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Olympus E-PL3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 17mm f/2.8 Lens (Black)

B&H # OLEPL317B Mfr # V205033BU000
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Product Highlights
  • 12.3MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VI Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • M.Zuiko 17mm Lens (35mm Equiv: 34mm)
  • 3.0" 460k-Dot Tilting Widescreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080i Video at 60fps
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • ISO 200-12,800
  • F.A.S.T. Auto Focus System
  • FL-LM1 Flash Included

The Olympus E-PL3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 17mm f/2.8 Lens gets you out and shooting from day one with both the camera body and the lens, not to mention, other useful accessories. Perhaps you're a die-hard Micro Four Thirds fan or you're simply looking for more versatility than a point-and-shoot can provide but without the weight of a DSLR rig. If either of these applies to you, you're in the right place.

This E-PL3 comes with an M.Zuiko MSC Digital ED 17mm f/2.8 lens. You can start shooting from day one with everything you need to make great photos. Using the Micro Four Thirds Mount, however, you can add any of the compatible lenses to the E-PL3 to customize the camera for the shooting you plan to do. In addition to the included lens, the camera also comes with an external flash for low light photography and a host of other essential accessories.

Along with capturing RAW and JPEG images, the E-PL3 also takes 3D photos in the MPO format. And, as is one of the hallmarks of the Micro Four Thirds genre, the camera also records 1080/60i HD video in AVCHD or AVI Motion-JPEG formats. Up to 29 minutes of video can be recorded using the camera. Features like Live View and a generous 3.0", tiltable LCD screen help to capture even more dynamic footage with ease.

Driving all this picture taking and movie making would be the 12.3Mp Live MOS Sensor and the TruePic VI image processor. These two work in tandem to not only record remarkably detailed and bright images, but to do so quickly and efficiently, writing them to compatible SD/SDHC/SDXC, or UHS-I cards. Another helpful feature aiding in the image making process would be the in-camera image stabilization, which promises a cleaner image than image stabilization in the lens alone. Olympus' FAST AF System also does its part to help capture stunning images with its 35-point focus area; making it especially useful for shooting active subjects.

Of course, art filters and other modes help add creativity to your memories, in camera. Additional in-camera editing features include the ability to make slideshows with sound, and the ability to preview effects as you adjust them. The E-PL3 also provides you the option to wireless transmit your photos or videos to email with optional, compatible cards, for computer-free transfer. What else you ask? Well, how about improved color reproduction, face detection with eye detect, 5.5fps sequential shooting, and much more. Olympus wants you to enjoy picture taking without feeling weighed down or locked into point-and-shoot. With their E-PL3, you can do just that.

