April 22, 2012
I purchased this camera as a replacement for my full sized DSLR. I found I wasn't as likely to just carry my full sized camera around because of it's size and weight. This little camera is much easier to "grab and go." The feature set is wonderful, with your standard point and shoot, to full manual. I love the ability to fine tune the focus with the manual focus rings on the lenses. The photo quality is on par with consumer level full sized DSLRs, and it produces very nice video.
Quality gets a slight ding because the auto focus in video mode sometimes seems to get "confused" and will adjust. This seems to be worse after extended recording when the battery is getting hot and lower on charge. Value also doesn't get full marks since it is fairly high priced, but the feature set is excellent giving it an overall Excellent rating from me.
April 06, 2012
I just got this and I took some awesome pictures of my two cats. They are hard to photograph but I did great. User friendly Camera and light.
March 16, 2012
I was looking for something that was easy to use, compact and took great pictures. Found it all in this camera. The art filters are a lot more fun than I thought and all the other scene modes are great.
March 06, 2012
I am still learning all the features and enjoy the feel and grip although I often find I have inadvertently pressed the "record" button. I just have an issue with the screen, it gets so full of fingerprints and is almost impossible to focus manually. I will have to get a viewfinder.
March 05, 2012
I have been using my E-PL3 for about two months now. Because it is so light and small it has taken some time to get used to handling; but, what a delight! Since I do a lot of hiking and mountain climbing, weight is the serious issue and the E-PL3 meets that requirement along with delivering outstanding quality photos. Also, it is just fun to use. The variety of lenses available make it useful in most photographic situations. A must have camera in your working equipment fleet.
March 02, 2012
I have used this camera with a number of lenses. I am in LOVE with the 45mm f1.8 lens. With 4/3 lenses and adapters the focus is a little sketchy but usable.
The image quality and stabilization are out standing.
February 27, 2012
This is a 2nd camera to supplement a larger high end SLR. We choose Olympus because of the high quality and overall performance to size superiority.
January 24, 2012
Having a tough time with the controls of this camera. I'm finding the menu to not be as intuitive as it could be. Thought it could just be me but gave it to a friend to see if he could find the ISO control and he had a tough time too. Set to shutter speed priority and my shots came out completely dark in a well lit situation. Isn't the aperture supposed to adjust accordingly?! Oh well.
January 13, 2012
okay, I decided to try an Olympus camera once again because I really enjoyed my first Olympus digital a few years back. I bought another Olympus Digital SLR three years ago, and have to say I was very disappointed in the overall quality of the pictures.
I am pleased to report, that are ELP -3 has been nothing but outstanding in both its ease-of-use and the quality of the pictures that we have received to date.
Granted, I have only had the camera just a bit over four weeks, and during that time. Has had limited opportunities to explore all the features and options. But certainly, for a camera coming right out of the box and being put to use it has been an excellent, easy-to-use product.
For those that are looking for a lightweight, compact, small digital SLR, I would highly recommend having this camera your serious consideration.
January 08, 2012
Great little camera,a true gem. Olympus needs to market the scp. (screen control panel) it has to be activated but tucked away deep in the menu. When activated, it gives access to every setting on the LCD ( no need to go into menu with scp activated).
I also wish olympus key the pl2 design the lack of the grip isn't necessarily a bad thing but sort of take away from the camera.
Other than those minor gripes, this little guy is a gem. Don't hesitate on purchasing if you are in the market for a new camera. Images are breath taking, stabilization is great, hd videos are stunning. Lens options are available. A++