Olympus pen e p3 12.3 mp live mos interchangeable lens camera with 14-42mm zoom lens (black)Document Transcript
My Associates StoreShopping CartProduct DetailsOlympus PEN E-P3 12.3 MP Live MOSInterchangeable Lens Camera with 14-42mm Zoom Lens (Black)From OlympusList Price: $1,168.99Price: $369.00Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business daysShips from and sold by Adorama Camera17 new or used available from $299.95Average customer review:(34 customer reviews)Product Description 12.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor 3-inch OLED touchscreen New TruePic VI image processor with Fine Detail Processing; fast AF tracking system Capture full 1080 60i HD video Low-light performance; AF Illuminator; built-in flash; ISO to 12,800Product Details
Amazon Sales Rank: #440 in Camera & Photo Color: Black Brand: Olympus Model: V204031BU000 Dimensions: 3.90" h x 5.50" w x 7.80" l, 2.00 pounds Display size: 3Features 12.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor 3-inch OLED touchscreen New TruePic VI image processor with Fine Detail Processing; fast AF tracking system Capture full 1080 60i HD video Low-light performance; AF Illuminator; built-in flash; ISO to 12,800Editorial ReviewsFrom the ManufacturerCLASSIC STYLE. INCREDIBLE POWER. ARE YOU PEN READY?Designed for photographers who want total control over their creative vision, the powerful PENE-P3 delivers professional image quality, blazing FAST AF speed and an array of built-increative features in a classic, ultra-portable design. Its large, 12.3-megapixal Live MOS sensordelivers superb images. A new TruePic VI Image Processing Engine improves color and speed.Three modes of image stabilization ensure that every image is crisp and clear. And the press of abutton is all it takes to shoot full 1080 60i HD video in either ACVHD or AVI formats. Plus, the
E-P3 is complemented by a system of lenses, strobes and accessories usually found only withtraditional DSLRs.12.3 MP Live MOS SensorUtilizing new Fine Detail Processing Technology for greater detail in the photograph, the sensoris optimized to maximize the performance of all M. Zuiko digital lenses in all shootingconditions.World’s Fastest AF System*To meet the demand for focusing speed, Olympus has introduced the new FAST (FrequencyAcceleration Sensor Technology) AF system. The FAST AF system features 35 focus points aswell as new Tracking AF to ensure fast & accurate focus each and every time!
3-Inch Touch Screen OLED 614K DotsFeaturing a newly-designed touch interface that gives you the ability to choose AF points,release the shutter, and navigate menus. The VGA equivalent display lets you see richer detailand smoother images with higher contrast and richer blacks.New TruePic VI with Fine Detail ProcessingThe TruePic VI Image processor delivers excellent dynamic range, newly expanded color accuracy andfidelity plus reduced noise, all the way up to 12800 ISO. “Fine Detail Processing” technology capturesmore details in every nuance.
Full 1080 60i HD MovieA simple, one-touch button allows you to record movies with ease and simplicity. Choosebetween AVCHD or AVI for amazing clarity right from your camera.Ten In-Camera Art Filters and New Art Filter Effects and VariationsTen in-camera Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Pale & LightColor, Light Tone, Gentle Sepia, Cross Process and Dramatic Tone) are enhanced by new filtervariations and art effects such as color variations and image effects. You can explore your artisticside while taking both still shots and HD video right from your camera.Fully Expandable SystemA range of interchangeable lenses, accessories and strobes that are compatible with the E-P3 andare available to support all different types of photography needs.Customer ReviewsMost helpful customer reviews
201 of 202 people found the following review helpful.An expensive, great-handling camera with an outdated sensorBy S MacLeodI bought this camera after backpacking around the world with an "expendable" Nikon D40digital SLR which I bought for just $420 - less than half the price of my new Olympus E-P3.Prior to that I shot film on SLRs. The Nikon took photos that were probably just as good as thosefrom the E-P3. Why, then, did I buy the E-P3? Because of the weight. Anybody who has spentall day, every day, lugging an SLR around with them will know what I mean.Size and weight are the two advantages that mirrorless cameras offer over SLRs. But once youmake the decision to go mirrorless, it is critically important to choose the right format -otherwise you will box yourself into a corner with lenses. I opted for the micro four-thirds (M43)format (supported by Olympus and Panasonic) for the sole reason that there is a much greaterselection of lenses for M43 cameras than for the competing Sony and Samsung mirrorlessformats.The three newest M43 cameras are the Olympus E-P3, Olympus E-PL3 and Panasonic G3, all ofwhich have strengths and weaknesses.After handling the E-P3 and its smaller and cheaper cousin, the E-PL3, in-store, I found that Imuch prefered the handling of the more expensive model. It is more solid in the hand, and it hasan extra scroll-wheel that enhances the speed of choosing aperture settings (I usually shoot inaperture-priority mode). I also liked the touch