Olympus E3 Review

 
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Olympus E-3 Comparison

The chart below compares the E-3 with other current Olympus DSLRs. We've used color tints in the cells to highlight differences. A red cell means that the the camera involved has lesser specs than the others, a green cell that it has better, and a yellow cell that its specification is somewhere between.

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E-3 versus other current Olympus DSLRs
Manufacturer
Olympus
Olympus
Olympus Olympus
Model
E-3
EVOLT E-330
EVOLT E-410 EVOLT E-510
Imaging
System
Sensor Manufacturer
Panasonic Panasonic Panasonic Panasonic
Sensor Type
Live MOS (NMOS) Live MOS (NMOS) Live MOS (NMOS) Live MOS (NMOS)
Color Filter Array
RGB RGB RGB RGB
Total Megapixels
11.8
7.94
11.8 11.8
Effective Megapixels
10 7.5 10 10
Effective Sensor Size (mm)
17.3 x 13.0
17.3 x 13.0
17.3 x 13.0 17.3 x 13.0
Focal Length Multiplier (approx.)
2.0x
2.0x
2.0x 2.0x
Image Processor
TruePic III
TruePic TURBO
TruePic III TruePic III
Viewfinder
Type
Eye-level pentaprism
Eye-level Porro mirror system with dedicated full-time Live View CCD
Eye-level pentamirror Eye-level pentamirror
Coverage
100%
95%
95% 95%
Magnification (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
1.15x
0.93x
0.92x 0.92x
Eyepoint (mm)
20
18
14 14
Dioptric Adjustment Range (diopters)
-3.0 to +1.0
-3.0 to +1.0
-3.0 to +1.0 -3.0 to +1.0
Focusing Screen
Fixed (Matte with AF/Metering marks)
Fixed (Matte with AF/Metering marks)
Fixed (Matte with AF/Metering marks) Fixed (Matte with AF/Metering marks)
Viewfinder
Info Display
AF points, Spot metering area, Super FP flash mode, Metering mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure mode, Number of storable sequential pictures, Image stabilizer, Auto ISO sensitivity, Flash status, AF confirmation mark, Flash, exposure compensation, AE lock, WB, Exposure level / compensation indicator, Auto bracket, ISO sensitivity value, Batter status
AF points, Shutter speed, Aperture value, AF confirmation mark, Flash, White balance, AE lock, Number of storable still pictures, Exposure compensation value indication, Metering mode, Battery check, Exposure mode, Record mode
AF points, Shutter speed, Aperture value, AF confirmation mark, Flash, White balance, AE lock, Number of storable still pictures, Exposure compensation value indication, Metering mode, Battery check, Exposure mode, Record mode AF points Shutter speed, Aperture value, AF confirmation mark, Flash, WB, AE lock, Number of storable still images, Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, Battery warning, Exposure mode, Record mode, IS activating mode.
Depth of Field Preview
Yes (Preview Button)
Yes (Drive Button Customization)
Yes (Left Arrow Button Customization) Yes (Fn Button Customization)
Recording
System
Recording Media / Quantity / Slot Type
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive, xD-Picture Card
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive, xD-Picture Card
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive, xD-Picture Card Type I or II CF card / Microdrive, xD-Picture Card
Compatible File System
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32 FAT 16 / FAT 32
Recording Formats
RAW (12-bit ORF), JPEG
RAW (12-bit ORF), JPEG, TIFF
RAW (12-bit ORF), JPEG RAW (12-bit ORF), JPEG
Maximum Resolution
3648 x 2736
3136 x 2352
3648 x 2736 3648 x 2736
Reduced Resolutions (JPEG only)
3200 x 2400,
2560 x 1920,
1600 x 1200,
1280 x 960,
1024 x 768,
640 x 480
2560 x 1920 ,
1600 x 1200,
1280 x 960,
1024 x 768,
640 x 480
3200 x 2400,
2560 x 1920,
1600 x 1200,
1280 x 960,
1024 x 768,
640 x 480
3200 x 2400,
2560 x 1920,
1600 x 1200,
1280 x 960,
1024 x 768,
640 x 480
RAW + JPEG Recording
Yes, Selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Yes, Selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Yes, Selectable JPEG resolution / compression Yes, Selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Color Space &
White Balance
User-
Selectable Color Space
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Processing Parameters

(Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Color Tone) / # of Increments
5 options each for sharpness, saturation, and contrast. Auto, Normal/Low/High-key Gradation adjustment
5 options each for sharpness, saturation, and contrast. Normal/Low/High-key Gradation adjustment
5 options each for sharpness, saturation, and contrast. Auto, Normal/Low/High-key Gradation adjustment 5 options each for sharpness, saturation, and contrast. Auto, Normal/Low/High-key Gradation adjustment
Preset WB settings
9 (Auto, Custom, plus 7 Kelvin Temperature settings correlated with common light sources, such as incandescent, various types of fluorescent, etc.)
9 (Auto, Custom, plus 7 Kelvin Temperature settings correlated with common light sources, such as incandescent, various types of fluorescent, etc.)
9 (Auto, Custom, plus 7 Kelvin Temperature settings correlated with common light sources, such as incandescent, various types of fluorescent, etc.) 9 (Auto, Custom, plus 7 Kelvin Temperature settings correlated with common light sources, such as incandescent, various types of fluorescent, etc.)
Manual Color Temperature Setting Range
2,000 - 14,000K
2,000 - 14,000K
2,000 - 14,000K 2,000 - 14,000K
WB Adjustment Range
+/- 7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)
+/- 7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)
+/- 7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB) +/- 7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)
Autofocus
System
Type
TTL phase detection
TTL phase detection
TTL phase detection TTL phase detection
# of Focusing Points (Focusing Point Type)
11 points, all dual "biaxial" cross-type
3 points, 1 cross-type
3 points, 1 cross-type 3 points, 1 cross-type
Super-
imposed Focus Point Display
Yes Yes Yes Yes
AF Working Range
EV -2 ~ 19 (ISO 100)
EV 0 ~ 19 (ISO 100)
EV 0 ~ 19 (ISO 100) EV 0 ~ 19 (ISO 100)
AF-assist Beam
With built-in flash unit, and on dedicated Olympus external flash units. Note: Only available when flash is enabled.
With built-in flash unit, and on dedicated Olympus external flash units. Note: Only available when flash is enabled.
With built-in flash unit, and on dedicated Olympus external flash units. Note: Only available when flash is enabled. With built-in flash unit, and on dedicated Olympus external flash units. Note: Only available when flash is enabled.
Exposure
Control
Shooting Modes
4 - Program, Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, Manual
6 - Program, Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, Manual, Scene Program, Scene Select.

20 Scene modes (Portrait, Landscape, Landscape & Portrait, Night Scene, Nigh Scene & Portrait, Children, Sports , High-Key, Low-Key, Reducing Blur, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Firework, Documents, Beach & Snow, Underwater Macro, Underwater Wide, Panorama)

7 - Auto, Program, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority, Manual, Scene Program, Scene Select.

20 Scene modes (Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, Sport, High Key, Low Key, Digital Image Stabilization, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Panorama, Beach & Snow, Underwater Wide, Underwater Macro)

7 - Auto, Program, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority, Manual, Scene Program, Scene Select.

18 Scene modes (Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, Sport, High Key, Low Key, Digital Image Stabilization, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Panorama, Beach & Snow)

Metering Zones
49
49
49 49
Metering Modes
Digital ESP (evaluative), Center -weighted Average, 2% Spot, Highlight Spot, Shadow Spot
Digital ESP (evaluative), Center -weighted Average, 2% Spot, Highlight Spot, Shadow Spot
Digital ESP (evaluative), Center -weighted Average, 2% Spot, Highlight Spot, Shadow Spot Digital ESP (evaluative), Center -weighted Average, 2% Spot, Highlight Spot, Shadow Spot
Metering System Working Range
Digital ESP / Center-weighted, Spot;
EV 1 ~ 20
1) Digital ESP / Center-weighted; EV 1 ~ 20

