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Fans of the award-winning Olympus PEN® family of cameras now have the new flagship Olympus PEN E-P3: the ultimate PEN for visual expression. Designed for photographers who want total control over their creative vision with a camera portable enough to travel the world, the powerful Olympus PEN E-P3 delivers professional image quality, the world’s fastest auto focus, built-in creative features, and a new OLED touch screen in a classic, all-metal body with fully advanced controls.


Blazing speed


The new FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System is able to focus at an incredible speed. The E-P3 also offers 35 separate focus points that are spread over nearly the entire sensor, which makes it possible for pin-point accurate focusing on small subjects wherever they appear in the frame. Selectable 3x3 groups within the 35-point area are especially effective when shooting active subjects.


With the improved AF system, the AF Tracking function locks your subject into focus and continuously adjusts focus and brightness even if the subject disappears from view momentarily.


High-precision engineering and an improved internal focusing mechanism have allowed the Olympus lenses to auto focus quickly, smoothly and silently, perfect for stills and movies.


This new image processing engine, designed specifically for the PEN line, features Advanced Tone Control and Real Color Technology for improved color reproduction (especially colors such as emerald green, yellow, and gold) and color gradation. The faster processor also allows for a shorter recovery time between shots and eliminates noise found in Live View and video.



The sensor is optimized to maximize the performance of all mZuiko digital lenses in any shooting condition. Improvements to the sensitivity and read-out speed of the existing sensor makes ISO 12,800 shooting and Full HD movie recording possible.


Olympus’ Dust Reduction System assures spot-free images, even after changing lenses. Every time you turn on the camera, the patented Supersonic Wave Filter silently vibrates, flinging and collecting dust so that it never interferes with the picture imaging.


Say goodbye to blurry images in both still and movie modes. The E-P3’s three-mode In-body Image Stabilization system compensates for up to three shutter speed steps in the still shooting modes with any of its interchangeable lenses.


The technology behind Fine Detail Processing enhances the sense of detail and resolution, maximizing the potential of the sensor and delivering pictures that are sharper and clearer.

low light


Illuminate low-light subjects, reduce red eye, and fill in dark areas. You are able to control the amount of light the flash emits or set the flash to auto.


The addition of this super luminosity LED beam allows the camera to focus faster in low light up to almost 10 feet.


Stunning low light photos are a click away with an increased ISO sensitivity to 12,800.


Compatibility with wireless flash allows you to maximize the performance of your E-P3 in a studio setting. Use the newly introduced FL-300R or the existing FL-36R and FL-50R.



Shoot up to 29 minutes of 1080i HD video and stereo sound in either AVCHD or AVI formats. A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just the press of a button.


Ten in-camera Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia and Dramatic Tone) are enhanced by new filter variations, art effects and bracketing. Photographers can use Art Filters in all shooting modes as well as filming HD movies.


Add a new dimension to your photographs in any shooting situation from macro to landscape with Olympus’ 3D technology. By simply selecting the 3D Photo Mode, releasing the shutter, and slowly panning, the camera will automatically take a second image from a slightly different perspective. The 3D data is processed in-camera resulting in an .MPO file, the universal industry 3D format, for easy display on 3D televisions or laptops.


Take videos that are able to capture uncompressed CD-quality 16bit/44.1kHz Linear PCM stereo recording or AC3 Dolby Digital audio.



This bright, 614k dot high-resolution screen features a newly-designed touch interface that gives you the ability to choose AF points, release the shutter, and navigate the camera’s menus with just the touch of your finger. With the AF (Anti-Fingerprint) coating, you don’t even need to worry about fingerprint smudges.

The icons and graphic menu have been optimized for the ultra-high definition OLED monitor to not only increase visibility, but also allow for intuitive operability. The new design uses colors that are easily distinguishable regardless of individual differences in color perception while at the same time reduces fatigue on the human eye. The user interface has also been updated with a sleeker font design and an automatic pop-up guide in the menu screen.


Olympus has included a dial, subdial and two new function buttons to the PEN E-P3 so photographers can adjust aperture and exposure time in an instant without switching between menu selections. Hands-on shooters will also appreciate the two customizable buttons they can assign to favorite functions.


