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Overall, we found the Olympus P3 to offer a reasonably capable video mode, although pros will find the lack of audio and framerate controls too limiting, and we unfortunately experienced some issues with image stabilization (detailed below) that will likely cause videographers to simply disable this function altogether.

High-definition video capture has become ubiquitous in the latest generation of interchangeable-lens cameras, and essentially all the major manufacturers now provide some form of video capture in their compact system cameras. The most significant changes since the earlier E-P2 model are the addition of Full HD video capture, AVCHD compression, and a dedicated Movie recording button, all worthwhile changes that make video capture with the P3 a more attractive proposition. As the flagship PEN-series camera, the Olympus P3 includes some more advanced features such as full manual exposure control and optional external microphone support, along with consumer-friendly options such as full-time autofocus and pre-capture video filters. Although it does lack audio levels control, built-in microphone connectivity, and the fine-grained control over framerates that are sometimes found on competing models, most non-professional videographers likely won't notice the absence of these features. The absence of a wind cut filter is likely of more significance to consumer users, although use of an external mic with what's commonly called a "dead cat" wind shield would resolve this.

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  • Hi Steve!

    I’ve been looking at getting a mirrorless camera recently and it’d be great if i could get some advise on the following cameras (under US$1000).

    I am currently considering, for cameras with interchangable lens, the Panasonic Gx1, Olympus-PL3 and Olympus P3. Didn’t see any reviews for the first two on your site but am hoping you’d be able to help me a little in my decision. I’ve read that Oly-PL and the Oly-PL3 are pretty similar just that the latter is more compact and has the flip-out LCD screen which i do like very much for i am quite short haha. I am not looking to shoot in very low light conditions or very high speed (maybe just my cats moving about), but i’d love a camera with more vibrant colours. Would Panasonic or Olympus produce better images and colour? And which has better lenses?

    As for cameras with no interchangable lens but with zoom, the Fuji x-10 caught my eye cause of the view finder, the pretty looks and the colours i saw in your review of it. Also, the Canon G1X (Would you be doing a review about it?) cause of the rugged exterior, the big sensor in a small body, everything that people who love it rave about except for the slow Autofocus. Is the autofocus rate on it really that slow, unsuitable for capturing images even on the street or is it about the same as the Fuji x-10? If so, which is awesomer?!

    I’ve been reading some of your reviews and they are the best i’ve read so far and all your photos are so beautiful they make me want to buy all the cameras you review but that’s impossible so i’m hoping you can help me out. Thanks in advance!

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  • Olympus E-P3 Review - E-P3 Overview - Imaging Resource

    At the end of the day, though, the most important questions with any camera are twofold. Does it take good pictures, and is it fun to shoot with? The answer to both questions is "Yes". While it doesn't quite match up to its APS-C sensor-based rivals in terms of high ISO and dynamic range performance, overall the E-P3 yields good, sharp images with accurate color. It also handles quite well, catering to different hand sizes with a choice of interchangeable grips, and providing a good selection of external controls that reduce the need to visit the menu system. The fast AF and minimal shutter lag are a combination that really make the P3 a pleasure to shoot with. If you shoot a lot of handheld video, you'll want to be aware of the strange jello effect we found when image stabilization was enabled, but if you shoot predominantly stills or tripod-mounted video--and we suspect there are still plenty of us who still do--then you'll very likely enjoy shooting with the Olympus P3. That slight proviso about video stabilization aside, the Olympus E-P3 is a pretty clear .

    At the end of the day, though, the most important questions with any camera are twofold. Does it take good pictures, and is it fun to shoot with? The answer to both questions is "Yes". While it doesn't quite match up to its APS-C sensor-based rivals in terms of high ISO and dynamic range performance, overall the E-P3 yields good, sharp images with accurate color. It also handles quite well, catering to different hand sizes with a choice of interchangeable grips, and providing a good selection of external controls that reduce the need to visit the menu system. The fast AF and minimal shutter lag are a combination that really make the P3 a pleasure to shoot with. If you shoot a lot of handheld video, you'll want to be aware of the strange jello effect we found when image stabilization was enabled, but if you shoot predominantly stills or tripod-mounted video--and we suspect there are still plenty of us who still do--then you'll very likely enjoy shooting with the Olympus P3. That slight proviso about video stabilization aside, the Olympus E-P3 is a pretty clear .