Olympus PEN E-P3 review

Could the PEN really be mightier?

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As part of our image quality tests, we shot our resolution chart using the P3 with the with the Olympus M. Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II lens mounted.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 200 the Olympus P3 is capable of resolving up to 24 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Full iso 200 resolution chart image

Cropped resolution chart image iso 200

ISO 200, score: 24 (see full image)

Cropped resolution chart image iso 400

ISO 400, score: 24 (see full image)

Cropped resolution chart image iso 800

ISO 800, score: 24 (see full image)

Cropped resolution chart image iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 20 (see full image)

Cropped resolution chart image iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 16 (see full image)

Cropped resolution chart image iso 6400

ISO 6400, score: 12 (see full image)

Cropped resolution chart image iso 12 800

ISO 12,800, score: 14 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.3 Megapixel
Product FamilyPEN
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesLive View, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Weight (Approximate)321 g
Image Sensor Size4/3" (17.30 mm x 13 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4032 x 3024
Display Screen TypeOLED
Height69.1 mm
Width122 mm
Depth34.3 mm
Focal Length17 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelE-P3
Product NamePEN E-P3 Mirrorless Camera
Product LinePEN
Exposure Control
  • Program Automatic
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV204033SE000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

The PEN E-P3, or simply 'PEN', has the fastest auto-focus of any camera with interchangeable lenses. With its world-beating FAST AF (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology), timeless metal design and state-of-the-art touch-sensitive OLED display, it's a genuine alternative to bulkier and more expensive SLRs.

Package Contents
  • PEN E-P3 Mirrorless Camera
  • M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake Silver Lens
  • BLS-1 or BLS-5
  • BCS-1 or BCS-5
  • Micro Four Thirds Body Cap (BC-2)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CB-USB6 USB Cable
  • CB-AVC3 Audio/Video Cable
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty Card
Limited Warranty2 Year