View the World From a Different Angle
You love preserving memories, but you're ready for more creativity. More control. More options for capturing unforgettable images. The E-PL3 inspires innovation and is perfect for those who require a versatile, portable camera filled with advanced yet easy-to-use creative technologies. Its high-resolution 3" articulating LCD features an interface that makes it easy to access the effects you want from any angle
12.3 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor
The 12.3Mp Live MOS sensor is optimized to maximize the performance of all M.Zuiko digital lenses in any shooting condition. Improvements to the sensitivity and read-out speed of the existing sensor makes ISO 12,800 shooting and Full HD movie recording possible
M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 Lens
The included 17mm f/2.8 M. Zuiko lens is equivalent to a 34mm lens in 35mm format, giving you a general wide angle lens for everyday shooting. It features a compact, slim design with an overall length less than an inch. The fast f/2.8 maximum aperture helps when shooting in low-light situations or when you want to apply selective focus to your imagery.
Stabilization Technology in the Body, Not In the Lenses
Say goodbye to blurry images. Olympus' in-body image stabilization technology makes it possible to use any Micro Four Thirds lenses (or Four Thirds lens), from wide-angle to telephoto, for perfectly clear, crisp photos no matter what the shooting situation, even in low light
Improved Color Reproduction
The TruePic VI Image Processor, designed specifically for the Olympus PEN, features Real Color Technology for improved color reproduction (especially colors such as emerald green, yellow, and gold) and color gradation. The faster processor also allows for a shorter recovery time between shots
Face Detection with Eye Detect
Nail the focus for every portrait photo, every time. The face detection AF employs an "Eye Detect AF" that adjusts focus automatically on the subject's eyes during portrait shooting and can even be adjusted to focus on the right, left or near-side eye. The Face Detection function captures up to eight faces, reducing the chance of blurred subjects when shooting several people at once
Blazing Speed
The FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System is able to focus at an incredible speed and offers 35 separate focus points that are spread over nearly the entire sensor, which makes it possible for pin-point accurate focusing on small subjects wherever they appear in the frame. Selectable 3x3 groups within the 35-point area are especially effective when shooting active subjects
5.5 FPS Sequential Shooting
With the E-PL3 you can take up to 5.5 photos a second, allowing you to easily capture that perfect shot, especially when your subject is moving
Advanced Continuous AF and Tracking
With the improved AF system, the AF Tracking function locks your subject into focus and continuously adjusts focus and brightness even if the subject disappears from view momentarily
Improved Lens Technology
High-precision engineering and an improved internal focusing mechanism have allowed the Olympus MSC (Movie+Still Compatible) lenses to auto focus quickly, smoothly and silently, perfect for stills and movies
Full 1080 HD Video
Shoot up to 29 minutes of 1080/60i HD video and stereo sound in either AVCHD or Motion-JPEG formats. A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just the press of a button
In-Camera Advanced Arts Filters
Six in-camera Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama and Dramatic Tone) are enhanced by filter variations, art effects, and bracketing. Photographers can use Art Filters in all shooting modes as well as filming HD movies
3D Still Shooting
Add a different dimension to your photographs in any mode from macro to landscape with Olympus' 3D technology. By simply selecting the 3D Photo Mode, releasing the shutter, and slowly panning, the camera will automatically take a second image from a slightly different perspective. The 3D data is processed in-camera resulting in an .MPO file, the universal industry 3D format, for easy display on 3D televisions or laptops
In-Camera Slideshow with Sound
Slideshows have never been easier or more fun to create. The E-PL3's enhanced playback functions allow you to employ effective fade-in/fade-out techniques, control the movie/still mix and speed, add captivating musical soundtracks, and much more
3.0" Tilting Widescreen LCD
This bright, 460k dot high-resolution screen tilts up and down (from 80 degrees up to 45 degrees) to capture moments from a variety of angles. This tilting LCD can empower you to get flexible with your photography; to rise above the crowd to capture graduations, stoop to eye-level as babies take their first steps, and even lower to the ground to get an adorable shot of the family pet
Excellent Shots - Effortlessly
iAuto automatically identifies the scene you're shooting - portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport - and adjusts the settings to optimize results. The E-PL3 is also equipped with 23 Scene-Select modes for effortless picture taking, including Fireworks, Sunset, Children, Macro and Panorama, to name a few. There are even three scene modes that are specific to shooting with Olympus' conversion lenses to optimize the performance of those lenses
Updated Screen Design and Live Guide
The E-PL3's Live Guide system allows you to preview effects as you adjust them - before the image is even captured. Simply select Live Guide and turn the wheel on the back of the camera to slide through numerous photographic effects, such as brightness, color saturation, tone, etc.

