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OlympusE-3 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body)
 
4.9

(based on 77 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Image stabilization (48)
  • Strong construction (37)
  • Fast shutter speed (33)
  • Large clear LCD (31)
  • Easy to use (29)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (6)
  • Poor in low light (5)
  • Heavy (3)
  • Small LCD screen (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (53)
  • Landscape/scenery (37)
  • Wildlife (22)
  • Art (21)
  • Photojournalism (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (19), Semi-pro photographer (19), Enthusiast (14), Pro photographer (8), Professional (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

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5.0

Value For The Money

By drclar

from St. Petersburg, Florida

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

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

    I have happily used Olympus cameras for years. I was looking for a weather sealed body at a good price to compliment some High Grade lenses I have bought.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent!!!

    By Desi Aguilas

    from Aguilas, Region de Murcia, Spain

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

    • Noisy At High ISO
    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

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

    Easy to use.
    Good Image Stabilization, ideal for outdoor activities.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    A refurbished E-3 is still a great value

    By Dan in NC

    from Cary, North Carolina

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Quiet
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

    • Noisy At High ISO

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

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

    I have a collection of HG lenses that I have been using with my Olympus E-520, and I was looking for a camera body upgrade. The E-5 would be ideal, but it was out of my budget. The Pens are too small and really not a good match for the larger HG lenses, and I don't care for the add-on electronic viewfinder. I went with a refurbished E-3, rather than a refurbished E-30, because of the 100% viewfinder and weather sealing. I am very pleased with my decision.

    The dual control dials are very nice and a definite step up from the E-520, as are the viewfinder and articulating LCD screen. The 11 point autofocus performs much better than the 3 point system on the E-520. At least in my initial tests, the CAF is much more reliable when using the dynamic single-target mode (sometimes called the diamond pattern). One concern I had was not being able to fine tune the autofocus for each of my lenses (the E-30 has this capability), but fortunately, I don't have any front or back focus issues with any of the lenses.

    The E-3 is built like a tank and is considerably heavier than an E-520. I like the feel, but the extra heft may be a concern for some. The shutter sound is much softer than the E-520, didn't expect that.

    Since Olympus has discontinued the E-XXX and E-XX cameras, the E-system DSLR user must either upgrade to the E-5 or go with a Pen. I would recommend considering the E-3 as an alternative and a great value if you do not need video.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Great camera and store from which to buy

    By bkane

    from Pasadena, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

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

      Excellent resolution, color, noise quality, AF, flash, and especially build. I use the camera for nature and cityscapes, and sometimes for portraits and other work. This camera does everything I ask of it, and is reliable under every condition I have used it in, which in the field can be pretty harsh. Changing modes is a little cumbersome; Nikons have better button placement, but my work generally accommodates the pace the E-3 requires, and the image quality is worth it. Fits well in the hand, handles quickly otherwise, and I love the articulating LCD.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great Build and great pictures!

      By VK

      from Cape Cod, MA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Quiet

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

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

      The E-3 is my most serious Olympus body. Of the 6 Olympus models, I own and use, this camera performs predictably and offers exceptional control of features I use. It is the camera I rely on for stopping the action of my pets and capturing the landscapes that I visit. For my larger hands, it is ergonomically perfect, both with the HLD-4 grip or without. (I thought my E-1 was the "one", but the E-3 fits and works better!) It balances well with the larger tele lenses, compared to my E-410's. Also, the image stabilization really helps add to my collection of keepers! I have no reservation in taking this camera out in the weather, be it cold or rainy. I do wish it performed better in low light conditions, but generally it focuses acceptably.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Excellent camera

      By Pismenov Maxim

      from Kazakhstan, Uralsk

      Verified Buyer

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

      I use this camera for home and wedding photo shoot

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      4.0

      buy this camera !!

      By Rocky

      from Ester, Alaska

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife photos

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

        dont waste money buying lesser models. this is the camera you want. get it the first time.

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        • No

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        5.0

        ok

        By alberto

        from españa

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Quiet
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

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

          incredible

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          • No

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          5.0

          Chance to upgrade to an E-3? Oh Yeah!

          By Bob Brownsville

          from North Queensland, Australia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Weather-proof

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife photos

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

            After three years of surviving the jungles of the Tropics, my E-510 was looking a little tired. So I decided to upgrade to the stronger, faster, and more rugged E-3. This body is so much more impressive than the old E-510, I'm disappointed that I didn't upgrade earlier!

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            5.0

            Very nice camera

            By Alek

            from Brazil

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Wildlife photos

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

              I have always used Olympus cameras so I cannot make comparisons with Canon or Nikon. I take many photos of plants, flowers (macro photography) and nature for my work and I am very pleased with this camera. It is a large step over my older E-500 (also a nice camera). Image quality is very good with the 12-60 lens, but exceptional in macro photography with the Macro 50mm f/2.0. Learning most functions was easy for me and I can have full control over the camera and its resources. Body construction is very solid, but a bit bulky. Very comfortable to handle. Since the great majority of my photos are taken in daylight, I did not experience noise at high ISO that some photographers and reviews talk about. Great camera for the value.

