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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

We checked the user and expert reviews of hundreds of digital cameras to determine an average rating for each camera manufacturer. On average digital cameras produced by Olympus have good reviews from experts and owners.

4/3"" Optical Sensor Size

The PEN E-P3 has a maximum optical sensor size of 4/3"". That's over three times the optical sensor size of the most frequently found 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 cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

A 1/3"" optical sensor size is the worst optical sensor size amongst comparable types of digital camera.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus PEN E-P3 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the PEN E-P3 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 the SLT-A35[pl_964_price], or the SLT-A37[pl_1436794_price] both from Sony or the Pentax K-5 IIs[plb_1716817_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The PEN E-P3 supports video capability. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also support video capability.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support video capability to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price], and the Nikon D90[plb_1836503_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and type, the Olympus PEN E-P3 has a built-in flash.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to look at including the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], or the Canon EOS 550D[plb_1446732_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. 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 that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the D3200 + TAMRON AF 18-200 XR Di II LD + SD 4GB[pl_1947140_price], or the D750[pl_2497138_price] both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 700D - Rebel T5i[plb_1609405_price].

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth considering include the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PEN E-P3 is 0.71x and the biggest is 14x. At 5 times zoom factor, the Olympus PEN E-P3 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-P3.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 5x digital zoom 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

Across all the SLR cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-P3 the weights range from 230g to 1.5kg. With a weight of only 321 grams, the PEN E-P3 is quite light compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is the most frequently found camera shutter type on cameras of this type and age.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The PEN E-P3 has a greater number of supported image formats than most SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Olympus camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras of this age and spec. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this camera.

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Has Two Image Editings

The number of image editing modes found on the Olympus PEN E-P3 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. The most frequently 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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Fairly Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

When compared to other digital cameras of this spec and age, the slowest camera shutter speed of the Olympus PEN E-P3 of 60 seconds is one of the longest. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-P3 the slowest camera shutter speeds range from 30s to 130s.

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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 digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera has a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction, whereas most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have a ±1EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction. In addition, this Olympus camera have a ±3EV (1/3, 1/2 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction. The flash exposure correction of all comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-P3 ranges from ±3EV (1/3 EV step) (worst) to ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) (best).

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Has One White Balance

The number of white balance modes found on the PEN E-P3 is more than most SLR cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PEN E-P3.

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Has Five Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Olympus PEN E-P3 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. This Olympus camera has a Neutral photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-P3. The photo effectss "Art", "Black&White", "Muted" and "Vivid" are also found on this digital 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 similar spec and age 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 camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on digital cameras of a similar type and 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 Olympus PEN E-P3 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most SLR cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera has a Mini HDMI connector type, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector type found on SLR cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-P3.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the Olympus PEN E-P3 is more than most SLR cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on digital cameras of this age and spec. 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 commonly found maximum video resolution on cameras of this type and age.

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Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the PEN E-P3 is more than most SLR cameras that have been around for a similar time 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 were released more than two years ago. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Continuous Auto Focus" and "Face tracking" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Supports Two Power Source Types

The number of power sources supported by the PEN E-P3 is more than most digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Olympus camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PEN E-P3. The power source type "AC" is also supported by this camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto / Manual focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on SLR cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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17 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The PEN E-P3 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years 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], or the Nikon D5300[plb_2189436_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most cameras that came out more than two years ago do not have a GPS (satellite). The PEN E-P3 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the D3100[pl_1350595_price], or the D3200 + TAMRON AF 18-200 XR Di II LD + SD 4GB[pl_1947140_price] both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Olympus PEN E-P3 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other SLR cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-P3 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-P3, the PEN E-P3 does not have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Low Megapixel

With a megapixel of only 12.3 megapixels, the Olympus PEN E-P3 has a quite low megapixel compared to most of the other SLR cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The average megapixel of digital cameras of a similar age and type to the PEN E-P3 is 18MP, and the megapixels range from 4MP to 52MP.

There are a number of alternative 12.3MP digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Nikon D5000[plb_1640596_price].

If this Olympus digital camera megapixel is too low for you then you might also want to consider the D4S[pl_2203498_price] (16.2MP), or the Df[pl_1740408_price] (16.2MP) both from Nikon or the Panasonic DMC-GH3 + 12-35mm[plb_1815297_price] (16.05MP) which also has a higher rating.

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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 the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras of this spec and age. Across all similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-P3 the worst still image resolution is 480 x 480 and the best is 6000 x 4000.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the PEN E-P3 is more than most SLR cameras that have been available for more than two years. This digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Only Supports Four Camera File Systems

The Olympus PEN E-P3 has a greater number of camera file systems than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-P3. The camera file systems "DPOF 1.1", "Exif 2.2" and "RAW" are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of only 13.01 megapixels, the PEN E-P3 has a quite few total megapixels compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PEN E-P3. The least total megapixels of comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-P3 is 10MP, the most is 53MP, and the average total megapixels is 19MP.

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Only Supports Three ISO Sensitivitys

The PEN E-P3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most SLR cameras that are a similar age to it. The most frequently 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 digital camera.

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Only 4032 X 3024 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The PEN E-P3 has a higher image resolution than most comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Olympus digital camera has a 4032 x 3024 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most digital cameras that were released around the same time as it have a 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution. Digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years maximum image resolutions range from 640 x 480 pixels to 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

At only 5.6, the PEN E-P3 has a quite big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago. The maximum aperture numbers of similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 3.5 to 38.

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Only Bluetooth Optional Connectivity

The PEN E-P3 supports a better connection type than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This Olympus camera supports a Bluetooth optional connectivity, whereas most cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it support a USB 2 optional connectivity.

This digital camera's connection type (Bluetooth) is in fact the worst supported connection type across all similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-P3.

The best supported connection type across similar types of digital camera is Wireless LAN.

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Only 330 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Olympus PEN E-P3 is a digital camera that takes 330 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s. Most of the other SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-P3 take between 220 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Cameras of this spec and age have minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 18mm and 75mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 34 millimeters, the Olympus PEN E-P3's minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is one of the longest amongst SLR cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-P3.

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Fairly Long Flash Sync-Speed

At 1 second, the PEN E-P3 has a quite long flash sync-speed compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PEN E-P3. Similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have flash sync-speeds of between 0.00012s and 3s, and the average flash sync-speed is 0.56s.

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Very Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

Across all the SLR cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PEN E-P3 the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 50 to 200, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 110. The PEN E-P3 has a very big ISO sensitivity (min) (200) compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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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 pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PEN E-P3.

There are a number of other 3" screen cameras currently available which you might also want to look at including the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price], or the Pentax K-5 II[plb_1452971_price] which has better reviews.

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Df[pl_1740408_price] (3.2"), the D4[pl_1998795_price] (3.2"), or the D610[pl_2024275_price] (3.2") all from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This Olympus camera has been on the market for over five years.

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

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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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