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

MILC 12.3MP 10.7x May 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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 Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 1,711 owner and expert reviews, Olympus has good ratings for its digital cameras. Olympus also has good ratings specifically for its MILC cameras compared to other brands.

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The PEN E-PL3 supports video capability, unlike most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PEN E-PL3 which do not support video capability.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras which support video capability currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price], or the Nikon 1 V2[plb_1822232_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The PEN E-PL3 supports Full HD video. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price], the Pentax K-01[plb_1677575_price], or the Olympus PEN E-PL6[plb_2168948_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have a built-in flash.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price], the Pentax K-01[plb_1677575_price], and the Nikon 1 J4[plb_2510399_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of digital cameras that came out more than two years ago is 10x. At 14 times zoom factor, the PEN E-PL3 has a very big digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-PL3.

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Olympus SP-810UZ[plb_1058012_price] (144x) which also has a higher rating.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Olympus PEN E-PL6[plb_2168948_price], the Nikon 1 AW1[plb_2020636_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price].

Cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth looking at include the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price] (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Olympus PEN E-PL3 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PEN E-PL3. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this digital camera.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the PEN E-PL3 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most frequently found HDMI connector type is Mini, but this HDMI connector type is not found on this digital camera. The HDMI connector types Micro are also found on this camera.

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Has Two Image Editings

The number of image editing modes found on the PEN E-PL3 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. The most frequently found image editing is Rotating, but this image editing is not found on this camera. The image editings Crop and Resizing are also found on this Olympus 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 ±2EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction found on most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera also have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction. The flash exposure correction of all MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-PL3 ranges from ±1EV (1/3 EV step) to ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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Has Six White Balances

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

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The PEN E-PL3 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras of this age and type. The most frequently found photo effects is Vivid, but this photo effects is not found on this camera. The photo effectss Black&White and Sepia are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Supports Two ISO Sensitivitys

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Olympus digital camera supports a 200 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the PEN E-PL3. The ISO sensitivity "12800" is also supported by this camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

When compared to other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PEN E-PL3, the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the Olympus PEN E-PL3 of 300 millimeters is one of the longest. Across all the similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PL3 the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 27mm to 870mm.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This digital camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been around for a similar 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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Ten Flash Guide Numbers

The PEN E-PL3 is a ten flash guide number camera.

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Features Two Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the PEN E-PL3 is more than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years. The auto focusing (AF) modes "Single Auto Focus" is also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many MILC cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 has a greater number of power sources than most digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PL3.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The PEN E-PL3 has a greater number of audio formats than most digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this Olympus camera. The audio formats supporteds PCM are also supported by this camera.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also do not support wi-Fi.

Alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might want to look at include the Sony Alpha A5100L[plb_2421454_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PEN E-PL3, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 does not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth also looking at other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the 20[pl_2083247_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 keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of this type and age are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The PEN E-PL3 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PL3 also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Low Megapixel

The average megapixel of cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PEN E-PL3 is 18MP. With a megapixel of only 12.3 megapixels, the PEN E-PL3 has one of the lower megapixels amongst MILC cameras of this age.

If this MILC digital camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might also want to look at the Q10[pl_1399120_price] (12.4MP), or the Q7[pl_2058121_price] (12.4MP) both from Pentax or the Olympus SP-810UZ[plb_1058012_price] (14MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution(s)

The PEN E-PL3 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of this spec and age. This camera has a 1024 x 768 still image resolution(s), whereas most MILC cameras that are a similar age to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Olympus camera have a still image resolution(s) of 2560 x 1920 and 4032 x 3024.

A 1024 x 768 still image resolution(s) is in fact the worst still image resolution across all digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PEN E-PL3.

The best still image resolution amongst comparable types of camera is 6000 x 4000.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The PEN E-PL3 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This Olympus digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of a similar age and type to the PEN E-PL3. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of only 13.1 megapixels, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 has one of the less total megapixelss amongst digital cameras of this age. The total megapixelss of cameras of this spec and age range from 12MP to 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 19MP.

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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 cameras of this age and type. Most cameras of a similar type and age to it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago the worst image resolution is 4000 x 3000 pixels and the best is 6000 x 4000 pixels.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

The biggest maximum aperture number of MILC cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PEN E-PL3 is 2.7, the smallest is 40, and the average maximum aperture number is 15. At only 5.6, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 has a fairly big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

At only 460,000 pixels, the PEN E-PL3 has a quite low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the PEN E-PL3. The average display resolution (numeric) of similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 730,000 pixels.

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The average ISO sensitivity (min) of MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years is 140. With an ISO sensitivity (min) of 200, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 has one of the bigger ISO sensitivity (min)s amongst cameras of this age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Olympus PEN E-PL3

4/3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 4/3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. 17.30 x 13.00mm.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

Olympus released the PEN E-PL3 over four years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

Digital cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include the NX300[pl_2096674_price] (3.31"), the NX300M[pl_2205970_price] (3.31"), or the NX2000[pl_2085238_price] (3.7") all from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The PEN E-PL3 has a fairly average weight (265 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PEN E-PL3.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Number of Aspheric Elements
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Mounting Type
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Guide Number
Flash Sync-Speed
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
Flash Metering Modes
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Noise Reduction
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Magnification
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
Connection to PC
HDMI
Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
3D
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Sharpness Levels
Histogram
Anti-Dust Function
Image Editing
Camera File System
Live View
Tripod Mountable
Multi Burst Mode
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
Languages Support
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Networking
Bluetooth
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Ports Quantity
Camera Shutter Speed
Maximum Magnification

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

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