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PEN E-PL3

SKU# V205031BU000-base

Available colors:
 
   
 
  • 12.3

    MP

  • 12,800

    ISO

  • 3.0"

    TILT LCD

  • 1080i

    FULL HD VIDEO

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Overview

VIEW THE WORLD FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE.

You love preserving memories, but you’re ready for more creativity. More control. More options for capturing unforgettable images. The E-PL3 inspires innovation and is perfect for those who require a versatile, portable camera filled with advanced yet easy-to-use creative technologies. Its high-resolution 3” articulating LCD features a new interface that makes it easy to access the effects you want from any angle.

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Professional
Image Quality

12.3 MEGAPIXELS

The new 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor is optimized to maximize the performance of all m.Zuiko digital lenses in any shooting condition. Improvements to the sensitivity and read-out speed of the existing sensor makes ISO 12,800 shooting and Full HD movie recording possible.

STABILIZATION TECHNOLOGY IN THE BODY, NOT IN THE LENSES

Say goodbye to blurry images. Olympus’ in-body image stabilization technology makes it possible to use any Micro Four Thirds lenses (or Four Thirds lens), from wide-angle to telephoto, for perfectly clear, crisp photos no matter what the shooting situation, even in low light!

IMPROVED COLOR REPRODUCTION

The new TruePic VI Image Processor, designed specifically for the Olympus PEN, features Real Color Technology for improved color reproduction (especially colors such as emerald green, yellow, and gold) and color gradation. The faster processor also allows for a shorter recovery time between shots.

FACE DETECTION WITH EYE DETECT

Nail the focus for every portrait photo, every time. The new face detection AF employs an "Eye Detect AF" that adjusts focus automatically on the subject's eyes during portrait shooting and can even be adjusted to focus on the right, left or near-side eye. The Face Detection function captures up to eight faces, reducing the chance of blurred subjects when shooting several people at once.

Blazing Speed

WORLD’S FASTEST AUTO FOCUS*

The new FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System is able to focus at an incredible speed and offers 35 separate focus points that are spread over nearly the entire sensor, which makes it possible for pin-point accurate focusing on small subjects wherever they appear in the frame. Selectable 3x3 groups within the 35-point area are especially effective when shooting active subjects.

5 FPS SEQUENTIAL SHOOTING

With the E-PL3 you can take up to five photos a second, allowing you to easily capture that perfect shot, especially when your subject is moving.

ADVANCED CONTINUOUS AF & TRACKING

With the improved AF system, the AF Tracking function locks your subject into focus and continuously adjusts focus and brightness even if the subject disappears from view momentarily.

ADVANCED CONTINUOUS AF & TRACKING

High-precision engineering and an improved internal focusing mechanism have allowed the Olympus MSC (Movie+Still Compatible) lenses to auto focus quickly, smoothly and silently, perfect for stills and movies.

Creative Freedom

FULL 1080 HD VIDEO

Shoot up to 29 minutes of 1080 60i HD video and stereo sound in either AVCHD or AVI formats. A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just the press of a button.

IN-CAMERA ADVANCED ART FILTERS

Six in-camera Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama and Dramatic Tone) are enhanced by new filter variations, art effects and bracketing. Photographers can use Art Filters in all shooting modes as well as filming HD movies.

NEW 3D SHOOTING

Add a new dimension to your photographs in any mode from macro to landscape with Olympus’ 3D technology. By simply selecting the 3D Photo Mode, releasing the shutter, and slowly panning, the camera will automatically take a second image from a slightly different perspective. The 3D data is processed in-camera resulting in an .MPO file, the universal industry 3D format, for easy display on 3D televisions or laptops.

IN-CAMERA SLIDESHOW WITH SOUND

Slideshows have never been easier or more fun to create. The E-PL3's enhanced playback functions allow you to employ effective fade-in/fade-out techniques, control the movie/still mix and speed, add captivating musical soundtracks, and much more.

Ease-of-Use

EXCELLENT SHOTS - EFFORTLESSLY

iAuto automatically identifies the scene you're shooting – portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport – and adjusts the settings to optimize results. The E-PL3 is also equipped with 23 Scene-Select modes for effortless picture taking, including Fireworks, Sunset, Children, Macro and Panorama, to name a few. There are even three scene modes that are specific to shooting with Olympus’ conversion lenses to optimize the performance of those lenses.

