Olympus PEN E-PL3 Price in USA

Olympus PEN E-PL3 Price in US

When it comes to output, the Olympus PEN Lite/E-PL3 is exactly the same as the Olympus E-P3, which was only recently evaluated. We conducted tests to validate the image quality (and of course include these tests in the review). You will discover that, where it is relevant, our remarks and evaluations are the same as those that were presented in our comprehensive study of the Olympus E-P3 camera. The evaluation of features and capabilities that are exclusive to the E-PL3 takes up a significant portion of the original information presented in this article.

Olympus PEN E-PL3 Price in USA

The E-PL range of cameras from Olympus was designed from the beginning to be a simpler, more affordable alternative to the company’s E-Px line of high-end cameras. This tradition has been carried on with the release of the third generation of the Olympus PEN E-PL3 (also known as the PEN Lite), which maintains this tradition while incorporating a significant portion of the functionality and nearly all of the performance gains of its older brother, the Olympus E-P3. However, one thing that is different this time around is the simultaneous release of the E-PM1/PEN Mini, which is now the most basic model in the PEN family. This is one of the differences. The PEN Lite is positioned between the PEN Mini and Olympus’ flagship E-P3, and it offers a combination of external control points and handling that is similar to that of a compact camera. This may be appealing to individuals who are ready to move beyond a “auto everything” experience and desire high image quality in a small package.

Handling and operational modifications have been included into the PEN Lite in comparison to its predecessor, the Olympus PEN E-PL2. The most noticeable differences between the E-PL2 and the E-PL3 are the absence of a handgrip along the front plate, the addition of a tilting LCD screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and the presence of a clip-on flash unit that occupies the hot shoe and the rear accessory port. The built-in flash on the E-PL2 is also noticeable. Although it shares a sensor and image processing engine with the higher-priced E-P3, the PEN Lite offers a more distinctive design and better feature distinction than we’ve previously seen between it and the high-end device. As a result of these design changes, the E-PL3 seems to be a significantly different camera from its predecessor, the E-PL2. In point of fact, the E-design PL3’s style and decreased size point more closely to that of the Olympus XZ-1 compact camera; this may be a not-so-subtle indication to the demographic that Olympus has in mind for their intended target audience.

However, there is no misunderstanding that the E-PL3 is not lacking in any functionality. There are also carryovers from the E-PL2 in the form of external control points, a mode dial, a hot shoe, and an accessory connector. And, as we have come to expect from a model in the PEN series, the E-PL3 offers a high degree of customization over the camera operation along with a variety of art filters and effects that can be applied to JPEG image captures. In addition, the E-PL3 offers a variety of art filters and effects that can be applied. We are also glad to observe that, similar to the E-P3, the PEN Lite comes equipped with an AF illuminator that makes it easier to acquire focus in low-light situations.

After consistently playing the role of a pioneer (Olympus was an early exponent of DSLR live view, in-camera image stabilization, and art filters), and after witnessing other manufacturers embrace similar features, Olympus is seizing the chance to steal ideas for a change with the E-PL3 camera. The tilting LCD screen and protruding lens mount of the E-PL3, not to mention its detachable clip-on flash, all give off an air that is unmistakably reminiscent of the NEX series of cameras from Sony.

The flip-out screen of the PEN Lite has an unusual aspect ratio of 16:9, which makes it ideal for recording high-definition video but somewhat less so for still photography in the camera’s original 4:3 format. Due to the incompatibility of the formats, the screen will have black bars running down both of its sides. These sections will be used only to display the camera’s settings.

Olympus PEN E-PL3 Specifications

(Body + 14-42mm)
 • US: $699.99
 • UK: £549
 • EU: €649
Body material*Metal
Sensor • 4/3″ Hi-Speed Live MOS sensor
 • 17.3 x 13.0 mm active area
 • 13.1 million total pixels
 • 12.3 million effective pixels
 • RGB (Primary) color filter array
 • Fixed low pass filter (anti-alias filter)
Dust suppressionSupersonic Wave Filter
Image stabilization • “Supersonic Wave Drive” (in-body sensor shift)
 • Three modes: Horizontal+Vertical, Vertical only, Horizontal only
 • Up to 3 EV compensation (claimed)
 • Digital IS in Move Mode
Image processor*TruePic VI
Image sizes (Still) • 4032 x 3024
 • 3200 x 2400
 • 2560 x 1920
 • 1600 x 1200
 • 1280 x 960
 • 1024 x 768
 • 640 x 480
Image sizes (Movie)AVCHD Format:*
 • FullHD Fine : 1920×1080, 60i Recording, 17Mbps
 • FullHD Normal : 1920×1080, 60i Recording, 13Mbps
 • HD Fine : 1280×720, 60p Recording, 17Mbps
 • HD Normal : 1280×720, 60p Recording, 13Mbps
Frame rate of image sensor output is 30fps

Motion-JPEG Format:
 • HD: 1280×720, 30fps*, Aspect 16:9
 • SD: 640×480, 30fps*, Aspect 4:3 (VGA) 
* Some Art Filters are at reduced frame rates
Movie lengthAVCHD Format:
 • 29 min, Max 4Gb