This added feature is a tremendous benefit to ensure subjects are truly level. This feature detects the camera’s pitch and roll during Live View operation so photographers can make sure subjects are where they should be in the frame.


The E-P3 makes sharing your content easier than ever. Using the HDMI output, just connect the E-P3 to your HDTV with an HDMI cable (not included) and navigate the camera's menus from the comfort of your couch. This is perfect for sharing your pictures and movies with an audience.



Never miss a shot again with the E-P3’s fast shutter response time of less than 60 milliseconds. The TruePic VI feature allows for reduced shot-to-shot time by shortening the black-out time between shots.


The E-P3 incorporates a port for connecting accessories including flashes, MAL-1 Macro Light, EMA-1 Microphone adapter, PENPAL® Bluetooth Communication device, and the VF-2 viewfinder.


A range of interchangeable lenses, accessories and strobes are compatible with the E-P3 to support all different types of photography needs.


The Multiple Exposure function enables you to be creative right in the camera. Multiple images can be captured and combined to create one unique image. The creative possibilities are endless!


The E-P3 lets you select one of five Aspect Ratios (4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6 / 3:4) that frame your images to whatever proportions you'd like, for everything from conventional enlargements to viewing on widescreen monitors.


You no longer need to worry about the extreme contrast between dark and bright areas in your images. The E-P3's Shadow Adjustment Technology corrects for extreme light variations with high-tech efficiency either before image capture or during post-capture edits.


No need for cables or even a computer. Upload or email images directly from your camera with an optional PP-1 PENPAL® or Eye-Fi™ card. The E-P3 is also capable of recording stills and video to SD, SDHC, SDXC and UHS-I media cards.


Nail the focus for every portrait photo, every time. The new face detection AF employs an "Eye Detect AF" that adjusts focus automatically on the subject's eyes during portrait shooting and can even be adjusted to focus on the right, left or near-side eye. The Face Detection function captures up to eight faces, reducing the chance of blurred subjects when shooting several people at once.


For accurate manual focusing, MF Assist can be enabled during S-AF + MF operation. With it you can zoom in on the central part of the image by up to five times by turning the focus ring.


iAuto automatically identifies the scene you're shooting – portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport – and adjusts the settings to optimize results. iEnhance enriches color in any subject, just as the human eye sees it, and can be used in any mode.


Capturing beautiful portraits is easy with the ePortrait Mode that enables you to soften shadows and smooth your subject’s complexion either before image capture or during post-capture edits.


The E-P3’s Live Guide system allows you to preview effects as you adjust them – before the image is even captured. Simply select Live Guide and turn the wheel on the back of the camera to slide through numerous photographic effects, such as brightness, color saturation, tone, etc.


With the E-P3 you are in full control of all functions and imaging decisions—with split-second accuracy. Live Control, an advanced control panel system, allows you to see the image and the controls all at once. Whether using full manual control or all the automatic features, first-time users will feel like pros, and pros will create still images or videos that continue to push their own boundaries of creativity.


From portraits to sunset shots, the E-P3 is equipped with 23 Scene-Select modes for effortless picture taking, including Fireworks, Sunset, Children, Macro and Panorama, to name a few. There are even three scene modes that are specific to shooting with Olympus’ conversion lenses to optimize the performance of those lenses.

