- 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 100 - 12800
- Sensor based Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Micro Four Thirds Mount
- 369g - 122 x 69 x 34mm
- Released August 2011
- Succeeded the Olympus E-P2
- Refreshed by Olympus E-P5
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Olympus E-P3 summary
Olympus E-P3 is Olympus's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera first announced on August of 2011. The camera comes with a 12MP, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4032 x 3024.
Olympus released this camera in order to update the earlier Olympus E-P2 (Read Full Comparison) and afterwards brought out the more recent Olympus E-P5 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to replace this camera.
The E-P3 places at #84 out of 115 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and over-all #387 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. You should try out our Smart camera search to find camera rankings based on your personal requirements.
The following is a chart of various factors used in the rating system.
Olympus E-P3 family
The Olympus E-P3 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the complete range below.
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Olympus E-P3 Gallery
You can check the E-P3 from various angles in the gallery below.
Olympus E-P3 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of good and bad points of the Olympus E-P3 based on criterias that are normally considered necessary in a camera.
Olympus E-P3 Sensor details
The Olympus E-P3 features the TruePic VI processor chip. The specification of the sensor in the Olympus E-P3 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor can capture 4032 x 3024 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The CMOS sensor boasts 12 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 100 - 12800. RAW photos are supported so you have wider room to maneuver in post.
The picture below displays the E-P3's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The E-P3 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is showcased in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Olympus E-P3 dimensions
Olympus E-P3 weighs around 0.81 lb (369g / 13.02 oz) and features exterior proportions of 122mm x 69mm x 34mm (4.8" x 2.7" x 1.3"). The weight of typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 327g so the Olympus E-P3 is more heavy when compared to other rivals.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The following is a visual of the Olympus E-P3 alongside a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its scale.
The top view below will show you the button layout on the E-P3.
Olympus E-P3 Lens specs
The E-P3 works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available on the market. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the E-P3.
Olympus E-P3 Connectivity
The E-P3 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can transfer pictures and usually change settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.
Some applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external screen. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.
Olympus E-P3 Video specs
The max video quality in the Olympus E-P3 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in AVCHD and Motion JPEG format. 1080p quality can provide a good balance for quality versus file sizes but 1080p will not leave you with much room to crop. The camera does not have a mic and / or headphone port so you have little control over your sound. It is probably best to shop for a different camera should you want better sound in your video clips.
Olympus E-P3 Weather Sealing
Olympus E-P3 does not include environment proofing so damp conditions could affect the camera.
Olympus E-P3 Display and Viewfinder
The Olympus E-P3 comes with a 3 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 614 thousand dots.
Moreover the screen is touch friendly so you will be able to switch focus point as well as adjust settings using your fingertips.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The ViewFinder specs regarding Olympus E-P3 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Electronic (optional)
Viewfinders are pretty handy for bright outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera display washed out and hard to view.
Olympus E-P3 Shutter specs
Olympus E-P3 can shoot continuously at 3.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Olympus E-P3 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Olympus E-P3 includes both built-in flash plus external flash support. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/180 sec.
Olympus E-P3 Autofocusing specs
Olympus E-P3 includes just Contrast Based Autofocus and doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier & exact when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detect which makes it handy for portrait photography.
The Sensor comes with 35 focus points to select from. Olympus E-P3 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers in order to adjust focus. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for objects on the move. Olympus E-P3 features manual focusing in case it is required for low light scenarios or you want to have more precise focusing control.
Olympus E-P3 Battery life
The battery pack (BLS-5) in the Olympus E-P3 is designed to last for 330 clicks based on the CIPA specifications making it on par with its competitors. The usual Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 339. Samsung NX mini has got the maximum (650) battery life for this class of cameras.
Below is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that have the strongest battery life:
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Olympus E-P3 for various kinds of photography
The following diagram provides a outline of the Olympus E-P3 for various kinds of photography. To learn more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Olympus E-P3 Portrait photography features
The Olympus E-P3 receives a points total of 61 which is above average, and means the camera is a good pick for portraits. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support and option to utilize external lighting.
Olympus E-P3 Street photography advice
With a great rating of 76, the Olympus E-P3 is a outstanding choice to use in street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Olympus E-P3 Sports photography details
A reasonable sports photography score of 49 indicates the Olympus E-P3 is relatively suited for shooting sports. A camera should have excellent autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Olympus E-P3
Portability is super important in choosing a travel camera. In general, the Olympus E-P3 gets a modest 60 for a travel camera which makes it fairly acceptable to purchase for your holidays.
Olympus E-P3 Landscape photography highlights
For anyone planning to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect is going to be image quality. The Olympus E-P3 and it's nice grade of 65 as a landscape camera is a very decent fit within the current market.
Vlogging with Olympus E-P3
A camera for vlogging should come with a articulating screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Olympus E-P3 is not good for vlogging as it comes to a low score of 35.
Olympus E-P3 Alternatives
If you are searching for alternatives to the E-P3, here is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall under the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The line graph down below gives you a bird's eye view of the E-P3 vs it's highest scoring rivals suggested above.
Here are a few more cameras you might take into account as alternate options. To see a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.