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Advantages of the Olympus E-P3

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
108 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 70% more lenses available
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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Around 10% thinner
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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 614k dots
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Around 50% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Much longer battery life
460 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 5N's maximum light sensitivity is 8 f-stops better
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
269 g vs 369 g
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Around 30% lighter
Size
Slightly smaller
111×59×38 mm vs 122×69×34 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Incredible startup delay Help
              E-P3900 ms
              5N1900 ms
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Shutter lag Incredible shutter lag Help
              E-P3222 ms
              5N235 ms
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Fewer buttons
              Size Fairly small Help
              E-P3122×69×34 mm
              5N111×59×38 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              E-P31.3"
              5N1.5"
              Weight Light weight Help
              E-P3369 g
              5N269 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              E-P312.2 MP
              5N16 MP
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              E-P335
              5N25
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              E-P3614k dots
              5N920k dots
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              E-P31080p @ 30fps
              5N1080p @ 60fps

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