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Olympus E-P3

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A multi award winning but only average spec SLR camera, with an Editor's Choice award from four expert review websites and 10 further awards from other expert sites
SLR 12.3MP 4" 4032 X 3024 Pixels Oct 2011
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Olympus E-P3 Review

With excellent reviews but average features, we have ranked the Olympus E-P3 number 653 across all digital cameras.
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Reviews
65 Reviews + 14 Awards
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Features
Average Features
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Age
4 Years Old
43
Overall Score
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 44?

It has great expert reviews with an average expert rating of 81%, based on 65 reviews. This digital camera has received 14 awards including an "Editor's Choice" award from Macworld.co.uk plus three other sites and a "Recommended" award from M3.idg.se plus three other sites. Fuji cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However this Olympus digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2017.
Customers report it is a good size, it is robust and good picture quality. However they also report that it is expensive.
The E-P3 has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
Higher than average maximum ISO sensitivity
Main features of the
The faster AF (autofocus) world quick system AF (frequency acceleration sensor) and a lens incorporating the mechanism of the MSC (movie & still compatible)
Speed sensormore than ever the image quality and sensitivity iso12800 through the new 12.3 high megapixel live MOS with compatibility movie HD full and new truepic VI image processing engine
Advanced graphical user interface featuring a 3.0 - inch OLED touch screen display. design of high-quality metal body and detachable handle sophisticated camera
Only 4032 x 3024 pixels image resolution
Lower than average megapixels

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

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Portrait Photography
Average
55
Landscape Photography
Average
63
Everyday Photography
Good
67
Sports Photography
Good
89
Wildlife Photography
Excellent

Olympus E-P3 Video Reviews

How Big is the Olympus E-P3?

The Olympus E-P3 is 122mm wide and 69.1mm tall. It is 34.3mm deep and weighs 321g.

Olympus E-P3 front dimensions
Olympus E-P3 size in context

Olympus E-P3 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

14 Industry Awards

This camera has received 14 awards from experts.

The experts at four expert review sites all said that this Olympus camera was excellent and gave it their highest award. This was from Macworld.co.uk, Photoreview.com.au, Good Gear Guide.com.au and CNET.com.au who gave it an "Editor's Choice".

Four other expert review sites all concluded that they would recommend this digital camera. M3.idg.se, Camera Labs and What Digital Camera all gave this camera a "Recommended" award and Digitaltrends.com gave it a "Recommended Product" award.

The authors at review websites Lydogbilde.no, Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com all strongly endorse this Olympus camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

This camera received a "Silver" award from review site DP Review who concluded that this Olympus camera was great.

The writers at two additional expert review sites both thought that this digital camera was very good. Magnus.de gave this Olympus camera a "Buying Tip" award and Pocket Lint gave it a "Hot Product" award.

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on 65 expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review, What Digital Camera and CNET.com this camera has an overall expert rating of 81 out of 100.

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Customers Report That it is Expensive

Three customers reckoned that it was not good value for money.

  • It’s a top model that produces great image quality from a Micro Four Thirds sensor and has plenty going for it bar the hefty £800 price tag…
  • Then, wide angle prime lenses are costly…
    Digit.in November 2011
  • It also delivers when it comes to image quality, so if the price isn't an issue…
  • For newcomers, that $900 price point is awfully hard to swallow…
    Engadget.com August 2011

Very Good Brand

Based on 6,297 user and expert reviews (including 1,352 verified purchases), Olympus has very good ratings for its digital cameras. 89% of those that bought a Olympus digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report That it is a Good Size

Five owners who purchased the Olympus E-P3 17mm concluded that it was compact.

Customers Report That it is Robust

Four people who bought it concluded that it was well made.

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

Three customers who reviewed the product thought it was able to produce good images.

Users Report Good Product Quality

Four people reckoned that it was good quality.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

Two owners agreed that it had a good lens.

  • It is a brilliant lens and one will find very little to complain about…
    Digit.in November 2011
  • Offers improvements in speed, focusing, image processing, video, built in flash…
  • This third evolution of the interchangeable lens compact camera has almost nailed the concept…

Customers Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two people who bought this digital camera said that it had a good screen.

