Summary Olympus E-PL3

Prices Price
Body only
With 14-42mm lens
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
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Among similar cameras
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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 PEN Lite E-PL3Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3


Olympus has replaced the PEN E-PL3 with the E-PL5.

Olympus PEN E-PL5
Olympus PEN E-PL5 announced September 2012
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
True resolution Higher true resolution

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The Olympus E-PL3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Lens availability More lenses available Help
108 lenses
Size Quite small Help
Mid size (110×64×37 mm)
Thickness Thin Help
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
60 seconds
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Weight Light Help
313 g


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The Olympus E-PL3 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
Not supported
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
5.5 fps
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
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
300 shots
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
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
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
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
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Announced Old Help
June 2011
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users


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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