Olympus E-3 Review

Review Date: January 9th 2008
Author: Gavin Stoker

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Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

Specifications

Type
Body material Magnesium alloy body
Lens mount Four Thirds mount
Image Sensor
Type 4/3 '' Hi-Speed Live MOS sensor
Effective pixels 10.1 Megapixels
Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB)
Aspect ratio & area 4:3 / 17.3 x 13.0 mm
Full resolution 11.8 Megapixels
Engine
Type TruePic III
Filter
Dust reduction filter Supersonic Wave Filter
IR cut filter Hybrid type
LPF filter Fixed type
LCD
LCD type Multi-angle HyperCrystal LCD (semi-transmissive TFT colour LCD)
Monitor size 6.4 cm / 2.5 ''
Pixel number 230,000 pixels
BrightCapture Yes
Brightness adjustment 15 steps
Viewfinder
Viewfinder type Eye-level Pentaprism type optical view finder 
Field of view Approx. 100 %
Magnification Approx. 1.15 x with a 50mm lens set to infinity at -1 dioptres
Depth of field preview Yes Preview button
Eye point 20 mm
Diopter adjustment Yes -3.0 - +1.0 diopter / built-in type
Focusing screen Interchangeable type
Mirror Quick return mirror
Viewfinder Information Yes
Eye piece shutter built-in type
Top Display
Displayed information
Activated AF points
BKT notification
B/W mode notification
Drive mode
Exposure compensation indication
Exposure mode
Flash mode
Focus mode
ISO
Metering mode
Number of storable frames
Record mode
White balance
White balance compensation value
Back light timer 8s
Super Control Panel
Displayed information
Metering mode Yes
Exposure mode Yes
Aperture value Yes
Shutter speed Yes
Exposure level view Yes
Flash compensation value Yes
Exposure compensation indication Yes
AE bracketing Yes
ISO Yes
Colour space Yes
Picture mode Yes
Gradation Yes
Colour saturation compensation value Yes
Sharpness compensation value Yes
Contrast compensation value Yes
White balance Yes
White balance compensation value Yes
Noise reduction Yes
AEL notification Yes
Flash mode Yes
Focus mode Yes
AF frame Yes
Drive mode Yes
Record mode Yes
Number of storable frames Yes
Memory card Yes
Battery indicator Yes
Super Control Panel (Flash)
Displayed information
AF illuminator disactivated notification
AEL notification
Aperture value
Bracketing
Built-in flash intensity
Colour space
Exposure compensation indication
Exposure mode
Flash compensation value
Group settings
Noise reduction
Shutter speed
Wireless channel setting
Live View
Information 100% field of view, exposure adjustment preview, white balance adjustment preview, gradation auto preview, gridline displayable, 5x/7x/10x magnification possible, MF/S-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, shooting information, histogramme
Image Stabiliser
Type Sensor shift
Modes Two-dimensional or one-dimensional activation
Effective Compensation Range Up to 5 EV steps
Focusing System
Method TTL phase difference detection system
Focus areas 11 points / fully biaxial, automatic and manual selection
AF illuminator Yes Built-in flash (external flash available)
AF lock Yes Locked by first position of shutter release button in single AF mode, AE/AF lock button (customised)
Focus tracking Yes Available in continuous AF mode
Manual focus Yes Available by rotating focus ring, available for setting manual focus operation in AF mode (customised)
Single AF Yes
Single AF + MF Yes
Continuous AF Yes
Continuous AF + MF Yes
Detection range -2 - 19 EV (ISO 100)
Light Metering
Method TTL open aperture light metering
Zones 49 zones Multi-pattern Sensing System
Detection range 1 - 20 (50mm, 1:2, ISO 100)
ESP light metering Yes
Spot metering Yes
Centre weighted metering Yes
Highlight Yes
Shadow Yes
Exposure Modes
Auto Yes
Programme automatic Yes
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual Yes
Exposure System
Exposure compensation +/- 5 EV / 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps
Exposure bracketing 3 / 5 frames / +/- 1/3, 2/3, 1 EV steps
ISO bracketing 3 frames / 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps
Sensitivity
Auto in 1/3 and 1 EV ISO steps
Manual ISO 100 - 3200 in 1/3 and 1 EV ISO steps
Shutter
Shutter type Computerised focal-plane shutter
Shutter release Soft Touch Electromagnetic
Self timer 12 s / 2 s
Anti Shock Yes Release delay: 1 - 30 s
Shutter Speeds
Shutter speed range 1/8000-60 s (in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps)
Bulb mode Up to 30 minutes (selectable longest time in the menu, default: 8 minutes)
Shutter speed P, Ps 1/8000-60 s
Shutter speed A priority 1/8000-60 s
Shutter speed S priority 1/8000-60 s
Shutter speed scene mode 1/8000-60 s
White Balance
AUTO WB system Hybrid detection system with High-speed Live MOS sensor and dedicated external sensor
Manual White balance (One-Touch) Yes
Selectable steps in Kelvin 7 steps (3000 - 7500 K)
Overcast Yes
Shade Yes
Tungsten Yes
Sunlight Yes
Flourescent 1 Yes
Flourescent 2 Yes
Flourescent 3 Yes
White balance adjustment Yes +/- 7 in each R-B / G-M axis (in Auto WB and preset WB mode)
Custom WB 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
One-touch white balance 4 custom settings can be registered
White balance bracketing 3 frames / +/- 2, 4, 6 mired steps
Internal Flash
Guide number 13
Flash compensation +/- 3 EV / 1/3 EV steps
AUTO Yes
Red-eye reduction Yes
Slow synchronisation Yes
Slow synchronisation 2nd curtain Yes
Fill-in Yes
Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction Yes
Off Yes
Bracketing 3 frames / 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps
External Flash Control
X-sync speed 1/250 s / 1/8000 s
Type TTL AUTO, AUTO, MANUAL, FP TTL AUTO, FP MANUAL
Synchronisation modes Auto, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow syncro with red-eye reduction, Slow syncro, 2nd curtain and slow syncro, Fill-in for exclusive flash
Intensity +/- 2 EV / 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps
Built-in flash and wireless flash control from the camera body
Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R
Control method Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light
Modes TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual, FP TTL Auto, FP Manual
Number of channels 4 channels
Group setting 3 groups
Sequence Shooting
Sequential shooting mode (high speed) 5 fps / 16 frames RAW buffer
Sequential shooting mode 5 fps / Up to card capacity in normal mode with SanDisk Extreme III
Image Processing
Colour space sRGB / AdobeRGB
TruePic III Yes
Sharpness + Contrast 5 levels
Saturation 5 levels
Contrast 5 levels
Black & White filter Yellow, Orange, Red, Green
Black & White toning Yellow, Orange, Red, Green in Black & White and Sepia mode.
Picture mode Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone, Custom (default setting: Natural)
Gradation 4
Image Editing
RAW data edit Yes
Red-eye reduction Yes
Sepia Yes
Black & White Yes
Resize Yes
Correction of saturation Yes
Shadow Adjustment Technology Yes
Erase / Protect / Copy Function
Erase modes Single, All, Selected
Image protect mode Single, Selected
Copy mode Single, All, Selected
View Images
Index 4, 9, 16, 25 frames
Calendar Yes
Zoom Yes 2 - 14 x
Slide show Yes
Rotation Yes
Light box Yes
Histogram in playback mode Yes
Shooting information Histogram ( independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight / Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information
Still Image Recording
EXIF Yes
PIM Yes
DPOF Yes
DCF Yes
Recording Formats
RAW 12 bit
RAW & JPEG Yes
JPEG Yes
JPEG compression 1/2.7, 1/4, 1/8, 1/12 SHQ 1/2.7, 1/4, 1/8, 1/12 HQ 1/2.7, 1/4, 1/8, 1/12 SQ
Image Size
RAW 3648 x 2736 compressed / 11 MB / frame
Large 3648 x 2736 Super Fine (compression: 1/2.7) / 6.8 MB / frame
3648 x 2736 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 4.7 MB / frame
3648 x 2736 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 2.2 MB / frame
3648 x 2736 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 1.5 MB / frame
Middle 3200 x 2400 Super Fine (compression: 1/2.7) / 5.3 MB / frame
3200 x 2400 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 3.7 MB / frame
3200 x 2400 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 1.7 MB / frame
3200 x 2400 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 1.1 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Super Fine (compression: 1/2.7) / 3.6 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 2.2 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 1.1 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.7 MB / frame
Small 1600 x 1200 Super Fine (compression: 1/2.7) / 1.3 MB / frame
1600 x 1200 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.8 MB / frame
1600 x 1200 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.5 MB / frame
1600 x 1200 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.3 MB / frame
1280 x 960 Super Fine (compression: 1/2.7) / 0.8 MB / frame
1280 x 960 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.5 MB / frame
1280 x 960 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.3 MB / frame
1280 x 960 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.2 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Super Fine (compression: 1/2.7) / 0.5 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.4 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.2 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.1 MB / frame
640 x 480 Super Fine (compression: 1/2.7) / 0.2 MB / frame
640 x 480 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.2 MB / frame
640 x 480 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.1 MB / frame
640 x 480 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.1 MB / frame
Interface
Media Dual slot for CompactFlash card (Type I and II), Microdrive and xD picture card
USB 2.0 High Speed Yes
Video out Yes NTSC or PAL selectable
Infrared Yes
DC input Yes
Synchro socket Yes
Menu
Menu languages in camera English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish
Menu languages by download Additional one language from 15 further languages by download via the internet.
Customisation Options
Fn Button Off, one-touch WB, test picture, preview, Live View, AF home setting, MF, record format, exposure mode, My Mode, underwater modes
Custom preset options 2
My Mode 2 settings storable
Power Supply
Battery BLM-1 Li-Ion battery (included)
Battery life Approx. 610 shots with BLM-1 under CIPA testing standard (optical viewfinder).
Sleep mode Available ( 1, 3, 5, 10 min., off)
Environment
Temperature 0 - 40 C operating temperature -20 - 60 C storage temperature
Humidity 30 - 90 % operation humidity 10 - 90 % storage humidity
Size
Dimensions (WxHxD) 142.5 x 116.5 x 74.5 mm (without protrusions)
Weight 810 g (body only)
   
Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

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