Olympus E-P3 Pen Mirrorless Digital Camera, Silver, with M. Zuiko 14-42mm II R f/3.5-5.6 Silver Lens

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About Olympus E-P3

Designed for the hobbyist or advanced photographer who desires superior image quality, FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) Autofocus Tracking System and total creative control in a body portable enough to travel the world:the PEN E-P3.

The powerful Olympus PEN® E-P3 is the ultimate PEN camera for visual expression,delivering professional image quality, the World's Fastest AF** speed, a huge selection of built-in creative features and an easy-to-use interface, all elegantly packaged in a classic, all-metal body with full-advanced controls. Twonew M. Zuiko prime lenses also join the family of six MICRO Four Thirds® lenses,to expand the broad options offered to imaging enthusiasts.

Look what you can do with the new Olympus PEN E-P3. It blends high-quality still images expected of a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera with high-definition (HD) video, AC3 Dolby Digital audio (comparable to studio recordings) and In-Camera Creativity in an ultra-portable body. The PEN E-P3 hasit all.

Superior Image Quality
A large 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor delivers the highest quality images. Take great photos in low-light environments thanksto the camera's built-in flash, AF illuminator and ISO up to 12,800. To improve color and speed, the Olympus PEN E-P3 features the new TruePic VI Image Processing Engine. Photos and HD videos taken with the PEN E-P3 will be crisp and clear thanks to three modes of in-body image stabilization. Image stabilization built into the camera's body enables photographers to take advantage of this feature with every lens. The camera's award-winning Supersonic Wave Filter patented Dust Reduction System vibrates to remove dust and other particles from the front of the image sensor, capturing it on an adhesive membrane every time the camera is turned on.

Blazing Speed
The Olympus PEN E-P3 uses a variety of features to achieve speed rivaling that of the professional Olympus E-5 DSLR. Focus and shoot faster with the camera's new 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor, TruePic VI Image Processor and new FAST AF Tracking System. The Olympus PEN E-P3 offers 35 separate focus points spread over nearly the entire sensor, enabling the camera to pin-point focus accuracy on small subjects wherever they appear in the frame. Selectable 3x3 groups within the 35-point area are especially effective when shooting active subjects. The camera's fast shutter response time ensures that you will never miss the shot, even in the toughest shooting environments. Creative Freedom
Olympus PEN series cameras put you in the director's chair, offering a new level of 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. Push the direct HD video button to instantly start filming your HD video with a choice between ACVHD and AVI formats with uncompressed CD-quality 16 bit/44.1kHz Linear PCM stereo recording or AC3 Dolby Digital Audio.

In-camera features such as Art Filters, Multiple Exposure and In-Camera Editing enable photographers to capture the world as they see it. The Olympus PEN E-P3 features 10 Art Filters: Diorama, Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia and Dramatic Tone. The camera also features nine Art Filter variations and enhancements, including new Pale & Light Color II, and five Art Filter Effects, including new Star Light and White Edge. The new Art Filter Bracketing function helps you develop multiple pictures utilizing different Art Filters with a single shot, making it possible to experiment with several different photographic effects at the same time. Photographers can use Art Filters in all shooting modes: shutter priority, aperture priority, manual and program auto modes for expanded control. All Art Filters can be applied to both still shots and Standard Definition or HD movies. Art Filters set the Olympus PEN E-P3's images and videos apart from the pack. Since they're built into the camera, Art Filters can help you achieve dramatic results on the go without the need for a computer or editing software.

The Olympus PEN E-P3 adds a new dimension to photographs by shooting dynamic 3D photos in any situation from macro to landscape. Recreate a sense of depth like that of the original scene. Simply select the 3D Photo Mode, release the shutter, and slowly pan until the camera automatically takes a second image from a slightly different perspective. The 3D data is processed in-camera resulting in an .MPO file, the universal industry 3D format for easy display on 3D televisions or laptops

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. Consuming much less energy than the traditional LCD, this display has a wide 176-degree angle of view and is bright enough to compose images even in harsh midday light. With the camera's new intuitive graphic user interface and touchscreen, it is easy to capture a picture, change camera settings or navigate the Live Guide controls by simply touching the screen. Going through a day's photos is easy by scrolling through and enlarging photos with the tap of a finger.

The Olympus PEN E-P3's built-in, pop-up flash makes it easy to illuminate low-light subjects, reduce red-eye and fill in dark areas.The camera is compatible with SDHC, SDXC and UHS-1 memory cards for greater speed and capacity and can be utilized with the Olympus PENPAL® or various Eye-Fi cards for instant wireless uploads to your favorite social or photo sharing websites.

