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Olympus PEN E-P3

Olympus PEN E-P3
Olympus PEN E-P3
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  • 12.3 Megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • Full HD Movie 1920 x1080, 60i with stereo sound, Maximum 29min
  • 3-inch OLED touch screen display
  • FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF
  • ISO 200 - 12800
Olympus PEN E-P3
Olympus PEN E-P3
Olympus PEN E-P3
Olympus PEN E-P3
Olympus PEN E-P3
Olympus PEN E-P3
Olympus PEN E-P3
Olympus PEN E-P3
Olympus PEN E-P3
Olympus PEN E-P3
Olympus PEN E-P3
Olympus PEN E-P3

Overview

Description by Olympus:

The PEN E-P3, or simply ‘PEN’, has the fastest* auto-focus of any camera with interchangeable lenses. With its world-beating FAST AF (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) , timeless metal design and state-of-the-art touch-sensitive OLED display, it’s a genuine alternative to bulkier and more expensive SLRs.

*as of June 2011. Olympus Inhouse test.

Compact, classic design

  • Stylish design with metal finish
  • 3-inch OLED touchscreen display for brilliant playback of stills and movies from all angles
  • Available in 3 colours (white, silver, black)
  • Interchangeable grip for a personalised fit and comfortable handling
  • Neatly integrated pop-up flash system

SLR image quality

  • 12.3 Megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF, the world’s fastest autofocus*
  • Comprehensive system of Micro Four Thirds lenses covering all photographic needs
  • Powerful new TruePic VI image processor

Convenient to use

  • Three smart buttons for customisation to conveniently most commonly used features
  • Smart settings for simple in-camera optimisation of photos
  • Two dials for easy and quick adjustment of the aperture and exposure time
  • An in-camera level gauge displaying relation of angle to the actual horizon

Creativity & HD Movie

  • Ten different Art Filters and Art Filter Effects for direct creative enhancement of photos - including the two new additions “star light” and “white edge”
  • Full HD Movie with stereo sound, depth of field and integration of Art Filters
  • Widened creative scope with a wide range of compatible lenses and accessories for specialist photography styles

 

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Specifications

DXO Mark
DXO Color Depth: 
20.8bits
DXO Dynamic Range: 
10.1Ev
DXO Low Light Performance: 
536 ISO
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Type : 
17.3 x 13.0 mm High speed Live MOS Sensor
Effective Pixels: 
12.3 Megapixels
Aspect Ratio: 
4:3
Intelligent Orientation Sensor: 
Yes
Filter Array: 
primary colour filter
Sensor has dust removal: 
Yes
Sensor Dust Removal: 
Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Sensor Stabilization
Stabilization details: 
Sensor shift image stabilizer
Modes: 
3 modes (IS1:2 dimensional activation, IS2:1 dimensional activation in landscape frame to vertical direction moving, IS3:1dimensional activation in portrait frame to vertical direction moving ), OFF. Manual input focal length 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000, working shutter speed range 2 - 1/4000 sec. (Not available when Bulb is selected). Movie IS- Shifting electronic image (so called Digital IS, IS1 mode only)
Effective Compensation Range: 
Up to 3 stops
Image Processor
Image Processor Type : 
TruePic VI image processor
Lenses
Lens Mount: 
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Focal Length details: 
Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 2 times lens focal length
Storage
Memory Card Type Details: 
SD Memory Card(SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible), Eye-Fi, Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting
Exposure Control
Metering Mode: 
TTL Image Sensor metering system
(1) Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering)
(2) Center weighted average metering
(3) Spot metering (approx. 1% for the viewfinder screen. Highlight / shadow bases are available)
Metering Range Details: 
EV 0 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Centre weighted average metering, Spot metering) (At normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
Exposure Compensation Details: 
±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
Exposure Compensation Braketing: 
2, 3, 5frames in 0.3,0.5, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable, 7frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7EV steps selectable
AE Lock: 
Available (Using Fn1/Rec button is available)
Shutter Type : 
Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed: 
60 - 1/4000 sec. Bulb: up to 30 min. (selectable longest time in the menu. Default: 8 min)
Shooting Modes: 
(1) iAuto
(2) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed)
(3) A: Aperture priority AE
(4) S: Shutter priority AE
(5) M: Manual
(6) Scene select AE
(7) Art Filter
Drive Modes: 
Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer
Continuous Shooting Details: 
Approx. 3 frames/sec. in sequential shooting

RAW mode: Max. 11 frames ( with Toshiba SDHC UHS-I card R95 W80 model Premiugate series "Class 10" 8GB) on sequential shooting
JPEG(LN) mode: Until limitation of the memory capacity ( with Toshiba SDHC UHS-I card R95 W80 model Premiugate series "Class 10" 8GB)