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              5.0

              Excellent camera

              By mike

              from LA, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel

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

              This camera is amazing. It probably has one of the best shutter speed I've ever seen! It is relatively easy to use, seems to be of good quality, it works very well and is reasonably priced. I am extremely pleased with this product.

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              5.0

              A fine upgrade from my e-2

              By wildlifer

              from Casa Grande Az

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Quiet
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Sports/Action

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

                I have only had the e-3 for a couple of weeks but I find the learning curve not that steep as has been suggested by some reviewers. The upgrades from the e-1: large viewing screen, Image stablization and higher resolution are only some of the immediately recognized ones.

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                4.0

                Professional tool!

                By Ray

                from Berlin, Germany

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Portraitpeople
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Portrait People
                  • Travel

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

                  Just came back from 6 month travelling through Southeast Asia, shooting under all kind of conditions... The E 3 never fails.

                  In my opinion, the image quality is brilliant, I used the E 3 for editorial and advertising work.

                  I really hope, that Olympus goes on with the E system, in spite of the more successful competition of other brands!

                  Shure, the E 3 has some weak points, but I never used a camera which was 100% perfect.

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                  5.0

                  Great DSLR

                  By Vegasrich

                  from Las Vegas, NV

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Quiet
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

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

                    I have always wanted one and finally could afford it. It thandles great in the field and takes great shots. I use this for vacations, landscape work, wild life, car club events, family events. Could not be happier. I think it is easy to use since I have been using Olympus gear since my first E-20.

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                    5.0

                    Terrific camera

                    By bunky22153[@]

                    from Springfield, VA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Quiet
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • Small LCD Screen

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

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

                    It's made solid like a tank. The controls are well placed. It is well balanced with all my SWD lenses. The quality of the photos and the accuracy of the colors is very impressive. The focusing speed is unbelievable. I've owned other brands over the years .... but I think the Olympus 4/3 system is the best. The 4/3 system offers lenses equal to other lenses with a much smaller size. Certainly easier to get into the backwoods to take pics. I can't wait to see what the successor to the E3 will be!

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                    4.0

                    Nice, but....

                    By Gibbo

                    from Australia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD
                    • Weatherproofing

                    Cons

                    • Noisy At High ISO
                    • Poor button feel
                    • Poor In Low Light
                    • Small LCD Screen

                    Best Uses

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

                      This is a nice camera but is it the right one for you? I use Olympus for the excellent telephoto lenses and the compact size. The e-3 was too large for my liking, being larger than a Canon 40D. The articulating screen was occasionally useful, but has a large hinge adding bulk, and is only 2.5". I'd prefer a fixed 3" screen like a 40D. My main gripe is the buttons - they dont give a definite click - this is a real pain on the shutter button - its difficult to feel the difference between focus and release.

                      Great viewfinder and build, but I have since gone back to my e-520 which is so much nicer to handle, and is just as good for everything except fast stuff like sports and birds.

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                      5.0

                      No matter where,any time,any weather !

                      By Alain

                      from Montréal.

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization

                      Cons

                      • Small LCD Screen

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife photos

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

                      I have been using Olympus for years and now I'm the proud owner of this Masterpiece...Thanks Olympus.

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                      5.0

                      Fantasic camera!

                      By Dave the slave

                      from Vancouver Island -Canada

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography

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

                      Solid and Dependable! 10MP is more than enough for large prints up to 16x20. Perfect camera with the 12-60 SWD lens. When it rains I keep shooting with no problems. Excellent 800 iso shots. Fit and finish is 1st rate. Flip out screen is perfect for low angle work and Macro photography. Built in Stabilizer works well up to 3 stops. Best serious camera for me, and for the price its Fantastic!

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                      5.0

                      Olympus E-3 reveiw

                      By Sturg

                      from Vancouver Island -Canada

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Travel

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

                        Solid well made camera. Fast operation -works wonderfully with the 12-60mm SWD zoom. 10mp is more than enough for 16x20 prints or bigger. ISO performance is quite good up to 800. I am a outdoor/travel photographer and I recently switched from Canon to Olympus mostly because Olympus makes weather proof cameras and lenses at good prices. Also the flip out screen is great for creative macro or low angle work.

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                        5.0

                        "Underdog" is the best I've owned"

                        By Photo Maker

                        from Papillion, NE

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

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

                          This camera fits my hands perfectly. I loved my Olympus E-410, but this camera is the camera I should have bought in the first place. It takes great pictures, is built like a tank, and I love Olympuses menu system and the layout of the controls. If I had a complaint at all, it might be the weight, but any good Digital SLR is usually heavy.

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