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PEN E-P3: A Whole New PEN

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3 comments for “PEN E-P3: A Whole New PEN”

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  1. […] blog posts that offered his thoughts on the new camera, along with images and video. The first, PEN E-P3: A Whole New PEN, includes a short biographical video of a professional climber. The second, Shooting in Low Light […]

    Posted by “Olympus Visionaries” Dickman, Isaac, Kinghorn and Wells travel the globe to capture amazing photographs | PMDA | September 8, 2011, 11:38 am
  2. Hi Jay,

    I’m considering buying this camera to shoot 4 minute wev segments for an online morning show. My only concern is the audio. We have a tight budget and this seems like an option, any thoughts?

    Posted by Michelle Madison | September 24, 2011, 6:15 pm
  3. Michelle, thanks for your comment. Your show looks like a lot of fun! I think the E-P3 would be a good choice for your 4-minute segments. However, like any of the dSLR or PEN-style cameras, the on-camera audio can be tricky to get good results from. It isn’t a problem with the technology as much as the microphone type and positioning. All cameras like this have omni-directional microphones, which pick up sound from almost any source in the room. (on-camera personality, background crowd, AC, etc). Secondly, the distance between the camera and the on-camera subject often makes it difficult to hear the on-camera talent.

    I think you’d be happiest using the E-P3 with a second audio system. This would allow you to use the camera in a wide range of shooting locations without having to be as concerned about background noise, AC-hum, etc. If you’re shooting in a semi-controlled environment (sound stage, quiet room) and you’ll be close to the camera, I think the audio would be just fine. The on-board audio system, for what it is, is very good quality. Like any tool, it’s important to know the strength and weaknesses so you aren’t surprised on a really critical shoot.

    I hope this helps answer your question. Please shoot me an email at jay at kinghornvisual dot com if you’d like to discuss the camera in greater detail.

    Posted by Jay | September 26, 2011, 10:58 am

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