Olympus E-P3 PEN 12.3MP Digital Camera with M. Zuiko Digital 14-42mm II R f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens, Black

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About Olympus E-P3

The Olympus E-P3 Pen Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black) is designed for photographers who want total control over their creative vision with a camera portable enough to travel the world. This version of the E-P3 includes an ED m14-42mm II R f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens as well, to get you out shooting from day one. Highly desired for many reasons, Micro Four Thirds cameras provide an easily transportable body (this one with the look and feel that only a metal body can bring to hand) along with numerous lens options and the features and functions of a full-sized DSLR camera.

The E-P3 has a 12.3Mp Live MOS Sensor and the TruePic VI Image Processor which work together to produce stunningly detailed images at fast speeds. In addition, the camera also has Olympus' FAST AF Tracking System. FAST AF provides 35 focus points along with Tracking AF for fast and accurate focusing on each shot. Other performance considerations include the 12,800 ISO capabilities, an AF Illuminator and a built-in flash, not to mention blazing shutter speeds with a response time of less than 60 milliseconds.

Still images can be taken using RAW, JPEG, or a combination of the two. And, 3D still images can even be captured as well in the MPO format. Of course, more than a still camera, the E-P3 also captures HD video. You can take up to 29 minutes of 1080/60i video in either AVCHD or AVI formats. No matter, video or still, all files can be stored to external flash memory, including SD, SDHC, SDXC and UHS-1 cards. Olympus recommends Eye-Fi Class 6 cards for video recording.

The E-P3 has a bountiful set of on-camera controls and menu options, all of which are displayed on the beautiful 3.0" touch screen OLED display. As is one of the hallmarks of the Micro Four Thirds genre, small in size though it may be, the E-P3 is not short on options. Aside from a bevy of metering and exposures modes, the camera also hosts numerous picture modes, art filters, Live Guides and white balance modes, among others.

Your pictures will be truly your own, utilizing the full range of choices presented by the E-P3; you can even choose to shoot in panorama mode. Other highlights worth mentioning include 3 modes of image stabilization, noise reduction and basic in-camera image editing.

The Olympus E-P3 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Sports/action, Travel, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Olympus E-P3 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast among others.The Olympus E-P3 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Olympus E-P3: Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast shutter speed, Good image quality, High ISO performance, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD and Quiet

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (16),Good image quality (16),Large clear LCD (14),Easy to use (13),Image stabilization (12),Fast shutter speed (11),Quiet (10),High ISO performance (5)
Cons:
No viewfinder (9),Noisy at high ISO (4)
Best Uses:
Travel (16),Landscape/scenery (15),Family photos (14),Wildlife (8),Low light (7),Weddings (6),Sports/action (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (10),Casual photographer (5)

Olympus E-P3 Features

  • 12.3Mp Live MOS Sensor: Utilizing 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
  • TruePic VI Image Processor: The TruePic VI Image processor delivers excellent dynamic range, expanded color accuracy and fidelity, plus reduced noise, all the way up to 12,800 ISO
  • Lenses for Every Shooting Challenge: The Olympus PEN MICRO Four Thirds family features eight fully-compatible MICRO Four Thirds lenses. The legendary Olympus Zuiko Digital Four Thirds range of 27 high-quality lenses
  • Fast AF: To meet the demand for focusing speed, Olympus has introduced the FAST AF Tracking System
  • Low Light Performance: The E-P3 provides stellar low light performance with a combination of the AF illuminator, a built-in flash and ISO up to 12,800
  • Fast Shutter Response: Never miss a shot again with fast shutter response time of less than 60 milliseconds
  • HD Movie Capture: A simple, one-touch button allows you to record movies with ease and simplicity, for up to 29 minutes of 1080i HD video. Choose between AVCHD or AVI for amazing clarity right from your camera
  • 3.0" Touch Screen OLED (614K dots): The 3.0" display is a touch interface that gives you the ability to choose AF points, release the shutter and navigate menus
  • Classic, Compact, All Metal: A classic, compact, all metal body offers maximum portability for capturing stunning photos and videos anywhere you care to take it
  • Superior Image Quality: A large 12.3Mp Live MOS Image Sensor delivers the highest quality images. Take great photos in low-light environments thanks to the camera's built-in flash, AF illuminator and ISO up to 12,800
  • Blazing Speed: The Olympus PEN E-P3 uses a variety of features to achieve speed rivaling that of the professional Olympus E-5 DSLR
  • Creative Freedom: Olympus PEN series cameras put you in the director's chair, offering even more freedom to the creative shooting experience and enabling instant experimentation, feedback and gratification. For the first time, the Olympus PEN E-P3 features full 1080 60i HD Video
  • Expanded Control Combined with Ease of Use: Controlling the Olympus PEN E-P3 is simple with its next-generation, three-inch, touch-sensitive 614,000 pixel OLED display

