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Digital Rev TV's E-P3 Hands-on Review

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by taz98spin, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. taz98spin

    taz98spin Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 13, 2011
    NYC
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  2. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Thanks for sharing!! Kai is getting a little long in his reviews, and drifts to pointless in the middle, but he still does some nice demoing of shooting on the street.

    A really good view and feel of the actual AF speed. It looks very nice. I've got a pre-order on everything new right now, and I was thinking of canceling my pre-order on the EP3 (and go with the EPL3 instead). Now I'm confused again!
     
  3. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    I love the Pentax:eek:strip attached to the OLY Ep-3:rofl:
     
  4. KS11

    KS11 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 31, 2011
    Busan/Hong Kong
    digitalrev is the only camera review channel i ever catch, kind of reminiscent of bbc's top gear (which i think that's the image they are going for anyways)

    irrelevant, biased, silly, but entertaining. the previous review of the nex c3 was also interesting.
     
  5. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Did you mean irreverent instead of irrelevant ;)
     
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  6. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    I have to say Kai is my favorite...

    I always enjoy his stroll about's with the camera. Maybe a little long winded in the middle as WT21 points out, but I really don't mind.

    Alan
     
  7. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Houston
    Muttley
    IF all the top right side buttons on the EPL3 are fully customizable, the EPL3 is the way to go for me. The swivel LCD is a major asset for sneaky street photography.
     
  8. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    You're right Armanius, the tilt LCD is sweet, sweet, sweet. I really like the thumbwheel on the EP1, though. And the nicer OLD LCD on the EP3 seems great. Luckily, these things aren't all coming at once!

    12mm, then the EP3, then the 45mm, then the EPL3. I'm going to be trying each as the come, and deciding what stays/goes. But I'm starting to wonder if I don't want white bodies instead of the silver. The white looks pretty nice...
     
  9. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Hi Alan,

    I agree especially that out of the youtube/video set, Kai is king. No ones even close. But I do like SLRGear and even DPR's write ups for their comprehensiveness. Still, Kai is entertaining and somewhat informative. Always worth a click and watch.
     
  10. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Houston
    Muttley
    White!!! Too bad they don't make white lenses as well!
     
  11. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    I'd decided on the EPL3 but I gotta say the touchscreen on the EP3 looks rather enticing. I think if you're holding the camera in front of you at about chest level and looking at it without a finger near the shutter button, and use the touchscreen to trigger the AF and exposure, that could be plenty discrete. Although having the touchscreen on a tilt screen would be the best of all worlds, that one is at least another generation away. And I think the touchscreen could be just as effective for discrete street shooting. I had a touchscreen on the GH2 and never liked it, but this one looks a good deal more sensitive to touch, rather than requiring a press...

    I'm gonna be real interested in how loud these shutters are. The X100 is dead silent and the Nex sounds a bit like the slamming of a very small door. I know the EPL3 has a new shutter and the EP3 uses the same shutter they've been using - I wonder if one is quieter than the other.

    That video, in addition to being very entertaining, gives me something to think about.

    -Ray
     
  12. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    I get your point, meaning Olympus
    but does the G2 not do that already?
     
  13. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Yeah it does. As does the GH2 - I had one until a few days ago. But I never liked either the fold OUT screen of the G-series cameras (much prefer the simpler tilt UP screen of the Nex and EPL3) and I never liked the touchscreen on the GH2 either. It required a real press and I found it kind of finicky. Everything I've read about the Oly implementation is that its truly touch sensitive rather than press-sensitive, which could make a big difference. Hard to say for sure, I might not like the Oly version either, in which case I should clearly just get the EPL3, but I have a feeling I'm gonna have to at least check out an EP3 and see how it feels in use.

    -Ray
     
  14. starlabs

    starlabs Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    The Panasonic touch screens are resistive - meaning pressure is required to use them. Slightly harder to touch activate them by accident, but the big plus is if you're wearing gloves (say, rough outdoor conditions); they'll still work.

    The touchscreen on the E-P3 is capacitive, meaning a light touch is all that is needed to activate, similar to the iPhone. The one on the E-P3 doesn't seem to be multi-touch though.
     
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  15. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Yes it does.

    ...I agree with Ray however I'm not a big fan of the touch screen implementation on the G2. It's not like the touch screen on the iPhone or iPad which has really become the gold standard of what we expect in a touch screen (even Kai mentions that the E-P3's touch screen isn't like the iPhone). Then again I'm not sure I want a touch screen on my camera at all. The holding of the camera at arms length has always felt clumsy to me. Now, I LOVE the G2's rotating LCD. I don't think I'd trade it for a NEX style flip up. Everyone is different though so I can see what some might prefer it.
     
  16. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Good video. I find him amusing, but I really like seeing him try to shoot with the camera and then the results. I have mixed feelings about the touch screen. The single touch focus-and-fire looks really fast, but I know from my iPod touch that I can be a bit fumble fingered. Like Kai, I think I'd actually miss the target and hit the background. Still, it looks like it has really fast response and that's almost everything in a street camera.
     
  17. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    A couple of things I noticed...

    Seems to display the picture pretty quick after taking it...

    The OLED looks like it has a wide viewing angle...
     
  18. emoslaughter

    emoslaughter Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 9, 2011
    Cleveland Ohio
    Douglas French
    I love Digital Rev and I loved this! I want an E-P3 soooo bad! Being an adult with bills sucks. Perhaps after some price drops.
     
  19. taz98spin

    taz98spin Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 13, 2011
    NYC
    I totally agree.. If it weren't for the bills, I would totally have jumped on the pre-order for the E-P3!! :frown:
     
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  20. mach330

    mach330 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 19, 2011
    The OC
    Love this guy as well. very entertaining.