Summary Olympus E-PL3

Prices Price
Body only
With 14-42mm lens
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 1
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 33
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Four thirds 17.3x13mm
Screen resolution
Help 460k dots
Help 12.2 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Help 3"
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 E-PL5.

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

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The Olympus E-PL3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensor Help
Avoids dust in your photos
Thickness Thin Help
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
60 seconds
Lens availability More lenses available Help
108 lenses
Size Quite small Help
Mid size (110×64×37 mm)
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Weight Light Help
313 g


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The Olympus E-PL3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Low light performance Very 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
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.2 MP
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
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
Missing geo-tagging
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
460k dots
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
10.3 EV
Startup delay Poor startup delay Help
2100 ms startup delay
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Announced Old Help
June 2011
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