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New reviews of all three new PEN cameras!


Cameralabs (Click here) posted the full Olympus E-P3 review: “The most flattering thing I can say about the Olympus Pen E-P3 is that I would definitely take it on holiday again. In terms of portability and general handling there’s very little to find fault with. As I was travelling, I decided against taking additional lenses and found the M Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R kit lens proved to be really versatile and produced excellent results.” With an overall score of 83% the camera gets Recommended!

ThePhoBlographer (Click here) posted a new Olympus E-PM1 review: “This is a camera that us camera geeks can probably give to the less tech savvy members in the family providing we don’t mind wanting to play the role of tech support specialist. For the younger user that actively makes a camera a part of their life, they’ll become smitten with this camera. For the older generations, I’m not too sure what to say. My mother did figure it out when I walked her through it, but ended the session with, “Next you need to show me how to upload the photo to the computer.” (Click here) tested the Olympus E-P3.

Photoreview (Click here) posted the E-PL3 review and earned a good rating of 8.5/10: “Low-light performance was generally good with long exposures using ISO settings up to 1600, where image noise started to become apparent. Resolution began to decline from ISO 1600 on and noise was apparent at ISO 3200, although shots remained printable up to A4 size. By ISO 6400, noise was quite obvious in long exposures and at ISO 12800, colour reproduction was affected and images were blotchy and unsharp.

Also Digitalcamerareview (Click here) tested the E-PL3: “If you want a compact camera with articulating LCD, a great selection of lenses and very good image quality, the E-PL3 is a smart choice. However, you have to put up with a camera that is downright “painful” to hold, displays a relatively tiny image on only part of the LCD, lacks a built-in flash, and doesn’t deliver noise-free high ISO.

Those are the search shop links to all three new PEN cameras. Click on it to check price and availability:
Olympus E-P3 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
Olympus E-PL3 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
Olympus E-PM1 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

  • Damn it, how can the cheaper models with so much menu interaction be sold as the user friendlier cameras?!

    When I chose the E-PL1 against the E-P2 that was a huge mistake. If I ever buy a PEN again, I will not repeat that same mistake and will opt for the camera that allows operation with the least menu interaction while using a variety of modes and operations.

  • jak0b

    This might just be me nitpicking, but boy was that video review awful…
    He shouldn’t make excuses to how difficult it is to both film and handle the camera at the same time – it’s not like he’s under any pressure, we don’t mind if he cuts or changes the scene to get a better view of what he’s doing OR getting someone to help him. No one is demanding that it has to be an one-take-review. Sure he might have to do some more post processing, but it will pay out in the end as a much better review. The good thing about multiple takes is that we don’t get to hear you mumble to yourself: “yeah, yeah”… it makes him sound like a douche… also isn’t the second generation kit lens also MSC? Doesn’t the EPM1, EPL3 and EP3 come with the new R lens? Why’s there so many standard zoom lenses?
    I’m sorry for ranting on, but terrible reviewers make me so angry…

  • zigi_S

    Hmm the new mini pen has better user camera interaction than my e-pl1. Not a bad camera. Will wait for the body to come way down in price, like the e-pl1 did. Got the body for 229€. Great price, but got riped off with the mmf2 adapter for 140€. Lowest price in continental europe.

    • Simon


      I got so tired of all these new “review” sites. All this amateurish videos with no valuable information at all…can we please stop calling it “review”? What about user-hands-on?

  • alexander

    SMAL LENS he/we/I want !!!…

  • Mmmmmmmm in fact epm1 has a lot loooooooot better image quality than epl1 , is unbelieveble lighter , and the thing that they say about the focus its TRUE,damn fast ( the same focus that i have in my canon 5dMII with the 15-85mm )A MEAN FAST!!!!! ,well doesn’t have built in flash, bahh u dont need it, if u work properly with the camara, and work in manual is damn simple, my girlfriend give me the camara for our aniversary ,and wow i really like it , everyday more and more, keep my 5dMII ,d90, k5 and some other reflex in home , im in love with my ep3 12-60mm SFW, and its size, a really hope olympus ,in the future comes with a pen pro , and that would be my camara in the next years !!!!! N

  • Brod1er

    Or get a GF3…. good inbuilt bounceable flash, easy to use, intuitive touchscreen. I use mine with the 14mm f2.5 and 20mm f1.7 of which both are excellent and pocketable. the new 14-42 X lens is mighty tempting too. I don’t need IBIS at these FLs with fast lenses.
    Hotshoe is also unnecessary on this type of mini camera.

  • That is a LAZY review. He must have done it in his lunch break.

  • DonTom

    Without looking at these “reviews”, I can’t say that the current crop of models has me reaching for my wallet….apart from the AF speed, there is no huge advantage over the E-PL1. I don’t miss THAT many shots.
    Lenses are another story, was sure I would get the 45/1.8, but then Panny blathers about the fast 35-100mm zoom, have to think about that as an alternative.
    I’m happy to wait another year, then choose a rangefinder style body from the new crop…..and in the meantime, all the lens tests will come out and their prices will come down ;)

  • Nic Walmsley

    The idea that the pen mini is for users who don’t understand manual controls is just a lazy assumption. Less dials = less controls is a symptom of old thinking. With the duper control panel activated, the pen mini is one click away from about 20 manual settings. One button to select shooting mode (instead of a huge, wasteful PASM dial). One button for 20 odd manual settings. Three other buttons that you can customize for your own preference(iso, wb, etc).

  • Nic Walmsley

    ps, Admin, the click to edit doesn’t work on my iPhone 3GS. No biggie.

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