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Familiar design

Optional grip

Familiar controls, OLED display


Mode dial

With the chrome accents, the E-P3 looks a lot like the older E-PL1, at the size of the E-PL2. This time around, Olympus built in a pop-up flash. Olympus also took the opportunity to redesign all its lenses, adding touches like a cover for what used to be an exposed bayonet mount on the front.
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In the box is a shallow grip that screws on the camera body, for people who find the flat front unfriendly. There's also an optional bigger grip for when you're shooting with more-unwieldy lenses.
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The highlight of the E-P3 is the 3-inch OLED LCD, which you can set to display natural or vivid color. It's also a touch screen; although most of the interface uses direct-access controls, it enables conveniences like touch shutter. Plus, the simplified Live Guide mode operates entirely via the screen.
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Here you can see the big screw that attaches the optional grip to the body.
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The top controls are pretty simple: a basic mode dial and programmable function button. Though there's a movie option on the mode dial, you don't need to be in the mode to shoot video. Similarly, the art filters are available via the quick menus on the screen, so you don't have to use the dedicated mode.
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