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Olympus PEN E-P3
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Olympus PEN E-P3 Digital Camera

SLR 12.3MP 3x Oct 2011
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
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... More
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24 Reasons For

Good Brand

Cameras produced by Olympus are some of the better cameras according to average expert and user reviews.

4/3"" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the PEN E-P3 is 4/3"". That's over three times the optical sensor size of the most common optical sensor size of 1/2.33"". 17.30 x 13.00mm.

A 4/3"" optical sensor size is in fact the best optical sensor size across all comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-P3.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst optical sensor size is 1/3"".

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The PEN E-P3 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PEN E-P3 which do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[plb_964_price].

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The PEN E-P3 supports video capability, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras which support video capability currently available including the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[plb_964_price], the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price], or the Nikon D90[plb_1836503_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PEN E-P3 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-P3.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the EOS 450D - Rebel XSi[pl_1426191_price], or the EOS 400D - Rebel XTi[pl_2179517_price] both from Canon or the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[plb_964_price].

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on cameras of this age and spec. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might want to consider including the Nikon Df[plb_1740408_price], or the Panasonic Lumix G5[plb_1773329_price] which has better reviews.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth looking at include the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[plb_964_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Pentax 645Z[plb_2522250_price] (Eye-Fi|FLU|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of digital cameras of this spec and age is 4.2x, and the digital zooms range from 0.71x to 14x. At 5 times zoom factor, the PEN E-P3 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 5x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III[plb_1357507_price].

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Very Light

The lightest digital camera that came out more than two years ago is 230g and the heaviest is 1.5kg. The Olympus PEN E-P3 is one of the lighter digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PEN E-P3 (only 321 grams) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras of this age and type.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is the most commonly found camera shutter type on SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Olympus PEN E-P3 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the PEN E-P3. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Has Two Image Editings

The PEN E-P3 has a greater number of image editing modes than most cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most commonly found image editing is Rotating, but this image editing is not found on this Olympus camera. The image editings Crop and Resizing are also found on this camera.

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Quite Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

When compared to other digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-P3, the slowest camera shutter speed of the PEN E-P3 of 60 seconds is one of the longest. The average slowest camera shutter speed of digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PEN E-P3 is 34s.

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±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The PEN E-P3 has a wider flash exposure correction than most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Olympus camera has a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction, whereas most cameras of this age and type have a ±2EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. In addition, this camera have a ±3EV (1/3, 1/2 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction. Across all cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the worst flash exposure correction is ±3EV (1/3 EV step) and the best is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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Has One White Balance

The PEN E-P3 has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Olympus digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PEN E-P3.

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Has Five Photo Effectss

The PEN E-P3 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera has a Neutral photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The photo effectss "Art", "Black&White", "Muted" and "Vivid" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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OLED Display

This camera has an OLED display, which is the most frequently found display on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. OLED is a newer technology for displays and has much better colour reproduction, faster response times, wider viewing angles and higher brightness compared to LED displays.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This digital camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Has a Mini HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the PEN E-P3 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. This Olympus digital camera has a Mini HDMI connector type, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector type found on comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-P3.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The Olympus PEN E-P3 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Olympus camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most frequently found light exposure modes found on SLR digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PEN E-P3. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on digital cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The PEN E-P3 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-P3. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Continuous Auto Focus" and "Face tracking" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Supports Two Power Source Types

The PEN E-P3 has a greater number of power sources than most digital cameras of this type and age. This digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The power source type "AC" is also supported by this camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto / Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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17 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The PEN E-P3 does not support wi-Fi, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the PEN E-P3 also do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Panasonic DMC-GH3 + 12-35mm[plb_1815297_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most digital cameras of this type and age do not have a GPS (satellite). The PEN E-P3 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

The PEN E-P3 is not waterproof. Most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-P3 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-P3 do not have an image stabilizer. The PEN E-P3 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Low Megapixel

The PEN E-P3 has a quite low megapixel (only 12.3 megapixels) compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The megapixels of similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-P3 range from 4MP to 52MP, and the average megapixel is 18MP.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 12.3MP cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon D5000[plb_1640596_price].