Olympus E-P3 Specifications

Memory
SD/SDXC/UHS-1
Eye-Fi, Class 6 recommended for video recording
Screen size
17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Effective Pixels number
12.3 million pixels
Image Pickup Unit: Product Type
High speed Live MOS Sensor
Total no. of pixels
Approx. 13.1 million pixels
Aspect Ratio
1.33 (4:3)
Filter Array
Primary color filter (RGB)
Dust Reduction
Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Recording (Still): Recording Format
DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
Recording (Still): File Format
RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO (3D still)
Recording (Still): Recording image size
[RAW] 4032 x 3024 pixels
[JPEG] 4032 x 3024 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
Recording (Still): File Size
RAW: 4032(H)x3024V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 13.8MB
Set1(LF): 4032(H)x3024(V) (1/4 compressed) Approx. 5.9MB
Set2(LN): 4032(H)x3024(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 2.7MB
Set3(MN): 2560(H)x1920(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
Set4(SN): 1024(H)x768(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
Recording (Movie): Recording Format
AVCHD
AVI Motion JPEG
Recording (Movie): Movie Mode
AVCHD Format: Full HD Fine: 1920(H)x1080(V), 60i Recording, 20Mbps, Aspect 16:9
- Full HD Normal: 1920(H)x1080(V), 60i Recording, 17Mbps, Aspect 16:9
- HD Fine: 1280(H)x720(V), 60p Recording), 17Mbps, Aspect 16:9
- HD Normal: 1280(H)x720(V), 60p Recording, 13Mbps, Aspect 16:9
Frame rate of image sensor output is 30fps
Motion-JPEG Format: HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30fps (Some Art Filters are exceptional), Aspect 16:9
Recording (Movie): Compression Ratio
Motion-JPEG Format: 1/12(HD), 1/8(SD)
Recording (Movie): File Size
AVCHD Format: Max 4GB
Motion-JPEG Format: Max 2GB
Recording (Movie): Maximum Time
AVCHD Format: Max 29min (Full HD Normal/HD Fine/HD Normal: 29min, Full HD Fine: 22min)
Motion-JPEG Format: HD: 7min, SD: 14min (There are exceptions with select Art Filters)
Recording(Sound): Recording format
AVCHD Format: Dolby Digital
Motion-JPEG Format / Picture with Sound: Wave Format Base (Stereo PCM/16bit, 48kHz)
Recording (Sound): Maximum Time
Picture with Sound: 30sec
Movie: depend on Movie Recording Time
Mic/Speaker
Stereo/Mono
Tele-converter effect
x2
Live View: Type
Image Sensor (High Speed Live MOS) type
Field of view
100%
Display Mode
Normal Mode
Grid Line Mode (4 types)
Histogram Mode
Magnified View Mode
Comparable View Mode
Level Gauge
OFF Mode
Magnification Ratio
x5, x7, x10 (Default), x14
Monitor information
Aperture value, Shutter speed, Auto Bracket, AE Lock, AF mode, IS, Shooting Mode, Battery Check, Myset, Internal Temperature Warning, Face / Eye Detection, Histogram, Number of storable still pictures, Record mode, ISO, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, White Balance, Metering Mode, AF confirmation mark, Exposure Compensation Value, Spot metering Area
Flash Mode, Flash Status, Flash intensity Control, Super FPTouch panel condition, Focusing length, Tone control, Eye-Fi condition
Face Detection
Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed
AF
High speed imager AF
Image stabilizer: System
Built in (Imager shift image stabilizer)
Image stabilizer: Mode
3 modes (IS1:2 dimensional activation, IS2:1 dimensional activation in landscape frame to vertical direction moving, IS3:1dimensional activation in portrait frame to vertical direction moving ), OFF
Image stabilizer: Manual Function
input focal length 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000
Image stabilizer: Shutter speed range
2 - 1/4000 sec. (Not available when Bulb is selected)
Image stabilizer: Movie
Shifting electronic image (so called Digital IS, IS1 mode only)
Monitor
OLED, AF(Anti-Fingerprint) coating, Touch Panel
Monitor: Size
3.0 inches 3:2
Monitor: Total no. of pixels
Approx. 614,000 dots
Monitor: Playback field of view
100%
Monitor: Brightness control
+2 levels and -2 levels
Monitor: Color temperature
+3 levels and -3 levels
Monitor color
VIVID (Default) / NATURAL
Focusing:AF system
Imager Contrast Detection AF system When non High-speed imager AF compatible lens is used, it works as AF assist
Focus mode
Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR)C-AF and AF tracking are not available with non-Micro Four Thirds lenses.
