World's fastest Auto Focusing system - Capture it All faster than ever. Speed is a key element in digital SLR photography and the E-3 comes ready to perform. It provides fast start-up and wake-up times, a snappy continuous shooting speed, high-precision shutter control, and unparalleled high-speed autofocus performance. From the first time you start it up, to your final shot of the day, the speed of the Olympus E-3 can freeze fast-moving moments in time and deliver amazing results.
Quality to let you Capture It All. At the end of the day, every serious photographer wants pristine picture quality. The E-3 brings together a number of enhanced technologies to push the limits of digital imaging. Experience the effects of advanced image stabilization, superior color processing and precision-crafted digital specific lenses.
An innovation in digital SLR imaging - shoot from unique angles with complete control. Unlimited creativity, unhindered motion, unbelievable accuracy - this is what you get with the Live Viewing capabilities of the Olympus E-3. The dual-axis variable-angle Live View monitor allows you to conveniently capture scenes that would require a difficult posture or a little bit of luck when using an optical viewfinder. With the E-3, you can easily and accurately compose and shoot wide-angle scenes over the top of a crowd or macro shots from ground level.
Trusted performance - even in the most demanding shooting conditions. With the E-3 Olympus has developed an impressive array of highly reliable new technologies essential for serious SLR photographers. Olympus cameras have a history of raising the bar when it comes to reliability, toughness and durability - and the E-3 takes it to a whole new level.
Product type Single-lens reflex Live View digital camera with interchangeable lens system Memory CompactFlash Type I/II, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card (Dual-Slot) Screen size 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V) Lens mount Four Thirds Mount Effective Pixels number 10.1 million pixels Image Pickup Unit High speed Live MOS Sensor Total pixels Approx. 11.8 million pixels Aspect ratio 1.33 (4:3) Filter array Primary color filter (RGB) LPF Fixed type IR cut filter Hybrid type Dust reduction Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor) Recording format DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III File format RAW (12-bit), JPEG, RAW+JPEG Recording image size [RAW] 3648 x 2736 pixels
[JPEG] 3648 x 2736 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
Large File Size 3648 x 2736 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 6.8MB
3648 x 2736 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 4.7MB
3648 x 2736 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 2.2MB
3648 x 2736 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.5MB
Middle File Size 3200 x 2400 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 5.3MB
3200 x 2400 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 3.7MB
3200 x 2400 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.7MB
3200 x 2400 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
2560 x 1920 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 3.6MB
2560 x 1920 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 2.2MB
2560 x 1920 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
2560 x 1920 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.7MB
Small File Size 1600 x 1200 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 1.3MB
1600 x 1200 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.8MB
1600 x 1200 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
1600 x 1200 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1280 x 960 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.8MB
1280 x 960 Fine (1/4 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
1280 x 960 Normal (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
1280 x 960 Basic (1/12 compressed) Approx. 0.2MB
1024 x 768 Super fine (1/2.7 compressed) Approx. 0.5MB
Viewfinder Type Eye-level single-lens reflex viewfinder Field of view Approx. 100% Viewfinder magnification Approx.1.15x (-1m-1, 50mm lens, infinity) Eye point Approx. 20 mm (-1m-1) Diopter adjustment range -3.0 - +1m-1 Focusing screen Changeable at a service center (Neo Lumi-Micro Mat screen supplied, possible to change to gird mat type) Eyepiece shutter Built-in type Eye cup Interchangeable type EP-5/6/7, EP-7 is supplied (Magnifier Eyecup ME-1 is available) Optical Preview (viewfinder) Yes, by preview button Live Preview Available to set to Fn button View finder information Aperture value, Shutter speed, Record mode, AF confirmation mark, Flash, WB, AE lock, Number of storable still images, Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, Battery warning, Exposure mode, AF frame (super impose), IS, Bracket, ISO value Live View Live MOS Sensor for still picture shooting is used, 100% field of view, Exposure adjustment pre-view, White balance adjustment pre-view, Gradation auto pre-view, Grid line displayable, 5x/7x/10x magnification possible, MF/S-AF, AF frame display, AF point display, Shooting information, Histogram. AF Phase-difference detection system with mirror down. System Built in (Imager shift image stabilizer) Mode 2 modes (2 dimensional activation, 1 dementional activation) Display Type HyperCrystal LCD (semi-transmissive TFT color LCD) Display Size 2.5 inches Display Total No. of Pixels Approx. 230,000 dots Playback field of view 100% Brightness control Auto/Manual 15 levels AF system TTL phase-difference detection system Focus mode Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / C-AF + MF Focusing point 11 points full-twin cross AF sensor Focusing point selection Single point, Group area, All points are selectable. AF luminance range EV -2 to 19 (at 20°, ISO 100) AF illuminator Built-in flash (external flash available) AF lock Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode / AEL button (customizable) Focus tracking Interlocked with Continuous AF mode Focus aid Available Metering system TTL open-aperture metering system
(1) Digital ESP metering (49-point multi pattern metering)
(2) Centre weighted average metering
(3) Spot metering (approx. 2% for the viewfinder screen. Highlight / shadow bases are available)
Metering range EV 1 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Centre weighted average metering, Spot metering)
(At normal temperature, 50mm f2, ISO 100)
Exposure mode (1) P: Programme AE (Programme shift can be performed) (2) A: Aperture priority AE (3) S: Shutter priority AE (4) M: Manual Underwater programme AE Available to set to Fn button ISO sensitivity AUTO (ISO 100 - 3200) / Manual (ISO 100 - 3200), 1/3 or 1 EV steps Exposure compensation 5 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable AE lock AEL button (customizable) Exposure bracketing 3 or 5 frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable ISO bracketing 3 frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable Auto WB system Hybrid detection system with High speed Live MOS sensor and dedicated external sensor. Preset white balance 7 settings (3000K - 7500K) Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent 1 (4000K), Fluorescent 2 (4500K), Fluorescent 3 (6600K), Daylight (5300K), Flash (5500K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K) White balance compensation 7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB) Custom white balance 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K) One-touch white balance 4 custom settings can be registered White balance bracketing 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each R-G/G-M axis. Color matrix sRGB, Adobe RGB Picture Mode Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone, Custom (default setting: Natural)
In custom mode, basic 5 modes and adjustment is available
Adjustment parameter Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation level available in 5 steps for Vivid, Natural, Portrait and Muted
Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for Monotone.
