Summary Olympus E-P3

Prices Price
Body only
Unknown
With 14-42mm lens
$495
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 7
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 28
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Four thirds 17.3x13mm
Screen resolution
Help 614k dots
Megapixels
Help 12.2 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 1,600 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Replacement

Olympus has replaced the PEN E-P3 with the E-P5.

Olympus Pen E-P5
Olympus Pen E-P5 announced May 2013
Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range

Compare the new Olympus E-P5 vs the E-P3

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Pros

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The Olympus E-P3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Startup delay Short startup delay Help
900 ms startup delay
Lens availability More lenses available Help
108 lenses
Screen type OLED Screen Help
Bright and vivid
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
$495.00
Weight Light Help
369 g
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
60 seconds
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Size Quite small Help
Mid size (122×69×34 mm)
Thickness Thin Help
1.3"
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
External flash not needed

Cons

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The Olympus E-P3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
536 ISO
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
51.0
Color depth Little color depth Help
20.8 bits
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
None
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
35
GPS No GPS Help
Missing geo-tagging
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
614k dots
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
10.1 EV
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3 fps
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.2 MP
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Announced Old Help
June 2011
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users

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Discussion

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Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:27 PM, May 15, 2012)
It depends on what package you buy, you could get the E-P3 with a 17mm or with a 14-42mm lens.
 
Dator (2:55 PM, May 15, 2012)
 You show the same camera with two different lenses. The silver one is an award winning lens that is good in low light, and the black one is a zoom lens. So which one comes with the camera?
 
Avatar for sinnersaintjohn sinnersaintjohn (4:44 PM, January 07, 2012)
What is the difference between ISO boost and true ISO? This camera has terrific low light performance, but the rating for the camera overall gets wrecked because of the low ISO rating. I know personally I was disturbed when I read what the ISO was on your review and wouldn't even consider that low an ISO. However, it seems since I've had hands on in low light with the camera I wonder if the ISO boost to 12,800 may be better. Could you shed some light on this?