Olympus PEN E-PL3

Announced Jun 30, 2011 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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Announced Jun 30, 2011
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The 12.3MP PEN E-PL3 combines a small physical size with a lots of external control points in a stylish, attractive body. Among the traits it inherits from its predecessor, the E-PL2, are in-camera raw conversion, a nice selection of art filters and of course Olympus' eminently customizable camera and menu options. Welcome additions range from the cosmetic, in the form of a more contemporary menu design, to the functional, with a tilting rear LCD screen, AF assist lamp and Full HD video capture.

The E-PL3's now ageing Micro Four Thirds 12MP sensor is capable of very good low ISO output in both JPEG and Raw mode. The competition has not remained still, however, and we are seeing rival cameras with higher resolution sensors and superior noise performance at high ISOs. When evaluating images you'd be hard-pressed to find any significant quality advantage over the E-PL2.

Quick specs
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4032 x 3024
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto (200 - 1600), 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length mult. 2×
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Min shutter speed 60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 313 g (0.69 lb / 11.04 oz)
Dimensions 110 x 64 x 37 mm (4.33 x 2.52 x 1.46)
GPS None

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Our review

The Olympus E-PL3 offers ample external control points, a tilting LCD screen, and fast AF performance along with high image quality in a small, stylish package. Although the complexity of the menu system may require an initial learning curve for new users, the E-PL3 is a pleasant-handling and very well-specified camera that can capture excellent images with a minimum of fuss.

Good for: Compact-camera users looking to upgrade to vastly improved image quality and easy access to manual controls

Not so good for: Sports or fast action shooters who demand precise AF tracking and DSLR enthusiasts who prefer the solid feel of a hand grip

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