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Olympus E-PL3
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Olympus E-PL3 Digital Camera

MILC 12.3MP 3x May 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
- Metal body- Extreme fast high-speed contrast AF- Lightweight and compact size for high portability- Newly developed 12.3 MP high speed Live MOS sensor with wide dynamic range- 7,6cm/3" tiltable... More
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22 Reasons For

Olympus Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 1,701 expert and user reviews for Olympus digital cameras and found that on average Olympus has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Olympus has good reviews specifically for its MILC digital cameras.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camera is Full HD, which is typical of many MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus E-PL3 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the E-PL3.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 ($872.99).

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of MILC digital cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 1x to 14x, and the average digital zoom is 6x. The Olympus E-PL3 has a fairly big digital zoom (14 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the E-PL3.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 14x digital zoom digital cameras and we think the Olympus Pen E-PL5 ($561.94) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might also want to consider including the Lumix DMC-GH4 ($1,197.98), or the Lumix DMC-GX7 ($559.95) both from Panasonic which has better reviews.

If the memory card type of this digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Olympus PEN E-P5 (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Olympus E-PL3 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the E-PL3. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Stereo Audio System

This digital camera has a Stereo audio system, which is the most frequently found audio system on digital cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The Olympus E-PL3 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector found on digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Fairly Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

With a maximum camera shutter speed of 60 seconds, the Olympus E-PL3 has a fairly long maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the E-PL3. The average maximum camera shutter speed of MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the E-PL3 is 43s.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The Olympus E-PL3 has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Olympus digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on MILC digital cameras that were released around the same time as the E-PL3. The white balance modes "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camera.

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±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Olympus E-PL3 has a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than most cameras of this type and age. Most MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a ±2EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction. In addition, this Olympus camera have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction. Across all MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the E-PL3 the flash exposure correction ranges from ±1EV (1/3 EV step) (worst) to ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) (best).

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Supports One Audio Format

The Olympus E-PL3 has a greater number of audio formats than most MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most commonly supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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4032 X 3024 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus E-PL3 has a 4032 x 3024 still image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras of this age and type. Most cameras of a similar type and age to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution. In addition, this digital camera have a still image resolution of 2560 x 1920 and 1024 x 768. MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the E-PL3 still image resolutions range from 1024 x 768 to 12416 x 1856.

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Supports Seven ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Olympus E-PL3 is more than most similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by cameras that have been available for more than two years. The ISO speeds "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of a similar type and age to it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Ten Flash Guides

Most MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the E-PL3 have between 4 and 16 flash guides, including the Olympus E-PL3 which has ten flash guides.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Olympus E-PL3 is more than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Olympus camera has a Vivid photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the E-PL3. The photo effects "Muted" and "Neutral" are also found on this camera.

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Narrow

The widths of digital cameras of this spec and age range from 98mm to 170mm, and the average width is 120mm. The Olympus E-PL3 is fairly narrow (only 109.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the E-PL3.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Olympus E-PL3 is more than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Olympus digital camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on digital cameras of a similar age and type to the E-PL3. The auto focus "Single Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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Supports One Power Source

The Olympus E-PL3 has a greater number of power sources than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most frequently supported power source supported by digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the E-PL3.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most commonly found focus on digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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15 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Olympus E-PL3 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of this type and age do have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 ($872.99), or the Samsung NX Mini NXF1 ($414.99) is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Olympus E-PL3 does not support WiFi connectivity, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras of this age and type also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity to this digital camera and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 ($392.99) which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Olympus E-PL3 does not support video recording. Most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the E-PL3 also do not support video recording.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a video recording and we think the Sony NEX-7 ($883.13), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 ($175.99) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago are not 3D compatible. The Olympus E-PL3 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Samsung NX20 ($369.42) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Olympus E-PL3 does not have a GPS, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the E-PL3 also do not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS including the Samsung Galaxy NX which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Most MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to the E-PL3 are not waterproof. The Olympus E-PL3 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the E-PL3 do not have an image stabiliser. The Olympus E-PL3 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The Olympus E-PL3 has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 12.3 megapixels) amongst MILC digital cameras of this age. The megapixel counts of similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the E-PL3 range from 2.3MP to 46MP.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 12.3MP digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus PEN E-PM1 is also worth considering.

Cameras with a higher megapixel count that might also be worth considering include the Nikon 1 S2 (14.2MP), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 ($469.95) (16MP) which is also higher rated.

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Only Features Six Flash Modes

The Olympus E-PL3 has a greater number of flash modes than most MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras of a similar spec and age to the E-PL3. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction", "Second curtain synchro" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

The Olympus E-PL3 has one of the less total megapixel counts (only 13.1 megapixels) amongst MILC digital cameras of this age. Across all the similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the E-PL3 the total megapixel counts range from 12MP to 48MP, and the average total megapixel count is 19MP.

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Only Has Two Image Editing Modes

The number of image editing modes found on the Olympus E-PL3 is more than most MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has a Rotating image editing mode, which is the most frequently found image editing mode found on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the E-PL3. The image editing mode "Trimming" is also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Only 4032 X 3024 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Olympus E-PL3 has a 4032 x 3024 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras of this spec and age. Most digital cameras that are a similar age to it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. The worst image resolution of all MILC digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the E-PL3 is 4000 x 3000 pixels and the best is 6000 x 4000 pixels.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

Across all the cameras of a comparable spec and age to the E-PL3 the display resolutions range from 33 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. The Olympus E-PL3 has one of the lower display resolutions (only 460,000 pixels) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Only 35 Auto Focus Points

The Olympus E-PL3 is a 35 auto focus point digital camera. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than two years have between 11 and 246 auto focus points.

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Fairly Big Minimum ISO Speed

The Olympus E-PL3 has one of the bigger minimum ISO speed (200) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. Across all the cameras that were launched around the same time as the E-PL3 the minimum ISO speed range from 50 to 200.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus E-PL3

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Olympus camera has been on the market for over four years.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Olympus E-PL3 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the E-PL3.

Alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Leica M ($170.00), or the Olympus PEN E-P5.

If this Olympus camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Leica T (Typ 701) ($1,281.99) (3.7") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 265 grams, the Olympus E-PL3 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus Points Selection
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable

Expert Reviews

13 December 2014

Unsere Kamera-Tests bieten zwar Orientierung bei der Auswahl der richtigen Kamera. Doch am Ende entscheidet der User selbst, welches Modell es für ihn sein soll. Welche Digicams derzeit besonders... Read more…

Vibrant image quality
Good handling of auto exposure
Decent low-light performance
Good starter option
Tilting LCD screen aids visibility
Physical controls not great
Focusing sometimes inaccurate
Wobbly video results
Integral flash and handgrip have been removed
Plastic clip-on flash and kit lens

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