The latest Olympus Pen models are claimed to have the fastest AF of any interchangeable-lens camera. We find out how the new E-P3 handles and if it lives up to this bold statement

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Olympus Pen E-P3 review


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The Olympus E-P3 is positioned as a high-end compact system camera. Therefore, it competes against the likes of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 more than the new GF3, which has been aimed at a lower end consumer market.

The G3 shares a touchscreen display, but has a vari-angle screen and an in-built viewfinder to its credit, not to mention the higher resolution sensor and smaller price tag.

The Sony NEX-5 is the Olympus’s next biggest rival. With its larger sensor it offers improved dynamic range and equals the E-P3’s high ISO performance. The handling is slightly lacking for the advanced user, though, and it has been on the market some time. An update later in the year is possible for the NEX-5, which could dominate the high-end CSC market.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. Autofocus
  5. 5. White balance and colour
  6. 6. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  7. 7. Metering
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. LCD, live view and video
  10. 10. M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 lens
  11. 11. Competition
  12. 12. Verdict
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