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Olympus E-PL3 Digital Camera

MILC 12.3MP Live MOS 14x May 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Supports video recording
Good brand
Not easy to use

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Reviews

Good Brand

We checked 4,467 expert and user reviews (including 87 verified purchases) for Olympus cameras and found that on average Olympus has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Olympus has good ratings specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 100% of those that bought a Olympus camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Power

Good Battery Life

Two people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good battery life.


Design

Not Easy to Use

Two owners who reviewed it concluded that it was not easy to use. Website Newegg.com wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Unable to use custom resolutions”. They also said “The laptop came with a loose Control key (the plastic connector was broken” in their review.

Good Quality

Two people who reviewed the product concluded that it was good quality. Website Newegg.com said “The chassis build quality is solid” in their review of this digital camera and gave this digital camera a score of 80 out of 100. They also mentioned “Takes good quality images” in their review.

Good Looking

Two customers who reviewed the Olympus E-PL3 said that it was good looking. Website Newegg.com mentioned two years ago “This really is a beautiful machine” in their review of this digital camera.

Well Made

Four customers who reviewed the Olympus E-PL3 agreed that it was well made. Website Newegg.com wrote “Nicely built and good looking” in their review of this digital camera. They also said “Solid keyboard and no empty spaces between keys so no need to worry about dirt under the keys” in their review. And also wrote “It manages the trifecta of solid processing power when you need it, good battery life when you don't”.


Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

Olympus released the E-PL3 in May 2012.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Olympus E-PL3 supports video recording. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus E-PL3 supports Full HD video. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera also support Full HD video.

There are a number of other cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might want to look at including because of their better review scores, the SX220 HS, or the S110 both from Canon.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Olympus E-PL3 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this digital camera). This Olympus digital camera also supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Olympus E-PL3 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

Other 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at include the Nikon P330 which has better reviews.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Olympus E-PL3 has a vari-angle LCD display, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of this age and type do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 265 grams, the Olympus E-PL3 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera.

We compared all the other 265g cameras to this digital camera and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 (£997) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Lens System

Very Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera range from 0.71x to 14x. At 14 times zoom factor, the Olympus E-PL3 has a very big digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 3 times zoom factor, the Olympus E-PL3 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera. Low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera have optical zooms of between 1x and 50x.

There are a number of alternative 3x optical zoom cameras currently available which you might want to look at including the EOS 1D MarkIII (£149.99), or the 500 both from Canon or the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm which all of have better reviews.

If this camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Fujifilm XQ2 (4x) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Maximum Aperture Number

Cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 22, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.2. At 22, the Olympus E-PL3 has a very small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of this spec and age is 230mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 84 millimeters, the Olympus E-PL3 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

Comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.3 and 11, and the average minimum aperture number is 3. With a minimum aperture number of 3.5, the Olympus E-PL3 has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus E-PL3 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to look at including because of their better review scores, the Nikon P7700, or the Panasonic DMC-LX7.

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4032 X 3024 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus E-PL3 has a 4032 x 3024 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This digital camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 2560 x 1920 and 1024 x 768.

A 4032 x 3024 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best still image resolution across all cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera.

The worst still image resolution across comparable types of digital camera is 640 x 360.

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4032 X 3024 Pixels Image Resolution

The Olympus E-PL3 has a 4032 x 3024 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution found on most low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. The best image resolution of all low megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago is 4608 x 3456 pixels and the worst is 2592 x 1944 pixels.

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12.3 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.3 megapixels camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 12.3MP cameras currently available including because of its better review score, the Olympus PEN E-PM1 (£483.19).

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Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Olympus E-PL3 has a shoe mounting point. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have a shoe mounting point.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Olympus E-PL3 has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera.

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Camera

Features Calendar

The Olympus E-PL3 features calendar. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera also feature calendar.

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Supports Live View

The Olympus E-PL3 supports live view, as do most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Olympus E-PL3 features contrast adjustment. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also feature contrast adjustment.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Olympus E-PL3 features saturation adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Olympus E-PL3 features multi burst mode. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera also feature multi burst mode.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Olympus E-PL3 has a tripod mountable. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera also have a tripod mountable.

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Features Histogram

The Olympus E-PL3 features histogram, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Olympus E-PL3 has a hand strap. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera also have a hand strap.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Olympus E-PL3 has a battery charger included. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Olympus E-PL3 has a batteries included, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Olympus E-PL3 features voice recording, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Olympus E-PL3 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Memory

Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The Olympus E-PL3 has a very large maximum memory card size (64 gigabytes) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. The maximum memory card sizes of low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera range from 1GB to 64GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 19GB.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Olympus E-PL3 has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Light Exposure

Supports Seven ISO Sensitivities

The Olympus E-PL3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of this type and age. This camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras of this spec and age. The ISO sensitivities "200", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Battery

330 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera take between 130 and 4,199 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Olympus E-PL3 which takes 330 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers unknown epl3slv1442mm2rslv, unknown epl3blk1442mm2rblk, unknown epl3white1442mm, unknown v205031ru000
Barcodes 00050332180376, 00050332180383, 00050332180390, 00050332180406, 04545350037543, 04545350037550, 04545350037567, 07332779109312

Olympus E-PL3 Review Sources

To prepare this Olympus E-PL3 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,945 product attributes, 170,936 digital camera reviews and 3,219,200 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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