This is can be set in both recording mode, still and movie, separately
Focusing point
35-area multiple AF with the contrast detection system (Auto, selectable in option)
Focusing point selection
Auto from all 35 area, Single area from 35 area, Group Target area (9 area) from 35 area
Auto from almost all area when Face detection is ON Free selection when Magnified View Mode is selected
AF lock
Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode
Focus tracking
Yes
Magnified Spot AF
Yes
Manual Focus Assist
When rotation of focus ring is detected under S-AF+MF or MF mode, LV is magnified automatically
Exposure Control (Still):Metering system
TTL Image Sensor metering system
(1) Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering)
(2) Center weighted average metering
(3) Spot metering (approx. 1% for the viewfinder screen. Highlight / shadow bases are available)
Exposure Control (Still): Metering range
EV 0 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Centre weighted average metering, Spot metering)
Exposure Control (Still): Exposure mode
(1) iAuto
(2) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed)
(3) A: Aperture priority AE
(4) S: Shutter priority AE
(5) M: Manual
(6) Scene select AE
(7) Art Filter
Scene select AE
Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Macro, Sport, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Document, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye Conv, Wide Conv, Macro Conv, 3D
Exposure compensation
±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE lock
Yes (Using Fn1/Rec button is available)
Exposure bracketing
2, 3, 5frames in 0.3,0.5, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable, 7frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7EV steps selectable
Metering standard value adjustment
1/6 EV step, +/- 1EV range
Exposure Control (Movie): Exposure mode
(1)P: Program AE (2) A: Aperture priority AE (3) S: Shutter speed priority AE (4)M:Manual (5) Art Filter
Color space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
White Balance: Auto WB system
High speed Live MOS sensor
Preset white balance
6 settings (3000K - 7500K)Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent (4000K), Daylight (5300K), Flash (5500K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K)
Flash + WB
OFF / AWB priority / Flash WB priority
White balance compensation
±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)
White balance bracketing
3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis
Picture Mode: Mode
iEnhance, Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone, Art Filter
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)
Art Filter bracketing
Yes
Noise Filter at High ISO setting
OFF, LOW, STANDARD, HIGH
Noise Reduction at Slow shutter speed
OFF, ON, AUTO
Shutter
Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed
60 - 1/4000 sec
Self-timer
Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
Remote cable release
Available (Optional RM-UC1)
Drive mode
Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer
Sequential shooting speed
Approx. 3 frames/sec. in sequential shooting
Built-in flash
Yes
Compatible external flash
E-system Flash(FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R)
External Flash control mode
TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL
Flash intensity control
Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps
Art Filter
Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Gentle Sepia, Cross Process, Dramatic Tone
Multi Exposure
2 frames
Languages
Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai
Multi Aspect
4:3(Default)/3:2/16:9/6:6/3:4
Level Gauge
Yes (H & V)
Image Editing (Erasing)
Single frame, All, Selected frames(from Index)
Image Overlay
Up to 3 RAW images
Input/Output: PC interface
USB 2.0 High Speed for storage through Multi-connector(MTP mode is available)
TV interface
HDMI (HD/Mono or Stereo Sound), VIDEO-OUT (SD/Mono Sound)
USB/Video connector
Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1, USB cable is available)
HDMI
Mini HDMI type-C(1080i/720p/576p/480p)
Flash attachment
Hot shoe
DC-in
No
Power Requirements
BLS-1 Li-ion battery
Sleep mode
Yes (1, 3, 5 min., selectable)
Humidity
30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
Dimensions
4.8 x 2.7 x 1.4" / 12.2 x 6.9 x 3.5cm
Weight
11.32 oz / 0.3kg (Body only)
Mfr #
V204031BU000
SKU
IOMEP3B14

