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Olympus PEN E-P3 review

Could the PEN really be mightier?

Sunflower

Dramatic Tone Art filter with frame applied

Pink flower

At f/5.6 the background is nicely blurred here

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Colours are bright and punchy straight from the camera

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Shot at f/4 to limit depth of field. Taken with the new M. Zuiko 12mm f/2.0 lens and manually focussed on the eyelashes

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The ESP system puts in a good performance and colours look natural, yet vibrant

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The transition from light to dark along the cobbles has been well handled here

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The automatic white balance system hasn't been fooled by the warm tones of this bloom, or the mixed lighting

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Compare with the image below

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The shadow and highlight adjustment feature has been pushed to maximum to darken the highlights and brighten the shadows to produce this HDR-like image

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Taken with the same tonal adjustment options as the image above, to produce another low-contrast HDR image

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The Grainy Film Art Filter in action

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Pin hole and Crossed Processed Art Filters combined

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In reasonable light using ISO 3200 produces a pleasant level of farily uniform noise

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When light levels fall, JPEG images taken at ISO 6400 have slightly oversharpened edges and lack fine detail. There's also some mottling of red, green and blue

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ISO 6400

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Taken with the Pinhole art filter

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The art filters can now be applied in Aperture Priority and Shutter priority modes - allowing for more creativity.

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Cross process mode

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Black and white grain mode with frame applied

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Pinhole with grain applied

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Pop art with frame applied

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The super-quick autofocus allows for ultra quick focusing speeds

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution12.3 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Product FamilyPEN
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical, Electronic
ColourSilver
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesLive View, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Weight (Approximate)321 g
Minimum Focus Distance200 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4032 x 3024
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeOLED
Image Sensor TypeLive MOS
Total Camera Resolution13.1 Megapixel
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
Height69.1 mm
Width122 mm
Depth34.3 mm
Autofocus Points35
Focal Length17 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsWAV
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelE-P3
Product NamePEN E-P3 Mirrorless Camera
Product LinePEN
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.

Battery Life330 Shot
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
Display Resolution610000 Pixel
Limited Warranty2 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker