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Olympus E-3 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body)

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Olympus E-3 SLR Digital Camera (Camera Body)
Key Features
  • 10.1 Megapixel Resolution
  • 4/3 Lens System
  • In-Camera Blur Reduction
  • Dust Reduction System
The Olympus E-3 Interchangeable Lens SLR Digital Camera combines speed and weatherproof durability for capturing exceptional images in any situation. The camera's 10-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor delivers high-resolution images for large-format print sizes and the TruePic III digital processing engine ensures high-speed image processing, accurate color and improved detail with low noise.

The E-3 employs a high speed 11-point biaxial cross type AF system that provides 5 frames-per-second continuous shooting, and 1/8000 second top shutter speed for the swiftness required in any shooting situation. Furthermore, when the E-3 is coupled with Zuiko Digital Supersonic Wave Drive Lenses (SWD), like the Olympus ED 12-60mm, it offers unmatched AF speeds. Plus, the cameras Body-Integrated Mechanical Image Stabilization system ensures blur-free images for all lenses attached to the E-3, so now even low-light telephoto shots are clear and sharp when you are holding the camera - even with shaky hands.

The camera's dual-axis swivel 2.5-inch Live View LCD can be rotated freely so photographers can compose with the camera held overhead or down low, thus enabling them to take shots from angles impossible until now without feeling like a contortionist and to see precisely how the settings they select impact the image, before the shutter is released and the image is captured. For a more traditional shooting experience, the E-3's large optical viewfinder provides a 100 percent accurate view and its 1.15x magnification makes it one of the largest and most accurate viewfinders for reliable composition.

The E-3 is also a durable camera that can handle some of the most extreme shooting conditions. Its sealed magnesium alloy chassis is completely splash-proof and dust-proof when used with pro lenses, and its durable shutter mechanism has been designed to have a lifespan of 150,000 exposures to meet the demands of serious photographers. In addition, the proven effective built-in Dust Reduction System with the Supersonic Wave Filter eliminates the problem of dust spots from your photos.

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Olympus E-3 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2High-Performance 10.1 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor
  • 3TruePic III Digital Image Processing System
  • 4Olympus Zuiko Digital Lenses
  • 5In-Camera Blur Reduction
  • 6Incredibly Fast Auto Focus
  • 7Fast Continuous Shooting
  • 8Live View Shooting
  • 92.5-inch Dual-Axis, Free-Angle LCD Display
  • 10High Eye-Point Optical Viewfinder
  • 11High-Speed, Durable Shutter
  • 12Proven Dust Reduction System
  • 13Rugged Weatherproof Magnesium-Alloy Construction
  • 14Intuitive Controls and Menus
  • 15Dual Memory Card Slots

The Olympus E-3 Interchangeable Lens SLR Digital Camera combines speed and weatherproof durability for capturing exceptional images in any situation. The camera's 10-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor delivers high-resolution images for large-format print sizes and the TruePic III digital processing engine ensures high-speed image processing, accurate color and improved detail with low noise.

The E-3 employs a high speed 11-point biaxial cross type AF system that provides 5 frames-per-second continuous shooting, and 1/8000 second top shutter speed for the swiftness required in any shooting situation. Furthermore, when the E-3 is coupled with Zuiko Digital Supersonic Wave Drive Lenses (SWD), like the Olympus ED 12-60mm, it offers unmatched AF speeds. Plus, the cameras Body-Integrated Mechanical Image Stabilization system ensures blur-free images for all lenses attached to the E-3, so now even low-light telephoto shots are clear and sharp when you are holding the camera - even with shaky hands.

The camera's dual-axis swivel 2.5-inch Live View LCD can be rotated freely so photographers can compose with the camera held overhead or down low, thus enabling them to take shots from angles impossible until now without feeling like a contortionist and to see precisely how the settings they select impact the image, before the shutter is released and the image is captured. For a more traditional shooting experience, the E-3's large optical viewfinder provides a 100 percent accurate view and its 1.15x magnification makes it one of the largest and most accurate viewfinders for reliable composition.