Product Type Product Type Interchangeable Lens Type Live View Digital Camera
Memory SD Memory Card(SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible), Eye-Fi, Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting
Sensor size 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds Mount
Effective Pixels number Effective Pixel Number 12.3 million pixels
Image Pickup Unit Product Type High speed Live MOS Sensor
Total no. of pixels Approx. 13.1 million pixels
Aspect Ratio 1.33 (4:3)
Filter Array Primary color filter (RGB)
Dust Reduction Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Recording(Still) Recording Format DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
File Format RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO (3D still)
Recording image size [RAW] 4032 x 3024 pixels
  [JPEG] 4032 x 3024 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
File Size RAW: 4032(H)x3024V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 13.8MB
  Set1(LF): 4032(H)x3024(V) (1/4 compressed) Approx. 5.9MB
  Set2(LN): 4032(H)x3024(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 2.7MB
  Set3(MN): 2560(H)x1920(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
  Set4(SN): 1024(H)x768(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
Recording(Movie) Recording Format AVCHD
Movie Mode AVCHD Format:
- Full HD Fine : 1920(H)x1080(V), 60i Recording, 20Mbps, Aspect 16:9
- Full HD Normal : 1920(H)x1080(V), 60i Recording, 17Mbps, Aspect 16:9
- HD Fine : 1280(H)x720(V), 60p Recording), 17Mbps, Aspect 16:9
- HD Normal : 1280(H)x720(V), 60p Recording, 13Mbps, Aspect 16:9
Frame rate of image sensor output is 30fps
Motion-JPEG Format:
- HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30fps (Some Art Filters are exceptional), Aspect 16:9
- SD: 640(H)x480(V), 30fps (Some Art Filters are exceptional), Aspect 4:3(VGA)
Compression Ratio Motion-JPEG Format : 1/12(HD), 1/8(SD)
File Size AVCHD Format : Max 4GB
Motion-JPEG Format : Max 2GB
Maximum Recording Time AVCHD Format: Max 29min (Full HD Normal/HD Fine/HD Normal : 29min, Full HD Fine : 22min)
Motion-JPEG Format: HD: 7min, SD: 14min (There are exceptions with select Art Filters)
Recording(Sound) Recording format AVCHD Format: Dolby Digital
Motion-JPEG Format / Picture with Sound : Wave Format Base (Stereo PCM/16bit, 48kHz)
Maximum Recording Time Picture with Sound: 30sec
Movie: depend on Movie Recording Time
Mic/Speaker Stereo/Mono
Tele-converter effect   x2
Live View Type Image Sensor (High Speed Live MOS) type
Field of view 100%
Display Mode Normal Mode
  Grid Line Mode (4 types)
  Histogram Mode
  Magnified View Mode
  Comparable View Mode
  Level Gauge
  OFF Mode
Magnification Ratio x5, x7, x10 (Default), x14
Monitor information Aperture value, Shutter speed, Auto Bracket, AE Lock, AF mode, IS, Shooting Mode, Battery Check, Myset, Internal Temperature Warning, Face / Eye Detection, Histogram, Number of storable still pictures, Record mode, ISO, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, White Balance, Metering Mode, AF confirmation mark, Exposure Compensation Value, Spot metering Area
Flash Mode, Flash Status, Flash intensity Control, Super FP
Touch panel condition, Focusing length, Tone control, Eye-Fi condition
Face Detection Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed
AF High speed imager AF
Image stabilizer System Built in (Imager shift image stabilizer)
Mode 3 modes (IS1:2 dimensional activation, IS2:1 dimensional activation in landscape frame to vertical direction moving, IS3:1dimensional activation in portrait frame to vertical direction moving ), OFF
Manual Function input focal length 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000
Shutter speed range 2 - 1/4000 sec. (Not available when Bulb is selected)
IS for Movie Shifting electronic image (so called Digital IS, IS1 mode only)
Monitor Product type OLED, AF(Anti-Fingerprint) coating, Touch Panel
Size 3.0 inches 3:2
Total no. of pixels Approx. 614,000 dots
Playback field of view 100%
Brightness control +2 levels and -2 levels
Color temperature +3 levels and -3 levels
Monitor color VIVID (Default) / NATURAL
Focusing AF system Imager Contrast Detection AF system
When non High-speed imager AF compatible lens is used, it works as AF assist
Focus mode Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR)
C-AF and AF tracking are not available with non-Micro Four Thirds lenses.
This is can be set in both recording mode, still and movie, separately.
Advance AF Available
Focusing point 35-area multiple AF with the contrast detection system (Auto, selectable in option)
Focusing point selection Auto from all 35 area, Single area from 35 area, Group Target area (9 area) from 35 area
