The 11.8-megapixel Olympus E-3 replaces the E-1 as Olympus's range-topping 'professional standard' digital SLR.

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Olympus E-3

Overall score:90%
Image Quality:90%


  • Build, interface, stabilisation, detail, LCD screen.


  • Slowish frame rate, noise at high ISO.


Olympus E-3 Review


Price as reviewed:


Value For Money

Priced About Right

At its body-only RRP of £1,100 the E-3 is perfectly placed between the Nikon D300 and the Sony Alpha 700, and has plenty in common with both. Its build quality and feature set match its price, and I’m sure that within a few months the price will drop so that it offers better value for money. But even as it stands, the price is pitched about right for a model of this quality. Incidentally, when bought as a kit with the 14-54mm lens, the package retails for £1,499, while another kit option with the new 12-60mm SWD lens is priced at £1,699.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features: Page 1
  3. 3. Features: Page 2
  4. 4. Handling & Performance: Page 1
  5. 5. Handling & Performance: Page 2
  6. 6. Image Quality
  7. 7. Value For Money
  8. 8. Verdict
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