In custom mode, gradation level available in 4 steps
Filter effect Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone Picture tone Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone Gradation 4 levels (auto, high key, normal, low key) Shutter Type Computerized focal-plane shutter Shutter speed P(Ps), S, A, M mode: 60 - 1/8000 sec.
Bulb: up to 30 min. (selectable longest time in the menu. Default: 8 min.)
1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.
Self-timer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available) Remote cable release Available (with optional RM-CB1 Remote cable.) Optical remote control Operation time: 2 sec., 0 sec., bulb control available (with optional RM-1 remote control) Anti shock mode Available (1 to 30 sec selectable) Drive mode Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting H, Sequential shooting L, Self-timer, Remote control Sequential shooting speed Approx. 5 frames/sec. in sequential shooting H, 1 to 4 fps selectable in sequential shooting L. Max. Recordable pictures On Sequential Shooting - RAW mode: Max. 16 frames.
JPEG mode: Depends on compression ratio and no. of pixels (Large normal mode: up to card capacity with SanDisk Extreme III or faster CF Cards)
Built-in flash Retractable flash, GN=13 (ISO 100.m) Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, STF-22, SR-11 Flash control mode TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual Flash mode 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. Synchronization speed 1/250 sec. or less, Super FP up to 1/8000 sec. Flash intensity control Up to 3 EV in 1/3 EV steps Flash bracketting 3 frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1 EV steps selectable. Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R Control method Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light Flash control mode TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual, FP TTL Auto, FP Manual. Number of channels 4 channels Group setting 3 groups Control panel Information WB setting, WB compensation notification, B/W mode notification, Record mode, Exposure mode, ISO sensitivity BKT notification, Flash mode, Drive mode, Recordable still image number, Storable number of images, Exposure compensation value, Metering mode, Activated AF points, Focusing mode Back light timer 8 sec. Super control panel Information Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value Flash compensation value bar, Flash compensation value, ALE notification, Flash compensation notification NR notification, BKT notification, AF illuminator deactivated notification, Color space, Flash mode ISO sensitivity, Drive mode, WB setting, WB compensation value, Picture mode, Metering mode, Focusing mode File name, Image parameter, Gradation, Date, Storable number of images, Record mode, Battery warning Playback mode Single-frame, Index (4/9/16/25 frames), Calendar, Close-up ( 2 - 14X), Slideshow, Picture rotation (auto mode available), Light box Information display Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight / Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information Languages Japan: Japanese, English
U.S: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Europe: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish
Others: English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean
Additional one language is possible to download.
Custom reset 2 setting recordable My mode 2 setting recordable Erasing function Single frame, All frames, Selected frames Protect function Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected) Copy between media Single frame, All frames, Selected frames RAW picture editing RAW development JPEG editing Resize (producing another file), Gradation auto Print function Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible) PC interface USB 2.0 High Speed for storage and camera control (MTP mode is available) Video connector Video out (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable) Flash attachment Hot shoe DC-in Yes (AC-1 compatible) Battery BLM-1 Li-ion battery (included)
CR123 x 3 with LBH-1
Sleep mode Available (1, 3, 5, 10 min., off selectable) No. of recordable pictures With 50% Flash Light - Approx. 610 shots (optical viewfinder) (with BLM-1 under CIPA testing standard) Power battery holder HLD-4 compatible Operating Temperature 0 - 40° (operation) / -20 - 60° (storage) Operating Humidity 30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage) Splash proof Yes Dimensions 5.6 in. (W) x 4.58 in. (H) x 2.9 in. (D /(142.5 mm (W) x 116.5 mm (H) x 74.5 mm (D) (excluding protrusions) Weight 1.79 lbs./810 g (body only)