Motion-JPEG Format:
 • 7 min @ HD, Max 2Gb
 • 14 min @ 640 x 480, Max 2Gb
Aspect Ratio4:3 (Default), 3:2, 16:9, 6:6, 3:4
File formats • Raw
 • Raw + JPEG
 • MPO* (3D still)
 • AVI Motion JPEG
Sound recording • AVCHD Format: Dolby Digital
 • Motion JPEG Format / Picture with Sound: Wave Format Base (Stereo PCM/16bit, 48kHz)
 • Max Recording Time (Picture with Sound) 30 sec
 • Mic / Speaker: Stereo / Mono
Digital Tele-Converter • 2x digital zoom
Lenses • Micro Four Thirds Mount
 • Range of M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses available
 • Multiply focal length by 2 for 35 mm equiv. FOV
 • Compatible with standard Four Thirds lenses via adapter.
Auto focus • Contrast Detection AF system
 • 35-area multiple AF*
 • When non high-speed contrast AF compatible lens is used, works as MF assist
Focus Area Selectable • Automatic
 • Manual
 • Auto from 35 area, Single area from 35 area, Group target (9 area) from 35 area*
 • Auto from almost all area when Face detection is ON
 • Free selection when Magnified View Mode is selected
Eye Detect AF* • OFF
 • Near side eye priority mode
 • Right side eye priority mode
 • Left side eye priority mode
Focus modes • Single shot AF (S- AF)
 • Continuous AF (C-AF)
 • Manual focus (MF)
 • Single + Manual (S-AF+ MF)
 • AF Tracking (C-AF+ TR)
 • Focus mode can be set in still and movie modes separately
AF assist lamp • Yes*
Exposure modes • iAuto
 • Program AE (with shift)
 • Aperture priority AE
 • Shutter priority AE
 • Manual
 • Art Filter
 • Scene select
Scene modes • Portrait
 • e-Portrait
 • Landscape
 • Landscape + Portrait
 • Sport
 • Night Scene
 • Night + Portrait
 • Children
 • High Key
 • Low Key
 • DIS mode
 • Macro
 • Nature Macro
 • Candle
 • Sunset
 • Documents
 • Panorama
 • Fireworks
 • Beach & Snow
 • Fisheye Effect (for use with lens converter)
 • Wide Angle (for use with lens converter)
 • Macro (for use with lens converter)
 • 3D*
Art Filter • Pop art
 • Soft focus
 • Grainy film
 • Pin hole
 • Diorama
 • Dramatic Tone
Sensitivity • Auto : ISO 200 – 12800* (customizable, Default 200-1600)
 • Manual ISO 200* – 12800, 1/3 or 1 EV steps
Metering system • TTL Image Sensor metering system
 • 324-zone multi-pattern
Metering modes • Digital ESP (324-area multi-pattern metering)
 • Center-Weighted Average
 • Spot (1%)
 • Highlight based spot
 • Shadow based spot
AE Lock • AE lock available using Fn button
 • AF lock with shutter release half-press in Single AF mode
Exposure comp. • Up to ± 3.0 EV
 • 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
AE Bracketing • 2*, 3, 5* frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1.0 EV steps
 • 7* frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 EV steps
Exposure fine tune • ±1EV in 1/6EV steps
Shutter speed • 60-1/4000 sec
Flash X-sync speed* • 1/60 – 1/160
White balance • Auto
 • Sunny
 • Shadow
 • Cloudy
 • Incandescent
 • Fluorescent
 • Underwater
 • Flash
 • 2 custom presets*
 • Kelvin (2000 – 14000 K)
 • Flash + WB:  Off / AWB Priority / Flash WB priority*
 • AWB Keep Warm color: Off / On*
WB fine tuning • Red – Blue: ± 7 steps (2 mired each)
 • Green – Magenta: ± 7 steps (2 mired each)
WB Bracketing • 3 frames
 • 2, 4 or 6 steps
Color space • sRGB
 • Adobe RGB
Image parameters • iEnhance (3 levels)
 • Saturation – 5 levels (Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait)
 • Sharpness – 5 levels (Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone)
 • Contrast- 5 levels (Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone)
 • B&W filter (Yellow, Orange, Red, Green)
 • B&W toning (Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green)
 • Gradation (4 levels)
 • Art Filter Bracketing available*
Drive modes • Single
 • Sequential
 • Self-timer (2 or 12 sec)
Continuous* • 5.5 fps (IS Off)
 • 4.1 fps (IS On)
Add-on flash • Special external flash is included
 • Guide No: 10m at ISO 200
 • Mode: TTL-Auto, Manual (Full, 1/2*, 1/4, 1/8*, 1/16, 1/32*, 1/64)
 • Wireless flash (4 channels, 3 groups)
External Flash • Hot-Shoe
 • Compatible with E-system Flash (FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R)
 • External Flash Control : TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-Auto, FP-Manual
 • Modes: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Manual, Off.
 • Flash power: Up to ± 3EV in 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps
Super Control Panel Settings • ISO sensitivity
 • WB
 • WB compensation
 • Picture mode/Scene mode/Art filter mode
 • Sharpness
 • Contrast
 • BW filter*
 • Picture tone*
 • Flash mode
 • Drive mode
 • Metering mode
 • Saturation
 • Gradation
 • AF mode
 • AF target
 • Face Priority
 • Color space
 • Flash intensity compensation
 • Record mode
 • Aspect ratio
 • Image Stabilizer
*Available in Monotone mode
Live Control Settings • Image Stabilizer
 • Picture mode/Scene mode/Art filter mode*
 • WB
 • Drive mode
 • Aspect ratio
 • Record mode (stills)
 • Record mode (movie)
 • Flash mode
 • Flash intensity compensation
 • Metering mode
 • AF mode
 • ISO sensitivity
 • Face Priority
 • Movie sound recording
*Availability corresponds to chosen shooting mode
Orientation sensor • No
Electronic Viewfinder • External (optional)
Display* • 3.0″ 16:9 LCD with Anti-Reflective Coating
 • Tilt screen
 • 460,000 dots
 • 100% frame coverage
 • Brightness adjustment +7 to -7
 • Color Temperature adjustment +7 to -7
Live View • 100% field of view
 • Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed
 • AF operation
 • 5x* – 14x magnification
Live View Modes • Normal Mode
 • Grid Line Mode (4 types)
 • Histogram Mode
 • Highlight & Shadow Mode
 • Multi View Mode
Live View Information • Battery check
 • Card write indicator
 • Super FP Flash*
 • RC mode
 • Auto bracket
 • Multiple exposure
 • Face priority
 • Movie sound
 • Internal Temperature Warning
 • Dial lock
 • Focal length
 • Flash status
 • AF confirmation mark
 • IS mode
 • Picture mode/Art filter/Scene mode
 • WB
 • Sequential shooting
 • Self-timer
 • Aspect ratio
 • Record mode (stills)
 • Record mode (movies)
 • Available recording time
 • Number of storable still pictures
 • Tone control
 • Flash intensity compensation
 • Exposure compensation
 • Aperture
 • Shutter speed
 • Histogram
 • AF confirmation mark
 • AE lock
 • Shooting mode
 • Myset
 • ISO
 • AF mode
 • Metering mode
 • Flash mode
*Requires a compatible flash unit
Playback functions • Single-frame
 • Information Display
 • Index Display(4/9/25/100 frames, Calendar)
 • Close-up (2 – 14X)
 • Movie (w/sound, FF/REW/Pause)
 • Slideshow (Still/Movie/Still+Movie, Slide show w/BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)
Editing • Raw development
 • JPEG editing (Shadow Adjustment, Redeye Fix, Crop, Aspect ratio, B&W, Sepia, Saturation, Resize, e-Portrait)
Storage • SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible)
 • Eye-Fi compatible*
Connectivity • USB 2.0 (Hi Speed)
 • Mini HDMI
 • Video Out (NTSC / PAL)
 • Accessory Port AP2
Power • BLS-5 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (supplied & charger)
 • Approx 330 shots (CIPA test standard)
Dimensions109.5mm (W) x 63.7mm (H) x 37.3mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
Weight (no batt)265g
Weight (with batt & card)313g
Box contentsBody, Clip-on Flash, Li-ion battery BLS-5, Li-ion battery charger BCS-1, USB/Video Multi cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Master CD-ROM, Instruction manual, Warranty card.
7.5Expert Score