Olympus E-P3 Reviews

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4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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The great Olympus E=P3

I have replaced all my DSLR equipment with micro four-thirds (MFT) gear. I purchased this camera two weeks ago and have taken almost 1000 shots with it. The Olympus E-P3 is an amazing camera, rich with features. high quality and fun to shoot! However, I have noticed that the kit lens is not up to the sensor. Though it focuses fast and does a pretty good job, it's when you put on real good glass that you realize how wonderful this camera is. Anyone thinking about downsizing the bulk and weight...

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I have replaced all my DSLR equipment with micro four-thirds (MFT) gear. I purchased this camera two weeks ago and have taken almost 1000 shots with it. The Olympus E-P3 is an amazing camera, rich with features. high quality and fun to shoot! However, I have noticed that the kit lens is not up to the sensor. Though it focuses fast and does a pretty good job, it's when you put on real good glass that you realize how wonderful this camera is. Anyone thinking about downsizing the bulk and weight of their equipment, without sacrificing quality should look at this camera and the Olympus system. You will not be disappointed as long as you include good glass such as the Olympus 45mm f/1.8, 75mm f/1.8, the Lumix 25mm f/.1.4 or fixed 2.8 zooms. I have been so happy with this camera and talking about it so much that my professional photographer brother is seriously looking at it now. By the way, Adorama's price and service couldn't be beat by anyone else retail or online. I highly recommend them!

Reviewed by 17 customers

 
4.0

Nice Camera

By

from New York, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

This camera has the features I want and takes decent picture. It is especially good at taking close up picture. The view of depth is nice. I also like its touch screen focus feature. I am happy to use it to travel, especially when I don't want to use my DSLR. However, it is still too big to bring it along daily. IN addition, it takes a long time to save the pic after each take.

 
4.0

Nice, small, flexible camera

By

from San Francisco  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this to take good pictures of my family and scenes from vacation and, well, just life. I really like the dual dials and the ability to quickly do exposure compensation. It fits in my coat pocket so I have it with me more than my big Rebel. Some of the default settings are a bit goofy, so it takes a while to set things up really well. It feels like a photographer's camera.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The great Olympus E=P3

By

from Fairbanks Alaska and Piura, Peru  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have replaced all my DSLR equipment with micro four-thirds (MFT) gear. I purchased this camera two weeks ago and have taken almost 1000 shots with it. The Olympus E-P3 is an amazing camera, rich with features. high quality and fun to shoot! However, I have noticed that the kit lens is not up to the sensor. Though it focuses fast and does a pretty good job, it's when you put on real good glass that you realize how wonderful this camera is. Anyone thinking about downsizing the bulk and weight of their equipment, without sacrificing quality should look at this camera and the Olympus system. You will not be disappointed as long as you include good glass such as the Olympus 45mm f/1.8, 75mm f/1.8, the Lumix 25mm f/.1.4 or fixed 2.8 zooms. I have been so happy with this camera and talking about it so much that my professional photographer brother is seriously looking at it now. By the way, Adorama's price and service couldn't be beat by anyone else retail or online. I highly recommend them!

