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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 1:08 am 
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Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know we've published our review of the Olympus flagship DSLR, the E-3:

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Olympus_E-3/

Video tour here:

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Olymp ... view.shtml

Hope you enjoy it - please post any comments or questions about it in this thread.

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Great review as always Gordon :D Although, i was a bit suprised to see 19/20 on specification, with 10mp, 5fps, and 11af points versus 12mp.6fps(8w/grip), and 51 af points on the d300. I would assume this is because of the built in IS and fast AF :?:

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Hi dryan, the high score there included factors like the built-in IS, effective anti-dust and the flip-out screen...


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thanks for the review, what are your thoughts on the 12-60?


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Nice review Gordon, I'm thrilled to see that the E3 performed so well. Not that I plan on upgrading for long while, but it's nice to see the people at Olympus making a big efford.

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 8:29 am 
Paukl wrote:
Nice review Gordon, I'm thrilled to see that the E3 performed so well. Not that I plan on upgrading for long while, but it's nice to see the people at Olympus making a big efford.


they will do well by making more lenses, or more specifically; more affordable lenses. I think people are still hesitant to go over to the 4/3rds standard because canon and nikon have a huge selection of dirt cheap lenses.

im jealous of the sub $100 50mm F1.8 that you can get for a canon


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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 8:44 am 
Big Ol' Camera :shock:

nice review Gordon!


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Thanks everyone!

I hear what you're saying about a cheap 50mm, but I still think Olympus has a good range of lenses, and some which deliver serious quality.

Speaking of which, the 12-60mm is one of the best general-purpose lenses I've ever used. Like the 7-14mm, it's a reason to buy into four thirds.


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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 10:20 am 
Great review Gordon. Not sure I'll upgrade my E510 just yet, but that 12-60 is getting very tempting!

Zuiko lenses do tend to be more expensive, but you get what you pay for.


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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 11:33 am 
Great review once again Gordon! Do you feel that the camera is let down by a relatively poor IQ that doesn't really compare with other semi-pro DSLRs(A700, 40d, D300). It seems that the image quality is about on par with the D80 and 400d.

Still looks like a really nice camera though!


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grahamnp wrote:
Great review once again Gordon! Do you feel that the camera is let down by a relatively poor IQ that doesn't really compare with other semi-pro DSLRs(A700, 40d, D300). It seems that the image quality is about on par with the D80 and 400d.

Not sure how you get to this conclusion? If you read the review, it seems to me that the IQ is on par with the D300.

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Great review, Gordon!
Good to read that the E3 is doing so well.
2 (small) remarks: about the hard to use buttons in combination with the wheel: you can make the buttons sticky, which should make it easier to use.
Secondly: here the D300 is still 175 euro more expensive then the E3, but I suppose this varies per country.

Thanks for the review :!:

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 1:29 pm 
Well if you look at the noise comparison, Gordon concludes that the D300 has the slight edge and the D300's and A700's results are very similar(same sensor).

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the E-3 is a poor camera. I just don't think that IQ is its strong point when compared to other similar priced cameras.


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I have only skimmed the E-3 review, but can tell already that it is an excellent review. Thanks!

I do have one comment (maybe more later) with regard to the Verdict, where you say "we found the E-3’s buttons were small and sometimes illogically placed, while pressing some and turning the dials at the same time wasn’t always a comfortable manoeuvre."

There is a menu setting which makes the buttons "sticky'. With this set you can press a button and release it and then turn the dial to change the setting. For example, you can press the metering mode button, release it and then change it by turning the dial. This "sticky" button feature, for me, takes the "awkwardness" out of using this arrangement. I think the review should mention this feature as it makes a huge difference in the ergonomics of this camera. I personally like the combination of button/dial as it prevents the setting from being changed accidentally.

P.S. The more I read the review the more important I think it is to amend the review, as it makes a point of the awkwardness of holding a button while turning the dial in many places. Also, I note that the review mentions the indentation of the Exposure Compensation button makes using it a little awkward, but does not mention that the dial can be set to adjust exposure compensation by simply turning it, without using the Exposure Compensation button at all. I realize that the tests here tend to focus on default settings, but with a semi-professional/professional quality camera I would expect that the owners will use their menu options to adjust the camera to their needs.

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grahamnp wrote:
Well if you look at the noise comparison, Gordon concludes that the D300 has the slight edge and the D300's and A700's results are very similar(same sensor).
You are right concerning iso 1600 and 3200, but not at lower settings, so one should consider this when buying a camera. If you use high iso a lot, there are better options (like Gordon says).

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