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(based on 6 ratings)
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Blazing speed

Spectacular images

Rugged durability

Consider barriers broken

Speed - The world's fastest Auto Focus system when combined with Zuiko Digital Supersonic Wave Drive Lenses.

The E-3's AF system works in the blink of an eye to ensure you never miss a shot. When combined with the Zuiko Digital SWD ED 12-60 mm, the E-3's AF technology works at speeds unmatched by any other camera in the world. An 11-point full twin cross AF sensor system produces tack sharp images. Dual sensing arrays on horizontal and vertical axes are arranged in a unique half pitch shifted pattern for ultimate precision. Critical auto focus functions are faster: processing speed, object capturing, and tracking performance. A dedicated data processing engine and a new AF algorithm rapidly handles sensor information. New pixel multiplication technologies gives the E-3 an AF luminescence range of -2 to 19 EV for better low light shooting

Enhanced SWD Technology. The ultra-fast auto focus speed of the E-3 is partly due to the sophisticated Supersonic Wave Drive motors in our new Zuiko Digital lenses. Combined with an ultra-compact encoder for detecting rotational movement with 5 ?m precision, these lenses work smoothly, quietly and instantaneously.

Shutter speeds that truly let you capture it all. Imagine what you could shoot with a shutter speed of 1/8000 of a second and a X-sync speed of 1/250 second. Freeze action while photographing a cheetah in motion. Or clearly capture a 96 mph fastball as it connects with a bat. You can shoot at maximum aperture even in bright sunlight and take full advantage of the unmatched imaging power of Zuiko Digital lenses. A simplified mirror design gives the E-3 the fastest response time of any Olympus E-series camera.

Blazing shot-to-shot response. Shoot in high speed succession. The sequential 5 frames-per-second shooting comes from the rapid reading speed of the Live MOS Sensor coupled with a newly developed TruePic III image processor and the redesigned mirror.

Image Quality - Capture it all spectacularly.

The E-3 delivers sharp shots in low light or with a telephoto lens even without a tripod. A sophisticated image stabilization system compensates for camera shake by shifting the image sensor an equivalent of 5 shutter speed steps - all possible thanks to a gyro sensor that detects even the slightest hand tremble. An in body image stabilization system gives you the freedom to use any Four Thirds lens. They are significantly smaller and lighter than other lenses because they don't need an image stabilization component in the optics.

10.1 megapixels of amazing clarity. Capture high-resolution images with rich tones and natural, true-to-life color. The E-3's 10.1 megapixel high-speed Live MOS sensor features excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity, and a new, advanced circuit to eliminate noise. The sensor's low power usage saves battery life.

True color thanks to TruePic III. The Live MOS sensor is complemented by the TruePic III Image Processor. It produces crystal clear photos using all the pixel information from each image to provide accurate, natural color, true-to-life flesh tones and precise tonal expression. TruePic III lowers the noise in images shot with ramped-up ISO settings resulting in blur-free photos in low light.

Great photos start with precision crafted glass. You need high-quality lenses to achieve superior image quality. Zuiko Digital lenses are designed to work exclusively with digital cameras today and ready to work seamlessly with future high-performance image sensors. This large, award-winning family of lenses is perfectly matched to the E-3's image sensor so every pixel is properly exposed. The results? Photos with bright colors and incredible edge-to-edge sharpness that can't compare to shots taken with traditional film lenses

Viewing - Shoot from unique angles for more creative control with Live View.

Olympus is the undisputed leader in Live View LCD technology. It lets you see your subject on a large, bright screen in real-time. The E-3 features an articulating, 2.5-inch Live View LCD screen that can be rotated up and down and from side to side. It covers all viewing angles so high and low angle shots are easy to compose and shoot. The LCD shows 100% field-of-view for accuracy. The Live View screen can also be used for AF shooting.

Make adjustments quickly. Instantly check the effects of white balance adjustment and exposure compensation in real time on the Live View LCD before shooting. You'll be able to monitor image quality more closely and exert greater creative control.

