Olympus PEN E-P3 12.3 MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 14-42mm Zoom Lens (Black) Reviews

Olympus Pen 12mp Digital Slr Camera

  • 12.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • 3-inch OLED touchscreen
  • New TruePic VI image processor with Fine Detail Processing; fast AF tracking system
  • Capture full 1080 60i HD video
  • Low-light performance; AF Illuminator; built-in flash; ISO to 12,800

Olympus PEN E-P3 12.3 MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 14-42mm Zoom Lens (Black)

Features Olympus PEN E-P3 12.3 MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 14-42mm Zoom Lens (Black)

  • 12.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • 3-inch OLED touchscreen
  • New TruePic VI image processor with Fine Detail Processing; fast AF tracking system
  • Capture full 1080 60i HD video
  • Low-light performance; AF Illuminator; built-in flash; ISO to 12,800
Overall Rating: Rating=4.5
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Olympus Pen 12mp Digital Slr Camera

VIEW THE WORLD FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE! You love preserving memories, but you’re ready for more creativity. More control. More options for capturing unforgettable images. The E-PL3 inspires innovation and is perfect for those who require a versatile, portable camera filled with advanced yet easy-to-use creative technologies. Its high-resolution 3″ articulating LCD features a new interface that makes it easy to access the effects you want from any angle.

The Willoughby’s Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Kit includes:
1. Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 12.3 MP CMOS Sensor Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 17mm f/2.8mm Lens (Black).
2. LEXSpeed 32GB Memory Card.
3. Extra PS-BLS1 Lithium-Ion Battery.
4. Lowepro Streamline 100 Compact Digital SLR Camera Bag.
5. Sunpak SDHC 2.0 USB Card Reader.
6. Sunpak 5 Piece Digital Camera Cleaning Kit + Mini Tripod.
7. 6′ High Grade + High Speed HDMI Cable.
8. 3pc 37mm Multi-Coated Essential Filter Kit.
9. LCD Screen Protectors.
10. Giotto’s Cleaning Blower.
11. Lens Pen Cleaning System.
12. Memory Card Wallet.
13. Professional Lens Cap Holder.
14. Willoughby’s Exclusive Micro Fiber Cleaning Cloth.

Manufacturer Supplied:
*USB/Video Multi Cable
*BLS-1 Lithium-Ion Battery
*BCS-1 Lithium-Ion Battery Charger
*Shoulder Strap
*Olympus Viewer 2/ib Software CD-ROM
*Instruction Manual
*Warranty Card
*Flash FL-LM1
ATTACHABLE FLASH INCLUDED
This camera provides the flexibility to attach a flash to your camera via the accessory port, or leave it at home for maximum portability.

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 with 17mm f/2.8mm Lens (Black) + Extra Battery + Deluxe Bag + 3pc 37mm Multi-Coated Essential Filter Kit + 32GB SDHC Deluxe Kit

Features Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 with 17mm f/2.8mm Lens (Black) + Extra Battery + Deluxe Bag + 3pc 37mm Multi-Coated Essential Filter Kit + 32GB SDHC Deluxe Kit

  • 12.3 MEGAPIXELS The new 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor is optimized to maximize the performance of all m.Zuiko digital lenses in any shooting condition. Improvements to the sensitivity and read-out speed of the existing sensor makes ISO 12,800 shooting and Full HD movie recording possible.
  • STABILIZATION TECHNOLOGY IN THE BODY, NOT IN THE LENSES Say goodbye to blurry images. Olympus’ in-body image stabilization technology makes it possible to use any Micro Four Thirds lenses (or Four Thirds lens), from wide-angle to telephoto, for perfectly clear, crisp photos no matter what the shooting situation, even in low light!
  • FULL 1080 HD VIDEO Shoot up to 29 minutes of 1080 60i HD video and stereo sound in either AVCHD or AVI formats. A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just the press of a button
  • NEW 3D SHOOTING Add a new dimension to your photographs in any mode from macro to landscape with Olympus’ 3D technology. By simply selecting the 3D Photo Mode, releasing the shutter, and slowly panning, the camera will automatically take a second image from a slightly different perspective. The 3D data is processed in-camera resulting in an .MPO file, the universal industry 3D format, for easy display on 3D televisions or laptops.
  • GET WIRELESS No need for cables or even a computer. Upload or email images directly from your camera with an optional PP-1 PENPAL® or Eye-FiTM card. The E-PL3 is also capable of recording stills and video to SD, SDHC, SDXC and UHS-I media cards.
Overall Rating: Rating=4.5
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List Price: $ 399.00
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  1. S MacLeod "newzild" says:
    200 of 201 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    An expensive, great-handling camera with an outdated sensor, September 4, 2011
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    S MacLeod “newzild” (Malaysia) –
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    I bought this camera after backpacking around the world with an “expendable” Nikon D40 digital SLR which I bought for just $420 – less than half the price of my new Olympus E-P3. Prior to that I shot film on SLRs. The Nikon took photos that were probably just as good as those from the E-P3. Why, then, did I buy the E-P3? Because of the weight. Anybody who has spent all day, every day, lugging an SLR around with them will know what I mean.

