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Olympus PEN E-PL3
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Olympus PEN E-PL3 Digital Camera

MILC 12.3MP 3x May 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
- Metal body- Extreme fast high-speed contrast AF- Lightweight and compact size for high portability- Newly developed 12.3 MP high speed Live MOS sensor with wide dynamic range- 7,6cm/3" tiltable... More
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25 Reasons For

Good Brand

We checked 1,701 user and expert reviews for Olympus cameras and found that on average Olympus has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Olympus has good ratings specifically within its MILC digital cameras range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on digital cameras of this spec and age.

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4/3"" Optical Sensor Size

The PEN E-PL3 has a maximum optical sensor size of 4/3"". That's over three times the optical sensor size of a 1/2.3"" digital camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. 17.30 x 13.00mm.

This digital camera's optical sensor size (4/3"") is actually the best optical sensor size amongst all cameras of this type and age.

A 1/4"" optical sensor size is the worst optical sensor size across similar types of digital camera.

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3D Compatible

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 is 3D compatible. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PL3 are not 3D compatible.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 3D compatible digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3[plb_1869201_price], or the Samsung NX200[plb_1494658_price].

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The PEN E-PL3 supports video recording, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age which do not support video recording.

We compared all the other cameras which support video recording to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony NEX-7[plb_1612397_price], and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3[plb_1869201_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

The PEN E-PL3 has a built-in flash. Most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3[plb_1815297_price], or the Samsung NX Mini NXF1[plb_2266348_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

Like most of the other MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PL3, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 supports Full HD video.

Alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might also want to look at include the Nikon 1 J3[plb_1858479_price] which has better reviews.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

Similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago have digital zooms of between 1x and 14x, and the average digital zoom is 6x. When compared to other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PL3 that we have checked, the digital zoom of the PEN E-PL3 of 14 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on MILC digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Samsung NX300M[plb_2205970_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4[plb_2173892_price], or the Nikon 1 AW1[plb_2020636_price].

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on digital cameras of this type and age.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Olympus PEN E-PL3 is more than most MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PL3. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this camera.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the PEN E-PL3 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PEN E-PL3.

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Quite Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

At 60 seconds, the PEN E-PL3 has a fairly long maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the PEN E-PL3. The maximum camera shutter speeds of MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PL3 range from 15s to 240s.

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Has Four Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the PEN E-PL3 is more than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera has a Vivid photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The photo effects "Art", "Muted" and "Neutral" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The PEN E-PL3 has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on MILC digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The white balance modes "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The PEN E-PL3 has a wider flash exposure correction than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. This Olympus digital camera has a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction, whereas most MILC digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a ±2EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction. In addition, this camera have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction. Across all digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the PEN E-PL3 the best flash exposure correction is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) and the worst is ±1EV (1/3 EV step).

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the PEN E-PL3 is more than most cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most commonly supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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4032 X 3024 Still Image Resolution

The PEN E-PL3 has a 4032 x 3024 still image resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution found on most MILC digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. In addition, this camera have a still image resolution of 1024 x 768 and 2560 x 1920. Across all digital cameras of this type and age the worst still image resolution is 1024 x 768 and the best is 12416 x 1856.

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Supports Two ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the PEN E-PL3 is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PL3. The ISO speed "12800" is also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Ten Flash Guides

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 is a ten flash guide camera.

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Narrow

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 is quite narrow (only 109.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The narrowest digital camera that is a similar age to the PEN E-PL3 is 98mm wide, the widest is 170mm, and the average width is 120mm.

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Features Two Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the PEN E-PL3 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Olympus digital camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PL3. The auto focus "Single Auto Focus" is also featured on this camera.

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Supports One Power Source

The PEN E-PL3 has a greater number of power sources than most cameras that have been available for more than two years. This digital camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most commonly supported power source supported by digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PL3.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many cameras of this type and age.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other cameras of this age and type, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 does not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1[plb_2070627_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 does not have a GPS, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a GPS.

It is worth considering alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS including the Samsung Galaxy NX[plb_2082510_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The PEN E-PL3 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PEN E-PL3 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 does not have an image stabiliser, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PL3 also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The lowest megapixel count of MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 2.3MP and the highest is 46MP. The Olympus PEN E-PL3 has a quite low megapixel count (only 12.3 megapixels) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-PL3.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel count that might be worth considering include the Q10[pl_1399120_price] (12.4MP), or the Q7[pl_2058121_price] (12.4MP) both from Pentax or the Nikon 1 V2[plb_1822232_price] (14.2MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

Across all the digital cameras that have been around for more than two years the maximum apertures range from 1 to 36, and the average maximum aperture is 14. When compared to other MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PEN E-PL3, the PEN E-PL3's maximum aperture of only 1 is one of the biggest.

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Only Features Six Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the PEN E-PL3 is more than most MILC digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on MILC digital cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-PL3. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

The least total megapixel count of digital cameras that have been available for more than two years is 12MP and the most is 48MP. With a total megapixel count of only 13.1 megapixels, the PEN E-PL3 has one of the less total megapixel counts amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Only 4032 X 3024 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The PEN E-PL3 has a 4032 x 3024 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. Most MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. The image resolution of all similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PEN E-PL3 ranges from 4000 x 3000 pixels (worst) to 6000 x 4000 pixels (best).

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The PEN E-PL3 has one of the lower display resolutions (only 460,000 pixels) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of a similar spec and age to the PEN E-PL3 the display resolutions range from 33 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 740,000 pixels.

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Very Low JPEG Frame Rate

The average JPEG frame rate of digital cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-PL3 is 37fps. At only 30 frames per second, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 has a fairly low JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Big Minimum ISO Speed

The minimum ISO speed of MILC digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 50 to 200, and the average minimum ISO speed is 140. With a minimum ISO speed of 200, the PEN E-PL3 has a very big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PL3.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus PEN E-PL3

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the PEN E-PL3 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PEN E-PL3.

If this Olympus digital camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the NX300[pl_2096674_price] (3.31"), the NX300M[pl_2205970_price] (3.31"), or the NX2000[pl_2085238_price] (3.7") all from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This digital camera has been on the market for over five years.

Average Weight

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 has a relatively average weight (265 grams) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PEN E-PL3.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Sync-Speed
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Video Recording
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Special Features

Expert Reviews

13 December 2014

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Vibrant image quality
Good handling of auto exposure
Decent low-light performance
Good starter option
Tilting LCD screen aids visibility
Physical controls not great
Focusing sometimes inaccurate
Wobbly video results
Integral flash and handgrip have been removed
Plastic clip-on flash and kit lens

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers epl3kss, epl3red, 11117530, E-PL3 kit, v20503bbe000, V205031SE000, 4545350037581, epl3blk1442mm2rblk, unknown epl3blk1442mm2rblk
Barcodes 00000001550278, 00050332180376, 00050332180390, 00085171904111, 00085171904128, 00085171904944, 00689466558517, 03610170008163, 03610170008576, 03610170021605, 03610170022039, 03610170035190, 03610170037811, 04545350037505, 04545350037536, 04545350037543, 04545350037550, 04545350037567, 04545350037574, 04545350037581, 04545350037598, 04545350037635, 04545350037680, 04545350037697, 04545350037703, 04545350037710, 04545350038182, 04545350038199, 04545350038205, 04545350038250

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