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Olympus® E-3FAQ

Olympus E-3Digital Camera

Product number: 262010

Shipping Date: November 2007

Box Contents

Olympus E-3Digital Camera

Strap and Body Cap

USB 2.0 Cable (CB-USB4)

Video Cable (CB-VC1)

Eyecup (EP-7)

Lithium-ionRechargeable Battery(BLM-10)

Lithium-ionBattery Charger(BCM-2)

Quick Start Guide

Instruction Manual

CD-ROM:OLYMPUS Master® 2.0 software

Warranty Card



What are the main features of the E-3?

The E-3is Olympus’ flagship professional SLR digital camera. It features groundbreaking technological advances, including a Live View LCD monitor that can be swung out from the camera and swiveled 270 degrees; a powerful,10-megapixelLive MOS sensor; Olympus’ patented Supersonic Wave Filter (SSWF™)dust-reductionsystem, which makes it easy to change lenses anywhere without worrying about dust ruining a shot; the stunningly fast TruePic® III processor; and a2.5-inch,high-resolution,dual-axis,wide-angleHyperCrystal® screen for superior visibility (even in direct sunlight).

Of course, the E-3is alsoprecision-engineeredto work perfectly with Olympus' Zuiko® Digital Specific Lenses™ forpixel-perfect,edge-to-edgeclarity. When coupled with Zuiko Digital Supersonic Wave Drive (SWD™) lenses, theE-3attains unmatched AF speeds – and the fastest AF speed in the world with the ED12-60mm F2.8 – F4.0(24-120mm equivalent) SWD lens. (The AF speed of this lens, combined with theE-3,was measured duringin-housetesting by Olympus and is based on similar available lenses for digital SLR cameras as of Oct. 17, 2007.)

The E-3boasts Olympus' most advancedanti-blurtechnology to date: Sensor Shift Image Stabilization. The exclusive Supersonic Wave Drive (SWD) motors provide two modes of accurate,high-speedstabilization. One mode providesblur-freephotography for everyday situations such aslow-lightsettings. The other mode helps capture sharp images even while panning during action shots. This technology is built into the body of theE-3so it works with every lens, unlike legacy film technologies that are built into individual lenses.

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The magnesium-alloyframe and the seals around all controls and ports make theE-3a rugged camera and the only truly weatherproof DSLR available today. The11-pointbiaxial autofocus system provides numerous autofocus setup options and accurate autofocus inlow-lightsituations.

The built-inflash also serves as a control for the wireless,remote-controlledflash system, built around the optionalFL-50RandFL-36Raccessory flash units. The system enables camera control of up to three groups of individually programmed flashes.

The E-3is also fully compatible with the accessory flash systems developed around theE-1,so the equipment you may already be using can be used with theE-3.

The E-3’sbright optical viewfinder is the only one on a digital SLR that shows 100% of the image area with a 1.15X magnification. The interactive control panel on the LCD monitor and the numerous controls on the surface of the camera enable rapid management and selection of theE-3’sfeatures.

The E-3is bundled with OLYMPUS Master® software and a trial version of OLYMPUS Studio®, which enablescomputer-tetheredshooting and computer camera control.

The E-3features Live View. What is it, and how does it work?

The Live View feature provides the next generation of composition control in digital SLR photography. It allows the photographer to use the LCD monitor as a viewfinder to compose shots or to shoot while viewing an enlarged display on the monitor.

Can I preview the adjustments I make to camera settings on the Live View LCD monitor?

With LIVE VIEW BOOST set toOFF, while setting up a shot, changes you make to the Exposure Compensation setting are previewed on the Live View monitor so you can see their effects before shooting. The effects are previewed in all shooting modes, including those in which the camera automatically adjusts exposure and/or white balance.

With LIVE VIEW BOOST set toON, the camera automatically adjusts the brightness level and displays the subject on the monitor for easier confirmation. The effect of the exposure compensation adjustments will not be shown on the monitor.

The eyepiece shutter should be closed so that light entering through the viewfinder does not affect the exposure while shooting with Live View.

It is also possible to preview the effect of the Image Stabilizer on the LCD monitor while using Live View. Hold down the [IS] button to see the preview. While in that position, press the shutter button fully to take a picture. Release the [IS] button or hold it for several seconds to turn off the Image Stabilizer.

Note: WhenIMAGE STABILIZER is set toOFF, pressing and holding the [IS] button activates the image stabilizer inI.S. 1 mode.

What is the origin and meaning of the Supersonic Wave Filter (SSWF™)? Where does the dust go?

The filter is so named because it shakes dust off the image sensor by using supersonic wave vibrations. The dropped dust is affixed to a dust-collectioncomponent under the filter.

Is it necessary to clean or change the dust-collectioncomponents?

