Updated (June 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN E-P3 vs Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

Olympus PEN E-P3 vs Olympus PEN E-PL3

Winner
Olympus PEN E-P3

74

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

70

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P3

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
900 ms startup delay
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
241 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
108 lenses

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN E-P3.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3.

competitors

Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$435 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Samsung NX300

Samsung NX300

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$772 body only

$730 with 20-50mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$399 body only

$500 with 14-42mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Image stabilization No image stabilization

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PL6

Olympus PEN E-PL6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$289 body only

$370 with 14-42mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$435 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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