Conclusion: If you have had previous DSLR experience or you are enthusiastic and patient enough to take the time to learn, then the Olympus E-3 is a camera you should consider before making any final purchases. Dare not to conform and you may be well rewarded for that decision.
Excerpt: In what was probably the worst kept industry secret of the year, Olympus even gave a month's advance warning of the launch date, Olympus has finally revealed the details of its long-awaited flagship DSLR; the E-3. Not only is this Olympus top camera model, it is the top Four Thirds system platform model.
Olympus E-3 (Live View) Four-Thirds Digital SLR Camera Review
15 January 2009
Conclusion: 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-sealing for use in just about any environmental condition, in-camera image stabilization, a large viewfinder, strong chassis and the E-3 is very comfortable to handle.
Pros: Photos offer great level of detail at just about every ISO, Almost instant autofocus speed with Zuiko Digital SWD 12-60mm lens, Accurate colors, Live View implementation is faster and becomes more flexible with LCD swivel arm, Super Control Menu is quick and easy, Out of the box JPEG files are very good quality, Bracketing, In-camera image stabilization, Large optical viewfinder, 70-300mm lens provides great value and high reach
Cons: More noise than competitors, LCD screen is still average quality. I had to trust the camera instead of the LCD, Lack in the megapixel department compared to others in same class, Main menu is too complicated, AF Assist Lamp implementation is poor., Some focus issues for 12-60mm lens. But can be fixed., Dynamic range still leaves more to be desired, Low-lighting performance because of noise and AF assist implementation, 70-300mm is noisy when hunting for focus
Summary: The Olympus E-3 looks good, feels good and is capable of taking some nicely crisp images into the bargain. We'll bring you a more detailed report in due course. Stay tuned to Best4Reviews for more.
Pros: 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
Cons: 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
Conclusion: If you've taken the trouble to read every page of this review you'll already have a good idea where this conclusion is likely to go. To start with there's no doubt that the E-3 is, without a shadow of a doubt the best Four-Thirds camera ever made and a more than worthy (if a little tardy) successor to the original E-1.
Pros: 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), Info screen offers quick and easy access to most commonly used controls, Excellent color, good daylight white balance, Excellent JPEG output, plenty of detail, well balanced processing, Low noise at ISO 100-400, more u...
Cons: Resolution not as good as best in class (stronger AA filter?), though you won't 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 exposure, Poor auto white balance in artificial light, Very little resolution and not a lot of dynamic range headroom in raw files, Some ergonomic issues (control layout, small buttons, user interface), Long, unstructured m...
Conclusion: Olympus E3 digital reflex camera The past few years we have seen a lot of DSLRs from Olympus passing by but it took a long time before the successor to the E1 arrived. Apparently Olympus wanted to test a few things before surprising the professional photographer. And the new Olympus E-3 surely is surprising. It has become a beautiful camera that will appeal to many photographers.
Summary: It comes as no surprise to learn the Olympus E-3 is by far the most powerful Four Thirds DSLR to date, and one that’s more than a worthy successor to the original E-1. After all, Olympus had four and a half years between the launch of the E-1 and its long-awaited successor, giving the company ample time to address the issues of the standard, along with producing a compelling rival to the latest semi-professional models from Canon, Nikon and Sony.
Pros: 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.
Cons: Higher noise above 800 ISO than rivals., AF system fast but often searched., Some controls illogically placed., Very tough rival in the Nikon D300.
Excerpt: The last six months in the digital SLR world have been very interesting. Just as I thought that technological development would start to level off, the big players, Canon and most notably Nikon, started dropping bombshells into the middle market in the guise of the 40D and D300. Adding to this, some of the more niche manufacturers such as Sony and Pentax, announced products like the Alpha700 and K20D which looked like interesting propositions to photographers like myself...