Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

Olympus E-PL3

Olympus E-PL3

Olympus E-PL3 Black

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Olympus E-PL3

Olympus E-PL3

Olympus E-PL3 with tiltable LCD

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Lite. The Olympus PEN Lite, also known as the E-PL3, is one of three PEN mirrorless DSLRs that Olympus announced together in June 2011. All three have the same image sensor and basically the same features: 12.3MP resolution (on a 17.3x13mm Live MOS Image Sensor), Sensor-shift image stabilization, TruePic™ VI Image Processor, high ISO of 12,800, fast AF, Full 1080i HD video with Dolby Digital sound recording, newly designed user interfaces and a variety of Art Filters and built-in creative features. The PEN Lite (E-PL3) stands in the middle between the E-P3 and the PEN Mini (E-PM1) and differs from them mainly by having a titltable LCD screen.

The E-PL3 has the Micro Four Thirds (mFT) mount and therefore accepts all mFT lenses, as well as Four Thirds (FT) lenses, OM lenses, some Leica lenses and lenses from other brands with the appropriate adapter. A Dust Reduction System ensures any dust that may have entered the camera when changing lenses are removed from the sensor.

A direct HD Movie button gives instant access to Full HD movie 1920×1080 pixels with Dolby stereo sound. The popular in-camera Art Filters apply to both still shots and video.

Exposure flexibility is available to more advanced photographers: Program AE (P), Aperture-Priority (A), Shutter-Priority (S) and full Manual (M) mode are all accessible directly on the Mode Dial. Advanced photographers will also appreciate available manual control over aperture and shutter speed while filming. The E-PL3 does not have a built-in pop-up flash but external flash FL-LM1 is included. This flash is compact, slides into the hotshoe. The E-PL3 also accepts a range of optional external flashes, with wireless flash control using the FL-36R and FL-50R speedlights. The use of off-camera flashes [as fill-in light] and synchronization in Super FP mode at a fast 1/125-1/4000 shutter speed allow the use of a large aperture in daylight [to obtain beautiful blurred backgrounds in portraits].

The E-PL3 includes a port for the detachable high resolution (1440k-dot) VF-2 live-finder which rotates up 90 degrees — useful when shooting subjects from challenging angles. The external accessory port also allows for connection with the SEMA-1 external microphone adapter for enhanced audio capture. For those into underwater photography, the new optional PT-EP05L underwater housing is waterproof to a depth of 45 meters (147 feet).

The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 is principally targeted to those wanting to learn photography without the encumbrance of a traditional DSLR. However, if you compare the differences between the E-PL3 and its bigger brother E-P3, you’ll notice that the main differences are not deal-breakers. In fact, I suspect that many advanced photographers will be tempted by its more compact form and its tiltable LCD. The E-PL3 comes in Black, Red, Silver and White (colors are country-dependent), and is priced at about US $700 (CAD $700) with the 14-42mm kit lens.

Major Differences: PEN E-P3 vs. E-PL3 vs. E-PM1
Serious, Advanced
Beginner, Serious
Point-and-Shoot, Beginner
3.0-in. (614k-dot) OLED, Touch
3.0-in. (460k-dot) LCD, Tiltable
3.0-in. (460k-dot) LCD
4.1fps / 5.5fps (IS Off)
4.1fps / 5.5fps (IS Off)
Built-in Flash
External included
External included
Rear Thumbwheel
Fn2 Button
Electronic Level Gauge
Mode Dial
Art Filters
Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Gentle Sepia, Cross Process, Dramatic Tone
Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Dramatic Tone
Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Dramatic Tone
Black, Silver, White
Black, Silver, White, Red
Black, Silver, White, Brown, Purple, Pink
(excluding protrusions)
122 x 69.1 x 34.3 mm / 4.8 x 2.72 x 1.35 in.
109.5 x 63.7 x 37.3 mm / 4.31 x 2.50 x 1.46 in.
109.5 x 63.5 x 33.8 mm / 4.31 x 2.50 x 1.33 in.
(body only)
321g / 11.32 o
313g / 9.34 oz
217g / 7.65 oz

Olympus E-PL3
QuickFact™ Sheet
Olympus E-PL3 US | CA | UK  
Image Sensor 12.3 Megapixels, Live MOS Sensor, 17.3 x 13.0mm
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds Mount
Image Stabilization Sensor-shift
File Format RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Media SD Memory Card (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible), Eye-Fi, Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting
Viewfinder Optional (VF-1 Optical, VF-2 EVF)
Shutter Speed 1/4000 – 60 sec., Bulb (up to 30 min)
Continuous Shooting Approx. 4.1 fps / 5.5fps if IS turned OFF
Exposure Modes iAuto, PASM, Scene Modes, Art Filter
Exposure Metering Digital ESP, Center weighted average, Spot
ISO sensitivity

AUTO: ISO 200 – 12800 (customizable, Default 200-1600)
Manual: ISO 200 – 12800, 1/3 or 1 EV steps

Dust Reduction System Supersonic Wave Filter
Autofocus Contrast Detect AF system, 35-area Mutiple AF, Single AF, Group Target AF, Continuous AF, Manual Focus, Single AF + MF, AF tracking
White Balance

7 settings (3000K – 7500K)
Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent (4000K), Daylight (5300K), Flash (5500K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K), Underwater WB
White Balance Bracketing

Live View AF Image Sensor (High Speed Live MOS) type
Display Monitor 3.0 in. (460k-dot) Tiltable
Movie Full HD 1920 x 1080/60i AVCHD
Built-in Flash n/a. External Flash FL-LM1 included
External Flash Wireless Flash Control: Available(4ch, 4Groups).
Bundled flash is usable as a center flash in case of wireless flash control.
Compatible external flash: E-System Flash (FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R)
External Flash control mode: TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL
Flash mode of External Flash: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Off.
Synchronization speed: 1/60-1/160, Super FP 1/125-1/4000 with External Flash
Art Filter Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Dramatic Tone
Multiple Exposure 2 frames
Live Guide Yes
Battery BLS-1 Li-ion battery (300 shots) included
Dimensions (W x H x D) 109.5 x 63.7 x 37.3 mm / 4.31 x 2.50 x 1.46 in. (excluding protrusions)
Weight body only: 313g / 9.34 oz
including Battery and Memory card: 344g / 11.04 oz
MSRP with 14-42mm kit lens: US $699.99 / CAD $699.99 / UK £549.99 / €599

*Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Please consult manufacturer’s site for latest specifications.

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