Magnify it. The E-3's Live View feature lets you magnify your subject right on the LCD by a factor of 5, 7 or 10 times for sharp, pinpoint focus - a great feature for macro shooting.

Choose your framing assist pattern. Three different framing assist patterns - a grid, golden section or a scale - can be displayed on the LCD without switching the actual physical focusing screen. You can even see an easy-to-read histogram that checks the exposure condition.

A bright viewing idea. A sensor on the LCD swivel detects your surroundings brightness. The screen will brighten or dim for optimum visibility and to reduce glare

Reliability - All the technology to ensure reliable performance in the most demanding shooting conditions.

The E-3 is equipped with a large optical viewfinder that provides 100% accurate viewing and 1.15x magnification for reliable composition-what you see is exactly what you'll get. Even fine details are seen with astonishing clarity. The E-3's large, precision-crafted pentaprism is made from high refractive index glass with a highly reflective silver coating. The eyepiece uses glass lenses. All the lenses are surface coated to maintain brightness. The focusing screen features a Neo Lumi-Micro Mat for bright, easy-to-adjust manual focusing.

Keeping the dust out. Spots on photos are now banished forever. The Olympus dust reduction system is an industry first and a proven technology. Every time you turn on the E-3, our Supersonic Wave Filter - located between the shutter and the image sensor - silently vibrates an amazing 30,000 times per second. Dust is blasted away. The dust reduction system even removes dust attached by intermolecular force that can't be shaken off or discharged with static electricity. Dust will no longer get between you and a great shot.

One tough, hard body. Shoot anywhere, anytime, in any condition. The E-3 body-even the built-in flash and LCD-is splash and dustproof. Constructed from a magnesium-alloy with a homogeneous composition, the E-3 is lightweight yet strong and rugged. The same goes for Zuiko Digital lenses. You'll find splash and dust-proof models that are as tightly sealed as the camera.

    Experience the World's Fastest Auto Focus* with the Olympus exclusive 11-point biaxial auto focus system coupled with the new (SWD) Supersonic Wave Drive lenses. It provides exacting auto focus precision at exceptional speeds.

    Continuous shooting, up to five frames per second, means you can capture fast-moving moments in time and get amazing results. The UDMA CompactFlash compatibility enhances capture speeds for the ultimate in shooting performance.

    1/8000-second high-speed, high-precision shutter enables you to freeze even the fastest subjects. Or, set shutter speeds as long as 60 seconds in Manual or Automatic settings.

    Effectively reduce blur with Olympus' exclusive Supersonic Wave Drive (SWD) in-body Image Stabilization System. Get up to a five step EV stabilization effect with all Zuiko Digital Lenses, and all Four Thirds Format Lenses.

    A newly developed high-performance 10.1-megapixel Live MOS Sensor provides the high resolution you need to accurately reproduce subject details with rich tones and natural colors as well as lower power consumption. Increased reading speed supports 5 fps continuous shooting.

    The Olympus exclusive TruePic III digital image processing system produces superior image quality and shadow detail.

    Olympus Zuiko Digital Lenses - designed specifically for the demands of digital photography - deliver sharp, high-quality color accuracy to the image sensor for amazing photographs.

    Live View shooting provides the next generation of composition control in digital SLR photography. The E-3's Live Simulation allows you to check exposure, white balance and composition -in real time, while you compose ? with the integrated Live View technology.

    The 2.5-inch dual-axis, free-angle swivel Live View monitor provides a 100% accurate representation of your shooting scene. Additionally, the E-3's HyperCrystal wide-angle display, with 360-degree articulation, makes composition and image viewing possible at any angle.

    The E-3's proven Dust Reduction System, with the Supersonic Wave Filter (SWF) self-cleaning ultrasonic sensor unit, eliminates dust particles on the sensor by silently vibrating an amazing 30,000 times per second, ensuring spot-free images.

    The 100% accurate high eye point optical viewfinder, delivers the precise compositional accuracy demanded by the most discriminating photographer. When shooting with the E-3, what you see is what you get.

