Saturday, December 3, 2011

My Latest Camera... Olympus EP3

This is my latest camera, the Olympus EP3.  I had just bought it from my last trip to Hong Kong.  The retail price from most shop for the single kit lens is HKD$7080.  I got mine from the Mong Kok Computer Centre at HKD$6620 with a UV filter and the screen protector.  There's no SD card that comes with the camera.  That's a first for me.  Anyway, I got a 16GB Class 10 SDHC for HKD$163.  So far so good, and I'm loving it.

Prices
(Body + 14-42mm)
 • US: $899.99
 • UK: £799
 • EU: €999.99
Body materialMetal and plastic
Sensor • 4/3" Hi-Speed Live MOS sensor
 • 17.3 x 13.0 mm active area
 • 13.1 million total pixels
 • 12.3 million effective pixels
 • RGB (Primary) color filter array
 • Fixed low pass filter (anti-alias filter)
Dust suppressionSupersonic Wave Filter
Image stabilization • "Supersonic Wave Drive" (in-body sensor shift)
 • Three modes: Horizontal+Vertical, Vertical only, Horizontal only
 • Up to 3 EV compensation (claimed)
 • Digital IS in Movie Mode
Image processorTruePic VI
Image sizes (Still) • 4032 x 3024
 • 3200 x 2400
 • 2560 x 1920
 • 1600 x 1200
 • 1280 x 960
 • 1024 x 768
 • 640 x 480
Image sizes (Movie)AVCHD Format:
 • FullHD Fine : 1920x1080, 60i Recording, 17Mbps
 • FullHD Normal : 1920x1080, 60i Recording, 13Mbps
 • HD Fine : 1280x720, 60p Recording, 17Mbps
 • HD Normal : 1280x720, 60p Recording, 13Mbps
Frame rate of image sensor output is 30fps

Motion-JPEG Format:
 • HD: 1280x720, 30fps*, Aspect 16:9
 • SD: 640x480, 30fps*, Aspect 4:3 (VGA)
* Some Art Filters are exceptional
Movie lengthAVCHD Format:
 • 29 min, Max 4Gb

