Conclusion: The Olympus PEN E-PL3 delivers impressive performance when it comes to speed, but is held back by noisy images at higher ISO settings and a kit lens that delivers so-so sharpness at longer focal lengths.
Pros: Tilting 3-inch LCD. Fast autofocus system. In-camera artistic filters. Accessory port for optional EVF.
Cons: High noise at ISO 1600 and above. No built-in flash. Menu system is unintuitive and can be slow.
Excerpt: Olympus has continued to expand its Micro Four Thirds (MFT) repertoire with new models for its PEN series. While the manufacturer might be finding itself in the news for, ahem, less than exemplary corporate behavior , its cameras measure up. The E-PL3 is no exception, which though deviating significantly from the design of the E-PL2 , still manages to turn heads for its good looks and pack a couple of worthwhile technical upgrades.
Pros: Convenient tilt-out screen, Super fast, quiet AF system, High image quality, Impressively slim body
Cons: Sits awkwardly—body is weighed down by the lens, No automatic playback, No pop-up flash
Summary: The Olympus E-PL3 offers ample external control points, a tilting LCD screen, and fast AF performance along with high image quality in a small, stylish package. Although the complexity of the menu system may require an initial learning curve for new users, the E-PL3 is a pleasant-handling and very well-specified camera that can capture excellent images with a minimum of fuss.
Pros: Very good low ISO image quality and resolution, Fast and responsive operation, Fast, accurate autofocus, Full HD AVCHD video, Attractive styling and solid, metal construction, A high number of external controls for its body size, Tilt-screen LCD, AF assist lamp, In-camera Raw edit capability, High degree of camera and menu customization, Art filters offer fun, creative effects with numerous variants
Cons: High ISO noise performance lagging behind competitors' newer sensors, Overly aggressive default noise filter setting for JPEG output, Digital IS for video capture can introduce unnatural-looking footage, Size and positioning of control dial makes its use somewhat awkward, Lack of a hand grip makes for a less comfortable handling experience, 16x9 format LCD is less than ideal for viewing 4:3 still images, Use of clip-on flash precludes use of an EVF or any other access...
Summary: With the core of the Olympus Pen models the same, the E-PL3's makeover successfully creates a marked physical difference between it and the larger E-P3.
Those desiring a compact and modern-styled body will be happy. A tiltable screen aids handling and, when the camera is used with a sharp pancake lens, it is not only great fun but also produces good-quality images.
Excerpt: There's some fierce competition for the accolade of best compact system camera (CSC). The basic concept is a strong one, combining SLR quality with compact proportions and topping it off with the best videos modes around. However, no camera we've seen to date gets everything right. The Sony NEX-5N comes closest with its class-leading image quality, but it's relatively slow to focus, it's quite pricey and its kit lens is bulkier and not as sharp as rival lenses.
A Micro Four Thirds camera that can supply clear and vibrant results, but it isn't great for motion pictures
Good Gear Guide.au
24 November 2011
Summary: The PEN Lite E-PL3 isn't a camera that will blow you away, but it does have a lot of good points: what you see on its LCD screen is what the camera will capture, it performs well in low-light environments and its image quality is very good. However, its video quality is wobbly, its physical controls aren't great and it sometimes missed intended focus points.
Pros: Vibrant image quality, Good handling of auto exposure, Decent low-light performance
Cons: Physical controls not great, Focusing sometimes inaccurate, Wobbly video results
Summary: Olympus Third generation 'Pen Lite' adds tilting LCD screen but subtracts handgrip and integral flash. Still a great update but no real reasons to upgrade from the previous model if you're own one
Pros: Solid feel, Metal build, Retro styling
Cons: Lack of Flash, Plastic-y flashgun clip, Lacks proper handgrip
Summary: The first PEN series camera with a tilting 3.0-inch widescreen monitor screen.The PEN Lite E-PL3 sits in the centre of the new PEN camera range and features the same image sensor and processor as the flagship E-P3 as well as that camera's FAST AF system and support for 1080i Full HD video capture. With an RRP $200 less than the E-P3's, a few features have been lost. The LCD screen has lower resolution but it tilts and provides 16:9 viewing.
Pros: You want a smart-looking compact digital camera with interchangeable lenses, raw file capture plus in-camera image stabilisation and effective dust reduction technology., You'd like Full HD video recording with stereophonic sound., You'd appreciate relatively fast autofocusing. Don't buy this camera if :, You're not comfortable with Olympus's relatively convoluted user interface., You require a wide dynamic range in JPEG shots., You require a built-in flash. IMATEST G...