Summary: This camera did everything I needed it to do. It probably did more then I required but I'd recommend this camera to anyone. The lenses for this system are wonderful. Weather sealant came in handy lots of times, swivel lcd screen was great. This camera was my workhorse. Take it anywhere, it can handle any situation. I love Olympus menus...they are all the same. Good or bad, you always feel comfortable moving from one camera to another.
Summary: I have all sealed lenses now, and down the beach this is a real boon!! We often wade in up to chest height and as you might imagine than means a lot of salt water about. It has never been a problem - though it is not submersible :) The E5 has picked up all the minor niggles and I guess I should upgrade soon ... The E-system is great if you're focussed more on taking pictures than showing off gear.
Excerpt: This camera has the fastest auto focus I have ever seen. It has many options for the focus. It also has dust reduction that works and is built like a tank. I used the camera in all weather conditions including subzero and it worked flawless. The Olympus E3 is a very fast camera with many features. Absolutely recommended!
Summary: I love Olympus DSLRs and currently own the E-1, E-500, E-510 & E-520, I had been holding out on the E-3 due to it's high price, but I eventually caved in and got one as I was finding my E-1 trailing in terms of resolution and missed the IS on the newer bodies. My first impression as I picked up and used the E-3 was very alien....I just didn't feel at home, especially after having used an E-1 all this time.
Summary: I have not had the opportunity to used my new camera very much. Most my time so far has been spent reading the camera manual. Boy, this is a complex machine! I am sure that I will learn to appreciate all the possibilities, however, fair warning expect to do some learnin'. Oct, 2011. It is now two years after I wrote my initial review. I just got back from an Alaska small boat cruise during which it rained the whole time.
Summary: On my first day of field use the lens cap fell and broke. The second day of field use, the flash hotshoe cover was missing. On the third day, the remote cable cap was missing. The only cap that stayed on so far is the flash remote cap. When I googled online to replace these caps, I found out many users like me have problem about caps falling. Olympus caps is not covered by the warranty, so they referred me to their parts store. Check comments for the links.
Summary: I upgraded to the E3 from my e500. Some of the things that enticed me were the additional focus points, and articulated screen. Everything else about the camera was just added niceness. The camera is pretty great. It's an obvious step up from the e500 in terms of quality, and performance. Images look beautiful, focus is a lot faster and more accurate. The tilting screen and live view are things that I wonder how I ever lived without...
A 4 month usage of the E3 combined with 4 E-300 bodies + lenses
HMMWV "God, Country, Corps", Amazon
24 November 2007
Summary: 4+ Month update on the camera: This is still by far the best SLR cam from olympus. Neat features are everywhere like a full compliment of buttons on the portrait grip, and the ability to shoot as fast as your memory card can write, with the sandisk IV 5 FPS. First - the system I purchased was a pre-relase system and needed firmware upgrades.
Excerpt: "...dust reduction and environmental sealing.The Olympus E-3 is really more better and comparable to the cameras by Olympus's competitors that we've been categorizing as semi-pro,such as the Pentax K10D, Canon 40D, and Nikon D200.With the E-3, Olympus introduces their first new autofocus sensor in years. Company claiming that this is the fastest AF system on the market. Combined with greater 1.15x magnification in the E-3's viewfinder, framing and focusing ...
Pros: Articulating LCD,Can take pictures from many odd angles
Cons: all important controls are positioned awkwardly