The Pen series from Olympus, which launched the Micro Four Thirds format (from the mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses), came with Olympus PEN E-P3 in the fifth generation. This generation is marked by widening the opportunities for accessory, but also the "maturity" of the body.
Design and control
Olympus PEN E-P3 is presented as a sturdy, yet with elegant and premium quality construction and finishes. Supports attachment of a variety of accessories: external flashes, eye, Bluetooth devices, microphones and even different grip sizes for those who want a better grip and more comfort in use.
The control is quick and has professional settings, with the selector for shooting modes, a customizable function key and two scroll wheel located on the back side. Those who prefer the touch control can perform various actions directly on the screen: select the focus area, shoot and view images.
Shooting options are comparable to those found in semi-professional gadgets and include detailed control over all parameters related to image focus and shutter. So, Olympus E-P3 addresses to demanding users who want a camera that, if necessary, can successfully replace a DSLR.
The general public, without advanced knowledge, has a handy Auto mode that guarantees decent images regardless of conditions. You can also find new gadgets along with the new launch of Olympus gadgets.
Here are the basic specifications of the Olympus PEN E-P3.
Olympus PEN E-P3 has arrived in our tests with two objectives: a standard zoom lens of 14-42 mm and a super-zoom of 14-150 mm. The latter is ideal to capture both the large and distant subjects in detail. Its only drawback to the standard objective is the smaller aperture (equivalent to a "C" greater: F4.0 to F3.5), which means that less light enters the sensor and at the same conditions, using super-zoom at 14 mm focal length, you need a slightly longer exposure time to obtain an identical frame.
Olympus PEN E-P3
Picture quality is comparable to entry level DSLR and mainstream, good to very good, with excellent detail and vibrant colors. Under certain conditions, chromatic aberration (purple fringing) is visible. The image noise is kept well under control up to ISO 1600 and acceptable at ISO 3200. At ISO 6400 the details leave much to be desired and at the maximum value, ISO 12800, the picture is almost unusable.
On the video part, the Full HD recording looks great and is ideal for next-generation TVs. Zoom lenses controls are fine and allow a slow approach, professional style. In addition, at both photo and video, the focal length is displayed.