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Testseek.com have collected 70 expert reviews of the Olympus E-3 and the average rating is 83%. Scroll down and see all reviews for Olympus E-3.
Award: Good Buy January 2008
January 2008


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The editors liked

  • Good image quality
  • Weatherproof camera body
  • LCD can swivel away from camera
  • Fast auto-focus
  • Good response times
  • Excellent build quality
  • Weatherproofing
  • 150
  • 000 shot shutter life
  • Big
  • Bright viewfinder with 100% view
  • Articulated screen
  • Effective sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Very fast focus with new SWD lenses (less impressive with other lenses
  • However)
  • I...
  • The comfiest eyepiece. Onetouch menu access to nearly 20 functions. The quickest focusing. Articulating LCD makes Live View a real asset
  • Instead of an afterthought.
  • Articulating LCD. Live view. Mechanical image stabilization. Fast autofocus. Excellent image quality in nearly all environments. Well-placed buttons.
  • Build
  • Interface
  • Stabilisation
  • Detail
  • LCD screen
  • Excellent photo quality
  • Fast performance
  • Solid
  • Dust- and splash-proof body
  • Flip-and-twist LCD
  • Large
  • 100 percent coverage viewfinder
  • Built-in wireless flash controller.
  • Very good image quality
  • Full environmental seals
  • Tilt/shift LCD screen with live view
  • Fast auto-focus.
  • Tough build quality
  • Dust and splash-proof
  • Effective built-in anti-shake and anti-dust
  • Live View with fully-articulated screen
  • Quick handling and broad customisation.
  • Solidly built
  • Weatherproof
  • Excellent picture quality
  • Live View with articulating LCD screen.
  • Pivoting LCD
  • Live View shooting
  • Fast autofocusing
  • Bracketing flexibility
  • Rotating
  • Swiveling LCD with live view
  • Very quick autofocusing
  • Solid feel to the rugged magnesium alloy body
  • Image stabilisation appears to deliver an unprecedented number of sharply in focus shots when shooting at extreme telephoto

The editors didn't like

  • Price is a little high
  • LCD could be bigger
  • Some softness in large images
  • Some image issues in low light and extreme light
  • Resolution not as good as best in class (stronger AA filter?)
  • Though you wont see it in JPEGs
  • Highlight dynamic range not quite as good as competitors (better than other E-Series cameras)
  • Some highlight clipping on bright days unless you reduce exposu...
  • The back of the camera is a jumble. The 2.5inch LCD is smallish compared with competitors. Employs Olympuss XD memory card format
  • Instead of SD
  • As the second memory card slot. Presently only two superfast focusing lenses in the quiver.Camera Resolution
  • ...
  • Large body. Small LCD. Unintuitive menu system. Flash shots slightly underexposed at times.
  • Slowish frame rate
  • Noise at high ISO
  • Relatively low resolution for the price
  • Smallish LCD
  • Some clunky design aspects.
  • Not as good as the competition at high ISO
  • Control layout is a little cumbersome
  • Lacks customizability
  • Menus are too complex.
  • Higher noise above 800 ISO than rivals
  • AF system fast but often searched
  • Some controls illogically placed
  • Very tough rival in the Nikon D300.
  • JPEG images a bit noisy above ISO 800
  • Requires expensive Supersonic Wave Drive lenses for maximum focusing speed.
  • Heavy
  • Cumbersome quality menus
  • Some awkward control combinations
  • Very heavy
  • AF hunts around a bit when presented with busy scenes
  • Rotational angle of LCD could be a bit more flexible and the screen itself could be enlargd to 3-inches if we're being picky
  • White balance occasionally delivers colours a little on the cool side

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  Published: 2010-01-25, review by: pcworld.com_techhive.com

  • Rotating, swiveling LCD with live view, Very quick autofocusing,
  • Very heavy
  • This big, heavy, rugged camera has extensive advanced controls, fast burst-shooting speed, and can autofocus very quickly. ...

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  Published: 2009-02-05, review by: modsynergy.com

  • There’s a lot to like about the Olympus E-3 and at the end of the day, this camera is a very capable camera for enthusiasts and semi-professionals. It offers blistering autofocus speeds, very good image quality, natural looking colors, weather-seal...

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  Published: 2008-08-14, review by: Megapixel.net

  • Excellent photo quality, Pivoting LCD, Live View shooting, Fast autofocusing, Bracketing flexibility
  • Heavy, Cumbersome quality menus, Some awkward control combinations
  • Theres a lot to like about the Olympus E-3. Sure, its heavy at over three pounds with a lens, but its ease of use and thoughtful array of features make the 10.1 megapixel bytecam a likeable luggable. The controls on the unit--which has a body-only price o...

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  Published: 2008-07-01, review by: buy-n-shoot.com

  • Abstract:  There’s no point denying the stronghold that Nikon and Canon currently have over the high-end enthusiast and professional digital SLR market, but that’s not to say it will stay that way forever - especially when Olympus can produce a competiti...

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  Published: 2008-06-08, review by: Neocamera.com

  • Abstract:  The Olympus E-3 is certainly the most capable 4/3 DSLR to date. It has plenty of pro-features: a viewfinder with 100% coverage, built-in image stabilization, a weather-proof body and 5 FPS continuous drive. It is certainly as good as several Excelle...

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  Published: 2008-05-16, review by: maclife.com

  • Solidly built, weatherproof, excellent picture quality, Live View with articulating LCD screen.
  • JPEG images a bit noisy above ISO 800; requires expensive Supersonic Wave Drive lenses for maximum focusing speed.
  • Olympus’s Four Thirds sensor limits your lens choices, but the E-3 takes excellent pictures. The Olympus E-3 is a beefy, 10-megapixel, semipro DSLR aching to beat up on the competition. But at $1,700 for its magnesium-muscled body and another $900...

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  Published: 2008-05-07, review by: Howstuffworks.com

  • Good image quality, weatherproof camera body, LCD can swivel away from camera, fast auto-focus, good response times
  • Price is a little high, LCD could be bigger, some softness in large images, some image issues in low light and extreme light
  • If youre going to purchase the Olympus E-3 advanced digital camera, youll want to be sure your interests match with the cameras strengths. First, the E-3 works well in poor weather conditions, thanks to its waterproof body. Second, the cameras ima...

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  Published: 2008-05-01, review by: cameralabs.com

  • Tough build quality, dust and splash-proof, Effective built-in anti-shake and anti-dust, Live View with fully-articulated screen, Quick handling and broad customisation.
  • Higher noise above 800 ISO than rivals, AF system fast but often searched, Some controls illogically placed, Very tough rival in the Nikon D300.
  • If you’re an existing Four Thirds owner looking for a top-end body, the E-3 is a fantastic choice, especially if you’re coming from the original E-1 – it’s a significant upgrade in every respect. It’ll also appeal to owners o...

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  Published: 2008-04-24, review by: macworld.com

  • Very good image quality; full environmental seals; tilt/shift LCD screen with live view; fast auto-focus.
  • Not as good as the competition at high ISO; control layout is a little cumbersome; lacks customizability; menus are too complex.
  • The Olympus E-3 is a very good camera and one that deserves serious consideration. More than any other mid-range DSLR on the market right now, though, you need to handle the E-3 before buying. Its size and weight are formidable enough that you’l...

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  Published: 2008-04-11, review by: g4tv.com

  • Abstract:  Video Review: Are you a friend to the Earth? Then check out GCycle... its G4s new initiative to try and get you to be a better person and recycle tech stuff!Olympus E-3 DSLRRubber grip makes it comfortable Only weighs about 2 lbs. So you wont get ti...

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