Auto from almost all area when Face detection is ON
Free selection when Magnified View Mode is selected
AF illuminator
AF lock Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode
Focus tracking Available
Magnified Spot AF Available
Face priority AF/Eye Detect AF Available
Eye Detect AF : OFF / Near side eye priority mode / Right side eye priority mode / Left side eye priority mode
Manual Focus Assist When rotation of focus ring is detected under S-AF+MF or MF mode, LV is magnified automatically
Exposure Control (Still) Metering system TTL Image Sensor metering system
  (1) Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering) (2) Center weighted average metering
  (3) Spot metering (approx. 1% for the viewfinder screen. Highlight / shadow bases are available)
Metering range EV 0 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Centre weighted average metering, Spot metering)
  (At normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
Exposure mode (1) iAuto (2) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed) (3) A: Aperture priority AE
  (4) S: Shutter priority AE (5) M: Manual (6) Scene select AE (7) Art Filter
Scene select AE Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Macro, Sport, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key,
  Low Key, DIS mode, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Document, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow,
  Fisheye Conv, Wide Conv, Macro Conv, 3D
ISO sensitivity AUTO: ISO 200 - 12800(customizable, Default 200-1600) / Manual ISO 200 - 12800, 1/3 or 1 EV steps,
Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE lock Available (Using Fn1/Rec button is available)
Exposure bracketing 2, 3, 5frames in 0.3,0.5, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable, 7frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7EV steps selectable
Metering standard value adjustment 1/6 EV step, +/- 1EV range
Exposure Control (Movie) Exposure mode (1)P: Program AE (2) A: Aperture priority AE (3) S: Shutter speed priority AE (4)M:Manual (5) Art Filter
  * S mode and M mode : Shutter speed is limited to no more than 1/30 sec.
White Balance Auto WB system High speed Live MOS sensor
Preset white balance 6 settings (3000K - 7500K)
Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent (4000K), Daylight (5300K), Flash (5500K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K)
Flash + WB OFF / AWB priority / Flash WB priority
AWB Keep Warm Color ON/OFF
White balance compensation ±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)
CWB (Kelvin setting) 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
One-touch white balance 2 custom settings can be registered
White balance bracketing 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
Color Mode Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Mode Mode iEnhance, Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone, Art Filter
Adjustment parameter Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation level available in 5 steps for iEnhance, Vivid, Natural, Portrait and Muted
  Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for Monotone.
  3 effect levels are available in iEnhance
Filter effect Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone
Picture tone Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone
Gradation 4 levels (Auto, High key, Normal, Low key)
Art Filter bracketing Available
Noise Filter at High ISO setting OFF, LOW, STANDARD, HIGH
Noise Reduction at Slow shutter speed OFF, ON, AUTO
  ON (effective when shutter speed is slower than 1sec)
  AUTO (effective when shutter speed is slower than 4sec(at ISO 200 or higher) or 8sec(at lower than ISO200)
Shutter Product type Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed 60 - 1/4000 sec.
  Bulb: up to 30 min. (selectable longest time in the menu. Default: 8 min)
  1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.
Self-timer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
Remote cable release Available (Optional RM-UC1)
Wireless Remote Control Not Available
Drive Drive mode Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer
Sequential shooting speed Approx. 3 frames/sec. in sequential shooting
Max. recordable pictures RAW mode: Max. 11 frames ( with Toshiba SDHC UHS-I card R95 W80 model Premiugate series "Class 10" 8GB)
on sequential shooting JPEG(LN) mode: Until limitation of the memory capacity ( with Toshiba SDHC UHS-I card R95 W80 model Premiugate series "Class 10" 8GB)
Flash Built-in flash Available
Guide No. 10(Fno/m) at ISO200, 7(Fno/m) at ISO100 but ISO100 is not available
Mode TTL-Auto, Manual(Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64)