screen. The negatives were the price and the lackof an articulating screen (which the E-PL3 and G3 have).Choosing between the E-P3 and the $200 cheaper Panasonic G3 was more difficult. The G3 hasan inbuilt electronic viewfinder, an articulating screen and a much better sensor (better photos inlow light, without grainy "noise"). Ultimately I chose the E-P3 because, again, I prefered thehandling and more solid feel (however, I would advise anybody thinking of buying the E-P3 tocheck out reviews of the Panasonic G3 and Olympus E-PL3).The Olympus PEN E-P3 is significantly better than earlier PEN cameras in that it has addressedmost of the criticisms leveled at those models. The most important criticisms related to slowauto-focus speeds (all models), sluggish handling (all models) and the lack of inbuilt flash (onthe E-P2).One area in which the E-P3 has made only limited progress, however, is in regards to imagequality. The sensor is the same old 12mp clunker used on earlier PENs, which is disappointinggiven the US $900 price tag. For $300 less, entry-level Canon or Nikon dSLRs take betterphotographs.I bought this sleek little beast with my heart, rather than my head, and I do not regret mydecision. If you have a photographers heart like mine, then you should buy this cameraimmediately. If you have a rationalists brain, superior to my own, then you might want toconsider the following pros and cons:
Pros:Image Quality - Olympus cameras are famed for producing great colours, and I have been very,very pleased with colours from this camera. Greens and yellows really come to life. Also, despitecriticisms leveled at this camera for its low-light performance, I think its usable at ISO 1600 aslong as there are not too many shadows in the frame.Handling - There are lots of buttons and dials on this camera. Advanced users will appreciatethis. The solid metal body feels sturdy in the hand. The camera has been miniaturised whileretaining just enough heft for stable shooting.Speed - This camera is very, very fast. You can focus and shoot in an instant. Olympus claimsthat this camera is the fastest in the world. I cannot say whether that is true or not, but I can saythat the E-P3 is very, very fast. Or have I said that already?Build - Metal.Screen - Its great. Very colourful and detailed. Best of all, it is a touch-screen. Coming fromSLRs, I thought this was a gimmick, but I have been surprised to find that I absolutely love thetouch screen. Its great for street-shooting, because you can set the camera to focus and shootanywhere in the frame just by touching the screen. It focuses and fires accurately, and almostinstantly. The Panasonic G3 also has this touch-shooting feature, but it did not seem so wellimplemented when I tried it in-store. Too many shots were out of focus on the G3, whereas theywere sharp on the Olympus.Lenses - All micro four-thirds lenses made by Olympus and Panasonic will work on this camera,meaning the user has lots of lenses to choose from.IBIS - In-body image stabilisation. You can stick any lens on this camera and it will stablise it -even if the lens itself does not have built-in stabilisation. Lots of prime lenses fall into thiscategory (eg. the superb Panasonic-Leica 25mm f1.4, the very good Panasonic 20mm f1.7 andthe new Olympus 12mm f2).Size - Its smaller and lighter than an SLR. This factor is critical. If you are not worried aboutsize or weight then you should buy an SLR, because Nikon and Canon dSLRs at this price pointdo take slightly better pictures than the E-P3.Okay, that was rather a long list of pros. Now for the cons:Sensor - This camera has a 3-year-old 12 megapixel sensor that struggles in low light, producingugly splotches of "noise" from ISO 1600 upwards. The cheaper Panasonic G3 has a better 16mpsensor that can shoot clean images at ISO 3200. Having said that, I have done some street-shooting at night with the E-P3 set at 1600 ISO and have found that I can live with the results,just. The main problem is blotchy shadow areas. Shooting at 1600 in brighter conditions (eg, toreduce camera shake or to freeze motion) produces perfectly good images. I do wish this camerahad Panasonics 16mp sensor, however. No doubt that will happen with the EP-4, but we might
have to wait until mid-2012 for that.Price - Yeah, its expensive. A Nikon D3100 for $600 is better value, no doubt about it. But youwill have to sacrifice portability if you buy a dSLR.Menus - Olympus is famous for having convoluted menus. I must say that I have found themenus to be frustrating, especially for "setup" options such as choosing the directions in which toturn dials to make setting changes. There are two rear dials and two custom buttons that can bepre-set for variables such as shutter, aperture and white balance, but incredibly not for ISO(which, given the dodgy low-light performance of this camera, is a function I access a lot). It ispossible to dedicate the down-button on the second scroll wheel for ISO, but only at the expenseof eliminating the dedicated button for 2-second delay and single-frame/multi-frame shooting.Grr! On the other hand, I have found the touchscreen to be pretty useful for changing settings,including ISO.Missing in Action - An articulating screen and an electronic viewfinder (the clip-on VF-2 andVF-3 viewfinders