Self Timer : 
Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
ISO Sensitivity: 
AUTO: ISO 200 - 12800(customizable, Default 200-1600)
Manual ISO 200 - 12800, 1/3 or 1 EV steps,
White Balance
White Balance Settings: 
High speed Live MOS sensor
6 settings (3000K - 7500K)
Lamp (3000K),
Fluorescent (4000K),
Daylight (5300K),
Flash (5500K),
Cloudy (6000K),
Shade (7500K)
White Balance Personal: 
2 custom settings can be registered
White Balance Bracketing: 
3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
Focusing
Focusing Type Details: 
Imager Contrast Detection AF system
When non High-speed imager AF compatible lens is used, it works as AF assist
AF System Points: 
35 points
AF System Points Details: 
35-area multiple AF with the contrast detection system (Auto, selectable in option)
AF Point Selection: 
Auto from all 35 area, Single area from 35 area, Group Target area (9 area) from 35 area
Auto from almost all area when Face detection is ON
Free selection when Magnified View Mode is selected
AF Modes: 
Single AF (S-AF)
Continuous AF (C-AF)
Manual Focus (MF)
S-AF + MF
AF tracking (C-AF + TR)
C-AF and AF tracking are not available with non-Micro Four Thirds lenses.
This is can be set in both recording mode, still and movie, separately.
Predictive AF: 
Yes
AF lock : 
Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode
Manual Focus : 
Yes, When rotation of focus ring is detected under S-AF+MF or MF mode, LV is magnified automatically
Live View
Liveview Details: 
Image Sensor (High Speed Live MOS) type
Live View Coverage: 
100%
Live View Magnification : 
x5, x7, x10 (Default), x14
Live View Grid Overlay: 
Yes
Live View Autofocus: 
High speed imager AF
Monitor
Rear Screen Details: 
3.0 inches 3:2 OLED, AF(Anti-Fingerprint) coating, Touch Panel
Resolution Details: 
Approx. 614,000 dots
Tiltable Monitor: 
No
Tiltable Monitor Details: 
No
Coverage: 
100% frame coverage
Brightness: 
+2 levels and -2 levels
Flash
Flash Hotshoe: 
Yes
Built in Flash: 
Yes
Flash Modes: 
Built in flash
TTL-Auto,
Manual (Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64) at 5500±400°K Color Temperature

Flash mode of External Flash
TTL Auto,
Auto,
Manual,
FP-TTL-AUTO,
FP-MANUAL
Auto,
Red-eye reduction,
Red-eye reduction slow sync.,
Slow sync at 1st curtain,
Slow sync at 2nd curtain,
Fill-in, Off.

Flash Xsync: 
1/60-1/180
Flash compensation: 
Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps
Redeye Reduction: 
Yes
External Flash Wireless Sync: 
Available(4ch, 3Groups+Built-in Flash)
Built-in flash is usable as a center flash in case of wireless flash control.
Guide Number: 
10(Fno/m) at ISO200, 7(Fno/m) at ISO100 but ISO100 is not available
Media Types / Sizes
Image Sizes: 
[RAW] 4032 x 3024 pixels
[JPEG] 4032 x 3024 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
Still Image Format: 
RAW (12-bit lossless compression),
JPEG,
RAW+JPEG,
MPO (3D still)
Movie: 
AVCHD Format:
- Full HD Fine : 1920(H)x1080(V), 60i Recording, 20Mbps, Aspect 16:9
- Full HD Normal : 1920(H)x1080(V), 60i Recording, 17Mbps, Aspect 16:9
- HD Fine : 1280(H)x720(V), 60p Recording), 17Mbps, Aspect 16:9
- HD Normal : 1280(H)x720(V), 60p Recording, 13Mbps, Aspect 16:9
Frame rate of image sensor output is 30fps
Motion-JPEG Format:
- HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30fps (Some Art Filters are exceptional), Aspect 16:9
- SD: 640(H)x480(V), 30fps (Some Art Filters are exceptional), Aspect 4:3(VGA)
Movie Format: 
AVCHD
AVI Motion JPEG
Movie Length: 
AVCHD Format: Max 29min (Full HD Normal/HD Fine/HD Normal : 29min, Full HD Fine : 22min)
Motion-JPEG Format: HD: 7min, SD: 14min (There are exceptions with select Art Filters)
Other Features
Firmware Update: 
Update possible by the user.
Histogram: 
independent luminance / RGB available
Photo Effects: 
Portrait,
e-Portrait,
Landscape,
Landscape + Portrait,
Macro,
Sport,
Night Scene,
Night + Portrait,
Children,
High Key,
Low Key,
DIS mode,
Nature Macro,
Candle,
Sunset,
Document,
Panorama,
Fireworks,
Beach & Snow,
Fisheye Conv,
Wide Conv,
Macro Conv,
3D

Multi Exposure, 2 frames with Auto gain, Live View, Exposing on Recorded picture Functions

Playback Zoom: 
Single-frame, Information Display ,Index Display (4/9/25/100 frames, Calendar), Close-up (2 - 14X)
Menu Languages: 
Japanese, English, French,
German, Spanish, Italian,
Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese,
Simplified Chinese, Russian,
Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish,
Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian,
Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian,
Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian,
Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian,
Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian,
Indonesian, Malay, Thai
Accessories
Flashes: 
E-system Flash
(FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R)
Connectivity
Computer Interface: 
USB 2.0 High Speed for storage through Multi-connector(MTP mode is available)
Other Conection Interface: 
HDMI (HD/Mono or Stereo Sound), VIDEO-OUT (SD/Mono Sound)
Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable,
Optional Remote cable RM-UC1, USB cable is available)
Mini HDMI type-C(1080i/720p/576p/480p)
Direct Print Support
Direct Print: 
Print reservation (DPOF),
Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
Power Source
Power Source: 
BLS-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Battery Life: 
Approx. 330 shots (CIPA test standard)
Physical Specifications
Body Materials: 
Metal
Weather Sealing Details: 
No
Width: 
22mm
Height: 
69mm
Depth: 
34mm
Weight: 
369 g (including battery and memory card) 321 g (body only)
OperatingEnvironment: 
0 - 40 °C operating temperature / -20 - 60 °C storage temperature , Humidity 30 - 90 % operation, 10 - 90 % storage humidity

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