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Olympus PEN E-P3


$899.99 Released June, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Classic film-camera aesthetic. Compact and lightweight compared to other micro four third cameras, full DSLRs. Micro four thirds sized sensor - allows for better image quality over similarly sized point and shoots, better low light abilities, depth of field.

The Cons:High price point - better image quality can be attained for the price (with some sacrifice in the weight and size department). Slower than average continuous shooting (3fps).

The Olympus PEN E-P3 is a high-end digital camera with a 12 megapixel Live MOS sensor and a 3-inch OLED touchscreen display. It also features super-fast shutter response, compatibility with a wide range of interchangeable lenses and wireless compatibility.

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Additionally, the PEN E-P3 sports iAuto automatic settings technology and advanced shadow adjustment.

The PEN E-P3's 12 megapixel Live MOS sensor is optimized to maximize the performance of all mZuiko digital lenses, while improved sensitivity and read-out speed allow for ISO 12,800 shooting. Its super-fast shutter response of less than 60 milliseconds (60 – 1/40000 sec.) allows the PEN E-P3 to capture nearly anything by way of reduced black-out time between shots. Meanwhile, the PEN E-P3's wireless compatibility allows for quick and easy upload of images and videos to the internet with a sold-separately wireless adapter.

Features

  • 12 megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • 1080i HD video capture in either AVCHD or AVI formats
  • 3-inch OLED touchscreen display
  • Shutter response of less than 60 milliseconds (60 – 1/40000 sec.)
  • iAuto automatic settings technology
  • Compatible with a wide range of interchangeable lenses
  • Advanced shadow adjustment
  • WiFi capable with sold-separately adapter

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    classic film-camera aesthetic

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    compact and lightweight compared to other micro four third cameras, full DSLRs

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    micro four thirds sized sensor - allows for better image quality over similarly sized point and shoots, better low light abilities, depth of field

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    good manual control - shooting mode dial includes the standard Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority and full manual modes

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    hot-shoe - compatible with many accessories flashes, digital and optical viewfinders, external microphones, etc...

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    3-inch OLED display with higher than average 610k-dot resolution - offers improved detail, contrast and off-angle viewing image quality

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    interchangeable lens system

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    records video in high definition 1080/60i, 720/60p with stereo audio

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    capable of recording images in RAW format

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    solid, premium feeling build

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    detachable, swappable hand grip for improved ergonomics

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    AF assist lamp helps autofocus in low light

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    good continuous shooting buffer - 17 JPEGs or 12 RAW

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    fast 35-point contrast-based AF system

Cons
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    high price point - better image quality can be attained for the price (with some sacrifice in the weight and size department)

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    slower than average continuous shooting (3fps)

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