Olympus E-P3 Review

 
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Model Name: Olympus PEN E-P3 
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Predecessor: Olympus E-P2
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Successor:  
General
Model Number: E-P3
Camera Format: Compact System Camera
Currently Manufactured:
Retail Price: $899.99
Street Price: $561.30
Date Available: 2011-08-15
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 17.3 oz (490 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Size: 4.8 x 2.7 x 1.4 in.
(122 x 69 x 34 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: Live MOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Panasonic
Effective Megapixels: 12.3
Sensor Format: 4/3
Sensor size: 224.9mm2 (17.30mm x 13.00mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 4.29 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 2.0x
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter: Fixed
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Sensor shift image stabilization: Yes
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4032 x 3024 (12.2 MP, 4:3),
3200 x 2400 (7.7 MP, 4:3),
2560 x 1920 (4.9 MP, 4:3),
1920 x 1440 (2.8 MP, 4:3),
1600 x 1200 (1.9 MP, 4:3),
1280 x 960 (1.2 MP, 4:3),
1024 x 768 (0.8 MP, 4:3),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.2), MPO (3D), 12-bit RAW (.ORF)
Continuous-mode frames/second: 3.1
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (60i (20Mbps/17Mbps))
1280x720 (60p (17Mbps/13Mbps))
1280x720 (30p)
640x480 (30p)
Movie File Format: AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder:
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds
Lens: Olympus 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 II R MSC M.Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 28 - 84 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.00x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 (wide) / f/5.6 (tele) - f/22
Normal Focus Range: 25 cm to Infinity
9.8 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Filter Thread: 37.0mm
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: No
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: 2x
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detect: High-speed, 35-point with Face Detection and Tracking. Auto from all 35 area, Single area from 35 area, Group Target area (9 area) from 35 area, Up to 8 Faces Detected
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: No
Viewfinder Type: Optional EVF mounted in flash hotshoe
Focus Peaking: No
EVF Resolution: n/a
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: No
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 614,000 dots
Touchscreen: No
Articulating Screen: No
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: No
Max Playback Zoom: 14.0x
Top Deck Display: No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native):  
Minimum ISO (native):  
ISO Settings: Auto (customizable range), 200 - 12800 (1/3, 1 EV steps)
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Lamp, Fluorescent, Daylight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Custom WB, One-touch WB
Shutter Speed Range: 60 - 1/4000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 324-zone Digital ESP, Center Weighted Average, Spot (~1%, with Highlight/Shadow modes)
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: 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; Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Gentle Sepia, Cross Process, Dramatic Tone)
Self Timer: 2 or 12 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Manual (Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64), Off. Wireless flash control supported.
Flash Guide Number: 7.0 m / 23.0 ft.
Flash Range Description: Depends on lens aperture (GN=10m @ ISO 200)
Max Flash Sync: 1/180
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support:  
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
Uncompressed Format: 12-bit RAW (.ORF)
RAW Capture Support: Yes
Movie File Format: AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Included Memory: No memory included
Included Memory Type:  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: No
Built-In GPS: No
Bluetooth: No
NFC: No
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Optional RM-UC1 wired remote
Connections (extended): Accessory Port 2, Multi Connector (USB/AV/Remote), Mini HDMI (Type C)
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 0.74
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 0.71
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): Unlimited
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot):  
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 3.1
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 19
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames):  
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames):  
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.22
Shutter lag (full AF, tele): 0.21
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.088
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 0.40
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.060
Shutter Lag (notes): Multi-area Full AF: 0.267s
Startup Time: 0.9
Play -> Record Time: 0.5
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 4.10
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary BLS-1 or BLS-5
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: Proprietary BLS-1 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included:
Internal Charging Supported:
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View): 330
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF):  
Software
Included Software: OLYMPUS Viewer 2/[ib] CD-ROM
OS Compatibility:  
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, 3-inch 610k-dot OLED Touchscreen, TruePic VI Image Processor, "FAST" AF System, Full HD movies, 10 Art Filters. Available in Black, White and Silver.

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