Color Temperature 5500±400°K
Wireless Flash Control Available(4ch, 3Groups+Built-in Flash)
Built-in flash is usable as a center flash in case of wireless flash control.
Compatible external flash E-system Flash(FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R)
External Flash control mode TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL
Flash mode of External Flash Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Off.
Synchronization speed 1/60-1/180
  Super FP 1/125-1/4000 with External Flash
Flash intensity control Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps
Art Filter Mode Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Gentle Sepia, Cross Process, Dramatic Tone
Variation / Effect Available
Multi Exposure Number of picture 2 frames
Functions Auto gain, Live View, Exposing on Recorded picture
Multi Aspect Aspect Ratio 4:3(Default)/3:2/16:9/6:6/3:4
Process RAW: Aspect ratio is recorded as Exif data, JPEG: JPEG image is produced based on the aspect ratio
Level Gauge Detection Available (H & V)
Color Universal design   approved
Super control panel Information (shooting) Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity,
  Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting,
  NR setting, WB, WB compensation value, Record mode, Flash Status, Record mode, Image size,
  Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode,
  AF frame, Color space, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Internal Temperature Warning
  Gradation, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio, Super FP
Live control Information (shooting) Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity,
  Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting,
  NR setting, WB, Record mode, Flash Status, Image size,
  Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode,
  AF frame, Internal Temperature Warning, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio
Live Guide Setting Menu Color saturation, Color image, Brightness, Blur Background, Express Motion, Shooting Tips
Playback Playback mode Single-frame
  Information Display
  Index Display (4/9/25/100 frames, Calendar)
  Close-up (2 - 14X)
  Movie (w/sound, FF/REW/Pause)
  Picture rotation (manual),
  Slideshow (Still/Movie/Still+Movie, Slide show w/BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)
  When a camera is connected to HDTV with HDMI cable, 2 new slideshow effect can be selectable. (Still)
Information display Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available),
  Highlight / Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information
Menu Languages Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai
Reset & custom setting My mode Full Reset / Standard Reset / 4 setting recordable
Image Editing Erasing function Single frame, All, Selected frames(from Index)
Protect function Single frame, Selected frames, All Frames, Release protect (Single/All)
RAW picture editing RAW development based on settings of the camera (including Art Filter)
JPEG editing Shadow adjustment, Red-eye fix, Cropping, Aspect. Monotone, Sepia, Saturation (color depth), Resize (producing another file, 1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), ePortrait
Image Overlay   Up to 3 RAW images
Print Print function Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
Input/Output PC interface USB 2.0 High Speed for storage through Multi-connector(MTP mode is available)
TV interface HDMI (HD/Mono or Stereo Sound), VIDEO-OUT (SD/Mono Sound)
USB/Video connector Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1, USB cable is available)
HDMI Mini HDMI type-C(1080i/720p/576p/480p)
Flash attachment Hot shoe
DC-in No
Accessory attachment Accessory port (AP2) works with VF-2, SEMA-1, Macro Arm Light MAL-1 and PENPAL Bluetooth Communication Device
Power Requirements Battery BLS-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep mode Available (1, 3, 5 min., selectable)
No. of recordable pictures Approx. 330 shots (CIPA test standard)
(with 50% flash light) (with BLS-1and Toshiba Class 6 SDHC 4GB card under CIPA testing standard)
Power battery holder Not Available
Dimensions/Weight Dimensions 4.80in (W) x 2.72in (H) x 1.35in (D) (excluding protrusions)
Weight 11.32oz (body only), 13.01oz (including Battery and Memory card)
Operating Environment Temperature 0 - 40? (operation) / -20 - 60? (storage)
Humidity 30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
Exterior Material Metal
Grip Removable
Box contents   Body, Li-ion battery BLS-1, Li-ion battery charger BCS-1, USB/Video Multi cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Viewer 2/ib CD-ROM, Instruction Manual, Warranty card.