UPDATED SCREEN DESIGN & LIVE GUIDE

The E-PL3’s Live Guide system allows you to preview effects as you adjust them – before the image is even captured. Simply select Live Guide and turn the wheel on the back of the camera to slide through numerous photographic effects, such as brightness, color saturation, tone, etc.

Operating the camera is more intuitive with the newly designed user interface. The on-screen graphics have also been updated with a sleeker font design and an automatic pop-up guide in the menu screen.

GET WIRELESS

No need for cables or even a computer. Upload or email images directly from your camera with an optional PP-1 PENPAL® or Eye-Fi™ card. The E-PL3 is also capable of recording stills and video to SD, SDHC, SDXC and UHS-I media cards.

Low Light Performance

AF ILLUMINATOR

The addition of this super luminosity LED beam allows the camera to focus faster in low light up to almost 10 feet.

INCREASED ISO SENSITIVITY

Stunning low light photos are a click away with an increased ISO sensitivity to 12,800.

ATTACHABLE FLASH INCLUDED

This camera provides the flexibility to attach a flash to your camera via the accessory port, or leave it at home for maximum portability.

Images, videos and effects are for simulation purposes only, and features may differ by camera model. Prices, specifications and design are subject to change without notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

features

EXPANDABLE SYSTEM

A range of interchangeable lenses, accessories and strobes are compatible with the E-PL3 to support all different types of photography needs.

FAST SHUTTER RESPONSE

Never miss a shot again with the E-PL3's fast shutter response time of less than 60 milliseconds. The TruePic VI feature allows for reduced shot-to-shot time by shortening the black-out time between shots.

ACCESSORY PORT

The E-PL3 incorporates a port for connecting accessories including flashes, PENPALÆ, MAL-1 Macro Light, EMA-1 Microphone adapter and the VF-2 viewfinder.

PROFESSIONAL AUDIO SOUND CAPTURE

Take videos that are able to capture uncompressed CD-quality 16bit/44.1kHz Linear PCM stereo recording or AC3 Dolby Digital audio.

EASY PHOTO & VIDEO PLAYBACK ON YOUR HDTV

The E-PL3 makes sharing your content easier than ever. Using the HDMI output, just connect the E-PL3 to your HDTV with an HDMI cable (not included) and navigate the camera's menus from the comfort of your couch. This is perfect for sharing your pictures and movies with an audience.

MULTIPLE EXPOSURE SHOOTING

The Multiple Exposure function enables you to be creative right in the camera. Multiple images can be captured and combined to create one unique image. The creative possibilities are endless!

ADDITIONAL ASPECT RATIOS

The E-PL3 lets you select one of five Aspect Ratios (4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6 / 3:4) that frame your images to whatever proportions you'd like, for everything from conventional enlargements to viewing on widescreen monitors.

PROVEN DUST REDUCTION SYSTEM

Olympus' Dust Reduction System assures spot-free images, even after changing lenses. Every time you turn on the camera, the patented Supersonic Wave Filter silently vibrates, flinging and collecting dust so that it doesn't interfere with the picture imaging at any time.

EPORTRAIT

Capturing beautiful portraits is easy with the ePortrait Mode that enables you to soften shadows and smooth your subject's complexion either before image capture or during post-capture edits.

ADVANCED SHADOW ADJUSTMENT TECHNOLOGY

You no longer need to worry about the extreme contrast between dark and bright areas in your images. The E-PL3's Shadow Adjustment Technology corrects for extreme light variations with high-tech efficiency either before image capture or during post-capture edits.

