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: Mandatory equipment Sometimes when you receive a camera you ¨wish all the accessories had come with it too. ¨But when the Olympus E-3 arrived at my place it was like being an eight-year-old stepping into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. HE Perry, the New Zealand importer, sent it with the HLD-4 power battery holder and vertical grip plus the cool wireless flash FL-50R. They might look ¨like toys, but these two devices should be mandatory equipment.
Pros: Excellent image quality, good ergonomics and build, menu system, comprehensive feature set and customisability, super control panel, top plate display, responsive, good dust reduction system, great weather sealing
Cons: Fastest focus rate only available with Olympus’ Super Sonic Wave drive lenses, bulky for its class but particularly for a FourThirds Format camera! Cramped top plate buttons, not much headroom in RAW files, complex menus
Summary: Speaking both literally and figuratively there's a lot to get to grips with on
the Olympus E-3. I was surprised at its bulk given the inherent
– and much boasted about – properties of the Four Thirds
allowing for smaller and lighter construction. Given both
the heft of the camera body and also its supplied optic you'd
be forgiven for mistaking it for a Canon or Nikon from a
distance, which I guess could be kind of the point.
Conclusion: Al met al heeft de Olympus E-3 bij mij een uitstekende indruk achtergelaten. Het is een zeer doordachte camera, waar de gebruiker centraal staat. En dat is bij lang niet alle andere cameramerken zo. Dat veel E-1 gebruikers zullen overstappen naar de Olympus E-3, na heel lang wachten, zou mij niets verbazen. Net zomin als enkele potentiële kopers van de concurrentie bovendien hun licht bij Olympus zullen opsteken en overstag zullen gaan.