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Olympus PEN E-P3 review

Could the PEN really be mightier?

Sensor
Four Thirds type 17.3 x 13.0mm Live MOS sensor with 12.3 million effective pixels

Focal length conversion
2x

Memory
SD/SDHC/SDXC

Viewfinder
Optional EVF

Video
AVCHD / AVI Motion JPEG
AVCHD: 1920x1080 60i & 20Mbps, 1920x1080 60i, 17Mbps, 1280 x 720 60p & 17Mbps, 1280x720 60p & 13Mbps
AVI Motion JPEG: 1280x720 30fps, 640 x 480 / 30fps

ISO range
ISO 200-12,800

Autofocus points
35

Max burst rate
3fps

LCD screen
3in 610,000 dot OLED touchscreen

Shutter speeds
1/4000-60sec plus bulb to 30 min

Weight
321 g (without battery and card)

Dimensions
122.0 x 69.1 x 34.3 mm (without protrusions)

Power supply
PS-BLS1 Li-ion battery supplied

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
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, Digital
ColourSilver
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