Summary Olympus E-PL3

Prices Price
Body only Unknown With 14-42mm lens $245
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Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range #n/a of 2 Among similar cameras #n/a of 50
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size Help Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm Screen resolution Help 460k dots
Megapixels Help 12.2 MP Movie format Help 1080p @ 30fps
Screen size Help 3.0" Light sensitivity Help 1,600 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Replacement

Olympus has replaced the PEN Lite 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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity

Compare the new Olympus PEN E-PL5 vs the E-PL3

Pros

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The Olympus E-PL3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
$244.99
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
60 seconds
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift
Lens availability More lenses available Help
40 lenses
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Size Quite small Help
Mid size 109x63x37 mm

Cons

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The Olympus E-PL3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Overall image quality Low overall image quality Help
52.0
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
460k dots
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
10.3 EV
Startup delay Longer startup delay Help
2100 ms startup delay
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
35
Sensor size Slightly smaller than average sensor Help
Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
300 shots
Announced Old Help
June, 2011
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
499 ISO
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
None
Color depth Little color depth Help
20.9 bits
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.2 MP
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
Light sensitivity Very poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
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
Light sensitivity (boost) Low boost light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Professional

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Discussion

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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