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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 review

The new downsized PEN CSC boasts an extremely fast autofocus system

These graphs were produced using data generated by DXO Analyzer.

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using the DXO software.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

JPEG Signal to noise ratio

Olympus e pl3 jpg signal to noise ratio
Olympus e-pl3 jpg signal to noise ratio

JPEG images from the Olympus E-PL3 show a better signal to noise ratio than the Panasonic Lumix GF3, Samsung NX11 and Sony NEX C3 between sensitivities of ISO 400 and 1600.

RAW Signal to noise ratio

Olympus e pl3 raw signal to noise ratio
Olympus e-pl3 raw signal to noise ratio

Converted RAW files from the Olympus E-PL3 show a better signal to noise ratio than the Panasonic Lumix GF3, Samsung NX11 and Sony NEX-C3 above ISO 200, showing the Olympus E-PL3 produces cleaner and more detailed images.

JPEG Dynamic range

Olympus e pl3 dynamic range
Olympus e-pl3 dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Olympus E-PL3's JPEGs have a at least a 1EV higher dynamic range than the Panasonic Lumix GF3 and Samsung NX11's JPEG files upto a sensitivity of ISO 3200.

RAW Dynamic range

Olympus e pl3 raw dynamic range
Olympus e-pl3 raw dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Olympus E-PL3's converted Raw files have a at least a 1EV higher dynamic range than the Panasonic Lumix GF3 and the Samsung NX11, and compare well against the Sony NEX-C3.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.3 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyPEN
Image StabilizationElectronic, Optical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3x
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI), AVCHD
Weight (Approximate)265 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Minimum Focus Distance250 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4032 x 3024
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeLive MOS
Total Camera Resolution13.1 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Eye-Fi Card
Height63.7 mm
Width109.5 mm
Depth37.3 mm
Autofocus Points35
Focal Length14 mm to 42 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsWAV
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelE-PL3
Product NamePEN E-PL3 Mirrorless Camera
Product LinePEN
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV205031BE000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

Over the last couple of years, Olympus PEN has made a name for itself with retro-styled, easy-to-use, compact system cameras that take very high-quality pictures. The new PEN Lite (E-PL3) does that and more. It gives you all the creativity and interchangeable lenses of an SLR camera, but with none of the hassle - and none of the bulk.

Battery Life330 Shot
Package Contents
  • PEN E-PL3 Mirrorless Camera
  • 14-42mm Lens
  • Flash FL-LM1
  • BLS-1 or BLS-5 Battery
  • BCS-1 or BCS-5 Battery
  • Micro Four Thirds Body Cap (BC-2)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • USB Cable CB-USB6
  • Audio/Video Cable CB-AVC3
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty Card
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty2 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker