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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Dynamic range

Dynamic range remains an issue for smaller sensors such as micro four thirds, and little appears to have changed in this new model. According to DxO (, the new sensor reaches just 10.1EV at its base ISO 200 and falls to 6EV by ISO 6400. This is a fairly standard reading for a sensor of this type, but it highlights where it loses out to cameras with larger APS-C-sized sensors, such as the Sony NEX-5, which gives 12.2EV at ISO 100.

Image: Low-light shots, such as this taken handheld at ISO 800, still deliver rich colours and low amounts of noise

  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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