It is not necessary to clean or change the dust-collectioncomponents under normal use for several years. Thedust-collectionsystem can easily deal with the particles that are a result of thedust-reductionsystem. If the camera is used constantly in severe conditions, Olympus recommends that the camera body be sent to an authorized Olympus repair service center approximately at an interval of three to five years. As part of Olympus' camera service maintenance, thedust-collectioncomponents are replaced.

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What are the advantages of lenses that are designed specifically for digital camera use?

Although the small size of the individual pixels in CCD, CMOS, and Live MOS image sensors enables them to capture even more detail than film, the sensitivity of the sensor elements is highly directional. That is, they respond best to light that strikes the elements straight on. With lenses designed for use with film, the light rays passing through the periphery of the lens strike the image sensor at an angle, and this tends to degrade picture quality at the periphery of the image area.

On the other hand, lenses developed specifically for digital camera use are designed to match the imaging characteristics of CCD, CMOS and Live MOS sensors, ensuring high image quality at both the center and the periphery of the frame.

Is the E-3body splashproof?

The construction and design of the E-3features seals on all of the controls and ports and around the flash component, making theE-3body splashproof and dustproof. When used with Olympus Zuiko® Digital SuperHigh-GradeandHigh-Gradelenses, theE-3can be used safely in dust storms, rain and snow.

What are the purposes of the different record modes?

Record modes allow photographers to quickly and conveniently vary the quality settings used to capture and save images in-camera.While it is possible to always shoot at thehigher-qualitysettings and process the images into smaller file sizes later with a computer, it may be more convenient in some situations to use other than thehigher-qualitysettings. For example, it may be preferable to shoot using alower-qualitysetting when the shots are intended for use on the Internet, where small file size is more important than rich detail.

The E-3offers nine record modes, whose benefits are outlined below.

RAW: This is thehighest-qualityrecord mode available in theE-3,and it allows the photographer the most creative control inpost-production.Images are saved to the memory card from the camera sensor with minimal image processing. Factors such as white balance, sharpness, contrast and color are unchanged so they can be modified later on a computer. Some photographers prefer to shoot RAW all the time for all subjects, while others may shoot RAW in situations that pose complicated exposure problems, such as wedding photography.

Each camera manufacturer has its own version of RAW tailored to its cameras;

therefore, special software is required to process RAW files and convert them to other image file formats such as JPEG and TIFF. OLYMPUS Master® and OLYMPUS Studio® contain RAW processing and conversion software for the Olympus RAW format, which bears the file extension *.orf.Third-partyimaging software and operating systems may use RAWplug-insor upgrades to process Olympus RAW files. Without them, they would not be able to read RAW images from Olympus digital cameras. Most photo kiosks, printers and photo labs cannot read unconverted RAW images.

JPEG: Four record modes in theE-3create compressed JPEG image files. When the camera processes a captured JPEG image and saves it to the memory card, it uses algorithms to discard some of the data to make the file size smaller. The process of mathematically reducing a file’s size by discarding some of its data is calledcompression. The greater the compression ratio, the more data will be discarded and the smaller will be the file size. When the image is opened on a computer, the JPEG algorithms reconstruct the discarded data.

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The E-3allows the photographer the option to customize the four JPEG record modes by mixing and matching their quality settings. The factors that define a JPEG record mode are image size (determined by number of pixels) and compression ratio.

The table below shows all of the combinations of image size and compression ratio available in the E-3.

Customization of the quality settings is performed via the option, which is found in Custom Menu. The controls set image sizes as Large, Middle or Small. ThePIXEL COUNT menu item further customizes the Middle and Small image size settings by offering a choice of several dimensions.

Actual selection of the record modes is accomplished from the Super Control Panel, the Control Panel or the camera menu.

RAW+JPEG: Four record modes in theE-3save both a RAW and a JPEG image when a picture is taken. This can be advantageous when shots are intended for use in multiple media or when the medium in which the images will ultimately be published has not been determined.

The quality settings used to process the JPEGs in the RAW + JPEG record modes are tied to the quality settings defined for the four JPEG record modes. The first RAW + JPEG record mode uses the JPEG settings of the first registered JPEG record mode; the second RAW + JPEG mode uses the JPEG settings of the second registered JPEG mode; and so on. Changing the JPEG quality settings via the andPIXEL COUNT menus affects both a JPEG record mode and its RAW + JPEG pair.

Why isn’t there a TIFF Record Mode like in my other Olympus cameras?

TIFF files are very large files that take longer to write to the memory card and fill up the memory card more rapidly than RAW or JPEG files. A TIFF file in the E-3would be about 30 MB. It is more efficient to shoot in RAW and save the RAW conversion as a TIFF file using the OLYMPUS Master® or OLYMPUS Studio® applications.

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