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Olympus PEN E-PL3
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Olympus PEN E-PL3 Digital Camera

MILC 12.3MP 3x Jul 2011
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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Olympus Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Based on 1,704 expert and owner reviews, Olympus has good reviews for its digital cameras. Olympus also has good reviews specifically within its MILC cameras range compared to other brands.

3D Compatible

Unlike most of the other MILC cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PL3 which are not 3D compatible, the PEN E-PL3 is 3D compatible.

We compared this camera to all the other 3D compatible digital cameras and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5[plb_1433511_price], and the Samsung NX1100[plb_2088336_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 supports video recording, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this type and age which do not support video recording.

We compared all the other cameras which support video recording to this digital camera and we think the Nikon 1 V1[plb_2794_price], the Sony NEX-7[plb_1612397_price], and the Samsung NX1100[plb_2088336_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PEN E-PL3 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the PEN E-PL3 also have a built-in flash.

Alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Nikon 1 V1[plb_2794_price], or the Pentax K-01[plb_1677575_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec, the PEN E-PL3 supports Full HD video.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the 1 V1[pl_2794_price], or the 1 J3[pl_1858479_price] both from Nikon which has better reviews.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the PEN E-PL3 range from 2x to 150x, and the average digital zoom is 11x. When compared to other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PL3, the digital zoom of the PEN E-PL3 of 14 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable age and spec 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 cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might also want to consider including the Lumix DMC-G6[pl_2147791_price], or the Lumix DMC-GX7[pl_2013856_price] both from Panasonic or the Nikon 1 V1[plb_2794_price] which has better reviews.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The PEN E-PL3 has a greater number of supported image formats than most MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by cameras of a comparable type and age to the PEN E-PL3. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The PEN E-PL3 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most commonly found HDMI connector is Mini, but this HDMI connector is not found on this Olympus digital camera. The HDMI connectors Micro are also found on this camera.

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Features Six Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the PEN E-PL3 is more than most MILC cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Olympus camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the PEN E-PL3 is more than most digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on digital cameras of this spec and age. The white balance modes "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Shade", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this digital camera.

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

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 has a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than the ±1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction found on most MILC cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Olympus camera also have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction.

This digital camera's flash exposure correction (±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)) is in fact the best flash exposure correction amongst all MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PEN E-PL3.

The worst flash exposure correction amongst comparable types of digital camera is ±1EV (1/3 EV step).

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Has Four Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the PEN E-PL3 is more than most MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera has a Vivid photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-PL3. The photo effects "Black&White", "Muted" and "Sepia" are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the PEN E-PL3 is more than most cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this Olympus camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this camera.

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Supports Seven ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the PEN E-PL3 is more than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PL3. The ISO speeds "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this digital camera.

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4032 X 3024 Still Image Resolution

The PEN E-PL3 has a 4032 x 3024 still image resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution found on most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. In addition, this camera have a still image resolution of 1024 x 768 and 2560 x 1920. Across all digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PL3 the still image resolution ranges from 1024 x 768 (worst) to 12416 x 1856 (best).

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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 MILC cameras that have been around for a comparable time 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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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Olympus camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on digital cameras of a similar age and type to the PEN E-PL3. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Ten Flash Guides

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 is a ten flash guide camera. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years have between 4 and 10 flash guides.

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Narrow

The PEN E-PL3 is fairly narrow (only 109.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the PEN E-PL3. Across all the cameras of this age and spec the widths range from 98mm to 170mm.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the PEN E-PL3 is more than most MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PL3. The auto focus "Single Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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TFT Display

The PEN E-PL3 has a better display than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This Olympus camera has a TFT display, whereas most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. Across all comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the display ranges from LCD (worst) to AMOLED (best).

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most frequently found focus on cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

Across all the MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-PL3 the maximum focal lengths range from 27mm to 870mm, and the average maximum focal length is 110mm. The PEN E-PL3 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (84 millimeters) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PEN E-PL3 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Does Not Have a GPS

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

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS which you might also want to consider including the Galaxy NX[pl_2082510_price], or the NX1100[pl_2088336_price] both from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The PEN E-PL3 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PEN E-PL3 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other MILC cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PL3, the PEN E-PL3 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The average megapixel count of cameras that were released around the same time as the PEN E-PL3 is 17MP, and the megapixel counts range from 2.3MP to 46MP. The PEN E-PL3 has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 12.3 megapixels) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

If you are looking for a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might want to look at the Q7[pl_2058121_price] (12.4MP), or the Q10[pl_1399120_price] (12.4MP) both from Pentax which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PL3 have maximum apertures of between 1 and 36, and the average maximum aperture is 16. At only 1, the PEN E-PL3 has a very big maximum aperture compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Quite Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

When compared to other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the PEN E-PL3 that we have checked the maximum camera shutter speed of, the PEN E-PL3's maximum camera shutter speed of only 2 seconds is one of the shortest. Cameras of this age and type have maximum camera shutter speeds of between 0.25s and 240s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 40s.

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Only Has Seven Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Olympus PEN E-PL3 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This Olympus camera has a Manual shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-PL3. The shooting modes "Aperture priority", "Auto", "Movie", "Program", "Scene" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

The PEN E-PL3 has one of the less total megapixel counts (only 13.1 megapixels) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. Across all the MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PL3 the total megapixel counts range from 12MP to 48MP, and the average total megapixel count is 18MP.

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Only 4032 X 3024 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The PEN E-PL3 has a 4032 x 3024 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. Most MILC cameras that are a similar age to it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. The image resolution of all MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PEN E-PL3 ranges from 4000 x 3000 pixels (worst) to 6000 x 4000 pixels (best).

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Quite Low Display Resolution

With a display resolution of only 460,000 pixels, the PEN E-PL3 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the PEN E-PL3. The average display resolution of cameras that were released more than two years ago is 750,000 pixels.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

At 28 millimeters, the PEN E-PL3 has a fairly long minimum focal length compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago. The average minimum focal length of MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago is 27mm, and the minimum focal lengths range from 10mm to 80mm.

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Fairly Big Minimum ISO Speed

Across all the MILC cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PL3 the minimum ISO speed range from 50 to 200. At 200, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 has a quite big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus PEN E-PL3

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camera was released over four years ago.

4/3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 4/3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. 17.30 x 13.00mm.

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Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the PEN E-PL3 has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PEN E-PL3.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon 1 V1[plb_2794_price], the Olympus Pen E-PL5[plb_1840381_price], or the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price].

Cameras with a larger screen size that might be worth considering include the NX300M[pl_2205970_price] (3.31"), or the NX300[pl_2096674_price] (3.31") both from Samsung or the Leica T (Typ 701)[plb_2550905_price] (3.7") which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 265 grams, the PEN E-PL3 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
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
Auto Focus Point
Focus Points Selection
Focus
Focus Mode
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
Flash Metering Mode
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
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
Sharpness Level
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
Display Language
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported 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
Networking
Other Features
USB 3.0 Port
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Maximum Magnification

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

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