Nevertheless, comparing it to the upcoming Sony NEX C3 should be interesting, as they are both in the EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens) camera category.
Olympus PEN EP3, a good micro 4/3 sensor already familiar to us
Tests show that the new Olympus EP3 provides measurements similar to the previous Olympus models. In spite of its good results, we still encountered some old problems:
Olympus PEN EP3 vs Olympus PEN EP2 vs Olympus PEN EPL2
Color sensitivity measurements vary slightly, and while this difference shouldn’t be noticeable on natural images, it is precisely this difference that explains the gaps between the DxOMark scores of the 3 models.
See the full comparison here: Olympus PEN EP3 vs Olympus PEN EP2 vs Olympus PEN EPL2
Olympus PEN EP3 vs Sony NEX C3
Now this is an interesting comparison: Olympus PEN EP3 vs Sony NEX C3.
At first sight, this comparison is rather unfair, as the Olympus sensor is smaller; however, as we said earlier, they are both EVIL cameras — a category of interchangeable-lens cameras that some photography enthusiasts and professionals rely on for every-day use to take everywhere, without the bulk and weight of DSLRs.
They are both EVIL cameras; what are their main differences?
The Olympus PEN EP3 and the Sony NEX C3 follow two different schools of industrial design. Sony prefers to use DSLR-sized sensors in its EVIL offerings, and therefore must also use DSLR-sized lenses. This gives the NEX series small bodies but rather big lenses.
The Olympus/Panasonic school or 4/3 format uses smaller sensors for consequently smaller camera bodies, which then require obviously smaller lenses. Keep these small camera/lens combinations in mind if size is a deal-breaker for your next camera.
Other interesting EVIL camera comparisons:
Compared to the high-end Fuji X100 compact camera:
Compared to the best high-end compacts available: