Summary Olympus E-3

Prices Price
Body only
$877
With 12-60mm lens
$3,599
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 7
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 9
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Four thirds 17.3x13.5mm
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Megapixels
Help 10 MP
Movie format
Help None
Screen size
Help 2.5"
Light sensitivity
Help 3,200 ISO
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Pros

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The Olympus E-3 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Sensor shift
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Pentaprism
Storage slots More storage slots Help
2
Longest exposure Very long exposures Help
60 seconds
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Shutter lag Short shutter lag Help
135 ms shutter lag
Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
100%
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/8000 of a second

Cons

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The Olympus E-3 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Low light performance Very noisy at high ISO Help
571 ISO
Color depth Little color depth Help
21.6 bits
Movie format No movies Help
None
Screen size Very small screen Help
2.5"
Startup delay Poor startup delay Help
1200 ms startup delay
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
10 MP
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Lens availability Very few lenses available Help
34 lenses
GPS No GPS Help
Missing geo-tagging
Size Quite large Help
Professional size (142×116×75 mm)
Lowest price Expensive Help
$877.00
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
56.0
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
10.5 EV
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
None
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Announced Old Help
October 2007
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity Help
None
Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
Won't autofocus with all lenses
Weight Very heavy Help
890 g

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Datura1 (8:37 AM, December 29, 2011)
Not one word about the fact that you could use the E-3 as a hammer to dash most DSLR's to pieces.

Not that anyone would do that, but it might survive numerous handlebar-mounted off-road motorcycle crashes, like mine.    Ya kain't take a picture iffen' yer camera's broke.