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New E-P3 news and reviews roundup!


Olympus E-P3 commercial in Malayasia.

Pekkapotka (Click here) posted a new E-P3 vs. E-P2 RAW comparison: “My conclusions (from these and other images): Images from these cameras are close to each other with E-P3 having better resolution and sharpness. Noise is equal or slightly lower in E-P3. E-P3 images show better surface texture in objects. That would suggest that filters in front of sensor are of a better quality in E-P3.

ThePhoBlographer (Click here) wrote an article about “Shooting Street Photography with the Olympus E-P3“: “The Olympus EP3 is a small camera; and as we’ve stated before, small cameras seem to be best for street photography. Though I used the white version of the camera (which is the sexiest and stands out the most) people would often just look out of curiosity but not be intimidated by it. Instead, they’d actually just be a bit mesmerized by how gorgeous and simple it was. Not intimidating your subjects is a big part of being able to capture a candid moment. If you combine this with reading one’s body language you’ll have a winning combination for getting the photo that you want.

Lori Grunin from CNET Asia (Click here) also posted the E-P3 test: “For what it delivers, the E-P3 is quite expensive–especially since the new models expected in the fall are supposed to have the same performance and sensor. Even if they’re not as fast, they’ll probably be fast enough. Once I get raw software and if Olympus possibly tweaks the defaults I may boost the image rating and the camera might rise in my estimation. But if you’re looking for a sleek model that delivers superb image quality, spend the extra $200 on a Fujifilm X100

And also Techradar (Click here) posted the final E-P3 review: “Olympus has been able to keep the price of the P3 down and maintain its rectangular, compact camera-like form. Provided the sensitivity is kept below ISO 3200, the P3 produces superb images, that are well exposed, have lots of sharp detail and pleasant colours.


REMINDER: Those are the direct search links to all the new Pana/Oly stuff:
Panasonic G3 search page at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 search page at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 search page at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
Olympus E-P3 search page at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 search page at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 page at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

  • Bu

    Nice advert!

  • marilyn

    second hehe nice commercial but they should release more lens..

  • I successfully bidded one E-P2 for $335 at ebay, now its on road somewhere in middle heated highway. Any deal can beat this price?

    (Body only, seller sold it because his propose was EVF and lens in the box, its new.)

    • thats a great deal! unless you don’t need the evf option, then e-p1 can be had for even less.

    • Anonymous

      Amazing deal on ep2! Did seller have any more?

      • No, just one.

        I already have VF-2 and lens from my E-PL1. E-PL1 is a good M4/3 camera, but I need something more on control setting…

  • I love Lori Grunin. She seems to be the only reviewer that is truly honest, but of course, there is Kai to ;D

    • Yes, yes, but it’s photography we are talking about. There is more to it than reason. I prefer the more enthusiastic types.

    • Mr. Reeee

      Her reviews are generally good, the problem, even beyond her rather unappealing appearance, is her whining tone. Besides, she seems to be quite painfully constipated. At the very least, she needs to up her fiber intake. ;-)

      The points made about the controls, interface and high price are dead-on. The LCD would be great if it could pivot like the EPL3! What was Oly thinking? For $899 you can get a GH2 body and it’s far more complete feature set.

      • zorg

        You’re funny! I like the part where you say the reviewer has a “rather unappealing appearance!” I assume that the smugly grinning a**hole in the photo that accompanies your post is supposed to be you. It reminds me of the “trollface” internet meme described at

        Now, I could say that calling an expert out because of her appearance is mean-spirited, but then you would just pretend to be an expert and call me a hypocrite.

        • Mr. Reeee

          Not only do you too suffer from fiber deficiency, but have been exposed to what appears to be a potentially lethal dose of political correctness.
          Poor sap.

          • Leiya

            Very witty, Mr Reeee. Bravo.

  • EEll

    “Olympus has been able to keep the price of the P3 down ”

    LOL….. 899 EUROS.

    you wonder what these guy have tested and if they have a clue at all.

    • Well, it isn’t more expensive than the E-P1 was at launch, although it’s much more powerful.

    • zorg
  • Mike

    In Switzerland you can get the kit for eur 785
    and the double lens kit for eur 905 …

  • mapleflot

    The advert sort of replicates marketing bits of the [more expensive Fuji x100] advert. I suspect the newer Pens with pro Oly primes will be the camera the Fuji was meant to be.

  • Did anyone figure out if the kit 17mm is a revised MSC version? It says so on many websites, on B&H for example:

    “The Olympus PEN E-P3 comes packaged with the movie and still compatible m17mm f2.8 (34mm equivalent)”

    I’ve seen that on many other sites too. It’s been asked in several forums but to my knowledge, not answered yet. Anyone?

    • Leiya

      To my knowledge the old 17mm is already MSC. So, with the latest firmware updates (on both the lens and the body) you should get “world’s fastest AF”. My 2nd gen 14-42 kit lens feels a bit faster on my E-PL1 than before. So I suspect the lens firmware is enough to do the trick.

  • Neonart



    Also, how about informing the readers that the X100 is a fixed lens camera? Not that I have anything against the X100, in fact I love it. But just making a thoughtless statement like that confuses people (the dumb ones).

  • gusda

    It’s very true I never see her enthusiastic about anything she’s always complaining about something

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