March 15, 2012
Good overall. Very nice design and look. However it is packed with too many options, many beyound the need of the amature photographer but are great for the experienced photographer. Lacks viewfinder. It has extremely terrible manual, and there are no eazy/clear "how to use" instructions or even something like "EP-3 for Dummies". Also, you need a magnifier to read it. Do NOT buy this camera if you are a novice and wand to make use of its full capibilities (which accounts for the relatively high price.) If you opt to regularly use the builtin "auto" options, you are better off buying one of the much chealer and excellent others.
March 10, 2012
I bought this camera as a lightweight travel alternative to my EOS system...I wanted a system camera for which I could buy high quality lenses...definitely not a fixed lens camera. But image quality had to be great. So, a norma typical point and shoot of any type would not do.
I have been very happy with the camera mainly because 1) the image quality is good enough (I have a full frame DSLR to compare it to) 2) autofocus is great 3) touch screen is great, particularly the touch screen shutter release. Contrary to some opinions I have had to trouble with false shots due to the touch screen. I have in fact had many false shutter releases with the shutter button (my hands are somewhat large). 4) OLED display to awesome...bright and high quality. 5) Great retro look.
March 06, 2012
I have been using my Olympus EP3 for about five months now. I am most impressed by the excellent optics of the Zuiko lenses. The kit 14 to 42 will do 80% of what every photographer wants or needs. For travel and street shooting I have stopped using my other lenses because I am so impressed with the quality of the kit zoom. The digital zoom feature makes the kit 35mm equivalent of 28 to 168 mm that's an incredible value. For serious work I always shoot raw and appreciate all the tools available in viewer. It takes a bit of getting used to but is well worth the effort. Once finished with raw processing I will often export to another cataloging program. I recently added the 1.8/45 mm lens. It's incredible. The clarity and bokeh as well as lowlight functionality are excellent. I'm planning on adding the 12 and 75. I also shot HD movies which I have shared online. They are incredible. I would suggest getting two batteries. I always have two batteries for every camera I own. It's so much fun shooting and easy to get carried away and come back with hundreds of photos
February 28, 2012
I have a EPL-1 and been waiting to be able to get E3 with more controls at easy access. Plus the focusing is much faster. Was thinking about the Epl-3, but I really wanted E-P3.
February 09, 2012
Excellent lightweight camera for travel, hiking and biking adventures. The touch autofocus screen is amazing. Camera produces excellent colors. Menus are a bit perplexing and the manual could be better written. But after unlocking the super control menu I'm good to go. Fits in my hands perfectly. The only drawback is the lack of an articulating screen. Terrific little camera!
February 03, 2012
all sides, perfect! just missing wifi connectivity!
January 28, 2012
My recent ownership with 14-42 and 40 150 lenses has me convinced that M43 is the way to go. I am 75 years old and need to get the weight of traditional SLRs off my back. I'll be printing at 11x14 or larger and sample prints indicate that this is possible.
Noise is a bit on the high side but as better sensors are offered in the future EP4, EP5 etc this will become a fantastic system with no drawbacks.
I found the menu system a little tricky at first but have caught on. I think my DSLR system (another brand) has a more intuitive menu.
January 26, 2012
Replacing heavier SLR and multiple lenses.
This meets most of bill. Bit expensive and some limits in lenses made for this format but great quality and performance.
January 24, 2012
Graduating from a point and shoot camera to a more expressive camera was the reason for the purchase of my new 4/3 camera. I have been impressed with the features and expanded options.
January 22, 2012
This little camera, especially when paired with the fine 12mm f2 prime lens really is just about the perfect daily companion camera for a serious photographer.
Its been said many times and is so true... the best camera is the one you always have with you. Phone cameras equal disappointment for me when I find a truly special subject and well, my 4x5 just doesn't pack well on my daily commute. This camera fits, build quality of the body is very good, autofocus fast and IQ is very good.
One criticism, easy to find E-P3 body only purchase options would be nice as I personally prefer a quality fast prime to a slow zoom. I doubt I will never use kit lens and would have preferred to save a few bucks toward a fine lens.