As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Olympus PEN E-P3 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and pro digicams. The Olympus PEN E-P3's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha A5000 and the NEX 5N) and Olympus (such as the PEN E-P2 and the PEN E-P1)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-P3 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly higher resolution screen (614k dots vs 460k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen and has an OLED screen (OLED vs LCD).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 15.9 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the E-P3)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 19.8 MP vs 12.2 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the E-P3)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED

common strengths of the A5000 and E-P3

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Mid size (122×69×34 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.3"

Olympus PEN E-P2

Olympus PEN E-P2
1 year older
$590 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-P2 (vs the E-P3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the E-P2 (vs the E-P3)

  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 614k dots

common strengths of the E-P2 and E-P3

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (121×70×36 mm) vs Mid size (122×69×34 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.3"

Sony NEX 5N

Sony NEX-5N
similar age

Significant advantages of the 5N (vs the E-P3)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 614k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 5N (vs the E-P3)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 108 lenses

common strengths of the 5N and E-P3

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Mid size (122×69×34 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.3"

Olympus PEN E-P1

Olympus PEN E-P1
2 years older
$349 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-P1 (vs the E-P3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the E-P1 (vs the E-P3)

  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 614k dots

common strengths of the E-P1 and E-P3

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (121×70×36 mm) vs Mid size (122×69×34 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.3"

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5
1 year newer
$499 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL5 (vs the E-P3)

  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL5 (vs the E-P3)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs CMOS
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the E-PL5 and E-P3

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×64×38 mm) vs Mid size (122×69×34 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
4 months newer
$347 (body only)

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX1 (vs the E-P3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX1 (vs the E-P3)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs CMOS

common strengths of the DMC-GX1 and E-P3

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (116×68×39 mm) vs Mid size (122×69×34 mm)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-P3 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen and lets you preview your photos on the screen.

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 24 MP), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3 fps vs 5 fps) and has much more startup delay (900 ms vs 500 ms).

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
10 months older
$329 (body only)
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the E-P3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 14.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the E-P3)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 614k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED

common strengths of the D3100 and E-P3

  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
3 years newer
$475 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the E-P3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 614k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the E-P3)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Mid size (122×69×34 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.8" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the D5500 and E-P3

  • Have touch screens
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 35
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Mid size (122×69×34 mm)

Olympus E-3

Olympus E-3
3 years older
$1,490 14-54mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-3 (vs the E-P3)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Weather sealed
  • Shoots significantly faster: 5 fps vs 3 fps

Significant disadvantages of the E-3 (vs the E-P3)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 614k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the E-3 and E-P3

  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
2 years newer
$474 (body only)
$459 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the E-P3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 614k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the E-P3)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm) vs Mid size (122×69×34 mm)

common strengths of the D5300 and E-P3

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 35

Pentax K10D

Pentax K10D
4 years older

Significant advantages of the K10D (vs the E-P3)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Weather sealed
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the K10D (vs the E-P3)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 210k dots vs 614k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the K10D and E-P3

  • Thin: 2.8" vs 1.3"

Olympus E-5

Olympus E-5
9 months older
$3,999 (body only)

Significant advantages of the E-5 (vs the E-P3)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 614k dots
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the E-5 (vs the E-P3)

  • Much larger: Professional size (143×117×75 mm) vs Mid size (122×69×34 mm)
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Doesn't focus continuously recording movies

common strengths of the E-5 and E-P3

  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-P3 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a touch screen, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has an OLED screen (OLED vs LCD), has a slightly longer battery life (330 shots vs 200 shots) and is newer (june 2011 vs july 2008).

However, on average it is significantly larger (mid size (122×69×34 mm) vs compact (99×60×28 mm)), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), is thicker (1.3" vs 1.1") and is much heavier (369 g vs 198 g).

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
similar age
$382

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the E-P3)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much smaller: Compact (99×60×28 mm) vs Mid size (122×69×34 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the E-P3)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 330 shots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the S100 and E-P3

  • Inexpensive: $197.00 vs $450.00

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
2 years older
$778

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the E-P3)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (109×60×27 mm) vs Mid size (122×69×34 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly longer battery life: 380 shots vs 330 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the E-P3)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DMC-LX3 and E-P3

  • Very long battery life: 380 shots vs 330 shots
  • Support external flash
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds