Olympus PEN E-PL5 vs Olympus PEN E-PL3

Winner
Olympus PEN E-PL5

100

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

60

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL5

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
889 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
72.0
Great color depth
Color depth
22.8 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.3 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL3

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN E-PL5.

competitors

Olympus PEN E-PL5 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PL8

Olympus PEN E-PL8

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$549 body only

$497 - $649 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$447 body only

$365 - $379 with 16-50mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Olympus PEN E-PL6

Olympus PEN E-PL6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$289 body only

$370 with 14-42mm lens

Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Competitors

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$459 with 14-42mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Built-in flash Built-in flash
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Olympus PEN E-PL7

Olympus PEN E-PL7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$579 body only

$699 with 14-42mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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