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Olympus Pen E-P3 Review: This Pen is mightier than your compact camera

The Olympus E-P3 is available in three colors – silver, white and black – though the review unit that was sent to us is the white flavor. It shares the same size (121 × 70 × 36mm) and weight (335g) as the E-P2 sibling, though the main difference is that the E-P3 has a built-in pop-up flash while the E-P2 only comes with a hot shoe for an external flash.

At the top you can find the power, camera shutter and function buttons, mode dial, hot shoe to attach an external flash, and also the built-in flash. The rear holds the 3-inch OLED display which lets you get a good view even under bright sunlight, and buttons for zoom, video recording, playback, menu etc, and dials to adjust the shutter speed and aperture (on manual mode) as well as scrolling the various options.

Flipping the camera upside-down, we see the camera tripod screw hole and a compartment that holds the SD memory card (compatible with SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I and Eye-Fi) and the PS-BLS1 8.4V 1080mAh Lithium-ion battery pack. On the right of the E-P3 are the mini HDMI and USB / AV out ports for video output to the TV, and connecting to your PC. 


The Olympus E-P3 comes with a matchable grip which you can fit to the front of the camera. Simply attach the grip and tighten the screw. The company also offers different designs of the grips which you can purchase separately from their stores. On top of that, Olympus also provided us with three lenses to use with the review unit – M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 zoom; 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 zoom; and 17mm f2.8 pancake.

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