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- Jan Halvor Lie - Fantastic fun,but know what you buy first...The gameplay is fun, the characters are diverse, and the storyline is very immersive. Graphics are smooth and the effects look pretty darn cool. I've only gotten to level 10, but I foresee countless hours of fun ahead. Well worth the annual pass I signed up for to play WoW in any regard. I might be shelling out another $60 to buy my wife a copy so we can play together as well.
I understand the frustration of having to have an internet connection to play, if you aren't able to do that. It can be a bummer. It makes no difference to me, however. I like being able to play with my friends from WoW; I like that I could potentially make actual money in this game; I like that no one can cheat. If you're looking for a solely single-player game, D3 is not for you. Most of us who've paid any attention to this release knew that going in, though. I hear that the release wasn't very smooth. I wouldn't know. I was sleeping at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. I've never experienced a bug free release of a big online game. I don't think anyone has.
TL;DR: If you're looking for a fun game to play solo or with friends, with an immersive story and great gameplay, and you have a steady internet connection, D3 will not disappoint.
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- P. K. Frary "Gochugogi" - Vintage Vibe, Precision Build & Great Images!A handsome camera with a vintage vibe, the E-P3 harkens back to the Pen half-frame cameras of yesteryear. The Pens are about portability and, fitted with a pancake lens, slips into a coat pocket or purse. Albeit wee, it's beefy and feels like it was machined from a block of aluminum. The rubberized grip is thin, causing me to squeeze excessively, and leaves a couple fingers tangling. So I bought a larger grip, the Olympus MCG-2 BLK Camera Grip for Olympus E-P3 (Black), and it's more comfy and secure.
The E-P3 is packed with advanced features but DSLR users should find controls and functions intuitive. Novices can start in auto mode and learn as they go. Major functions have a dedicated button/dial and are labeled. Dedicated ISO and flash exposure compensation buttons are MIA but those functions can be assigned to the drive and function buttons. The upper input dial falls nicely under the thumb and is silky smooth. A little too smooth as inadvertently setting is easy. The lower dial is loose-as-a-goose too. The mode dial (top deck) has stiff click stops and is unlikely to accidentally move.
You have a choice of touchscreen or buttons/dials for most things. The touchscreen is as responsive as an iPhone but I prefer buttons and dials: faster, less fussy and can be operated without looking. The LCD can be turned off for time-lapse photography or use with an optical viewfinder. The menus aren't as organized as Canon's tabbed interface but is better than Panasonic. There is subject organization via 5 icons with most options available on a single screen. After initial set up, I rarely visit the menus as important features have physical controls.
The OLCD is sharp, bright and vivid. I prefer it over the LCDs on my GX1, 7D and 5D MKII. Not bright enough in blazing sunlight, but above average in visibility. It is integral to the body and doesn't tilt or swivel. If you need tilt, you can add an EVF (VF-2/VF-4) or consider a different model, e.g., E-PL5 or E-P5.
The E-P3 lacks an integral viewfinder and, being a "mirrorless" noob, I thought I could live with the LCD. It didn't work out that way. Luckily, you can add a bright line optical finder, VF-1 (17mm only) or an EVF: VF-2, VF-3 or VF-4. The EVFs tilt 90 degrees with full LCD graphics in your eyeball. A button deactivates the LCD while enabling the EVF. I rarely remove the VF-4 from my E-P3 as it is my preferred mode of shooting. Viewfinders are great when the LCD is difficult to see, e.g., bright light, or for stealth in dark venues. It also allows steadying the camera against the face, resulting in sharper images. For me, a viewfinder feels natural and precise.
I use an Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 (Silver) as my walk-around lens. And what a dream combo: AF is fast and surefooted, even in dim light, and the package is so petite I barely notice I'm carrying it. F1.8 combined with IBIS means steady shots in almost any situation. Exposures are accurate in most light but night scenes lean towards overexposure. Of course, it's easy to dial down night scenes with exposure compensation.
Images are sharp and richly nuanced when viewed on my 27" Cinema Display. JPEG quality is among the best I have seen, but I prefer RAW and tweaking "development" in Apple Aperture. Image quality is fine for an excellent 11x14 print. The GX1 bests my E-P3 with 23% more resolution but noise levels are about the same up to ISO 3200. I wouldn't hesitate using ISO 800 and ISO 1600 is surprising clean if you don't underexpose and apply noise reduction for skies and shadows. Beyond ISO 1600 is too noisy for me save for emergencies.
Battery performance trails far behind my 5D MK II but bests my GX1 by about 100 shots. You'll need a spare cell. Three hundred clicks and your'e done for. Using an EVF instead of the main LCD doesn't save much battery power.
The E-P3 uses BLS-5 and BLS-1 batteries. Although the Amazon description warns the Olympus BCS-5 Battery Charger is only for the BLS-5 battery, my BLS-1 battery charges perfectly in it as well. Likewise, the BLS-5 charges fine in my black BCS-1 charger. Why does Olympus say these batteries and chargers aren't compatible when they work fine together?
The E-P3 and E-P5 are the only Olympus M4/3 cameras with popup flash and why I choose the E-P3. External units are better, but one more thing to carry. The popup is great for fill and slow sync mode does a great job of blending flash and background light for a natural look. Oddly, AutoISO defaults to ISO 200 with flash no matter how dim ambient light is, so you need to set higher ISO manually to avoid blurry pics. Also, slow sync flash won't fire in normal light so you need to switch to forced fill-flash mode. These quirks make E-P3 flash more complicated than my other cameras and result in more menu surfing!
The tripod socket is centered under the lens but most quick release plates block the battery door. To avoid this problem, use a fitted or small Arca quick release plate with offset screw. The Acratech 2176 Quick Release Plate for Olympus EP1, EP2, EPL1 fits perfectly and has an anti-twist lip. If you're hardcore, buy a Really Right Stuff BOEP3 L-plate. Besides ease of tripod use, the L-plate makes this tiny camera easier to hang on to due to the extra grip area.
Olympus packs in-body stabilization (IBIS) into all its M4/3 cameras. Thus any lens benefits from stabilization. With the 17mm F/1.8, IBIS yields an additional 1 to 2 stops of slower hand held shutter speeds. My Panasonic 14-45 with OIS is a little better at 2-3 stops. While IBIS isn't as effective as OIS, I'm glad it's available for lenses lacking stabilization. Via menus, you can customize ISIB response for panning or for particular focal lengths. For example, IS3 is ideal for hand held video with lots of panning (avoids IBIS artifacts).
I really like this camera: confident and fast AF, near-DSLR image quality, great LCD, stylish design, excellent fit and finish and advanced features make it a great camera for coat pocket or messenger bag. I've owned the E-P3 for over two years, paying a premium out the gate. But the two years of enjoyment from this able camera was well worth it. Now it's on closeout for $199. The big question is whether or not the 12.3MP sensor offers enough resolution for your printing needs. If you don't print or rarely print larger than 11 x 14, I'm pretty sure the answer is yes.