The E-3 is also a durable camera that can handle some of the most extreme shooting conditions. Its sealed magnesium alloy chassis is completely splash-proof and dust-proof when used with pro lenses, and its durable shutter mechanism has been designed to have a lifespan of 150,000 exposures to meet the demands of serious photographers. In addition, the proven effective built-in Dust Reduction System with the Supersonic Wave Filter eliminates the problem of dust spots from your photos.

High-Performance 10.1 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor

The 10-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor delivers the high resolution you need to accurately reproduce subject details with rich tones and natural colors for large-format print sizes, while also exhibiting lower power consumption than previous incarnations, enabling you to shoot longer.

TruePic III Digital Image Processing System

The camera's Live MOS image sensor is complemented by Olympus' exclusive TruePic III Image Processor that produces crystal clear photos using all the pixel information for each image to provide the best digital images possible with accurate natural color, true-to-life flesh tones, brilliant blue skies and precise tonal expression. TruePic III also lowers image noise in images shot at higher ISO settings, enabling great results in low-light situations.

Olympus Zuiko Digital Lenses

All Olympus Zuiko lenses are precision-engineered and designed especially for digital photography to provide edge-to-edge clarity and even brightness across your image. Furthermore, there is a large selection of Zuiko lenses available ranging from extremely wide angle to high zoom telephoto lenses as well as specialty lenses, and all Zuiko Digital lenses are compatible with all Olympus E-System digital SLR cameras. The E-3 is also fully compatible with Olympus Supersonic Wave Drive (SWD) lenses that enable auto focusing at ultra-high speed with precise and quiet operation.

In-Camera Blur Reduction

Effectively reduce blur with the exclusive Supersonic Wave Drive (SWD) in-camera Image Stabilization System, and you'll achieve up to a five step EV stabilization effect with all Zuiko Digital Lenses. Moreover, the built-in SWD Image Stabilization offers the advantage of providing image stabilization for every lens attached to the camera body, so there is no need to purchase image stabilized lenses at a premium price.

Incredibly Fast Auto Focus

The exclusive 11-point biaxial auto focus system features an innovative houndstooth-pattern phase detection sensor layout that uses micro-lamination technologies to achieve superior real-world performance, that coupled with (SWD) Supersonic Wave Drive lenses provides exacting autofocus precision at exceptional speeds. AF accuracy is further ensured by precise alignment and accurate mounting of the sensors within the AF unit.

Fast Continuous Shooting

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

Live View Shooting

Olympus Live View provides users the ability to easily compose their subjects live on the LCD and see precisely how the settings they select impact the image before the shutter is released and the image is captured. This feature provides a level of versatility and creative control that cannot be achieved by other digital SLR cameras that only offer an optical viewfinder.

2.5-inch Dual-Axis, Free-Angle LCD Display

The 2.5" Live View HyperCrystal LCD provides many times the contrast of conventional LCD monitors and a resolution of approximately 230,000 pixels for easier viewing in both preview and playback. It also provides a wide viewing angle of 170 degrees, which ensures images can be composed from even the most obscure angles, and its 360-degree articulation makes composition and image viewing possible at any angle. Furthermore, the LCD provides magnification of the subject by a factor of up to 10 times, enabling users to confirm sharp, pinpoint focus.

High Eye-Point Optical Viewfinder

The large, easy-to-see optical viewfinder delivers the precise compositional accuracy demanded by the most discriminating photographer. With 1.15x magnification and 100 percent accuracy, photographers can rely on the E-3 to capture exactly what they compose through the optical viewfinder, so what you see is what you get when viewing images back at the computer. This optical viewfinder also reduces eyestrain and makes manual focusing easier.

High-Speed, Durable Shutter

With an impressive maximum shutter speed of 1/8000-second the E-3 enables you to freeze even the fastest subjects. Users can also set the shutter speeds as long as 60 seconds in Manual or Automatic settings for low light shooting or unique visual effects. The durable shutter mechanism ensures reliability, and has been tested to 150,000 cycles, making the E-3 capable of withstanding heavy day-to-day use.

