Summary Olympus E-PL3

Prices Price
Body only
With 14-42mm lens
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 4
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 44
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
Screen resolution
Help 460k dots
Help 12.2 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Help 3.0"
Light sensitivity
Help 12,800 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Olympus has replaced the PEN E-PL3 with the PEN E-PL5.

Olympus PEN E-PL5
Olympus PEN E-PL5 announced September, 2012
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth

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The Olympus E-PL3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Size Quite small Help
Mid size 109x63x37 mm
Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensor Help
Avoids dust in your photos
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
External flash External flash Help
Better lighting
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
60 seconds


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The Olympus E-PL3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
499 ISO
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Color depth Little color depth Help
20.9 bits
Startup delay Longer startup delay Help
2100 ms startup delay
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Announced Old Help
June, 2011
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
460k dots
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
10.3 EV
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.2 MP
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Light sensitivity (boost) Low boost light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users


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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

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Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (7:49 PM, November 09, 2011)
Thanks, we've finally fixed that up!
C Tan (6:11 PM, October 18, 2011)
wrong picture, thats a EPL2