Olympus PEN E-PL3

Last Updated (23 July’13):
- Review & Sample Photos @ TechRadar

Olympus PEN E-PL3 is a new compact camera which has a 12.3 megapixel Live MOS images sensor which is created to maximize the performance of all m.Zuiko digital lenses in any shooting situation. It also has features Full 1080i HD video recording, High sensitivity ISO up to 12800, new TruePic VI Image Processor, NEW 3D SHOOTING, and comes with a 3-inch tilt LCD monitor with high resolution up to 460.000 dots for easy viewing your images and movies. The camera measures (W x H x D) 109.5 x 63.7 x 37.3 mm with weight Approx. 313 g (including battery and memory card). It sold with price of $399.00 at Amazon online store.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Expert Reviews

Olympus PEN E-PL3 Reviews

Techradar reviews the Olympus PEN E-PL3 and writes;
“It’s beautifully engineered, stylish and puts in a blisteringly quick performance. As a compact system camera in its own right, we have to say it offers one of the best user experiences we’ve encountered to date, and as such we’d happily recommend it to a budding enthusiast in search of lightweight alternative to an entry-level DSLR.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Cameralabs reviews the Olympus PEN E-PL3 and writes;
“The Pen E-PL3 shares most of the E-P3′s strengths: excellent image quality, fast performance, 1080i AVCHD video and huge potential for customisation all in a smaller body with fewer controls and a flip-up LCD screen.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photographyblog reviews the Olympus PEN E-PL3 and writes;
“OK, so results aren’t going to challenge the average DSLR in terms of sharpness and clarity of detail, but for most they will certainly be good enough, especially with a tweak for brightness and contrast, which after all can be achieved in camera in Live Guide mode.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Trustedreviews reviews the Olympus PEN E-PL3 and writes;
“In use we found the Zuiko 14-42mm to deliver good edge-to-edge sharpness. If you’re shooting JPEGs then the amount of sharpening can be fine-tuned via the E-PL3’s Picture Mode customisation options, but used on a 0 or 1 setting the EP-3 produces crisp but lifelike images, free from haloing and other undesirable by-products of over-sharpening.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Expertreviews reviews the Olympus PEN E-PL3 and writes;
“image quality was excellent, with sharp focus and impressively low noise – lower than from the GF3 and J1, although not quite up to the NEX-5N’s standards. Noise reduction was relatively mild, and while this resulted in grainy shadows at fast ISO speeds, it also retained plenty of detail.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Digitaltrends reviews the Olympus PEN E-PL3 and writes;
“it’s much bigger than that of any point-and-shoot, and why you get photo quality that sits somewhere in between. But just to be clear, in that in-between area, the E-PL3’s results definitely edge toward DSLR image quality rather than point-and-shoot.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Engadget reviews the Olympus PEN E-PL3 and writes;
“At $700 (with the same 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 lens that’s bundled with the E-P3), the E-PL3 comes off a full $200 cheaper than its bulkier brother.”
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Imaging-resource reviews the Olympus PEN E-PL3 and writes;
“The Olympus E-PL3′s full-autofocus shutter lag in single-area AF mode (center AF position) was only 0.241 second with the 14-42mm II R kit lens. That’s almost as fast as the typical SLR these days. In 35-point “All Targets” AF mode, this time increased to 0.290 second, which is still quite fast, especially for a contrast-detection system. “
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PCMAG reviews the Olympus PEN E-PL3 and writes;
“I tested the E-PL3’s kit lens at 14mm, 28mm, and 42mm: the wide, middle, and telephoto end of its zoom range. It fared the best at its widest, recording 2,185 lines per picture height. A score of 1,800 is considered to be a sharp image, showing that the lens performs quite well at this focal length.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET reviews the Olympus PEN E-PL3 and writes;
“Exposure and color are quite good regardless of format, though. Dynamic range is better in the shadows than the highlights–I had trouble recovering some blown-out detail–but it’s still pretty good overall.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Ephotozine reviews the Olympus PEN E-PL3 and writes;
“Image quality of the Olympus PEN E-PL3 is excellent with excellent detail from the 12 megapixel sensor, with low noise and great colour. The PEN Lite E-PL3 is a compact Micro Four Thirds camera that hasn’t compromised on controls, and gives you a mode dial and 4 customisable buttons!”
Rating: ★★★★½

PCWorld reviews the Olympus PEN E-PL3 and writes;
“Images are captured clearly when there is no movement in the camera, and the autofocus while shooting videos is good, but if you move the camera even slightly, the image will wobble.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Olympus PEN E-PL3 and writes;
“With so much else going for it, including the improved AVCHD-able movie mode with full manual exposure control, and decent image quality at the lower ISO settings, the E-PL3 is among the better-equipped Compact System Cameras out there.”
Rating: ★★★★½

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Olympus PEN E-PL3 Sample Photos

- Olympus PEN E-PL3 Sample Photos @ Flickr.com

- Olympus PEN E-PL3 Sample Photos @ Techradar.com

- Olympus PEN E-PL3 Sample Photos @ Cameralabs.com

- Olympus PEN E-PL3 Sample Photos @ Photographyblog.com

- Olympus PEN E-PL3 Sample Photos @ Trustedreviews.com

- Olympus PEN E-PL3 Sample Photos @ Engadget.com

- Olympus PEN E-PL3 Sample Photos @ Imaging-resource.com

- Olympus PEN E-PL3 Sample Photos @ CNET.com

- Olympus PEN E-PL3 Sample Photos @ Ephotozine.com

- Olympus PEN E-PL3 Sample Photos @ Whatdigitalcamera.com


Olympus PEN E-PL3 User Manual (PDF)

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Olympus PEN E-PL3 Features

Expert Images Quality

With a 12.3 megapixel Live MOS images sensor, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 is able to maximize the performance of all m.Zuiko digital lenses in any shooting situations to produce beautiful images. It also offers an image stabilization technology on the camera body to reduce the blurring images, so the images result more clear and sharp than ever. The camera comes with a new TruePic VI Image Processor which is designed to improve color reproduction (especially colors such as emerald green, yellow, and gold) and color gradation.


In addition, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 equipped with a Face Detection AF which offers an “Eye Detect AF” that adjusts focus automatically on the subject’s eyes during portrait shooting. It also offers a new FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System to provide an incredible focus speed which allows you take up to 5fps and offers 35 separate focus points.

Full HD Recording

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 lets you to record up to 29 minutes of 1080 60i HD video with stereo sound which can be saved in AVCHD or AVI formats. When shooting the photos or videos, you can use an Art Filters features of the camera to provides art effects of each your photos and video. The camera also lets you capture 3D images that can be saved in .MPO file which lets you easy to share them on 3D televisions or laptops.


Ease of Use

The camera has a 3.0-inch tilting widescreen LCD which offers high resolution up to 460.000 dots lets you get flexible with your photography. With an iAuto technology, the camera automatically identifies the scene of each shooting like portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport then adjusts the setting of the scenes to optimize results.

Additionally, the on-screen graphics have been improved with a sleeker font design and an automatic pop-up guide in the menu screen for easy operation. The camera also equipped with an optional PP-1 PENPAL® or Eye-Fi™ card for upload or email images directly from your camera without cables or a computer.

Additional Features

+ AF Illuminator
+ Increased ISO sensitivity to 12,800
+ Attachable Flash Included
+ Dust Reduction System
+ ePortrait Mode
+ Shadow Adjustment Technology


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See also: Compact System Cameras | Digital Camera | Olympus

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