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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.

Olympus 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD Zuiko Digital Lens - In combination with the E-3 Digital SLR, this lens delivers the fastest autofocus speed in the world. It covers a zoom range equivalent to 24mm to 120mm on a 35mm camera lens. This lens also boasts impressive close-up shooting capability, allowing users to shoot from as close as 25cm throughout the zoom range. Autofocus is powered by Olympus' breakthrough SWD. Designed to be the world's fastest AF system, this extraordinary autofocus drive provides both high speed and high precision while operating with extremely low noise.

Designed to meet the needs of the professional photographer, Zuiko Digital lenses were born of an uncompromising commitment to performance. The lenses feature high resolving power, to get the most out of the imaging element. Zuiko Digital lenses allow light to strike the image sensor at a near-perpendicular angle, minimizing degradation and light loss. This large, award-winning family of lenses is perfectly matched to work exclusively with digital cameras so every pixel is properly exposed.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
5 stars
(based on 2 reviews)

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

Pro camera for real photographers
By pro photog with studio from Miami, FL on 5/29/2010
Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality
Best Uses:
Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Studio Photography, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Olympus Olympus E-3 Digital SLR Camera w/12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD Zuiko Digital Lens:

Pro camera- not worth the money if you arent a pro photographer and dont know how to adjust the camera. the first review is incorrect in saying that it isnt good in low light- You just need to know how to adjust. accesories are pricey, mainly because there doesnt seem to be off brands like with other cameras.

[2 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

Great Quality, Extremely Fast.
By Jeff in Lehighton from Lehighton, PA on 5/16/2009
Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Good sized screen, Great Resolution, Nice Features and Settings
Not Good In Low Light
Best Uses:
Everyday Photos, Outdoors, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Olympus Olympus E-3 Digital SLR Camera w/12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD Zuiko Digital Lens:

Excellant camera. Great photo quality, Fast. Not good in low light. Accessories like lens are expensive.

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