This review is devoted to E-3 that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Feb 20, 2008. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
Initially, Olympus developed this model to replace their older
and, after some time, Olympus has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent
To learn more about the specs and difference between these models, check our
complete comparison by following these links:
Olympus E-3 vs. E-5
Olympus E-3 vs. E-1
In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #133 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 40/100 and it takes a rank of #952 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus E-3 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus E-3. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.
Olympus E-3 has the following external dimensions 142 x 142 x 75 mm (55.91 x 45.67 x 29.53″) with the weight of 890 g.
The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Olympus E-3, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus E-3 has about an average thickness compared to other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 75mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus E-3 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus E-3 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus E-3 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Olympus E-3 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Olympus E-3 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Olympus E-3 comes with TruePic III processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Olympus E-3 has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Olympus E-3 features a 10.0 MP Four Thirds sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Olympus E-3, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 56 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Olympus E-3’s sensor.
Olympus E-3 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Four Thirds sensor featured in Olympus E-3 with other standard sensor sizes.
Olympus E-3 is equipped with a Fully Articulated 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.
The ViewFinder in E-3 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.58x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.
Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.
Some of the other highlights of Olympus E-3 are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
E-3 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
Olympus E-3 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect E-3 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus E-3’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus E-3’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the E-3 to the average DSLR camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus E-3 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 65. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus E-3 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus E-3 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 91. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus E-3 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus E-3 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 88. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus E-3 can be called a 88 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus E-3 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 98. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus E-3 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus E-3 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 56. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus E-3 can be called a 56 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Feb 20, 2008|
|Body Type||Mid-size SLR|
|Lens Mount||Four Thirds|
|Number of Lenses||45|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||56|
|DxO Color Depth||21.6|
|DxO Dynamic Range||10.5|
|DxO Low Light ISO||571|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds|
|Sensor Dimensions||17.3 x 13 mm|
|Sensor Area||224.90 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||3648 x 2736|
|Max Native ISO||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||11|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Max Video Resolution|
|Physical Dimensions||142 x 116 x 75 mm|
|Storage Type||Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card|