Olympus PEN E-P3

Announced Jun 30, 2011 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
dpreview conclusion

The Olympus PEN E-P3 is in many ways the camera we always hoped Olympus would produce at this level. Fast, pleasant to shoot with, and undeniably stylish too, it produces excellent images with the minimum of fuss. However its ageing sensor is unable to quite keep up with the best-in-class at high ISOs.

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Silver Award
74%
dpreview score
Good for

Enthusiast photographers looking for a fast, versatile compact interchangeable lens camera

Not so good for

Applications requiring high speed or burst shooting.

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Other reviews
Olympus PEN E-P3 Review
By: Mike Tomkins, Imaging Resource (Jan 25, 2012)

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Olympus PEN E-P3 review
By: Mike Lowe, What Digital Camera (Jul 11, 2011)

The E-P3 is an impressive Micro Four Thirds camera. It's well built, looks the part and takes great pictures to high ISO settings too. The inclusion of a new built-in flash and AF illuminator finally lays to rest the complaints of previous models. Furthermore the FAST AF system is truly superfast, though the tracking modes aren't up to scratch for action shots. Although there's no built-in...

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DCRP Review: Olympus E-P3
By: Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page (Jul 1, 2011)

While its rangefinder-styled body is mostly unchanged since its predecessors, the Olympus E-P3 has gained a beautiful 3-inch OLED display, a built-in flash, and interchangeable grips. Other big features include super-fast autofocus, sensor-shift image stabilization, plenty of manual controls, lots of consumer-friendly features, Full HD movie recording, and above average battery life. While not...

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Olympus PEN E-P3 review

You get a different view of a camera having spent ten days with it in the absence of any other distractions, so this isn't the usual Cameralabs verdict assessing features and specifications and including comparisons with competing products. The most flattering thing I can say about the Olympus Pen E-P3 is that I would definitely take it on holiday again. In terms of portability and general...

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