Olympus E-P3

The E-P3 was a full update to the high-end Pen model, with a slight body redesign, new button placements, an integrated flash, the additional of a higher resolution touchsensitive OLED LCD, new movie modes, and a faster autofocus system. Of the high-end Pen models, this would be the preferred camera.

  • Sensor: 12mp Panasonic CMOS sensor, 17.3 x 13mm (2x crop), sensor stabilization
  • Mount: Micro 4/3 (m4/3)
  • Images: 4032 x 3024 JPEG or 12-bit ORF maximum, 3 fps max 
  • Video:  1080i/60, 720P/30, 480P/30 AVCHD or AVI file, stereo PCM or AC3 Dolby audio
  • Shutter: electronic 60 sec to 1/4,000 sec, bulb
  • Exposure: matrix, center-weighted, spot metering, -3 to +3EV exposure compensation, 5 white balance settings (plus Auto and Custom), ISO 100-12800, AUTO ISO
  • Focus: 11 point contrast detect, single point, multi-area, face detect, tracking, manual focus override
  • Display: 3" 614k dot fixed touchscreen OLED LCD, optional EVF via accessory slot
  • Flash: 10m GN pop-up flash, hot shoe, 1/180 flash sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync, rear sync, three-level manual
  • Remote: optional RM-UC1
  • Other Notable Features: powered accessory slot, interchangeable hand grips
  • Cards: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Battery: BLS-5
  • Size: 4.8 x 2.7 x 1.3" (122 x 69 x 34) wide, tall, deep
  • Weight: 13 ounces (369g)
  • Colors: Black, Silver, White
  • Price: US$900 with kit lens
  • Current Firmware: version 1.4
  • Announced: Jun 2011, shipped Jul 2011 (discontinued)

Note: In terms of "best" Olympus m4/3 camera, the E-P3 has now been surpassed by the OM-D E-M5. Unfortunately, the E-P# series needs another serious upgrade, as it's fast becoming long in the tooth.

Thom's review of the E-P3


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