Olympus PEN E-P3 12.3 MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm Zoom Lens – Product Description:
Designed for photographers who want total control over their creative vision, the powerful PEN E-P3 delivers professional image quality, blazing FAST AF speed and an array of built-in creative features in a classic, ultra-portable design. Its large, 12.3-megapixal Live MOS sensor delivers 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 a button 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 with traditional DSLRs.
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Olympus PEN E-P3 12.3 MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens – Review:
GOLD STANDARD OF M4/3 CAMERAS!
Micro Four Thirds (m4/3s) have been a dream come true for those camera enthusiast who want the control, performance, and interchangeable lenses of a dSLR in a compact body type. The Olympus EP3 is the pinnacle of this achievement. Solid metal construction, bright and colorful OLED touch screen, pop up flash, and a host of manual controls, the EP3 has enough updates to be a real advancement from it’s predecessors (EP1, EP2). Probably the biggest improvement is the AF speed, which is much faster than its predecessors (although still a contrast AF system). Improving this AF speed is the snappy ability to select focus points on your touch screen upon which the camera takes the shot once you’ve touched the screen. The dual processor also adds to the quickness of this camera speeding up processing time, especially when in art filter mode. The camera has a max ISO of 12800, although the realistic max is probably 1600 before the graininess makes the shot unusable. The EP3 also comes with 10 onboard art filters, so your shots can be preconceived with the filter in mind. You also finally get full 1080i HD video w/ stereo sound; clean and sharp videos albeit with a little jerkiness. The kit 14-42mm lens is quick and quiet both for pictures and video. The biggest gripe for me was the price. If Olympus added an electronic viewfinder (EVF) in the kit, I believe this camera would have been a real value (unfortunately, they don’t). I considered the Panasonic G3 (the newest m4/3 offering from Panasonic), but decided I didn’t want to get a plastic dSLR look-a-like; although the G3 seems to be the better value of the two. Nevertheless, I believe the Olympus offers a far more elegant camera in their EP3. Overall, the EP3 is not a camera that distances itself away from the previous models, but rather builds upon it. It is still more similar to its digital PEN siblings than say an entry level dSLR like the Canon T3i, but it is an entire step above and a step in the right direction.