August 31, 2014
This camera is great!! I bought it as a gift to myself to start doing some photography for a blog I started and it does the job. It has been a big help in improving my photography skills and eye. If I could recommend a great starter camera this would be it.
January 19, 2014
The mode dial on my E-P 3 has never been secure. It constantly falls off. Sent it back to Olympus for repair under warranty. Finally received it back after three weeks and the first time I used the camera it popped off again.
I guess I will send it back again but I won't have the camera back in time for my first vacation in years--a photography expedition no less.
I regret this purchase and will never buy another Olympus product.
October 22, 2013
I had previously purchased an Olympus epl1 and an Omd em-5. Both cameras worked flawlessly. Each had plusses and minusses. I grew to trust the OMD as I had trusted the old OM1 and 2s. The trouble with the cameras is the menu system. I find it difficult to navigate. The ep3 is another great camera with a menu which to me, is confusing and different. I shoot Nikon and Canon DSLRs and have no problem with menus. When everything is set the way I want it, the images are superb. I have many Olympus Mirrorless lens and they all merge wonderfully with this camera. I find it interesting that shooting raw doesn't necessarily reduce the noise as I would have thought. Overall, I am happy with this camera.l I use it for special shoots and it produces well.
June 01, 2013
I recently purchased the Ep3 and as a beginning photographer ( just finished all the classes at the college i attend) i wanted a camera that was easy to use from the get go but had the ability to do so much more as i learned and with this camera i am able to do just that. I started off taking fast snaps of everything i saw and little by little i am getting deeper into the camera and its abilities and it is showing with every new picture taken. This camera really is the bees knees and i would recomend it for any novice to pro photographer as it has everything for every level. Way to go olympus. On a side note, you can find a tiny ep3 keychain with the 17 mm pancake!!!
July 26, 2012
My wife and I show dogs as a hobby - taking good pictures involves the gamut of lighting - from outdoors to high intensity artificial lighting indoors. It is critical to have fast autofocus with fast shutter speeds. My older brand C DSLR struggled to focus in time for the shot. When it came time to upgrade I looked into M4/3 as a more compact alternative. I have been very impressed by the image quality, speed and accuracy of the autofocus and the ISO range of the E-P3. You must take the time to master the range of customization setting avaialble to get the most from this great camera.
July 26, 2012
I worked 20+ years in the retail photo industry (camera stores and photo labs). Always a film guy. When I finally woke up from deep sleep of digital denial, I decided to look for something other than your uncles run of the mill DSLR. Wanted something special, something different, something that fulfilled my personal needs and desires. The EP-3 does all of that. Love it!
July 21, 2012
I think the most surprising camera I ever owned was the E-PL1. When I thought about upgrading, I had no intention of buying the E-P3; I thought it was somewhat overpriced. After reading a lot of reviews, and looking at some of the improvements that had been made with this camera, I thought why not give it a try. Since owning the camera, I have been very happy with the performance of the camera. It continues with Olympus' excellent image quality and adds faster and more accurate focusing. Overall, I have no regrets about getting an E-P3; it does everything I need a camera to do in a compact, light weight package. As a matter of fact, I liked the E-P3 well enough that I ended up selling my dslr gear, primarily from the lack of use since picking the PEN up. Like many, I tend to use it more because it is so convenient.
May 31, 2012
Just fews weeks touching my darling & the feel is just so right
one words i can say i love...
May 19, 2012
Refugee from the land of DSLR heavyweights. I like to bike and hike but wanted something a bit better than a point and shoot. I got the 12 mm lens and the kits lens. The 12 mm 2.0 lens is a real pro lens. It is metal body and really feels solid. The kit lens is not bad but the 12 mm lens kind of spoils you. I like the touch screen focus and shutter release feature. Pretty amazing ability. Although it is only 12 megapixels, I can still zoom way on RAW files and still get decent resolution. The old maxim about photography being all about the glass really holds true with the E-P3 / 12mm combination. I wish that the kit lens was a 25 mm f1.8 lens (I know, it does't exist, but still it would be nice to have an old fashion "normal" lens.)
April 30, 2012
I resisted the switch from film to digital until about 10 years ago. This model is a great piece for the novice or hobbyist looking to improve their ability. It brings back the feel of the older film models with all the digital advantages. From action to candids, this let's you have free reign on the controls to create memorable shots. It's a pleasure to use. Portability is a major plus.