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Olympus PEN E-PL3 Digital Camera

MILC 12.3MP 10.7x 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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Olympus Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 1,714 user and expert reviews, Olympus has good reviews for its cameras. Olympus also has good reviews specifically for its MILC cameras.

Full HD HD Type

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

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

Unlike most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years which do not support video capability, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 supports video capability.

There are a number of alternative cameras which support video capability currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price], the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[plb_1840381_price], or the Sigma DP2 Merrill[plb_1750733_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 supports Full HD video. Most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PL3 also support Full HD video.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PEN E-PL3 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the 1 V2[pl_1822232_price], or the Coolpix J4[pl_2249175_price] both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The digital zoom of the PEN E-PL3 of 14 times zoom factor is one of the biggest amongst MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-PL3. The average digital zoom of MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago is 11x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 150x.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been on the market for 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.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available 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].

If the memory card type of this camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price] (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The PEN E-PL3 has a greater number of supported image formats than most MILC cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PEN E-PL3. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

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

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Has Two Image Editings

The PEN E-PL3 has a greater number of image editing modes than most MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. The most frequently found image editing is Rotating, but this image editing is not found on this Olympus camera. The image editings Crop and Resizing are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Quite Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

With a slowest camera shutter speed of 60 seconds, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 has a quite long slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PL3. The average slowest camera shutter speed of MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PEN E-PL3 is 42s, and the slowest camera shutter speeds range from 4s to 240s.

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

The PEN E-PL3 has a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than the ±2EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction found on most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This digital camera also have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction. The flash exposure correction of all cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PEN E-PL3 ranges from ±1EV (1/3 EV step) (worst) to ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) (best).

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Has Six White Balances

The PEN E-PL3 has a greater number of white balance modes than most MILC cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This Olympus camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The white balances "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camera.

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Olympus PEN E-PL3 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. The most commonly found photo effects is Vivid, but this photo effects is not found on this Olympus digital camera. The photo effectss Black&White and Sepia are also found on this camera.

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Supports Two ISO Sensitivitys

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

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At 300 millimeters, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 has a very long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-PL3. Across all the MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PL3 the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 27mm to 870mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 130mm.

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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 commonly supported video resolutions on MILC cameras that were released 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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Features Two Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

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

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The PEN E-PL3 has a greater number of power sources than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by digital cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-PL3.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the PEN E-PL3, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 does not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think the Sony Alpha A7 II[plb_2584731_price], or the Samsung 20[plb_2083247_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth noting that most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PEN E-PL3 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the 20[pl_2083247_price], the NX1100[pl_2088336_price], or the NX[pl_2082510_price] all from Samsung.

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Not Waterproof

Most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the PEN E-PL3 are not waterproof. The Olympus PEN E-PL3 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PL3 do not have an image stabilizer. The PEN E-PL3 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabilizer.

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Very Low Megapixel

The PEN E-PL3 has one of the lower megapixels (only 12.3 megapixels) amongst MILC cameras of this age. The megapixels of digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 7.9MP to 46MP, and the average megapixel is 18MP.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Q10[pl_1399120_price] (12.4MP), or the Q7[pl_2058121_price] (12.4MP) both from Pentax which also has a higher rating.

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Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 has a higher still image resolution than most comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera has a 1024 x 768 still image resolution(s), whereas most comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). This Olympus camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 2560 x 1920 and 4032 x 3024.

A 1024 x 768 still image resolution(s) is in fact the worst still image resolution across all digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PEN E-PL3.

A 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s) is the best still image resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Olympus PEN E-PL3 is more than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on cameras of this age and type. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

Similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years have total megapixelss of between 12MP and 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 19MP. The PEN E-PL3 has a quite few total megapixels (only 13.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PEN E-PL3.

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Only 4032 X 3024 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 has a 4032 x 3024 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as it. Across all digital cameras of this age and type the worst image resolution is 4000 x 3000 pixels and the best is 6000 x 4000 pixels.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PEN E-PL3 have maximum aperture numbers of between 2.7 and 36. With a maximum aperture number of only 5.6, the PEN E-PL3 has one of the bigger maximum aperture numbers amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the display resolution (numeric)s range from 33 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 740,000 pixels. The Olympus PEN E-PL3 has one of the lower display resolution (numeric)s (only 460,000 pixels) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

With an ISO sensitivity (min) of 200, the PEN E-PL3 has one of the bigger ISO sensitivity (min)s amongst digital cameras of this age. The average ISO sensitivity (min) of digital cameras that came out more than two years ago is 130.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Olympus PEN E-PL3

4/3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 4/3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as it. 17.30 x 13.00mm.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Olympus released the PEN E-PL3.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the PEN E-PL3 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PL3.

If you want a camera with a larger display diagonal 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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Average Weight

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 has a relatively typical weight (265 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PEN E-PL3.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Material
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
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
Focus Adjustment
Focus
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
Flash Metering Modes
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Noise Reduction
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Magnification
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
Connection to PC
HDMI
Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
3D
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Sharpness Levels
Histogram
Anti-Dust Function
Image Editing
Camera File System
Live View
Tripod Mountable
Multi Burst Mode
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
Languages Support
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Networking
Bluetooth
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Ports Quantity
Camera Shutter Speed
Maximum Magnification

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers epl3kss, epl3red, 11117530, E-PL3 kit, v20503bbe000, V205031SE000, 4545350037581, epl3blk1442mm2rblk, olympus v205034be000, olympus v205031re000, unknown epl3blk1442mm2rblk
Barcodes 00000001550278, 00000001613795, 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

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