cost an extra $180 and $250 respectively).Other image-quality points / conclusion:The weak low-light image quality of the E-P3 is offset partly by its in-body image stabiliser.This means that the E-P3s body will stabilise lenses such as the Panasonic Leica 25mm, whichdoes not have an inbuilt image stabiliser and is therefore not stabilised on the Panasonic G3,which has a better sensor.The high cost of the E-P3 is also partly offset by the in-body image stabiliser, because you canuse cheaper lenses (without built-in stablisers) on the E-P3. For example, the EP-3 will stablise aUS $650 Olympus 9-18mm wide angle zoom, whereas Panasonic users wanting stabilisation atwide-angle must buy the Panasonic 7-14mm with inbuilt stabiliser, for around US $900.Logically, I believe that the Panasonic G3 is a more sensible choice for beginners, people ontight budgets, and people who are unlikely to buy more lenses. However, photography is notsolely about value for money and pixel-peeping image quality - its also about enjoyment.Personally, I enjoy shooting with the E-P3 more than I do with its competitors.I believe that most enthusiast photographers would feel the same way.I would give this camera five stars, but Im removing one for the noisy old sensor and therelatively poor value for money compared with the E-PL3 and G3.40 of 40 people found the following review helpful.Perfect for travellers looking for excellent image qualities and a lighter packageBy Admiral2525I used film cameras starting from the 1990s, switched to prosumer DC in 2003, and used DSLRfor several years. In Jan 2011, I sold the DSLR and its two lenses, and decided to go mirrorless,finally settling on m43 and the Olympus PEN E-PL2. I was so satisfied with it that before my
19-day Switzerland family trip in August 2011, I purchased the E-P3 and relegated the E-PL2 toa backup camera. After my trip, I sold the E-PL2 since the E-P3 was much better in some criticalareas and I did not need a backup when I would not be on any long trip in the near future.Although images from the DSLR were very good, a major problem was that the DSLR gear wasway too heavy. I took a lot of photos while travelling, much more than when staying in my homecity. As a small man, it was a pain to carry the DSLR around, especially hiking with a backpackfull of other essentials. A smaller and lighter camera with good image quality, suitable for longtrips, was thus my prime concern. Before deciding on m43, I considered several mirrorlesssystems and different camera bodies.(A) Sony NEXThe main problem with NEX is the lenses, not the camera bodies. Auto focusing is a must for meand there are too few native NEX lens choices at present, which is important when committing toa system. The existing NEX lenses are either optically slow and big, or smaller but havingmediocre optical quality. There is not any good fast prime. The NEX may become moreattractive in future, but not now. The small and thin NEX cameras with the big lens mounted area bit unbalanced in my hand and look extremely ugly. The major advantage of NEX is its best-of-class image sensor. However, such advantage is somewhat negated by the lack of good fastlenses. The overall body plus lens package is larger and heavier than the m43 equivalent, anddoes not provide better image quality due to the less than satisfactory lenses.(B) Samsung NXI am a bit worried about the future of NX, as it seems not so popular. The existing lenses arebetter than those of NEX but the sensor seems even worse than that of the smaller m43. Theoverall package, like that of NEX, is somewhat bigger and heavier than m43, and does notprovide better image quality.(C) m43 - Olympus and Panasonicm43 seems to offer the best balance between image quality and size/weight (body and lens). Onone hand, the sensors are not as good as NEX. On the other hand, there are many lenses - goodzoom lens and excellent fast primes such as the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 or the newer Olympus12mm f/2.0 and Olympus 45mm f/1.8 (the latter two not yet announced at the time of mydecision on m43). The comparable zoom lenses are so much smaller and lighter than the NEXones and are much more balanced on the m43 camera bodies. There are also many, if not toomany, m43 camera bodies to choose from. Among the m43 bodies, the Olympus ones have built-in body image stabilization (IBIS), usually giving two to three stops of advantage at low shutterspeed. Olympus is also famous for the superb out of camera JPEG images. As Panasonic bodiesdo not have IBIS and not all m43 lens has lens-based image stabilization, finally I settled on theOlympus (kit lens for general use), and added the Panasonic 20mm (for low light and indoor)and the tiny Olympus 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 (for landscape and confined areas). These were thelenses that I took to Switzerland, much of the time hiking in the Alps. The E-P3 and the 3 lensesweighed less than the previous DSLR with just the kit zoom, and covered more optical range.With an Olympus body and the Panasonic 20mm f1.7, the combination of IBIS and f1.7 is morethan enough to offset any sensor disadvantage against a NEX in low light situations (such as in amuseum, restaurant, or church), since much lower ISO values can be used.
