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Olympus E-PL3

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Overall 7
7.0

Olympus PEN E-PL3

PC Magazine
4 December 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus Pen E-PL3 Review

Digitaltrends
18 November 2011
  • 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
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Overall 7
6.8

Olympus E-PL3 Review: Almost a Great Camera

Digital Camera Review
27 September 2011
  • Summary: The Olympus E-PL3 is a camera that I genuinely wanted to love, but at the end of the day I can't be very enthusiastic about this camera. For starters, not only does the lack of a grip make the E-PL3 uncomfortable to hold, but I can't escape the feeling that the Olympus design team did little more than copy the shape of last year's Sony NEX-3.
  • Pros: Faster burst mode than the more expensive E-P3, Good still image quality and excellent video quality, Faster autofocus than previous m4/3 cameras, Tilting LCD
  • Cons: Lack of grip makes it uncomfortable to hold, No built-in flash, Widescreen LCD on a 4/3 format camera
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Overall 7
7.2

Expert Review

DP Review
23 September 2011
  • 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...
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Overall 8
8.2
Build quality 8
8.0
Autofocus 8
8.0

Olympus Pen E-PL3 (Lite) review

Amateur Photographer
3 April 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 7
7.0

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
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Overall 8
8.0

Olympus PEN E-PL3

Trusted Reviews
8 November 2011
  • Summary: Is the Olympus E-PL3 the best PEN yet?
  • Pros: Super-fast AF performance, Good image quality, Tiltable LCD monitor
  • Cons: No hand-grip, No pop-up flash, Limited macro capabilites
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Overall 9
8.5
Ease of use 8
8.0
Control 9
8.5
Video quality 9
8.5
Build quality 9
8.5

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

PhotoReview
1 September 2011
  • 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...
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Overall 9
8.5
Ease of use 8
8.0
Control 9
8.5
Video quality 9
8.5
Build quality 9
8.5

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

PhotoReview
1 September 2011
  • 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...
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Overall 7
7.0

Olympus E-PL3 review

Pocket Lint
29 August 2011
  • Conclusion: Potential owners of the E-PL3 will be weighing up whether to go for this or an identically priced Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3. While the latter is less outwardly sophisticated and certainly lacks the retro charm, as well as a top plate hotshoe, it does include the built-in flash missing from the Olympus. On the other hand, the E-PL3 features an adjustable screen, something we’ve felt has been missing from the Panasonic GF series for a while now.
  • Pros: Attractive retro styling, solid most metal (aluminium) build quality and sophisticated design, packed full of fun features such as Art Filter effects, Full HD video with stereo sound and near silent performance from bundled standard zoom
  • Cons: Omits the built-in flash and handgrip given to its predecessors in order to deliver a more svelte form factor, takes a bit of hunting around to locate key functions
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