    Size and weight are the two advantages that mirrorless cameras offer over SLRs. But once you make the decision to go mirrorless, it is critically important to choose the right format – otherwise you will box yourself into a corner with lenses. I opted for the micro four-thirds (M43) format (supported by Olympus and Panasonic) for the sole reason that there is a much greater selection of lenses for M43 cameras than for the competing Sony and Samsung mirrorless formats.

    The three newest M43 cameras are the Olympus E-P3, Olympus E-PL3 and Panasonic G3, all of which have strengths and weaknesses.

    After handling the E-P3 and its smaller and cheaper cousin, the E-PL3, in-store, I found that I much prefered the handling of the more expensive model. It is more solid in the hand, and it has an extra scroll-wheel that enhances the speed of choosing aperture settings (I usually shoot in aperture-priority mode). I also liked the touch screen. The negatives were the price and the lack of an articulating screen (which the E-PL3 and G3 have).

    Choosing between the E-P3 and the $200 cheaper Panasonic G3 was more difficult. The G3 has an inbuilt electronic viewfinder, an articulating screen and a much better sensor (better photos in low light, without grainy “noise”). Ultimately I chose the E-P3 because, again, I prefered the handling and more solid feel (however, I would advise anybody thinking of buying the E-P3 to check out reviews of the Panasonic G3 and Olympus E-PL3).

    The Olympus PEN E-P3 is significantly better than earlier PEN cameras in that it has addressed most of the criticisms leveled at those models. The most important criticisms related to slow auto-focus speeds (all models), sluggish handling (all models) and the lack of inbuilt flash (on the E-P2).

    One area in which the E-P3 has made only limited progress, however, is in regards to image quality. The sensor is the same old 12mp clunker used on earlier PENs, which is disappointing given the US $900 price tag. For $300 less, entry-level Canon or Nikon dSLRs take better photographs.

    I bought this sleek little beast with my heart, rather than my head, and I do not regret my decision. If you have a photographer’s heart like mine, then you should buy this camera immediately. If you have a rationalist’s brain, superior to my own, then you might want to consider the following pros and cons:

    Pros:

    Image Quality – Olympus cameras are famed for producing great colours, and I have been very, very pleased with colours from this camera. Greens and yellows really come to life. Also, despite criticisms leveled at this camera for its low-light performance, I think it’s usable at ISO 1600 as long as there are not too many shadows in the frame.

    Handling – There are lots of buttons and dials on this camera. Advanced users will appreciate this. The solid metal body feels sturdy in the hand. The camera has been miniaturised while retaining just enough heft for stable shooting.

    Speed – This camera is very, very fast. You can focus and shoot in an instant. Olympus claims that this camera is the fastest in the world. I cannot say whether that is true or not, but I can say that the E-P3 is very, very fast. Or have I said that already?

    Build – Metal.

    Screen – It’s great. Very colourful and detailed. Best of all, it is a touch-screen. Coming from SLRs, I thought this was a gimmick, but I have been surprised to find that I absolutely love the touch screen. It’s great for street-shooting, because you can set the camera to focus and shoot anywhere in the frame just by touching the screen. It focuses and fires accurately, and almost instantly. The Panasonic G3 also has this touch-shooting feature, but it did not seem so well implemented when I tried it in-store. Too many shots were out of focus on the G3, whereas they were sharp on the Olympus.

    Lenses – All micro four-thirds lenses made by Olympus and Panasonic will work on this camera, meaning the user has lots of lenses to choose from.

    IBIS – In-body image stabilisation. You can stick any lens on this camera and it will stablise it – even if the lens itself does not have built-in stabilisation. Lots of prime lenses fall into this category (eg. the superb Panasonic-Leica 25mm f1.4, the very good Panasonic 20mm f1.7 and the new Olympus 12mm f2).

