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Olympus E-PL3
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Olympus E-PL3 Digital Camera

MILC 12.3MP 3x May 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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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17 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Camera Reviews

MILC digital cameras produced by Olympus have good reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just MILC digital cameras) and found that Olympus also has good reviews across its entire range.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus E-PL3 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Pentax K-01[plb_1677575_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

MILC digital cameras that were released around the same time as the E-PL3 have digital zooms of between 2x and 150x. The Olympus E-PL3 has one of the bigger digital zooms (14 times zoom factor) amongst cameras of this age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 14x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the E-PM1[pl_1657415_price], or the E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[pl_1840381_price] both from Olympus.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sigma DP2 Quattro[plb_2402072_price], or the Fujifilm X-M1[plb_2032322_price].

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Olympus E-PL3 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the E-PL3. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Stereo Audio System

This camera has a Stereo audio system, which is the most frequently found audio system on digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Olympus E-PL3 is more than most cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector type found on cameras of a comparable type and age to the E-PL3.

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Fairly Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

At 60 seconds, the Olympus E-PL3 has a fairly long slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the E-PL3. The slowest camera shutter speeds of digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the E-PL3 range from 4s to 240s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 41s.

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

This camera has a ±3EV (1/2| 1/3| 1 EV step) flash exposure correction, which is typical of many cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Has Seven White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus E-PL3 is more than most MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Olympus camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on MILC digital cameras that came out around the same time as the E-PL3. The white balances "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Has Two Image Editings

The Olympus E-PL3 has a greater number of image editing modes than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera has a Rotating image editing, which is the most commonly found image editing found on MILC digital cameras that were released around the same time as the E-PL3. The image editing "Trimming" is also found on this Olympus camera.

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The Olympus E-PL3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most MILC digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This digital camera supports a 200 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by MILC digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the E-PL3. The ISO sensitivitys "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on cameras of this age and type. 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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Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Olympus E-PL3 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the E-PL3. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Single Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The Olympus E-PL3 has a greater number of power sources than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the E-PL3.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the Olympus E-PL3 is more than most cameras of this age and type. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camera. The audio formats supporteds PCM are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Olympus E-PL3 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the E-PL3 do have a built-in flash.

There are a number of other cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might also want to consider including the Pentax K-01[plb_1677575_price], or the Fujifilm X-M1[plb_2032322_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Olympus E-PL3 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also do not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi which you might want to consider including the Sony Alpha A7 II[plb_2584731_price], or the Nikon 1 J4[plb_2510399_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Most comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago do not support video capability. The Olympus E-PL3 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

It is worth considering other digital cameras which also support video capability including the 1 J3[pl_1858479_price], or the 1 V2[pl_1822232_price] both from Nikon.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec, the Olympus E-PL3 is not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might be worth considering include the Sony NEX-7[plb_1612397_price], or the Samsung 20[plb_2083247_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec, the Olympus E-PL3 does not have a GPS (satellite).

Alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might also want to consider include the 20[pl_2083247_price], the NX1100[pl_2088336_price], or the NX[pl_2082510_price] all from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the E-PL3, the Olympus E-PL3 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to the E-PL3, the Olympus E-PL3 does not have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Low Megapixel

The Olympus E-PL3 has one of the lower megapixels (only 12.3 megapixels) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The megapixels of similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the E-PL3 range from 2.3MP to 46MP, and the average megapixel is 18MP.

If this Olympus camera megapixel is too low for you then you might also want to consider the Nikon 1 S2[plb_2390010_price] (14.2MP), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5[plb_2547546_price] (16MP) which is also higher rated.

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Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Olympus E-PL3 has a 1024 x 768 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s) found on most MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. In addition, this digital camera have a still image resolution(s) of 4032 x 3024 and 2560 x 1920.

This camera's still image resolution (1024 x 768) is actually the worst still image resolution amongst all digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the E-PL3.

Amongst similar types of camera the best still image resolution is 6000 x 4000.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The Olympus E-PL3 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of this age and type. This Olympus camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the E-PL3. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction", "Second curtain synchro" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Only Has Three Photo Effectss

The Olympus E-PL3 has a greater number of photo effects than most MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera has a Vivid photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on cameras of this spec and age. The photo effectss "Muted" and "Neutral" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of only 13.1 megapixels, the Olympus E-PL3 has a quite few total megapixels compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. The average total megapixels of cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the E-PL3 is 19MP, and the total megapixelss range from 12MP to 48MP.

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Only 4032 X 3024 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Olympus E-PL3 has a 4032 x 3024 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it. Most cameras that are a comparable age to it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. The worst image resolution of all comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the E-PL3 is 4000 x 3000 pixels and the best is 6000 x 4000 pixels.

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

At 200, the Olympus E-PL3 has a quite big ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. The smallest ISO sensitivity (min) of MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to the E-PL3 is 50 and the biggest is 200.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus E-PL3

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Olympus digital camera was released over four years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

The Olympus E-PL3 has a pretty standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the E-PL3.

There are a number of other 3" screen cameras currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Leica M[plb_2212774_price], or the Nikon 1 AW1[plb_2020636_price].

If this MILC camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Leica T[plb_2550905_price] (3.7") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 265 grams, the Olympus E-PL3 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the E-PL3.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the Olympus PEN E-PM2[plb_1666935_price] (269g).

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is typical of many MILC digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Number of Aspheric Elements
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Mounting Type
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Guide Number
Flash Sync-Speed
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
Shoe Mounting Point
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Magnification
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Histogram
Image Quality Adjustment
Image Editing
Camera File System
Live View
Tripod Mountable
Multi Burst Mode
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap

Expert Reviews

13 December 2014

Unsere Kamera-Tests bieten zwar Orientierung bei der Auswahl der richtigen Kamera. Doch am Ende entscheidet der User selbst, welches Modell es für ihn sein soll. Welche Digicams derzeit besonders... Read more…

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

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 9 July 2015 by Benjamin P.

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7 4720HQ 2.6 3.4Ghz ; Always get higher base frequency over cache memory
Upgradeable ram up to 32GB ; only 1 slot is currently used
Dual GPU efficiency ; GT 950Mintel 4600 interplay
Great software bundle with wattage sensors ; efficient Anti-glare 1080p thin screen
Barrel power plug. The ubiquitous high-wattage power plug is fairly sturdy, but the sheer mass of it can cause issues over time. I've yet to have any issues with mine so far, but I still wish MSI had
The laptop also has a few points that feel like cut corners. While many parts of it feel sturdy and reliable, other sections are concerning. The wrist-rest is made from a thin and brittle feeling laye
Locked bios Why would an advertised "Gaming Laptop" has a locked bios, seriously Its as limited as a Dell or HP, no option for setting ram speed so we are stuck at 1333mhz depending on the ram. Not ev
No multimedia keyboard buttons , even with Fn function
Maybe an SSD But with this price I can't complain. Anyway, nowadays warranties barely cover something. Most laptops break from drops, not covered, rather than internal cpu-motherboard failures which a

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

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