Olympus PEN E-P3 in-depth review
Body & Design
There's no doubt that the E-P3 is, like its forebears, a very pretty camera indeed. Olympus has managed to add the built-in flash unit without breaking the clean, elegant lines of the front plate, and has tidied-up the design of the EVF port and hot shoe as well. The slightly cheap-feeling recessed plastic mode dial has been replaced by a neatly-milled metal version beside the shutter release, and the metal body shell reinforces the overall impression of quality. Overall the result is arguably the best-looking PEN yet.
But while the E-P3 is very much a continuation of the E-Px line in terms of design and styling, if you look a bit more closely you'll see that the control layout is now much more closely related to the E-PL range. Indeed aside from the excellent vertical thumb dial and the Fn2 button on the top-plate, the E-P3's button and dial functions are identical to its cheaper stablemates. In many respects this is very welcome - most notably the adoption of dedicated movie and 'magnify' buttons - but in others less so (the direct ISO and white balance buttons have disappeared).
A special mention has to be given to the new OLED screen, which at 614,000 dots is leaps and bounds beyond any previous PEN. It's bright, sharp and colourful with anti-reflective and -fingerprint coatings, which seem pretty effective. Olympus has also re-drawn much of camera's displays and screens to take advantage of the extra resolution, including a rather pretty menu interface. Given that the previous PENs' GUI could (conceivably) be traced back to Neolithic times, this couldn't be more welcome. But most importantly, from our initial experience it's much more usable in bright light, even with strong summer sun shining directly onto it.
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