My feeling and experience with the E-P3 (and m43).Good:(1) Image quality comparable to DSLR and much better than prosumer DC or point-and-shoot.(2) Excellent straight out-of-camera JPEG images with pleasing colours, no need for post-processing, suitable for persons like me who do not want to spend time on post-processing(BTW, I took 2800+ images in Switzerland with the E-P3 and cannot imagine the time requiredto post-process even a fifth of them).(3) Much lighter and smaller than a DSLR, even with the couple of additional lenses (I preferlight and small lenses with good optical quality).(4) Best balance between image quality and size/weight, IMHO the perfect camera for travellers.(5) Very responsive and quick reactions, extremely fast and accurate auto-focusing in good light(faster than my older DSLR), rarely miss a shot due to sluggishness; simply a pleasure to takephotos with it (the E-P3 is much more responsive and much faster in focusing than the E-PL2).(6) Using the touch screen to set a focus point or to take a snapshot with a single touch (no suchfeatures on E-PL2) is very useful and user-friendly, no need to use the pre-focus then recomposemethod or other cumbersome method to specify the exact focus point.(7) Feeling right, very balanced and comfortable in my smaller than average hands; althoughsome may find the 4-way circular control wheel too small for their bigger hands.(8) Well-built, good finishing, metal body shell and sturdy feel.(9) Lots of customization options making it very user friendly to the more advancedphotographers.(10) Very handsome camera indeed, especially the silver version and cannot find anythingequally attractive.Not so Good:(1) A bit expensive, the E-PL3 or E-PM1 (both not yet in stock when I purchased the E-P3 inearly August) should be better value for money but those do not have the touch screen featuresand have fewer direct control buttons; a real dilemma. When E-P3s price drops, it will becomeless of a disadvantage.(2) The OLED LCD is not very colour-accurate, and the images look better when printed orshown on a computers monitor. [Update: This one can be fixed by setting the LCD to Naturalinstead of the default Vivid mode; one of the default settings related issues mentioned below.]
(3) The OLED LCD is a bit difficult to see under bright sun light (E-P3 is not alone, actuallyproblem exists with most cameras LCD) and cannot be tilted or turned; and the optionalelectronic viewfinder costs extra money (so I do not have one).(4) The high ISO images for sure can be better with a better sensor; but not a problem forlandscapes and can use the Panasonic 20mm for low light shots.(5) Need to twist the camera settings to get the most out of it; the default settings are not tunedfor the best image quality.(6) Not really pocketable with the protruding lens, even with a small prime, but a non issue ifyou have been using DSLR.18 of 18 people found the following review helpful.The Best Olympus Camera So FarBy Jerry Jackson Jr.Ive owned several Olympus digital cameras over the years (E-1, E-330, E-3, E-PL1, and now theE-P3) and the E-P3 is by far be best Olympus digital camera to date. Not only is this cameraextremely compact while still using the same DSLR-size image sensor found in OlympusDSLRs, but the new auto focus system inside this camera makes it one of the fastest focusingcameras on the market (depending on the lens youre using).The 14-42mm R II kit zoom lens focuses extremely fast and is good enough for casual/vacationuse but the real advantage of a camera like the E-P3 is the ability to use interchangeable lenses.My favorite lenses to use with this camera are the Olympus 17mm f/2.8 pancake lens, thePanasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4, and the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lenses. I also have the 9-18mm zoomlens when I need to have a wide angle lens. I owned the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens for a whilebut it focuses slowly compared to the 17mm and 25mm lenses.One feature that I didnt expect to use was the touchscreen display. I thought Id just use thescreen to compose my images like any other camera, but I discovered that its really nice to beable to touch the screen EXACTLY where you want to focus and have the camera instantly takethe picture.In any case, the durable metal construction, built-in image stabilization, built-in wireless flashcontrol, and decent 3fps burst shooting mode make the E-P3 a solid DSLR replacement if yourelooking for DSLR quality without the bulk. I also have several Sony NEX cameras and lensesand I can tell you that as of November 2011 the Olympus system has a MUCH better selection oflenses ... and that has more impact on image quality than the differences between the Olympusimage sensors and the Sony image sensors.See all 34 customer reviews...My Associates Store | Shopping Cart
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