Olympus PEN E-P3 with 14-42mm lens reviews and prices: Mirrorless camera

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8.9 out of 10 based on 14 reviews.
Olympus PEN E-P3 with 14-42mm lens: 13.1 MP (Megapixels), SD Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital Mirrorless camera. See full product description

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Alan, Newton Abbot Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Look and feel is high quality and feature rich. Photos are, as you might expect, stunning. The accompanying Olympus Viewer software is excellent.
Bad points:
The menus and configuration are complex and sometimes confusing.
Also camera appears to take photos of its own accord - but this may be just me!

The Instruction Manual is Ok as far as it goes, but it needs some additional explanations.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 5.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 5.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 26 Apr 2012

Victor, Barcelona (Spain) Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent quality of photography, with a lot of possibilities to give free rein to the creativity.
Bad points:
Not exactly bad point; but the use is not easy because it's necessary to study the manual carefully to operate well all to know all the possibilities of the camera, if we want to make the most. But I think it's the same with any good camera.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 21 Nov 2011

David, Bungay UK Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Seems to do what is says on the box. Particularly good is the image stabiliser.
Bad points:
none
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 21 Feb 2012

Bruce, Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Beautifully made, versatile and full spec. Excellent screen makes using functions such as Art filters a breeze. Image quality andAF performance xcellent. A joy to use
Bad points:
Some menu operations a bit confusing. Could have made more use of the touchscreen. Not cheap
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 20 Oct 2011

Dave, Driffield Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Nice feel to the Camera
Pocket-able.Small enough to slip into a coat pocket.
All the control you could hope for.
Bad points:
Expensive unless you get a good discount.
Accessories very expensive.
lack of any extras in the box. no lens hood, case etc.
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Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Nov 2011

Haz, Mid Wales Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
build quality, focus and optics
Bad points:
accessories prices are high
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 May 2012

Stephen, Charlotte, NC USA Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I had to write this one because my PEN e-P3 exceeded my expectations--which doesn't happen very often. First, this camera is like a Faberge jewel. It is beautifully crafted with great attention to detail. Of course it would be worthless if it was only eye candy. I was expecting to have to shoot RAW files, but the out of camera JPEGS are amazing. Plus if you want to fine tune the JPEG the settings allow you two tweak them to suit your sensibility. ISO up to 1600 looks terrific and if you are in a jam the higher ISOs are useable. The OLED viewfinder is iPhone quality gorgeous. And while I thought the touchscreen interface was a feature that I wouldn't use, it is thoughtfully configured and more importantly responsive. Most reviews rave about the lightening fast focus...and I agree. There' s a little hunting and pecking at incredibly low light levels but manual focusing is easy. I am crazy happy with my PEN. I spent months doing research and I am so glad I chose this over DSLRs. You will not be disappointed!
Bad points:
Let's be honest--this camera is expensive. Yes, there are better micro 4/3 capable of producing higher resolution photos with lower noise. If you include the cost of a good quality prime you are looking at the equivalent of a mid-range DSLR like the Nikon D90. But I would make the same purchase decision of the Olympus PEN E-P3 in a second.

Ideally the perfect PEN camera would have an integrated viewfinder. After using this camera for 4 days I decided to purchase the VF-2 accessory viewfinder. I went with the VF-2 instead of the more current VF-3 because of the glowing reviews it received. The VF-3 resolution is not as good as the model it replaced. The VF-2 was a GREAT purchase.

To put it gently, the sensor has some mileage on it. I am perfectly fine with the 12.3MB sensor size, but I have to believe that a more contemporary sensor would result in even better image quality. The PEN E-P3 does have an updated processor which is reasponsible for its increased processing speed.




Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Jan 2012

Product Features

Camera Type Mirrorless
Screen size (Inches) 3
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Touchscreen Yes
3D Yes
Colour Black
Media format SD Card
Media format SDHC Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge No
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 321
Flash Yes
WiFi WiFi ready
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/4000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2
Viewfinder LCD Monitor
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 122 x 69.1 x 34.3
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Release date 2011-07-11
Height in mm 6.9
Depth in mm 3.4
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens Yes
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Manufacturer's Description

If it’s style, flexibility and unbeatable image quality you’re after, look no further. By combining the creative freedom of a digital SLR with the oh-so-simple controls and compactness of a point-and-shoot, the latest generation of PEN cameras gives you the best of both worlds.
And the E-P3 is no exception here: With a classic retro look that captures the spirit of PEN’s heritage in both design and performance terms, this camera delivers incredible optical quality to a professional standard and a compact body that boasts high-performance features in all the right places. These include an innovative OLED touchscreen display with Live View and playback in outstanding pixel quality for superb visibility from all angles, as well as featuring easy-to-use Touch AF, allowing users the creative freedom to select their autofocus point with the tip of their finger. That’s not the only thing at users’ fingertips – with ten in-camera Art Filters affording special photographic effects that are both fun and impactful. In short, the E-P3 makes it easier than ever to produce brilliant quality photos.

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