    A Rugged magnesium-alloy construction coupled with advanced splash and dust protection, make the E-3 the perfect choice for photographers who demand the most from their equipment, in any situation.

    Durable shutter mechanism tested to 150,000 cycles. The pro-level shutter ensures reliability, even at five frames per second, thanks to a durable shutter mechanism tested to 150,000 cycles, making the E-3 the camera of choice for photographers who demand durability from their equipment.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
5 stars
(based on 6 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Large clear LCD(5), Short lag time(3), Simple controls(4), Strong construction(4)
Best Uses:
Art(3), Fun(4), Photojournalism(4), Travel(6)

[5 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

 
NOTHING COMPARES - forget your Nikon
By Big CatVerified Reviewer from Tampa, FL on 11/28/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy To Use, Great Image Quality, Image Stabilization, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Fun, Landscape, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer

Comments about Olympus Olympus E-3 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

I've owned them all and this is it!
It has ALWAYS been an optical race and no one else compares!

The Glass Kicks A55!

[5 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Upgrade!
By SurfshooterVerified Reviewer from Los Gatos, Ca on 1/12/2008
Pros:
Great Pictures Reliable, Quiet, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Fun, Photojournalism, Surfing shots, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Olympus Olympus E-3 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

Great camera and definietly a step up. Can compete with any other brand. I am super inpressed with this camera.

[6 of 8 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Camera
By finlaysVerified Reviewer from upstate new york on 12/20/2007
Pros:
Articulating lcd, Bright LCD, fast auto focus, Great at high iso, Robust body, Very good IQ, Weatherproofing
Cons:
None i can find
Best Uses:
Art, Fun, Photojournalism, Studio, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Olympus Olympus E-3 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

great for studio work..
live view manual focus mode works great with 10x
magnification...
I have already tried it in 2 degree farenheit conditions with 30 mile an hour gust with heavy snow...

[4 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

 
Olympus does it again
By RLQVerified Reviewer from Chaska MN on 12/2/2007
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Nature and Landscape, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Olympus Olympus E-3 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

The E3 does it all fast focus strong construction.

[15 of 17 customers found this review helpful]

 
Professional everything
By Flip the QuickVerified Reviewer from Worldwide, reside in Santa Barbara, CA on 11/21/2007
Pros:
All-weather, Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Intuitive, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Cons:
Loud
Best Uses:
Art, Documentary, Fun, Photojournalism, Travel, Wilderness Able
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Olympus Olympus E-3 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

My experience with National Geographic, and Wilderness (EU) magazines require a rugged, water-resistant, hardy construct, and fast capture. I used the E-1 (its predecessor), but relied more on my Leica R-8, Leica M6, and Leica Digilux 3 because of the E-1s sensor, a 5MP CCD. The 4/3ds sensor made it a good choice even with the E-1.

The new E-3 is a faster, stronger, more intuitive, especially with the higher resolution live CMOS 10 MP receptor; the much faster transfer computer, especially with the newer lenses is very hard to beat. It works just fine with the E-1s lenses, but the new (R) lens is much faster, and the element design and ED glass is a plus you will not find in a comparable professional digital camera. It also has a fast "stop capture" feature which is great if you are dangling from a branch unable to hold the camera still in low light or telephoto. The wiggle-waggle LCD (2.5') viewer is a wonderful feature. I tested Nikon, Canon, Leica, and even the Sony A-700. The actual in-the-field results of the E-3 topped them all for cost/value by some margin, as well.

[9 of 10 customers found this review helpful]

 
Does it all
By MartinVerified Reviewer from Olympia, WA on 11/3/2007
Pros:
Easy to Use, Excellent in Low Light, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Good sized screen, Great Resolution, Rugged
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Home, Outdoors, Portraits, Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Olympus Olympus E-3 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

This camera is equal to(and often surpsasses) it's peers in all ways: rugged build & weatherproof, ease of use, resolution, color and dynamic range, speed.

But what sets it truly apart are the quality lens and the fully articulating viewing screen.

Those who want to go from Point and Shoot to SLR or to upgrade from a beginning dslr should take a look at this puppy.

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