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 324-zone multi-pattern metering features Olympus’s digital ESP evaluative system, which does a decent job at maintaining an accurate exposure. To maintain even midtones, however, the highlights are often clipped, so shooting at 1⁄3 or even 2⁄3 of a stop under is recommended to retain the most detail.

A slightly underexposed image provides more opportunity for correction, particularly in the case of raw files. For more selective metering there is a choice of centreweighted and spot options, and also highlight and shadow priority, which come in useful when the dynamic range is limited.

Image: The metering system produces decent results, only clipping highlights slightly when the tonal range exceeds that of the sensor

  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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