The compact and aesthetically pleasing Olympus E-PL3 digital camera features a large number of external control points, an LCD monitor that can be tilted, rapid autofocus performance, and great image quality. The E-PL3 is a camera that has a comfortable handling and extremely well-specified design, and it is capable of capturing good photographs with a minimum of trouble. This is despite the fact that the menu system is quite complex, which may need new users to through an initial learning curve.

Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Image quality
  • Excellent image clarity and resolution even with low ISO settings.
  • Operation that is quick and responsive
  • Full HD AVCHD video
  • Stylish appearance and a structure based entirely on metal.
  • Fast, accurate autofocus
  • A large number of controls on the outside relative to its body size
  • Editing of raw files can be done in-camera.
  • LCD with a tiltable screen and an AF assist light
  • A great deal of control over the camera settings and menus
  • Art filters provide a variety of effects that are both entertaining and innovative.
  • High ISO noise performance that lags below that of newer sensors offered by rivals
  • Complex menu system (for its target audience)
  • The teaser for the movie mode is wrong (camera crops-in when you press the record button)
  • Because there is no orientation sensor, any portrait photos that you take will need you to manually rotate them.
  • There is no touchscreen interface present.
  • There is no live view available when filming continuously.
  • When a clip-on flash is attached, it is impossible to utilize an electronic viewfinder or any other accessory port device.
  • The absence of a hand grip results in a less pleasant feeling while holding the item.
  • LCD displays with a 16:9 aspect ratio are less than optimal for displaying 4:3 still pictures.
  • Because of its size and location, using the control dial might be fairly challenging.
  • The use of digital IS for video capturing might result in footage that does not seem natural.
  • Overly harsh default noise filter setting for JPEG output


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