Motion-JPEG Format:
 • 7 min @ HD, Max 2Gb
 • 14 min @ 640 x 480, Max 2Gb
Aspect Ratio4:3 (Default), 3:2, 16:9, 6:6, 3:4
File formats • RAW
 • RAW + JPEG
 • JPEG
 • MPO (3D still)
 • AVCHD
 • AVI Motion JPEG
Sound recording • AVCHD Format: Dolby Digital
 • Motion JPEG Format / Picture with Sound: Wave Format Base (Stereo PCM/16bit, 48kHz)
 • Max Recording Time 9Picture with Sound) 30 sec
 • Mic / Speaker: Stereo / Mono
Digital Tele-Converter • 2x digital zoom
Lenses • Micro Four Thirds Mount
 • Range of M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses available
 • Multiply focal length by 2 for 35 mm equiv. FOV
 • Compatible with standard Four Thirds lenses via adapter.
Auto focus • Imager Contrast Detection AF system
 • 35-area multiple AF
 • When non High-speed imager AF compatible lens is used, works as AF assist.
Focus Area Selectable • Automatic
 • Manual
 • Auto from 35 area, Single area from 35 area, Group target (9 area) from 35 area
 • Auto from almost all area when Face detection is ON
 • Free selection when Magnified View Mode is selected
Eye Detect AF • OFF
 • Near side eye priority mode
 • Right side eye priority mode
 • Left side eye priority mode
Focus modes • Single shot AF (S- AF)
 • Continuous AF (C-AF)
 • Manual focus (MF)
 • Single + Manual (S-AF+ MF)
 • AF Tracking (C-AF+ TR)
 • Focus mode can be set in still and moviemodes separately
AF assist lamp • Yes
Exposure modes • iAuto
 • Program AE (with shift)
 • Aperture priority AE
 • Shutter priority AE
 • Manual
 • Art Filter
 • Scene select
Scene modes • Portrait
 • e-Portrait
 • Landscape
 • Landscape + Portrait
 • Sport
 • Night Scene
 • Night + Portrait
 • Children
 • High Key
 • Low Key
 • DIS mode
 • Macro
 • Nature Macro
 • Candle
 • Sunset
 • Documents
 • Panorama
 • Fireworks
 • Beach & Snow
 • Fisheye Effect (for use with lens converter)
 • Wide Angle (for use with lens converter)
 • Macro (for use with lens converter)
 • 3D
Art Filter • Pop art
 • Soft focus
 • Pale & Light Color
 • Light Tone
 • Grainy film
 • Pin hole
 • Diorama
 • Cross Process
 • Gentle Sepia
 • Dramatic Tone
Sensitivity • Auto : ISO 200 - 12800 (customizable, Default 200-1600)
 • Manual ISO 100 - 12800, 1/3 or 1 EV steps
Metering system • TTL Image Sensor metering system
 • 324-zone multi-pattern
Metering modes • Digital ESP (324-area multi-pattern metering)
 • Center-Weighted Average
 • Spot (1%)
 • Highlight based spot
 • Shadow based spot
AE Lock • AE lock available using Fn1/Rec button
 • AF lock with shutter release half-press in Single AF mode
Exposure comp. • Up to ± 3.0 EV
 • 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
AE Bracketing • 2, 3, 5 frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1.0 EV steps
 • 7 frames in 0.3, 0.5, or 0.7 EV steps
Exposure fine tune • ±1EV in 1/6EV steps
Shutter speed • 60-1/4000 sec
Flash X-sync speed • 1/30 - 1/180
White balance • Auto
 • Sunny
 • Shadow
 • Cloudy
 • Incandescent
 • Fluorescent
 • Flash
 • 12 custom presets
 • Kelvin (2000 - 14000 K)
 • Flash + WB:  Off / AWB Priority / Flash WB priority
 • AWB Keep Warm color: Off / On
WB fine tuning • Red - Blue: ± 7 steps (2 mired each)
 • Green - Magenta: ± 7 steps (2 mired each)
WB Bracketing • 3 frames
 • 2, 4 or 6 steps
Color space • sRGB
 • Adobe RGB
Image parameters • iEnhance (3 levels)
 • Saturation - 5 levels (Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted)
 • Sharpness - 5 levels (Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone)
 • Contrast- 5 levels (Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone)
 • B&W filter (Yellow, Orange, Red, Green)
 • B&W toning (Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green)
 • Gradation (4 levels)
 • Art Filter Bracketing available
Drive modes • Single
 • Sequential
 • Self-timer (2 or 12 sec)
Continuous • 3.0 fps
 • RAW: 17 frames maximum
 • JPEG: Unlimited until memory capacity is reached
Built-in Flash • Available
 • Guide No: 10m at ISO 200
 • Mode: TTL-Auto, Manual (Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64)
 • Wireless flash (4 channels, 3 groups + built-in flash)
External Flash • Hot-Shoe
 • Compatible with E-system Flash (FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R)
 • External Flash Control : TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-Auto, FP-Manual
 • Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Manual (1/4, 1/16, 1/64), Off.
 • Flash power: Up to ± 3EV in 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps
Super Control Panel Information • Battery information
 • Shooting mode
 • Shutter speed
 • Aperture value
 • Exposure compensation value
 • ISO sensitivity
 • Exposure compensation indicator
 • Exposure indicator
 • Flash intensity compensation indicator
 • Date
 • Auto BKT setting
 • NR setting
 • WB
 • WB compensation value
 • Record mode
 • Flash Status
 • Image size
 • Drive mode
 • Flash intensity compensation value
 • Metering mode
 • Recordable still image number
 • Focusing mode
 • Gradation
 • IS activating mode
 • Face detection
 • My Mode
 • Multi Exposure
 • Aspect Ratio
 • Super FP
 • AF frame
 • Colour space
 • Sharpness
 • Contrast
 • Saturation
 • Internal Temperature Warning
Live Control Information • Battery information
 • Shooting mode
 • Shutter speed
 • Aperture value
 • Exposure compensation value
 • ISO sensitivity
 • Exposure compensation indicator
 • Exposure indicator
 • Flash intensity compensation indicator
 • Date
 • Auto BKT setting
 • NR setting
 • WB
 • Record mode
 • Flash Status
 • Image size
 • Drive mode
 • Flash intensity compensation value
 • Metering mode
 • Recordable still image number
 • Focusing mode
 • AF frame
 • Internal Temperature Warning
 • IS activating mode
 • Face detection
 • My Mode
 • Multi Exposure
 • Aspect Ratio
Orientation sensor • Yes
Electronic Viewfinder • External (optional)
Display • 3.0" 3:2 OLED with Anti-Fingerprint Coating
 • Touch panel
 • 614,000 dots
 • 100% frame coverage
 • Brightness adjustment +2 to -2
 • Color Temperature adjustment +3 to -3
 • Vivid / Natural
Live View • 100% field of view
 • Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed
 • AF operation
 • 7x - 14x magnification
Live View Modes • Normal Mode
 • Grid Line Mode (4 types)
 • Histogram Mode
 • Magnified View Mode (x5, x7, x10, x14)
 • Highlight & Shadow Mode
 • Comparison View Mode
 • Level Gauge
Live View Information • Aperture value
 • Shutter speed
 • Auto Bracket
 • AE Lock
 • AF mode
 • IS
 • Shooting Mode
 • Battery Check
 • Myset
 • Internal Temperature Warning
 • Face / Eye Detection
 • Histogram
 • Number of storable still pictures
 • Record mode
 • ISO
 • Sequential shooting
 • Self-timer
 • White Balance
 • Metering Mode
 • AF confirmation mark
 • Exposure Compensation Value
 • Spot metering Area Flash Mode
 • Flash Status
 • Flash intensity Control
 • Super FP Touch panel condition
 • Focal length
 • Tone control
 • Eye-Fi condition
Playback functions • Single-frame
 • Information Display
 • Index Display(4/9/25/100 frames, Calendar)
 • Close-up (2 - 14X)
 • Movie (w/sound, FF/REW/Pause)
 • Slideshow (Still/Movie/Still+Movie, Slide show w/BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)
Editing • RAW development
 • JPEG editing (B&W, Sepia, Red eye reduction, Color saturation, Resize, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Anti red-eye)
Storage • SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible)
 • Eye-Fi compatible
Connectivity • USB 2.0 (Hi Speed)
 • Mini HDMI
 • Video Out (NTSC / PAL)
 • Accessory Port AP2
Power • BLS-5 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (supplied & charger)
 • Approx 330 shots (CIPA test standard)
Dimensions122mm (W) x 69.1mm (H) x 34.2mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
Weight (no batt)321g
Weight (with batt & card)369g
Box contentsBody, Li-ion battery BLS-5, Li-ion battery charger BCS-1, USB/Video Multi cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Master CD-ROM, Instruction manual, Warranty card.

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