Users Report Superior Technical Features

Two customers who bought the Olympus E-P3 17mm considered that it had good features.

Users Report Excellent Design

Four customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking and two customers who bought it mentioned that it was well designed.

Age

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Olympus digital camera was released in October 2013.

Features

Only 4032 X 3024 Pixels Image Resolution

The Olympus E-P3 17mm has a maximum image resolution of 4032 x 3024 pixels. That's 23% lower image resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found resolution. The best resolution of all cameras is 8256 x 6192 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Lower Than Average Megapixels

The average megapixels of all cameras is 16MP, with the lowest being 0.3MP and the highest being 80MP. The megapixels of the E-P3 17mm of only 12.3MP is lower than average when compared to most other cameras. It is lower than 77% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found resolution on digital cameras.

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Higher Than Average Maximum ISO Sensitivity

Across all the cameras the ISO sensitivities (max) range from 200 to 820,000, and the average maximum ISO sensitivity is 14,000. The E-P3 17mm's maximum ISO sensitivity of 12,800 is higher than average when compared to most other cameras. It is in the highest 34% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used.

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Very Slow Camera Shutter Speed

The camera shutter speed of the E-P3 17mm of only 0.00025s is slower than average when compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the slowest 21% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Heavier Than Average

The weight of the Olympus E-P3 17mm of 321g is heavier than 65% of all cameras when ordered by this feature. Cameras have weights of between 50g and 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The E-P3 17mm has a built-in flash. 68% of cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Wide Range of Maximum Focal Lengths (35mm Film Equiv) Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) are possible with this camera.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The E-P3 17mm supports Full HD video. 76% of cameras do not support Full HD video.

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Features Date Imprinting

The E-P3 17mm features date imprinting. 93% of cameras do not feature date imprinting.

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Features Multi-Shot Function

The E-P3 17mm features multi-shot function, which is unusual. 90% of digital cameras do not feature multi-shot function.

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Features Bluetooth

The E-P3 17mm features bluetooth. 95% of cameras do not feature bluetooth.

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Features Calendar

The Olympus E-P3 17mm features calendar, unlike 86% of cameras which do not feature calendar.

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3D

The E-P3 17mm is 3D, which is unusual. 90% of cameras are not 3D.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The Olympus E-P3 17mm has an external flash connector. 86% of cameras do not have an external flash connector.

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Has an HDMI Port

The E-P3 17mm has an HDMI port, which is unusual. 72% of cameras do not have an HDMI port.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The E-P3 17mm supports a maximum still image resolution of 640 x 480. That's 90% lower still image resolution than a 1712 x 1712 digital camera, which is the most common resolution supported by cameras. Across all cameras the best resolution is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The E-P3 17mm features contrast adjustment. 83% of digital cameras do not feature contrast adjustment.

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Average Display Diagonal

The E-P3 17mm's display diagonal of 3" is pretty average compared to most other cameras. It is larger than 22% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Olympus E-P3 17mm has a touchscreen. 83% of digital cameras do not have a touchscreen.

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Bigger Than Average Digital Zoom

The digital zoom of the E-P3 17mm of 5x is bigger than average when compared to most other cameras. It is bigger than 75% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature. Cameras have digital zooms of between 1x and 810x, and the average digital zoom is 12x.

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Supports Video Capability

video capability

The E-P3 17mm supports video capability. 67% of digital cameras do not support video capability.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080|1280 x 720|640 x 480 pixels, which is the most commonly supported resolution on digital cameras.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

olympus w1442mm, v204031wu000l1, v204031bu000l1, v204031su000l1, v204033su000l1, E-P3 Body/BK, olympus ep3

Barcodes:

00050332179462, 00050332179479, 00050332179486, 00050332179530, 00689466585124, 03168430785625, 04545350036508, 04545350036515, 04545350036522, 04545350036539, 04545350036546, 04545350036553, 04545350036560, 04545350036577, 04545350036591, 04545350036607, 04545350036614, 04545350036621, 04545350036638, 04545350036690

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