 
5.0

Fantastic Camera

By

from Austin, TX  -  Casual Photographer

This is my first camera beyond a point and click. My sister is a photographer, and she recommended this as an affordable starter. It is allowing my to shoot manually, and I'm taking some fantastic photos. I'm impressed. And for the price...

 
5.0

Excellent

By

from Snoqualmie, WA  -  Casual Photographer

We bought this camera as a starter camera that would take sharper and quicker pictures compared to our point and shoot. Pictures have looked great, love how it takes night time pictures.

 
5.0

Excellent small format camera

By

from Arizona  -  Photo Enthusiast

First, this is excellent value for the dollar though it is one generation older than the current E-P5, which is a significant upgrade as it has many of the features of the OM-D. The E-P3 stabilizes well, has nice IQ, is small enough to handle well. (I have small hands and couldn't comfortably use even a small DSLR.) The kit lens is no big deal though adequate. However, by adding the 40-150mm f/4.0 - 5.6 and the superb Oly 60mm f/2.8 Macro, the camera works well in almost all situations. I did add a viewfinder, the EVF-3. The EVF-2 is better, but $100 more. I find that with the viewfinder I take far better pictures both in terms of composition and in reducing camera movement. Highly recommended if you don't want to pay for the E-P5. Only negative is that there is a lot of customization available (a good thing) but Oly did not include a printed manual. There is a PDF on line and for another $10 you can buy a paper copy from Oly. Pathetic on the part of Olympus as it probably saved them $1.79. Great small camera with excellent IQ at a reasonable price.

 
5.0

Easy to use once you figure it out

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from USA  -  Casual Photographer

This is my first micro 4/3 camera. So far, the camera has been great. The menu is confusing at first but once I figured out how to trigger the super control setting, everything got simpler. No evf, but I've been fine just using the LCD so far. I will probably order the EVF3 though. Very excited about this camera. It is compact, stylish; kind of reminds me of one of those old retro looking SLR's.. I'll probably add on more accessories and buy the 45mm 1.8.. Overall, thrilled with this camera. If you're contemplating buying this, do it. It's a fun capable little camera!

 
4.0

Great portable camera!!

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from Odessa, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

I keep this camera with me for taking family photos and candids when we are out. This camera has been awesome for that! It's much more portable than my SLR and that makes me want to take it everywhere. Plus, it's just fun to shoot. It takes a bit more work to get great looking pictures out of it than my D7000 but it's doing with a little practice.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great deal

By

from Upstate, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

Bought this because it was the most camera I could buy for the price. Excellent out of camera JPEG quality. Very user friendly with many ways to customize camera to your shooting preferences. Nice camera to get acquainted with the micro 4/3 system for little money.

 
5.0

Love everything about it

By

from Salt Lake City, UT  -  Casual Photographer

This is my first camera of this type, and while I'm a still a relatively casual user it has exceeded all my expectations.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
DIANA C  Elegantly styled, well specified in a very small package.
Debbie D  Is the specific M. Zuiko Digital 14-42mm II R f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens included in this kit?
ROY S  Yes. That specific lens is included in the Kit that I bought. Hope that helps. Roy.
Shopper  I must be very camera illiterate because I can not find what the optical zoom is. Anybody know?
SON H  Optical zoom is real zoom power like when you use different lenses. In contrast, electronic zoom is not real, it is just the cropping a part of the optical real image and fill up the same space. Electronic zoom is much lesser image quality because only a part of the image is used.
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