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Olympus E-3 audio comparison

Hear what our review E-3 sounds like - and compare it to the sounds of an E-1 and E-510

Update! We now have a second clip below which compares the E-3 with a Sony Alpha A700 and a Pentax istDL.

Tell us what you think of our video clip! See below.

By popular request, we have produced a video clip of Yours Truly clicking away with our pre-production Olympus E-3 so you can hear what it sounds like. For comparison purposes, we've included an E-1 and an E-510 at work too.

All three cameras were fitted with the same Olympus Digital Zuiko 14-54 lens in order to equalise the sound-damping effects that a lens might have. Naturally, we don't have a sound-proofed studio and the video camera and sound recording - actually a Kodak EasyShare V1253 compact digital stills camera (it has a good quality movie mode with stereo mics) - were rather simple, but the result is not bad.

I'd say that the high frequency end of the audio spectrum comes across more than the lower end, so you can hear more of of the 'clack' than you really would in reality, but it's all relative.

And now, just added, a new video, slightly improved quality, featuring the E-3, Sony Alpha A700, and a Pentax istDL:

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Olympus E-3 audio comparison

Four Thirds User editorial team Olympus E-3 audio comparison
Want to see an Olympus E-3 in action - and hear it at work? Watch our short video and compare its au... (more)

Den Re: Olympus E-3 audio comparison
My E-1 started sounding vastly different after about 25000 shots or so (I have a newer one for direc... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-3 audio comparison
The E-3 sound is more solid and less metallic than a Canon 30D or a Sony A7 - believe me :) Bu... (more)

Hans Re: Olympus E-3 audio comparison
Oh, no! :eek: I hope it doesn't sound that bad...sounds like my Bronica ETRS...clack! Thanks for pu... (more)

jonr Re: Olympus E-3 audio comparison
E-1 still has the most "sensual" sound. :) E-3 seems to be inbetween of the E-1 and E-510... I hated... (more)

dsr1 Re: Olympus E-3 audio comparison
I'm thinking of changing to a DSLR. I shoot a lot of continuous shots at the ballet witl my V-LUX 1.... (more)

river5 Re: Olympus E-3 audio comparison
Is there a way to show us the E3 viewfinder Ian?... (more)

giorgosmit Re: Olympus E-3 audio comparison
Well, the E-3's sound is much less invasive than my E-500, which always reminded me of some pneumati... (more)

giorgosmit Re: Olympus E-3 audio comparison
Well, the new digital SLRs have it much easier. An uncle of mine has a 30-year old Nikon FM (a FINE ... (more)

zijon Re: Olympus E-3 audio comparison
It's a matter of taste. But I like the sound of E-3. It's a kind of classical SLR sound - short,... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-3 audio comparison
Honestly, the E-3 sound is refined in it's own way, just not as refined as the E-3. Having top op... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-3 audio comparison
I often use an E-510 at seminars to photograph powerpoint projections (promises of a copy of the ... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-3 audio comparison
Working on it :) Ian... (more)

Hans Re: Olympus E-3 audio comparison
Hopefully it won't get up a flock of geese at 100 yds! I guess I was surprised that with all the hy... (more)

Ian Re: Olympus E-3 audio comparison
Yes, I commented in the article page that the characteristics of the mic weren't picking up enoug... (more)

Ian Re: Second video clip added comparing E-3 with Sony A700 and Pentax istDL
There is another clip in the featuring the E-3 being audibly compared with the Sony A700 and Pentax ... (more)

KentuckyRanger Re: Olympus E-3 audio comparison
I've always been impressed with my E-3 and the sound is very unobtrusive, especially wen shooting we... (more)