LIVE VIEW MAGNIFICATION

For accurate manual focusing, MF Assist can be enabled during S-AF + MF operation. With it you can zoom in on the central part of the image by up to five times by turning the focus ring.

specs
Product Type Product type Interchangeable Lens Type Live View Digital Camera
Memory SD Memory Card(SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible), Eye-Fi, Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting
Sensor size 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Mount
Effective Pixels number Effective Pixels number 12.3 million pixels
Image Pickup Unit Product type High speed Live MOS Sensor
Total no. of pixels Approx. 13.1 million pixels
Aspect ratio 1.33 (4:3)
Filter array Primary color filter (RGB)
Dust reduction Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Recording(Still) Recording format DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
File format RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO (3D still)
Recording image size [RAW] 4032 x 3024 pixels
  [JPEG] 4032 x 3024 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
File Size RAW: 4032(H)x3024(V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 13.9MB
  Set1(LF): 4032(H)x3024(V) (1/4 compressed) Approx. 5.9MB
  Set2(LN): 4032(H)x3024(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 2.7MB
  Set3(MN): 2560(H)x1920(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
  Set4(SN): 1024(H)x768(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.3MB
Recording(Movie) Recording format AVCHD
AVI Motion JPEG
Movie Mode AVCHD Format
- Full HD Fine : 1920(H)x1080(V), 60i Recording, 20Mbps, Aspect 16:9
- Full HD Normal : 1920(H)x1080(V), 60i Recording, 17Mbps, Aspect 16:9
- HD Fine : 1280(H)x720(V), 60p Recording), 17Mbps, Aspect 16:9
- HD Normal : 1280(H)x720(V), 60p Recording, 13Mbps, Aspect 16:9
Frame rate of image sensor output is 30fps
Motion-JPEG Format
- HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30fps (Some Art Filters are exceptional), Aspect 16:9
- SD: 640(H)x480(V), 30fps (Some Art Filters are exceptional), Aspect 4:3(VGA)
Compression Ratio Motion-JPEG Format : 1/12(HD), 1/8(SD)
File Size AVCHD Format : Max 4GB
Motion-JPEG Format : Max 2GB
Maximum Recording Time AVCHD Format : Max 29min (Full HD Normal/HD Fine/HD Normal : 29min, Full HD Fine : 22min)
Motion-JPEG Format : HD: 7min, SD: 14min (There are exceptions with select Art Filters)
Recording(Sound) Recording format AVCHD Format : Dolby Digital
Motion-JPEG Format / Picture with Sound : Wave Format Base (Stereo PCM/16bit, 48kHz)
Maximum Recording Time Picture with Sound: 30sec
Movie: depend on Movie Recording Time
Mic/Speaker Stereo/Mono
Tele-converter effect   x2
Live View Type Image Sensor(High Speed Live MOS) type
Field of view 100%
Display Mode Normal Mode
  Grid Line Mode(4 types)
  Histogram Mode
  Magnified View Mode
  Comparable View Mode
  OFF Mode
Magnification Ratio x5, x7, x10 (Default), x14
Monitor information Aperture value, Shutter speed, Auto Bracket, AE Lock, AF mode, IS, Shooting Mode, Battery Check, Myset, Internal Temperature Warning, Face / Eye Detection, Histogram, Number of storable still pictures, Record mode, ISO, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, White Balance, Metering Mode, AF confirmation mark, Exposure Compensation Value, Spot metering Area
Flash Mode, Flash Status, Flash intensity Control, Super FP
Touch panel condition, Focusing length, Tone control, Eye-Fi condition
Face Detection Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed
AF High speed imager AF
Image stabilizer System Built in (Imager shift image stabilizer)
Mode 3 modes (IS1:2 dimensional activation, IS2:1 dimensional activation in landscape frame to vertical direction moving, IS3:1dimensional activation in portrait frame to vertical direction moving ), OFF
Manual Function input focal length 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000
Shutter speed range 2 - 1/4000 sec. (Not available when Bulb is selected)
IS for Movie Shifting electronic image (so called Digital IS, IS1 mode only)
Monitor Product type LCD, AR(Anti-Reflection) coating, Tilt function
Size 3.0 inches 16:9
Total no. of pixels Approx. 460,000 dots
Playback field of view 100%
Brightness control +7 levels and -7 levels
Color temperature +7 levels and -7 levels
Focusing AF system Imager Contrast Detection AF system
When non High-speed imager AF compatible lens is used, it works as AF assist.
Focus mode Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR)
C-AF and AF tracking are not available with non-Micro Four Thirds lenses.
This is can be set in both recording mode, still and movie, separately.
Advance AF Available
Focusing point 35-area multiple AF with the contrast detection system (Auto, selectable in option)
Focusing point selection Auto from all 35 area, Single area from 35 area, Group Target area (9 area) from 35 area
Auto from almost all area when Face detection is ON
Free selection when Magnified View Mode is selected
AF illuminator
Available
AF lock Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode
Focus tracking Available
Magnified Spot AF Available
Face priority AF/Eye Detect AF Available
Eye Detect AF : OFF / Near side eye priority mode / Right side eye priority mode / Left side eye priority mode
Manual Focus Assist When rotation of focus ring is detected under S-AF+MF or MF mode, LV is magnified automatically
Exposure Control (Still) Metering system TTL Image Sensor metering system
  (1) Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering) (2) Center weighted average metering
  (3) Spot metering (approx. 1% for the viewfinder screen. Highlight / shadow bases are available)
Metering range EV 0 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Center weighted average metering, Spot metering)
  (At normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
Exposure mode (1) iAuto (2) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed) (3) A: Aperture priority AE
  (4) S: Shutter priority AE (5) M: Manual (6) Scene select AE (7) Art Filter
  (8) Underwater wide / Underwater macro (Selectable from menu as a function on Rec/Fn button)
Scene select AE Portrait, ePortrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Macro, Sport, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key,
  Low Key, DIS mode, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Document, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow,
  Fisheye Conv, Wide Conv, Macro Conv, 3D
ISO sensitivity AUTO: ISO 200 - 12800 (customizable, Default 200-1600) / Manual ISO 200 - 12800, 1/3 or 1 EV steps,
Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
AE lock Available (Using Rec/Fn button is available)
Exposure bracketing 2, 3, 5frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable, 7frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7EV steps selectable
Metering standard value adjustment 1/6 EV step, +/- 1EV range
Exposure Control (Movie) Exposure mode (1)P: Program AE (2) A: Aperture priority AE (3) S: Shutter speed priority AE (4)M:Manual (5) Art Filter
  * S mode and M mode : Shutter speed is limited to less than 1/30 sec.
White Balance Auto WB system High speed Live MOS sensor
Preset white balance 7 settings (3000K - 7500K)
Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent (4000K), Daylight (5300K), Flash (5500K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K) , Underwater WB
White balance compensation ±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)
CWB (Kelvin setting) 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
One-touch white balance 2 custom settings can be registered
White balance bracketing 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
Color Mode Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Mode Mode iEnhance, Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone, Art Filter
Adjustment parameter Contrast, Sharpness and Saturation level available in 5 steps for iEnhance, Vivid, Natural, Portrait and Muted
  Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for Monotone.
  3 effect levels are available in i-Enhance
Filter effect Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone
Picture tone Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone
Gradation 4 levels (Auto, High key, Normal, Low key)
Art Filter bracketing Available
Noise Filter at High ISO setting OFF, LOW, STANDARD, HIGH
Noise Reduction at Slow shutter speed OFF, ON, AUTO
  ON (effective when shutter speed is slower than 1sec)
  AUTO (effective when shutter speed is slower than 4sec(at ISO 200 or higher) or 8sec (at lower than ISO200)
Shutter Product type Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed 60 - 1/4000 sec.
  Bulb: up to 30 min. (selectable longest time in the menu. Default: 8 min)
  1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.
Self-timer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
Remote cable release Available (Optional RM-UC1)
Wireless remote control Not Available
Drive Drive mode Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer
Sequential shooting speed 4.1 fps in sequential shooting (5.5 fps in case of "I.S. OFF".)
Flash Built-in flash Not Available. External flash is bundled.
Guide No. 10(Fno/m) at ISO200, 7(Fno/m) at ISO100 but ISO100 is not available
Mode TTL-Auto, Manual(Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64)
