Olympus 12.3 Megapixels PEN E-P3 Compact Review by PopPhoto2011-11-15 02:17 | Source
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On June 30 2011, Olympus announced the PEN E-P3, along with the E-PL3 (Pen Lite) and the E-PM1 (Pen Mini) compact cameras. The E-P3 comes with 12.3 Megpaixels Live MOS Sensor, TruePic VI Image Processor features Real Color Technology for improved color reproduction and faster speeds, ISO support up to 12,800, 3-inch 614,000 pixel OLED Touch screen as well as 1080i HD movie support in either AVCHD or AVI formats. The E-P3 uses a variety of features to achieve speed rivaling that of the professional Olympus E-5 DSLR. The camera can focus faster using the new FAST AF Tracking System. It offers 35 separate focus points spread over nearly the entire sensor, enabling the camera to pin-point focus accuracy on small subjects wherever they appear in the frame. Selectable 3x3 groups within the 35-point area are especially effective when shooting active subjects.
Other notable features of the E-P3 include a metal body, 3fps continuous shooting, a flash hot-shoe, an accessory port, an electronic level gauge, no less than 3 customizable buttons for easy operation and can apply up to 10 Art Filters (Diorama, Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia and Dramatic Tone). The new OLED touchscreen offers fingertip scrolling and enlarging of photos as well as control of the shutter release, AF points and the pop-up Live Guide. The Olympus PEN E-P3 kit is available in stylish black, white and silver. The Olympus PEN E-P3 Body with MSC M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm II R f3.5/5.6 Zoom Lens is listed for $899.99, while the same camera body with the MSC M. Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f2.8 Prime Lens is listed for the same price at $899.99. Here's the summary of review by CameraLabs, giving the camera a rating of 83 out of 100:
"One of the benefits of the new sensor in the P3 is that Olympus is able to double the speed of its data sampling to 120 frames per second for short periods of time for the purpose of autofocus. This is very similar to how Panasonic achieves its speedy AF in its recent models. We found the autofocusing of the P3 just as fast as the Panasonic's, putting these two ILC makers neck and neck in the lead of AF. We field-tested the P3 with the included standard grip. Olympus also offers an accessory grip that extends further forward, and you can use the camera without a grip attached. The included grip is very similar to the one on the P2, though it has a slightly more exaggerated ridge for your finger to latch onto. Burst shooters won't be very impressed by the P3's 3-fps continuous shooting, but video aficionados will like the 1080i 60-fps video. The video quality is very pleasing and the continuous AF, though not as snappy as that of most camcorders, is among the best we've seen in any ILC we've tested so far.
Olympus's P3 does a good job of updating the company's top Pen model. P2 shooters thinking about stepping up will gain a pop-up flash, slightly less noise, a tiny bit of extra resolving power, but will have to trade ISO 100 for ISO 12,800. Some may find ISO 12,800 useful for marginal lighting situations; others may find it too noisy. We appreciate the upgrade, and feel that the added features outweigh any ISO argument. In all, this is a very worthy addition to the Pen line of ILCs."
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Olympus E-P3 Camera Reviews Roundup
|Imaging Resource: "The Olympus E-P3 also sets itself from much of the competition with a really fast autofocus system, which matches up well even with SLRs using dedicated autofocus sensors, in terms of speed. Arguably, it betters them in terms of versatility, thanks both to the ability to set the focus point anywhere within the image frame, and to the fact that contrast-detect systems are relatively free of issues like front- and bac..." - Jan 29 2012 More »|
|Camera Labs: "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 handling there's very..." - Sep 26 2011 More »|
|PhotoReview Australia: "The most significant improvement we found with the new camera was its improved autofocusing system, which provided further improvements in capture lag, bringing the new camera close to the response times of entry-level DSLRs. Our timing tests were carried out with a 16GB Kingston 233x SDHC U1 memory card, one of the fastest commonly available, and we found improvements across the board when comparing the new model w..." - Sep 13 2011 More »|
|dpreview: "If there's one area of disappointment with the E-P3, it's that the image quality hasn't really progressed from previous PENs - in essence it's very similar to the E-PL2. This does mean that the images are slightly sharper than those from the E-P1/2, due to the use of a slightly lighter anti-aliasing filter, but it's impossible to ignore that the E-P3 lags behind the current round of 16-18 MP sensors in terms to the..." - Aug 19 2011 More »|