Proven Dust Reduction System

The Olympus E-3 is equipped with the Supersonic Wave Filter (SWF) self-cleaning ultrasonic sensor unit that eliminates dust particles on the sensor by silently vibrating at an amazing 30,000 times per second, thereby ensuring spot-free images.

Rugged Weatherproof Magnesium-Alloy Construction

The E-3 is built using a unique casting technology to create a stronger magnesium chassis for greater durability, and its classic penta-mirror design is portable enough to comfortably shoot with all day. The camera is also sealed to make it splash-proof and dust-proof, and when used with Olympus 'High Grade' and 'Super High Grade' lenses, is sealed from the elements to perform in the most rugged conditions.

Intuitive Controls and Menus

The Olympus E-3 provides unparalleled ease-of-use as a result of sensible menus and easy-to-understand buttons that enable total manual control, thus allowing customizable settings for every imaginable situation.

Dual Memory Card Slots

The Olympus E-3 has two card slots so the camera is compatible with CompactFlash (Type I & II, UDMA), Microdrives and xD-Picture Cards, thereby providing a choice of data storage options for enhanced flexibility. Plus, it is possible to transfer image files from one card to the other right inside the camera.

Olympus E-3 Specs

Camera TypeSLR Digital Camera
Imaging
ResolutionEffective: 11.8MP, Recorded: 10.1MP
Sensor17.3 x 13.0mm MOS
Bit Depth12-bit
File FormatsRAW, JPEG
File SizeNot Specified by Manufacturer
Color SpacessRGB, Adobe RGB
Image StabilizationYes
Crop Factor2x
Optics
LensNo
ZoomN/A
Lens MountFour Thirds
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus RangeN/A
Accessory Lens/Filter MountN/A
Shooting Controls
SensitivityISO 100-3200
Shutter Speeds1/8000 - 60 sec, bulb
MeteringDigital ESP, Center-weighted Average, Spot
Exposure ModesManual, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Program
White BalanceAuto, Lamp, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Daylight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Custom
Mirror Lock-UpYes
Burst CapabilityHigh-speed continuous: 5fps, Low-speed continuous: up to 4fps
Self Timer12 seconds or 2 seconds
Interval RecordingNo
Remote ControlRM-CB1 Remote Cable (optional)
RM-1 Infrared Remote (optional)
Flash
Built-in FlashYes
Effective Flash RangeUp to 42.7' (13 m)
External Flash ConnectionHotshoe, PC terminal
Dedicated Flash SystemOlympus FL Series
Max Sync Speed1/250 sec
Memory
Built-in MemoryNo
Memory Card TypeCompactFlash I/II, xD
Still Images per GBRAW: 93
JPEG: High Res:150 - Low Res:10,240
A/V Recording
Video RecordingNo
Video ResolutionN/A
Video Clip LengthN/A
Audio RecordingNo
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder TypeEye-level Single-Lens Reflex
Viewfinder Coverage100%
Display2.5" LCD
Connectivity/System Requirements
ConnectivityUSB 2.0, A/V
System & Software RequirementsWindows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, Vista
Macintosh OS X (10.2 or later)
Environmental
Operating/Storage TemperatureOperating Temperature: 32-104°F/0-40°C
Humidity: 30-90% (operating), 10-90% (storage)
WeatherproofingNot Specified by Manufacturer
DurabilityNot Specified by Manufacturer
Power
Battery TypeBLM-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
Power AdapterAC-01 AC Adapter (optional)
Physical
Dimensions5.6 x 4.6 x 2.9" (143 x 117 x 75mm)
Weight28.7 oz. (810g) body only

Olympus E-3 Reviews

Value For The Money

By Dave
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2012-06-14

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.

Excellent camera

By Max Pismenov
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2010-10-27

I use this camera for home and wedding photo shoot

buy this camera !!

By Rocky
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2010-09-06

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

ok

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2010-08-30

incredible

Excellent!!!

By Gins D. Navarro
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-04-04

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

A refurbished E-3 is still a great value

By Dan in NC
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-03-30

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.

Great camera and store from which to buy

By bkane
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2011-03-05

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.

Great Build and great pictures!

By VK
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2010-11-09

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.

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