed with its quality of construction. Teamed with the 50-200mm lens it makes a great combination to shoot the birds on our feeders. Looking forward to getting out for some landscape work. Being able to rotate the LCD will be a big plus when photographing flowers close to the ground.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well thought out and built like a tank

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For nature and travel I have used it in the rain, in a rainforest, at the beach, it is nearly water-proof and super rugged. I don't recommend it but mine has fallen on a concrete floor three times and I can't find a mark on it, nor has there been any change in function. The way I shoot these things are going to happen and I am glad to have a camera built to take it. Probably my 35 year plus allegiance to Oly makes me like the color better than any other.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

E-3 is excellent for the price

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I using E-3 for wedding and also for other kind of art. I like the design and comfortable when I hold. The size is just similar to Canon 5D. JPEG file is excellent from the camera. no need to do post process. I also like B&W jpeg right from the camera.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

8 months on & love the E-3

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Carry the camera everywhere with me - has been soaked in rain and exposed to lots of dust and has never let me down. I find the camera a joy to use, love the large, bright view finder, its ergonomics, its speed and its excellent quality photos. Only con: it is quite a bit heavier than the other Olympus models. One recommendation - expose to the left, i.e. be sensitive to blow highlights, there is a lot of details in the shadows.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Camera I ever owned

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Just got the E-3 today and WOW! Olympus took a look at every pro camera and added every single feature they could think of. Still discovering unexpected surprises (like viewfinder lock-up). The camera is BIG and heavy, but it is a top of the line pro model. Autofocus is very fast. The Swivel out LCD is easily seen in daylight. Battery and Memory card compartments have locks on them. One complaint- because of the huge amount of custom programmables on this camera, the menus can be overwhelming. You have to read the instructions to be able to access the L/SF resolution mode, for instance. A 1GB card gives you approximately 58 RAW images, and if you switch to Large/Superfine Jpegs, you'll get about 128 images. The 11-area AF system is laid out much better than in Canon's cameras, utilizing more parts of the frame to choose as focusing points. The built-in pop up flash is higher than on most cameras, easier to reduce red-eye, comes up super fast, and gives perfect flash exposures. Button operations feel very smooth, the shutter sounds fast, and the LCD colors and resolution look very good when zooming in. The optical viewfinder is large and easy to see through, rivaling some Canon models. Oddly enough, if you've ever shot with the Nikon D200, this camera will feel very familiar.

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