Color Temperature 5500±400∞K
Wireless Flash Control Available(4ch, 4Groups)
Bundled flash is usable as a center flash in case of wireless flash control.
Compatible external flash E-System Flash (FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R)
External Flash control mode TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL
Flash mode of External Flash Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Off.
Synchronization speed 1/60-1/160
  Super FP 1/125-1/4000 with External Flash
Flash intensity control Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1 EV steps
Art Filter Mode Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Dramatic Tone
Variation / Effect Available
Multi Exposure Number of picture 2 frames
Functions Auto gain, Live View, Exposing on Recorded picture
Multi Aspect Aspect Ratio 4:3(Default)/3:2/16:9/6:6/3:4
Process RAW: Aspect ratio is recorded as Exif data, JPEG: JPEG image is produced based on the aspect ratio
Level Gauge Detection Not Available
Color Universal design   approved
Super control panel Information (shooting) Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity,
  Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting,
  NR setting, WB, WB compensation value, Record mode, Flash Status, Record mode, Image size,
  Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode,
  AF frame, Color space, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Internal Temperature Warning
  Gradation, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio, Super FP
Live control Information (shooting) Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity,
  Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting,
  NR setting, WB, Record mode, Flash Status, Image size,
  Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode,
  AF frame, Internal Temperature Warning, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio
Live Guide Setting Menu Color saturation, Color image, Brightness, Blur Background, Express Motion, Shooting Tips
Playback Playback mode Single-frame
  Information Display
  Index Display(4/9/25/100 frames, Calendar)
  Close-up (2 - 14X)
  Movie (w/sound, FF/REW/Pause)
  Picture rotation (manual),
  Slideshow(Still/Movie/Still+Movie, Slide show w/BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)
  When a camera is connected to HDTV with HDMI cable, 2 new slideshow effect can be selectable. (Still)
Information display Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available),
  Highlight / Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information
Menu Languages Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai
Reset & custom setting My mode 4 setting recordable
Image Editing Erasing function Single frame, All, Selected frames(from Index)
Protect function Single frame, Selected frames, All Frames, Release protect (Single/All)
RAW picture editing RAW development based on settings of the camera(including Art Filter)
JPEG editing Shadow adjustment, Red-eye fix, Cropping, Aspect. Monotone, Sepia, Saturation (color depth), Resize (producing another file, 1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), ePortrait
Image Overlay   Up to 3 RAW images
Print Print function Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
Input/Output PC interface USB 2.0 High Speed for storage through Multi-connector(MTP mode is available)
TV interface HDMI(HD/Mono or Stereo Sound), VIDEO-OUT(SD/Mono Sound)
USB/Video connector Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1, USB cable is available)
HDMI Mini HDMI type-C(1080i/720p/576p/480p)
Flash attachment Hot shoe
DC-in No
Accessory attachment Accessory port (AP2) works with VF-2, SEMA-1, Macro Arm Light MAL-1 and Communication Unit Olympus PENPAL
Power Requirements Battery BLS-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep mode Available (1, 3, 5 min., selectable)
No. of recordable pictures Approx.300 shots (CIPA test standard)
(with 50% flash light) (with BLS-1 and Toshiba Class 6 SDHC 4GB card under CIPA testing standard)
Power battery holder Not Available
Dimensions/Weight Dimensions 4.31 in. (W) x 2.50 in. (H) x 1.46 in. (D) (excluding protrusions)
Weight 9.34oz (body only), 11.04g (including Battery and Memory card) - subject to change
Operating Environment Temperature 0 - 40? (operation) / -20 - 60? (storage)
Humidity 30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
Splash proof   No
Exterior Material Metal
Box contents   Body, Flash FL-LM1, Li-ion battery BLS-1, Li-ion battery charger BCS-1, USB/Video Multi cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Viewer 2/ib CD-ROM, Instruction manual, Warranty card.


