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Camera Menus

As we've come to expect from Olympus, the E-PL3 offers a staggering array of options in its menu system. Ranging from the eminently useful to the head-scratchingly obscure, these choices are grouped fairly logically in a page-style interface.

The E-PL3's menus have been given a cosmetic makeover, with a much sleeker, refined appearance. In structure, however, they're almost identical to those on the E-PL2. In a welcome change, pressing the 'Info' button displays a little snippet of explanatory text that gives you a fighting chance of working out what each function does. The menu design helps you to keep track of exactly whereabouts you are among the myriad number of options. When you enter a top-level menu and select an item, it's highlighted and the background image goes slightly bokeh. To get to the screen where you can actually change settings for an item you can either press OK or the right edge of the 4-way controller.
Some menu items have a separate option selection screen, which looks like this... ...while the majority get drop-down sub-menus.

Shooting Menu 1

The Shooting Menu 1 is where you can format the SD card and create up to four user-defined presets. Access to picture modes, quality settings and aspect ratio are also available via live view screens.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Card setup  • All Erase
 • Format
 
Reset/Myset  • Reset
Basic
Full
 • Myset1
Set
Reset
 • Myset2
Set
Reset
 • Myset3
Set
Reset
 • Myset4
Set
Reset
Enables you to reset the camera back to factory defaults, or to set up four user-defined 'Myset' settings.
Picture Mode  • 1 i-Enhance
Contrast (-2 to +2)
Sharpness (-2 to +2)
Saturation (-2 to +2)
Gradation
Auto
Normal
High Key
Low Key
Effect (High, Standard, Low)
 • 2 Vivid
Cont. / Sharp. / Sat. / Grad.
 • 3 Natural
Cont. / Sharp. / Sat. / Grad.
 • 4 Muted
Cont. / Sharp. / Sat. / Grad.
 • 5 Portrait
Cont. / Sharp. / Sat. / Grad.
 • Monotone
Contrast
Sharpness
B+W Filter
Neutral
Yellow
Orange
Red
Green
Pict Tone
Neutral
Sepia
Blue
Purple
Green
Gradation
 • Custom
Mode /Cont / Sharp / Sat / Grad
 • ART1 Pop Art
2 Filter Types
5 Effects
 • ART2 Soft Focus
2 Effects
 • ART3 Grainy Film
2 Filter Types
3 Effects
 • ART4 Pin Hole
3 Filter Types
1 Effect
 • ART5 Diorama
 • ART6 Dramatic Tone
3 Effects
Select the color / tone response from five pre-programmed settings. Each can then be further tuned by setting contrast / sharpness / saturation (in 5 steps), and gradation.

Monotone mode also has options to simulate the effect of four colored filters and the ability to add four tints to the final image.

Art Filters are also available from the Picture Mode menu and can therefore be applied in all exposure modes. Many have a number of variants (or types), which can also be combined with a range of 'Effects' including frames and starburst.
Image size / quality  • Still Picture
RAW
Size/quality 1 JPEG
Size/quality 2 JPEG
Size/quality 3 JPEG
Size/quality 4 JPEG
RAW + Size/quality 1 JPEG
RAW + Size/quality 2 JPEG
RAW + Size/quality 3 JPEG
RAW + Size/quality 4 JPEG
• Movie
AVCHD FullHD Fine
AVCHD FullHD Normal
AVCHD HD Fine
AVCHD HD Normal
M-JPEG HD
M-JPEG SD
Selects the types of file written, including control over the image size and quality of JPEGs.

In RAW+JPEG mode the E-PL3 writes one JPEG and one ORF (raw) file.