If you would prefer a higher megapixel then you might also want to look at the Lumix G5[pl_1773329_price] (16.05MP and higher rated), or the DMC-GH3 + 12-35mm[pl_1815297_price] (16.05MP and higher rated) both from Panasonic or the Nikon D4S[plb_2203498_price] (16.2MP and higher rated).

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution(s)

The PEN E-P3 has a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. Most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it have a 1920 x 1280 still image resolution(s). Across all cameras of this spec and age the still image resolution ranges from 480 x 480 to 5184 x 3456.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The PEN E-P3 has a greater number of flash modes than most SLR digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Olympus camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on SLR digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-P3. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Only Supports Four Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the PEN E-P3 is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. This Olympus camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PEN E-P3. The camera file systems "DPOF 1.1", "Exif 2.2" and "RAW" are also supported by this camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of only 13.01 megapixels, the Olympus PEN E-P3 has one of the less total megapixelss amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the PEN E-P3 the total megapixelss range from 10MP to 53MP.

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Only Supports Three ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the PEN E-P3 is more than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivitys 200, 1600 and 12800 are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Only 4032 X 3024 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Olympus PEN E-P3 has a 4032 x 3024 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. Most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago the image resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Only Has Three Camera Playbacks

The PEN E-P3 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Olympus camera has a Single image camera playback, which is the most commonly found camera playback found on SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The camera playbacks "Movie" and "Slide show" are also found on this camera.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

The PEN E-P3 has one of the bigger maximum aperture numbers (only 5.6) amongst SLR digital cameras of this age. Cameras that have been around for more than two years have maximum aperture numbers of between 5.5 and 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 20.

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Only Bluetooth Optional Connectivity

The PEN E-P3 supports a Bluetooth optional connectivity which is better than the USB 2 optional connectivity supported by most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

This digital camera's connection type (Bluetooth) is in fact the worst supported connection type across all similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-P3.

A Wireless LAN optional connectivity is the best supported connection type amongst comparable types of digital camera.

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Only 330 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

Most cameras of a comparable age and type to the PEN E-P3 take between 220 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard)s, including the PEN E-P3 which takes 330 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

When compared to other digital cameras of this age and type, the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the Olympus PEN E-P3 of 34 millimeters is one of the longest. Across all the SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 24mm to 75mm.

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Quite Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The average ISO sensitivity (min) of digital cameras of this age and spec is 110. The PEN E-P3 has one of the bigger ISO sensitivity (min)s (200) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Olympus PEN E-P3

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the PEN E-P3 has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the PEN E-P3.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think the EOS 6D[pl_1609271_price], and the EOS 550D[pl_1446732_price] both from Canon or the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[plb_964_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this digital camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Df[pl_1740408_price] (3.2" and higher rated), or the D4[pl_1998795_price] (3.2" and higher rated) both from Nikon.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This SLR digital camera was released over five years ago.

Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Number of Aspheric Elements
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Sync-Speed
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Optional Connectivity
AV Output
DC-In Jack
Connection to PC
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
3D
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Multi-Shot
Histogram
Image Editing
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Contrast Adjustment
Scene Modes
Languages Support
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Bluetooth
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Date Imprinting
Interface
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Ports Quantity

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus ep3, E-P3 Body/BK, olympus w1442, v204033su000l1, v204031wu000l1, v204031bu000l1, olympus w1442m, v204031su000l1, olympus w1442mm, olympus ep3w1442, olympus ep3w1442w, olympus ep3w1442wh, olympus ep3whitew17, olympus ep3w1442whi, olympus ep3w1442whit, olympus v204033bu000, olympus ep3whitew17m, olympus ep3whitew17mm, olympus ep3w1442white, olympus ep3whitew17mml, olympus ep3whitew17mmle, olympus ep3whitew17mmlen, olympus ep3whitew17mmlens
Barcodes 00050332179462, 00050332179479, 00050332179486, 00050332179523, 00050332179530, 00050332179547, 00689466585124, 03168430785625, 04545350036508, 04545350036515, 04545350036522, 04545350036539, 04545350036546, 04545350036553, 04545350036560, 04545350036577, 04545350036591, 04545350036607, 04545350036614, 04545350036621, 04545350036638, 04545350036690

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