2) Spot; EV 3 ~ 17 (50mm F2, ISO 100)
Digital ESP / Center-weighted, Spot;
EV 1 ~ 20
Digital ESP / Center-weighted, Spot;
EV 1 ~ 20
ISO Range / Extended
100 ~ 3200
100 ~ 400 / 800 ~ 1600
100 ~ 1600 100 ~ 1600
Exposure Comp.
+/- 5EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3EV increments
+/- 5EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3EV increments
+/- 5EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3EV increments +/- 5EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3EV increments
Automatic Exposure Bracketing
3 or 5 shots in +/- 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps
3 shots in +/- 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps
3 shots in +/- 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps 3 shots in +/- 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps
Shutter Speeds,
Frame Rate, Shutter Lag
Shutter Type
Mechanical Focal Plane, electronically controlled;
rated to 150K cycles
Mechanical Focal Plane, electronically controlled
Mechanical Focal Plane, electronically controlled Mechanical Focal Plane, electronically controlled
Shutter Speed Range
1/8000 ~ 60 sec., bulb
1/4000 ~ 60 sec., bulb
1/4000 ~ 60 sec., bulb 1/4000 ~ 60 sec., bulb
Maximum Frames Per Second / Buffer depth
5.19 fps
>20 LF JPEG frames
or 16 RAW frames
3.1 fps
4 LF JPEG frames
or 4 RAW frames
3.25 fps
14 LF JPEG frames
or 9 RAW frames
3.1 fps
>20 LF JPEG frames or 8 RAW frames
Shutter lag, full AF (sec.)
0.135 0.37 0.37 0.35 - 0.36
Shutter lag, prefocus (sec.)
0.076 0.103 0.093 0.091
Startup time (sec.)
1.2 2.7 1.1 1.2
Flash
Built-in Flash / Guide Number at ISO 100.
Yes (13 meters / 43 feet)
Yes (13 meters / 43 feet)
Yes (12 meters / 39 feet) Yes (12 meters / 39 feet)
Max flash x-sync speed. (sec.)
1/250
(Super FP up to 1/8000)
1/180
(Super FP up to 1/4000)
1/180
(Super FP up to 1/4000)
1/180
(Super FP up to 1/4000)
Flash Exposure Comp.
+/- 3 EV in 1/3 EV steps
+/- 2 EV in each 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps
+/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps +/- 2 EV in each 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps
Slow-sync flash
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain 1st or 2nd curtain
Wireless support Yes,
4 channels, 3 groups
No No No
PC Sync Terminal
Yes
Hot shoe only
Hot shoe only Hot shoe only
Playback
System
LCD Size / Pixel Count
2.5 in LCD / 230,000 pixels
2.5 in LCD / 215,250 pixels
2.5 in LCD / 230,000 pixels 2.5 in LCD / 230,000 pixels
Enlarged Playback / Scroll
2 - 14x / Yes
2 - 14x / Yes
2 - 14x / Yes 2 - 14x / Yes
LCD Monitor Brightness Adjustment Range
+/- 7 steps,
plus Auto
+/- 7 steps
+/- 7 steps +/- 7 steps
Automatic Rotation for Vertical Shots
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes
Other Features
Computer Connection
Yes, PTP-compliant (USB 2.0 High Speed)
Yes, PTP-compliant (USB 2.0 Full Speed)
Yes, PTP-compliant (USB 2.0 High Speed) Yes, PTP-compliant (USB 2.0 High Speed)
Direct Printing (PictBridge compliant printers)
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes
Menu Languages
(varies by region; others downloadable via software)
4 (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese)
7 (English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean)
4 (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese) 4 (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese)
Camera Default Reset
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes
Custom Functions
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes
Remote Control
Optional RM-1
Optional RM-1
Optional RM-1 Optional RM-1
Info LCD Panel / Illumination
Yes / Yes
No / n/a
No / n/a No / n/a
Articulating LCD
Yes Yes No No
Ultrasonic CCD dust-removal function
Yes
Yes
Yes Yes
Live View
LCD mode
Yes,
(uses main image sensor)
Yes,
(2 Modes: full-time Mode A uses dedicated live view CCD, Mode B uses main image sensor with manual focus)
Yes,
(uses main image sensor)
Yes,
(uses main image sensor)
Image Stabilization
Yes,
2-mode CCD-shift type
No No Yes,
2-mode CCD-shift type
Body Structure
Body Cover / Chassis
Magnesium Alloy
Mostly Plastic
Mostly Plastic Mostly Plastic
Splash & Dust proof
Yes No No No
Power System
Battery Compatibility
BLM-1
BLM-1
BLS-1 BLM-1
Rated Shooting Capacity at 20°C/68°F
610 shots
CIPA standard
(Live View off)
400 shots
CIPA standard
(Live View off)
500 shots
CIPA standard
(Live View off)
650 shots
CIPA standard
(Live View off)
Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm)
142 x 116 x 74.5
140 x 87 x 72
129.5 x 91 x 53 136 x 91.5 x 68
Weight (body only)
810g
550g
375g 470g
Oper.
Env.
Operating Temperature Range
0 ~ 40°C
0 ~ 40°C
0 ~ 40°C 0 ~ 40°C
Operating Humidity Range
30 - 90%
30 - 90%
30 - 90% 30 - 90%
Kit Lens
Focal length / aperture
n/a
14 – 45mm

f/3.5 – 5.6
14 – 42mm

f/3.5 – 5.6
14 – 42mm

f/3.5 – 5.6
Lens Compatibility
Lens Mount / Compatibility
Zuiko Digital, Four Thirds System Lens
Zuiko Digital, Four Thirds System Lens
Zuiko Digital, Four Thirds System Lens Zuiko Digital, Four Thirds System Lens

 

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