The Olympus E-P3 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Travel, 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: Compact, Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good image quality, Good in low light, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Nice body color and Short lag time

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Good image quality (9),Compact (7),Easy to use (7),Fast / accurate auto-focus (7),Large clear LCD (7),Image stabilization (6),Nice body color (5),Good in low light (4),Short lag time (4)
No viewfinder (5)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (8),Travel (7),Family photos (4),Wildlife (4),Low light (3),Sports/action (3),Weddings (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (5),Casual photographer (4)

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

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
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
Tele-converter effect
Live View: Type
Image Sensor (High Speed Live MOS) type
Field of view
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
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)
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
Monitor: Brightness control
+2 levels and -2 levels
Monitor: Color temperature
+3 levels and -3 levels
Monitor color
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
Magnified Spot AF
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
4 levels (Auto, High key, Normal, Low key)
Art Filter bracketing
Noise Filter at High ISO setting
Noise Reduction at Slow shutter speed
Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed
60 - 1/4000 sec
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
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
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
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)
Mini HDMI type-C(1080i/720p/576p/480p)
Flash attachment
Hot shoe
Power Requirements
BLS-1 Li-ion battery
Sleep mode
Yes (1, 3, 5 min., selectable)
30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
4.8 x 2.7 x 1.4" / 12.2 x 6.9 x 3.5cm
11.32 oz / 0.3kg (Body only)

Olympus E-P3 Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Excellent Camera!!

Great camera at a great price! I was looking for a good camera that was not too bulky and takes great pictures and I found it! I couldn't be any happier with my purchase.

Reviewed by 9 customers


The little devil


from Minneapolis, Minnesota  -  Casual Photographer

I am a casual user and occasionally take photos of friends and events or when traveling. For that reason, this is not a technical review, but rather my views about this camera. I will be brief about my observations - 1. Packs a heft - Not so much as unneeded weight, but feels really nice to hold 2. Looks great on or off. Very well designed and polished look 3. OLED touchscreen is a breakthrough feature. Don't know how many cameras in this class features it, but the screen is very good to look at or use, especially in Natural setting. 4. Nice set of automated scene settings covering a variety of picture settings. 5. No vignetting using the kit lens at any focal length. 6. Fantastic low-light performance. 7. Need a prime lens if nicer bokeh is desired. 8. Flickr features some great shots taken by this camera and the 45mm 1.8 lens. 9. On a recent camping trip, all my friends were surprised at the features of this camera, one even calling it "a little devil". I suppose it was a compliment.


Excellent Camera!!


from Laguna Niguel, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great camera at a great price! I was looking for a good camera that was not too bulky and takes great pictures and I found it! I couldn't be any happier with my purchase.


Excellent Little Camera


from san mateo, ca  -  Photo Enthusiast

I must say I was impressed with this little camera, this is my second M43 cam and it is a delight using it. It is not perfect, it does miss focus and has a bit too much noise reduction, but for this price, it is very hard to beat! The colors are vibrant and punchy, when perfectly in focus it is sharp.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


excellent camera


from Dominican Republic  -  Casual Photographer

I bought this camera and I am very happy with it, is the best camera I've ever had, thanks for the offer Adorama!


Stunning camera and great photos too!


from Boston, MA  -  Casual Photographer

First of all, the camera is absolutely stunning with the shiny silver finish. Everything about it feels premium (except maybe the battery/memory card door). Performance is a giant upgrade over the E-PL1, and I do notice a tiny improvement in IQ, but it's not substantial. For me, it was worth the upgrade for the body, the speed, and the pretty awesome touchscreen. Yeah - I do have a lot of fun using the touchscreen to snap photos. Oh - and those photos, not bad at all. The only negative, but one that I am more than willing to live with, is that the camera could probably be a little more compact and also a little lighter. It's just a tad bulky. OK, there'a another negative. Despite the AF light, it can still struggle to focus in low light with low contrast. But that's in very challenging circumstances. Otherwise, anyone looking for an upgrade from point and shoots should get a Olympus PEN.


The missing link of the e-pm line


from Livermore CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I am an avid amateur and enjoy city scenes,landscape and child photography .I have taken many spectacular photos with the E-PM1 , as good in general as my Nikon D7000; I wanted however the convenience of the dials and additional controls to simplify and expedite the shooting experience, specially when travelling .All of it is available with the E-P3 with the added bonus of a built in flash, better and larger screen. I use it with the EV3 finder and have not found any faults with the camera . Totally satisfied. *****stars.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


good camera


from rochester hills Mi  -  Photo Enthusiast

I like it very much.


Pen EP-3


from New York State  -  Photo Enthusiast

Nice upgrade from my EP-2 which has never ever failed me (however buy two extra batteries), I use it with either the 14mm f2.5 or 20mm f1.7 which for me are perfect street lenses. I always have loved the Olympus color rendition only Fuji is in the same class IMHO.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent purchase


from Houston, TX  -  Casual Photographer

Other than point-and-shoot, I have not had a nice camera in 30 years. Getting back into this with the new technology is exciting!


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Vita W  Are these cameras new? Because what I saw from the Olympus official website, the EP3 is more than 800 bucks
LARRY H  The Olympus E-P3 was released in 2011 so it is not a new camera. However, I have heard that Olympus plans to discontinue it sometime in the near future so if you hunt around or wait a bit, chances are you can find good deals on it. The $800 price tag is the current retail price.
Shopper  Is this camera new in its box or refurbished?
CHRISTOPHER T  It is new and in its original unopened packaging.
Stephen D  Is there any chance of getting one of these before the end of the week?
PAUL R  In short NO. But you can get an E-PL2 by then, download and installt the latest firmware, and have pretty much the same camera for $
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