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Olympus E3 Specs and Scores

Storage & Battery
Olympus E3
Refers to the year this camera was officially made available for sale.
Announcement Date
Refers to the date the manufacturer publicly announced the upcoming release and general specs of this camera.
October 16, 2007
Camera Type
Camera Size
Camera Weight

The Olympus E3 earns a score of 46/100 for its general specifications. Launched in 2007 with a price of $1300, this DSLR camera measures 142 x 116 x 75mm and weighs 890g (1.96lbs). While these specs were competitive at the time, they may not hold up well in today’s market, considering the advancements in camera technology over the years. Despite this, the Olympus E3 remains a reliable choice for those seeking a solid DSLR camera from that era.

Olympus E3 Overview and Optics

The Olympus E3 receives an optics score of 46/100. With a 10.1-megapixel resolution, the camera captures images at a shooting speed of 5 frames per second. Its Live MOS sensor, combined with the TruePic III processor, achieves a DXOMARK score of 56. The camera utilizes a Micro Four Thirds sensor size and a Micro 4/3 lens mount, providing compatibility with various lenses.

In today’s market, the Olympus E3’s specifications may not be the most impressive, as newer cameras offer higher resolutions and faster shooting speeds. However, the E3 includes image stabilization and a 4:3 aspect ratio, which are still valuable features for photographers.

Despite its age, the Olympus E3 maintains some desirable features, but it falls short when compared to newer models. It remains a reliable choice for those seeking a straightforward camera with essential capabilities.

The higher the number of megapixels, the more detail the cameras sensor can capture.
10.1 MP
Image Resolution
Image resolution is measured in pixels and megapixels, width by height. The higher the number, the higher its resolution.
3648 x 2736 px
Sensor Type
The camera sensor captures light and records the image. Sensors vary in physical size, the number of pixels, and quality.
Live MOS
Sensor Size
The sensor size contributes to the overall quality as well as the dynamic and tonal range a camera can capture. As a rule of thumb, the more surface there is to read the light, the more information it will capture.
13 x 17 mm
Sensor Format
Refers to the most commonly used sensor sizes.
Micro Four Thirds
Frame Rate
The number of sequential frames per second the camera can write to the memory card when shooting in burst or continuous mode.
5 fps
Lens Mount
The lens mount will tell you what type of lens range you can fit onto the camera body. Often the same camera company will have different lens ranges for different cameras.
Micro 4/3
Image Processor
The image processor in the camera converts the information collected on the sensor for digital storage on the memory card.
TruePic III
Aspect Ratio
The aspect ratio refers to the proportional difference between width and height. The most popular aspect ratios are 3:2 and 4:3.
Minimum ISO (Native)
Refers to the lowest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Lower ISO are less sensitive to light but make a cleaner image.
Maximum ISO (Native)
Refers to the highest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Higher ISO is necessary for low-light situations or night photography, but higher ISOs often introduce grain or noise.
Minimum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Maximum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Minimum Shutter Speed
The minimum shutter speed will tell you the longest exposure your camera can take without using an external accessory.
60 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
The maximum shutter speed tells you the length inside 1 second the camera will capture. These can sometimes be extended with accessories such as extra external batteries.
1/ 8000 s
Autofocus Points
Autofocus points show where the camera is focusing graphically as squares or brackets in Live View or on an electronic viewfinder. These points are also used for light meter readings.
In-body Stabilization
In-body Stabilization means the camera has a certain technology embedded that counteracts camera shake.
Viewfinder Type
The viewfinder type is either electronic or optical. Electronic viewfinders will have a small screen in the viewfinder. Optical viewfinders will use prisms and mirrors to look through the lens.
Optical (pentaprism)

Olympus E3 Video Performance

The Olympus E3 lacks video capabilities. Unlike most cameras, it does not have any options for recording video. This camera focuses solely on photography.

Indicates if this camera is capable of recording video.
Time-Lapse Built In
A built in time-lapse mode will allow continuous shooting throughout a prolonged period of time to be compressed into a sped up video.

Olympus E3 Features and Benefits

The Olympus E3 receives a feature score of 43 out of 100, which may seem low when compared to modern cameras. The screen size is a modest 2.5 inches with a resolution of 230,000 dots, lacking a touchscreen. However, it does have a flip screen, which can be useful for different shooting angles.

In today’s market, the Olympus E3 falls short in terms of connectivity. It does not have GPS, WIFI, or Bluetooth capabilities. These features are now common in most cameras and allow for easy sharing of photos and geotagging.

Taking all the specifications into account, the Olympus E3 is a camera that has some useful features, such as the flip screen, but lacks many of the modern conveniences that photographers have come to expect. It may not be the ideal choice for those looking for a camera with the latest technology and high-quality connectivity options.

Built-in Flash
A built-in flash will often be positioned right above the lens. This will automatically pop up when you activate it.
External Flash
External flashes are often connected through a hot shoe at the top of a camera, or a cable at the side of the camera.
GPS features in a camera will include location metadata to each of your photographs.
Weather Sealing
Weather sealing capabilities will give you more confidence when shooting in unfavourable conditions.
Screen Type
Touch Screen
Touchscreen allows you to change camera settings and access menus with a swipe of your finger, instead of using buttons.
Screen Size
Screen Resolution
Screen dots indicate the resolution of the LCD screen by including each sub pixel.
230,000 dots
Flip Screen
A flip screen (or articulating screen) is a second screen which can flip out from the side or top of the camera. This rotating screen allows you more freedom to take photos at different angles.
Live View
Live View feature allows you to see a continuous live video of what is being seen through your lens.
Bluetooth capabilities allow you wireless control of your camera with other external devices.

Olympus E3 Storage and Battery

The Olympus E3 scores a 63/100 in storage and battery. This camera has two memory card slots, accepting Compact Flash (Type I or II) and xD Picture Cards. The battery life allows for 610 shots, powered by a BLM-1 battery. However, the E3 does not support USB charging.

In today’s market, the Olympus E3’s storage and battery capabilities are decent but not outstanding. Many modern cameras offer longer battery life, USB charging, and compatibility with more memory card types. Despite these shortcomings, the E3 remains a reliable choice for those who prioritize other features and functionality.

Storage and Battery
Storage and Battery
Memory Card
Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card
Dual Memory Card Slots
Battery Type
Battery Life
Approximately how long this cameras battery will last measured by how many photographs you will be able to take.
610 shots
USB Charging
Sensor scores tested by DXOMARK
Overall Score
DXOMARK overall sensor score.
Portrait (Color Depth)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Portrait score in our camera sensor reviews defines color depth performance and its unit is a number of bits. A color depth of 22 bits is excellent; differences below 1 bit are barely noticeable.'
21.6 bits
Landscape (Dynamic Range)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Landscape score in our camera sensor tests defines the maximum dynamic range of the camera sensor and its unit is an exposure value (EV). A value of 12 EV is excellent with differences below 0.5 EV usually not noticeable.'
10.5 EVs
Sports (Low-Light ISO)
Described by DXOMARK as 'The maximal value of ISO sensitivity needed to reach a given value of Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR). The greater the value, the better'
User Scores
B&H photo video
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