Specifications and design are subject to change without notice.

E-P3 Package Contents

  • PEN E-P3 body
  • mZuiko MSC Digital ED m14-42mm f3.5/5.6 zoom lens or 17mm f2.8 lens
  • USB/Video Multi cable
  • BLS-1 Lithium-Ion battery
  • Lithium-Ion battery charger
  • Shoulder strap
  • Olympus [ib] software CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty card

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August 31, 2014


Great everyday camera

This camera is great!! I bought it as a gift to myself to start doing some photography for a blog I started and it does the job. It has been a big help in improving my photography skills and eye. If I could recommend a great starter camera this would be it.

January 19, 2014


Lovely Camera Ruined By Fragile Mode Dial

The mode dial on my E-P 3 has never been secure. It constantly falls off. Sent it back to Olympus for repair under warranty. Finally received it back after three weeks and the first time I used the camera it popped off again.

I guess I will send it back again but I won't have the camera back in time for my first vacation in years--a photography expedition no less.

I regret this purchase and will never buy another Olympus product.

October 22, 2013


A surprizing package

I had previously purchased an Olympus epl1 and an Omd em-5. Both cameras worked flawlessly. Each had plusses and minusses. I grew to trust the OMD as I had trusted the old OM1 and 2s. The trouble with the cameras is the menu system. I find it difficult to navigate. The ep3 is another great camera with a menu which to me, is confusing and different. I shoot Nikon and Canon DSLRs and have no problem with menus. When everything is set the way I want it, the images are superb. I have many Olympus Mirrorless lens and they all merge wonderfully with this camera. I find it interesting that shooting raw doesn't necessarily reduce the noise as I would have thought. Overall, I am happy with this camera.l I use it for special shoots and it produces well.

June 01, 2013

KrakeN PhotographY

Worth every penny and then some

I recently purchased the Ep3 and as a beginning photographer ( just finished all the classes at the college i attend) i wanted a camera that was easy to use from the get go but had the ability to do so much more as i learned and with this camera i am able to do just that. I started off taking fast snaps of everything i saw and little by little i am getting deeper into the camera and its abilities and it is showing with every new picture taken. This camera really is the bees knees and i would recomend it for any novice to pro photographer as it has everything for every level. Way to go olympus. On a side note, you can find a tiny ep3 keychain with the 17 mm pancake!!!

July 26, 2012


Great alternative to DSLR

My wife and I show dogs as a hobby - taking good pictures involves the gamut of lighting - from outdoors to high intensity artificial lighting indoors. It is critical to have fast autofocus with fast shutter speeds. My older brand C DSLR struggled to focus in time for the shot. When it came time to upgrade I looked into M4/3 as a more compact alternative. I have been very impressed by the image quality, speed and accuracy of the autofocus and the ISO range of the E-P3. You must take the time to master the range of customization setting avaialble to get the most from this great camera.

July 26, 2012


Fantastic first digital camera!

I worked 20+ years in the retail photo industry (camera stores and photo labs). Always a film guy. When I finally woke up from deep sleep of digital denial, I decided to look for something other than your uncles run of the mill DSLR. Wanted something special, something different, something that fulfilled my personal needs and desires. The EP-3 does all of that. Love it!

July 21, 2012


High performance, lightweight package.

I think the most surprising camera I ever owned was the E-PL1. When I thought about upgrading, I had no intention of buying the E-P3; I thought it was somewhat overpriced. After reading a lot of reviews, and looking at some of the improvements that had been made with this camera, I thought why not give it a try. Since owning the camera, I have been very happy with the performance of the camera. It continues with Olympus' excellent image quality and adds faster and more accurate focusing. Overall, I have no regrets about getting an E-P3; it does everything I need a camera to do in a compact, light weight package. As a matter of fact, I liked the E-P3 well enough that I ended up selling my dslr gear, primarily from the lack of use since picking the PEN up. Like many, I tend to use it more because it is so convenient.

May 31, 2012


im loving it no regrets..!!!

Just fews weeks touching my darling & the feel is just so right
one words i can say i love...

May 19, 2012


Lightweight and good quality images

Refugee from the land of DSLR heavyweights. I like to bike and hike but wanted something a bit better than a point and shoot. I got the 12 mm lens and the kits lens. The 12 mm 2.0 lens is a real pro lens. It is metal body and really feels solid. The kit lens is not bad but the 12 mm lens kind of spoils you. I like the touch screen focus and shutter release feature. Pretty amazing ability. Although it is only 12 megapixels, I can still zoom way on RAW files and still get decent resolution. The old maxim about photography being all about the glass really holds true with the E-P3 / 12mm combination. I wish that the kit lens was a 25 mm f1.8 lens (I know, it does't exist, but still it would be nice to have an old fashion "normal" lens.)

April 30, 2012


Great camera to advance photography skills

I resisted the switch from film to digital until about 10 years ago. This model is a great piece for the novice or hobbyist looking to improve their ability. It brings back the feel of the older film models with all the digital advantages. From action to candids, this let's you have free reign on the controls to create memorable shots. It's a pleasure to use. Portability is a major plus.

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