Specifications and design are subject to change without notice.

E-PL3 Package Contents

  • PEN E-PL3 body
  • mZuiko MSC Digital ED m14-42mm f3.5/5.6 zoom lens or 17mm f2.8 lens
  • FL-LM1 Flash Unit
  • USB/Video Multi cable
  • BLS-1 Lithium-Ion battery
  • Lithium-Ion battery charger
  • Shoulder strap
  • Olympus [ib] software CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty card
accessories
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July 08, 2013

darnolddawg

I really, really like this camera...

I wanted a small, quiet, easy to operate camera with the option for interchangeable lenses - not just an upgraded point and shoot camera, and the Olympus Pen E PL3 fits the bill to a T. This is a very intuitive camera to operate and the mult-iposition viewing screen is perfect for low and high angle shots. Love the lightning fast focusing too. Perfect camera for candid shots of the grandkids - almost noiseless, small and unobtrusive, and the super fast focusing allows me to capture moments and expressions I previously might have missed. Point and shoot ease of use on steroids! Love it!

May 17, 2013

Howard

outstanding

i whent from a E-510 to this little camera and man was i in for a treat. not only is it much smaller it is much larger in what it can do. not sorry in what i did. thank you OLYMPUS

April 11, 2013

Aleksandr

Unacceptable quality and customer service

I purchase my E-PL3 four month ago, and was happy with my purchase until yesterday. I removed memory card to print pictures. When I inserted card back into camera, I got: “Card Error”. But memory card is working with any other devises. Could not find an answer on Olympus tech support website, so had to call. They made me back up all pictures and try to reformat (how can you reformat memory if camera does not recognize the card) No success. I tried another memory card (probably they hoped I don’t have spare one to try) but got the same: “Card Error”. Now I have to pay for shipping and insurance of $500 defected product to mail it back to Olympus. Company would not pay for shipping of item that broke within warranty covered period of time! Now, if I am lucky, I will have refurbished camera for free! If not they will make me pay for this again. Looks like Olympus is the only company who will not take responsibility for selling low quality cameras for large amount of money. My ten years old SONY never give me any headache, and for next 10-14 business days (while Olympus evaluates the problem) I will have to use it again. I will strongly recommend to buying other brands or buy refurbished: it is cheaper from the very beginning and you can save money on postage fee.

July 18, 2012

Marin Bear

Size matters!

Due to the smaller size of this camera, I actually take it with me! The larger cameras are too heavy and cumbersome for my use (hobby). It has been user friendly, fun, and inspiring! My only complaint at this time is not being able to shoot on sunny days. I can't see what I am shooting at all (I KNOW there were marmots in the scree slope over there - but where the heck did they go?!?!) - it has been a gamble as to whether we 'got the shot' or not. And now I am ordering a viewfinder and can't really tell the difference between the options on the VF-2 and the VF-3...or whether it really works for the E-PL3. Not clear info on the website and reviews are all over the place. I only hope that Olympus can come through with standing behind their product. I tried a brick and mortar store (90 minutes away was the closest) to try the viewfinders out but they are in bankruptcy and cannot help me at this time. Battery life hasn't been great - ordered a back up one.

June 30, 2012

greenmachine

Quality of pictures is excellent

So far my results have been excellent. I will have a real handle on ite flexibility by mid August when I get back from Alaska

June 25, 2012

AvocatImages

A great addition to my digital collection

Having started with Olympus film cameras (two O-products!) I remain very satisfied with the digital models in my bag. From my first C-4040, through a 730 and C-8080, and the e-300 and 500 series, my EPL-3 acquits itself in a wide variety of shooting situations. With the accessory telephoto and flash it has quickly become my go-to camera for most daily shooting.

June 24, 2012

Cliff

Great camera, but not without shortcomings!

I bought this camera because of the Olympus reputation. I have quite a collection of 35mm Olympus camera gear, which I really enjoy. The EPL-3 is a great little camera (with emphasis on little). It's quite small and to make it worse there is no grip. I had to buy an aftermarket grip so I could hold it with out dropping it. The video is truly "jellyvision" and not very impressive. However, the camera takes truly great photos and the scene selections and art filters are fantastic. LIGHTNING FAST FOCUS! The battery life is about average but extra batteries are not that expensive. I DO HIGHLY RECOMMENDED this product!

June 06, 2012

stut

Possibilities

It is true that there is a learning curve when it comes to mastering all of the various settings. I have not yet had time to do more then scratch the surface. Even with that the quality of pictures is high and the reduced size and weight makes the camera a pleasure to use. My biggest adjustment so far is finding a comfortable grip on the camera.

May 26, 2012

Anonymous

This is very versatile compact system

I am just learning about the camera. It appears to live up to its reputation of being similar to an SLR and superior to a point and shoot. I bought the camera and accessories for underwater photography but will also use it more than my point and shoot and possible my SLR.

May 20, 2012

HMK

Love the camera. Fun to use.

What I like : Image quality at low iso
Jpeg colors
Fast auto focus
Great features ( art filters 5fps etc)
In body stabilization
Lens selection
Needs Improvement: image quality at high iso
LCD - don't like 16x9 aspect ratio
resolution ok but could be better
no pop up flash
difficult to navigate menu

Overall I love the camera. Its lots of fun to use, I get great results. The cons are really a wish list.

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