    Size – It’s smaller and lighter than an SLR. This factor is critical. If you are not…

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  2. Admiral2525 says:
    40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfect for travellers looking for excellent image qualities and a lighter package, November 18, 2011
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    I used film cameras starting from the 1990s, switched to prosumer DC in 2003, and used DSLR for several years. In Jan 2011, I sold the DSLR and its two lenses, and decided to go mirrorless, finally settling on m43 and the Olympus PEN E-PL2. I was so satisfied with it that before my 19-day Switzerland family trip in August 2011, I purchased the E-P3 and relegated the E-PL2 to a backup camera. After my trip, I sold the E-PL2 since the E-P3 was much better in some critical areas and I did not need a backup when I would not be on any long trip in the near future.

    Although images from the DSLR were very good, a major problem was that the DSLR gear was way too heavy. I took a lot of photos while travelling, much more than when staying in my home city. As a small man, it was a pain to carry the DSLR around, especially hiking with a backpack full of other essentials. A smaller and lighter camera with good image quality, suitable for long trips, was thus my prime concern. Before deciding on m43, I considered several mirrorless systems and different camera bodies.

    (A) Sony NEX
    The main problem with NEX is the lenses, not the camera bodies. Auto focusing is a must for me and there are too few native NEX lens choices at present, which is important when committing to a system. The existing NEX lenses are either optically slow and big, or smaller but having mediocre optical quality. There is not any good fast prime. The NEX may become more attractive in future, but not now. The small and thin NEX cameras with the big lens mounted are a bit unbalanced in my hand and look extremely ugly. The major advantage of NEX is its best-of-class image sensor. However, such advantage is somewhat negated by the lack of good fast lenses. The overall body plus lens package is larger and heavier than the m43 equivalent, and does not provide better image quality due to the less than satisfactory lenses.

    (B) Samsung NX
    I am a bit worried about the future of NX, as it seems not so popular. The existing lenses are better than those of NEX but the sensor seems even worse than that of the smaller m43. The overall package, like that of NEX, is somewhat bigger and heavier than m43, and does not provide better image quality.

    (C) m43 – Olympus and Panasonic
    m43 seems to offer the best balance between image quality and size/weight (body and lens). On one hand, the sensors are not as good as NEX. On the other hand, there are many lenses – good zoom lens and excellent fast primes such as the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 or the newer Olympus 12mm f/2.0 and Olympus 45mm f/1.8 (the latter two not yet announced at the time of my decision on m43). The comparable zoom lenses are so much smaller and lighter than the NEX ones and are much more balanced on the m43 camera bodies. There are also many, if not too many, m43 camera bodies to choose from. Among the m43 bodies, the Olympus ones have built-in body image stabilization (IBIS), usually giving two to three stops of advantage at low shutter speed. Olympus is also famous for the superb out of camera JPEG images. As Panasonic bodies do not have IBIS and not all m43 lens has lens-based image stabilization, finally I settled on the Olympus (kit lens for general use), and added the Panasonic 20mm (for low light and indoor) and the tiny Olympus 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 (for landscape and confined areas). These were the lenses that I took to Switzerland, much of the time hiking in the Alps. The E-P3 and the 3 lenses weighed less than the previous DSLR with just the kit zoom, and covered more optical range. With an Olympus body and the Panasonic 20mm f1.7, the combination of IBIS and f1.7 is more than enough to offset any sensor disadvantage against a NEX in low light situations (such as in a museum, restaurant, or church), since much lower ISO values can be used.

    My feeling and experience with the E-P3 (and m43).

    Good:

    (1) Image quality comparable to DSLR and much better than prosumer DC or point-and-shoot.

    (2) Excellent straight out-of-camera JPEG images with pleasing colours, no need for post-processing, suitable for persons like me who do not want to spend…

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  3. ECU Harry says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Grreat camera and start up kit, March 29, 2013
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    This review is from: Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 with 17mm f/2.8mm Lens (Black) + Extra Battery + Deluxe Bag + 3pc 37mm Multi-Coated Essential Filter Kit + 32GB SDHC Deluxe Kit (Electronics)

    First, I’m a novice and only know the basic basics. I recommend that potential buyers read review from people more knowledgeable about cameras and accessories.(The camera does receive excellent reviews on Amazon and other sites.)

    I like the camera. I good entry level camera which is easy to use. This camera comes with a 17 mm lens–not the 14-42 mm zoom that typically comes with the Olympus E-PL3. However, I’m finding this lens is ideal for indoor photography. Likely, you will end up purchasing the 14-42 mm lens as your “go to” lens.

    The kit comes with battery charger, batteries, filters, cleaning kits and a “deluxe” bag. It is the bag that dropped this rating to a four star. The bag is adequate for the camera and a few items but once you start gathering a couple more lenses or accessories, it is to small. Therefore, I’ll be buying and bigger and better designed bag in the future.

    Finally, the package came from Willoughby’s earlier than the expected date.

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