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Olympus PEN E-P3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 340 reviews of Olympus PEN E-P3. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and design. The portability and usability also get good reviews, whereas many are negative about the memory and exposure. There are mixed views on the viewfinder and price.

performance, usability, portability, design, image quality

sensor, battery, exposure, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus PEN E-P3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Olympus PEN E-P3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-P3 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the usability and durability. The performance and lens are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed comments about the design. Many are critical about the battery and shutter.

portability, lens, performance, durability, usability

price, image quality, shutter, battery

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

May, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Olympus PEN E-P3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-P3 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People really like the design and image quality. The usability and portability also get good reviews. Reviews are divided on the battery.

performance, portability, usability, image quality, design

97% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

May, 2020

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Olympus PEN EP-3

 

Does the flagship Olympus PEN EP-3 deliver more than just stylish retro looks?

Great image quality, Enthusiast-level shooting features, Solid build quality and stylish design

Zoom ring a bit hard to reach, AWB can be fooled under artificial light, Very expensive

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (t3.com)

Olympus E-P3 Digital Pen review

 

Third generation 'Pen' flagship model- the Olympus' E-P3 - maintains gorgeous retro styling whilst thankfully squeezing in integral flash while retaining the retro styling we've come to love

Classic design ; Built-in flash ; Art Filters digital effects

Cost ; Not the most 'compact

Though it looks positively chunky ranged against Panasonic’s simultaneously released Lumix DMC-GF3 interchangeable lens compact camera – which uses the same mirror-less mechanism and core sensor technology - the brushed metal finish to the E-P3 exudes...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : William Perceval (pocket-lint.com)

Olympus Pen E-P3

 

The latest Olympus Pen, the E-P3, adds some long-needed features to the series. While the first two E-P installments lacked a built in flash, the E-P3 finally delivers on this front. And any moans of slow autofocus from previous models should also now...

OLED touchscreen, fast autofocus, wireless flash control, quality images

Expensive, subject tracking ineffective, too few shots per charge

At almost £800 the Olympus Pen E-P3 isn’t light on the wallet and is firmly targeted at serious photographers. This third installment of the digital PEN feels good in the hand and brushes up on those issues that the previous two releases haven’t been...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Stuff.tv (stuff.tv)

Olympus PEN E-P3 review

 

Of course the Olympus PEN E-P3 isn't an SLR. We all know that but we have to call it something. This third evolution of the interchangeable lens compact camera (see, micro-SLR is neater isn't it?) has almost nailed the concept. Not quite, but it's not...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Hunter Skipworth (pocket-lint.com)

First Look: Olympus Pen E-P3

 

Olympus have only just unveiled their brand new flagship Pen E-P3 camera and we were on hand to take a look.

Retro design, speed of focusing, compact and lightweight

Might find itself bettered by smaller sibling cameras

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Hunter Skipworth (pocket-lint.com)

Olympus Pen E-P3 hands-on - Pocket-lint

 

Olympus has carved out a crafty little niche in the camera market with its trendy take on the compact mirrorless camera. Previous generations of Pen cameras

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Angela Nicholson (techradar.com)

Olympus PEN E-P3 review

 

Could the PEN really be mightier?

Detail-rich images at low ISO Fast AF Responsive touchscreen Loads of features Accessory port (for viewfinder)

Poor images at ISO 6400 and above AF tracking can't keep up with fast movement No viewfinder built-in

Although from the outset Olympus's PEN series of compact system cameras had its fans, it also had its fair share of detractors. The E-P1 (launched in June 2009) for example, had no built-in flash or viewfinder, a dated and somewhat confused menu and a...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (techadvisor.co.uk)

Olympus PEN E-P3 review

 

The PEN E-P3 is the third generation Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus. It's larger than a compact camera, smaller than a digital SLR, yet it's packed with features from both camps and has a style all its own. It's easy enough for novice users to...

Without a doubt, this is one of the most fun cameras we've used on a daily basis. There isn't a high learning curve and what you see on its screen is usually what the camera records. It has extensive colour adjustments, Art filters and scene modes --...

Aug, 2011

Reddot design award winner 2010!

Expert review by : reddot (red-dot.de (UK))

Olympus PEN E-P3 System Camera

 

The PEN E-P3 is consistently oriented towards the design of classic cameras. The jury also liked the option of interchangeable grips in order to tailor the camera to different needs.

Expert review by : Amateur Photographer (amateurphotographer.co.uk)

Olympus Pen E-P3 review

 

Having used the Olympus Pen E-P3 for a few weeks, it is certainly a camera that ticks a lot of boxes for me. It handles well and allows easy creative control.While the AF system is generally fast if using one of the new MSC lenses, it is not always up...

Apr, 2014

Price comparison for Olympus PEN E-P3

  Store     Price
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75 mm F1.8 Lens, Fast...
Ideally suited for: Nature, low-light and portrait - corresponds to a 150 mm 35 mm lens
£699.00 TO SHOP
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12 mm F2.0 Lens, Fast...
Ideally suited for: Architecture, low-light, nature, travel and landscape - equivalent to a 24 mm 35 mm lens
£504.00 TO SHOP
Meike MK-320 TTL Flash Speedlite GN 32 for Panasonic...
Small Size, High GN: 32
£69.00 TO SHOP
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45 mm F1.8 Lens, Fast Fixed...
Ideally suited for: Travel, sports, nature, low-light, landscape, architecture, all-round and portrait...
£189.00 TO SHOP
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm F1.8 Lens, Fast Fixed...
Ideally suited for: Landscape, travel, nature, low-light and architecture, portrait - equivalent to a 34 mm...
£304.00 TO SHOP
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150 mm F4-5.6 II Lens...
Ideally suited for: Travel, nature and portrait - equivalent to a 80-300 mm 35 mm lens
£149.00 TO SHOP
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42 mm F3.5-5.6 II R Lens...
Ideally suited for: Landscape, travel, architecture and portrait - equivalent to a 28-84 mm 35 mm lens
£275.00 TO SHOP
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12 mm F2.0 Lens, Fast...
Ideally suited for: Architecture, low-light, nature, travel and landscape - equivalent to a 24 mm 35 mm lens
£504.00 TO SHOP
Olympus EZ-M7530 M.Zuiko Digital 75-300 mm 1:4.8-6.7...
Ideally suited for: Travel, nature and sports - equivalent to a 150-600 mm 35 mm lens
£359.00 TO SHOP
Olympus VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for MFT Cameras...
Detachable Electronic Viewfinder
£130.00 TO SHOP

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