The 4 JPEG Size/quality settings available for selection are configured in the Custom G menu.
Image aspect  • 4:3
 • 16:9
 • 3:2
 • 6:6
 • 3:4
 

Shooting Menu 2

In the Shooting Menu 2, you can access controls related to bracketing, drive mode, wireless flash, exposure compensation and image stabilization.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Drive mode  • Single
 • Continuous High*
 • Continuous Low*
 • 12 sec self-timer
 • 2 sec self-timer
 • 2 sec self-timer with anti-shock*
 • 12 sec self-timer with anti-shock*
 • Continuous Low with anti-shock*
 • Continuous High with anti-shock*
 • Single with anti-shock*
 
Image Stabilizer  • IS 1
 • IS 2
 • IS 3
 • IS OFF
Mode 1 applies stabilization in all directions. Mode 2 applies vertical stabilization only. Mode 3 applies horizontal stabilization only.
Bracketing  • AE BKT
2F / 0.3 EV
2F / 0.7 EV
2F / 1.0 EV
3F / 0.3 EV
3F / 0.7 EV
3F / 1.0 EV
5F / 0.3 EV
5F / 0.7 EV
5F / 1.0 EV
7F / 0.3 EV
7F / 0.7 EV
 • WB BKT
A-B
Off
3F / 2 Step
3F / 4 Step
3F / 6 Step
G-M
Off
3F / 2 Step
3F / 4 Step
3F / 6 Step
 • FL BKT
3F / 0.3 EV
3F / 0.7 EV
3F / 1.0 EV
 • ISO BKT
3F / 0.3 EV
3F / 0.7 EV
3F / 1.0 EV
 • ART BKT*
Off
On
Pop Art
Soft Focus
Pale & Light Color
Light Tone
Grainy Film
Pinhole
Diorama
Cross Process
Gentle Sepia
Dramatic Tone
i-Enhance
Vivid
Natural
Muted
Portrait
Monotone
Custom
Bracketing now includes the option of bracketing across as many Art Filters and Picture Modes as you please with a single press of the shutter button.
Multiple Exposure  • Frame
Off
2 frames
 • Auto Gain
On/Off
 • Overlay
On/Off
 
Flash Exposure Compensation  • +/-3 stops in 1/3 stop steps  
Flash RC Mode  • Off
 • On
 
Digital Tele-converter*  • Off
 • On
 

Playback menu

In addition to providing numerous parameters for slideshows, the Playback menu allows you to edit both Raw and JPEG output.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Slide show  • Start
 • BGM
Melancholy
Joy
Cool
Beat
Off
 • Effect*
Fade
Falling Photos
Photo Line
 • Slide
All
Still Picture
Movie
 • Slide Interval
2-10 sec
 • Movie Interval
Full
Short
Choose one of the specially commissioned background music tracks.
Edit • Sel. Image
RAW Data Edit
Yes/No
JPEG Edit
Shadow Adjust
Redeye Fix
Crop
Aspect
Black & White
Sepia
Saturation
Resize
e-Portrait
Voice annotation
No
Start
Erase

• Image overlay
2 Images Merge
3 Images Merge
Process the displayed image. Selecting a Raw image creates a JPEG using the current camera settings (White Balance, image size/quality etc.).

If the image is a JPEG, one of eight post-processing effects can be applied.

Image overlay allows multiple images to be combined. The images are selected then merged, with variable intensity.
DPOF Print Order  • Mark image
 • Mark ALL images
 
Reset Protect  • Yes
 • No
Removes 'protected' status from all images.
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Total comments: 2
mach37

Where and what is the "thumb dial" on the E-P3, that is missing on the E-PL3? I have seen this mentioned in a few other Olympus reviews, but I have not seen any dials on the PEN cameras except the single mode dial on the top.
And while on that subject, I see the PM1 is totally dial-less - has no mode dial at all, anywhere. I presume that function is covered in a menu on the LCD? I would have been satisfied with a PM1 except the mode dial seems much too handy to omit.

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Sults

The "thumb dial" on the E-P3 is the dial you see.
The other dial (like on other Olympus PEN-s) is the ring over the 4-way rear controller. See the Operations and controls section: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympusepl3/4

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