Operating the camera is more intuitive with the newly designed user interface. The on-screen graphics have also been updated with a sleeker font design and an automatic pop-up guide in the menu screen

Get Wireless
No need for cables or even a computer. Upload or email images directly from your camera with an optional PP-1 PENPAL or Eye-Fi card. The E-PL3 is also capable of recording stills and video to SD, SDHC, SDXC and UHS-I media cards
AF Illuminator
The addition of this super luminosity LED beam allows the camera to focus faster in low light up to almost 10 feet
Increased ISO Sensitivity
Stunning low light photos are a click away with an increased ISO sensitivity to 12,800
Attachable Flash Included
This camera provides the flexibility to attach a flash to your camera via the accessory port, or leave it at home for maximum portability
Expandable System
A range of interchangeable lenses, accessories and strobes are compatible with the E-PL3 to support all different types of photography needs
Fast Shutter Response
Never miss a shot again with the E-PL3's fast shutter response time of less than 60 milliseconds (60 - 1/40000 sec.). The TruePic VI feature allows for reduced shot-to-shot time by shortening the black-out time between shots
Accessory Port
The E-PL3 incorporates a port for connecting accessories including flashes, PENPAL, MAL-1 Macro Light, EMA-1 Microphone adapter and the VF-2 viewfinder
Professional Audio Sound Capture
Take videos that are able to capture uncompressed CD-quality 16bit/44.1kHz Linear PCM stereo recording or AC3 Dolby Digital audio
Easy Photo and Video Playback On Your HDTV
The E-PL3 makes sharing your content easy. Using the HDMI output, just connect the E-PL3 to your HDTV with an HDMI cable (not included) and navigate the camera's menus from the comfort of your couch. This is perfect for sharing your pictures and movies with an audience
Multiple Exposure Shooting
The Multiple Exposure function enables you to be creative right in the camera. Multiple images can be captured and combined to create one unique image. The creative possibilities are endless
Additional Aspect Ratios
The E-PL3 lets you select one of five aspect ratios (4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6 / 3:4) that frame your images to whatever proportions you'd like, for everything from conventional enlargements to viewing on widescreen monitors
Proven Dust Reduction System
Olympus' Dust Reduction System assures spot-free images, even after changing lenses. Every time you turn on the camera, the patented Supersonic Wave Filter silently vibrates, flinging and collecting dust so that it doesn't interfere with the picture imaging at any time
ePortrait Mode
Capturing beautiful portraits is easy with the ePortrait Mode that enables you to soften shadows and smooth your subject's complexion either before image capture or during post-capture edits
Advanced Shadow Adjustment Technology
You no longer need to worry about the extreme contrast between dark and bright areas in your images. The E-PL3's Shadow Adjustment Technology corrects for extreme light variations with high-tech efficiency either before image capture or during post-capture edits
Live View Magnification
For accurate manual focusing, MF Assist can be enabled during S-AF + MF operation. With it you can zoom in on the central part of the image by up to five times by turning the focus ring
Tele-Converter Effect
x2
Super Control Panel
Shooting information
Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity
Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting
NR setting, WB, WB compensation value, Record mode, Flash Status, Record mode, Image size
Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode
AF frame, Color space, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Internal Temperature Warning
Gradation, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio, Super FP
Live Control
Shooting information
Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity
Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting
NR setting, WB, Record mode, Flash Status, Image size
Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode
AF frame, Internal Temperature Warning, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio
Live Guide
Setting menu
Color saturation, Color image, Brightness, Blur Background, Express Motion, Shooting Tips
Reset and Custom Setting
My mode: 4 setting recordable
Image Overlay
Up to 3 RAW images
Print Function
Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
Imaging
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 13.1 Megapixel
Effective: 12.3 Megapixel
Max Resolution 4032 x 3024
Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
Movies: AVI, MJPEG, MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: Linear PCM, WAV
Bit Depth 12-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 30 fps
1280 x 720: 60 fps, 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus Points 35
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type None
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting  LCD (460,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-1600 (High Sensitivity Mode: 1600-12800)
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 60 - 1/4000 sec
30 - 1 min in Bulb Mode
Remote Control RM-UC1 (Optional)
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade, Tungsten, Underwater
Burst Rate Up to 5.5 fps at 12.3 MP
Flash
Guide No. 32.81' (10 m) ISO200 
Max Sync Speed 1 / 160 sec
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System iTTL Groups: 4 Channels: 4
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 5.5 fps
Self Timer 12 sec, 2 sec
Connectivity AV Output
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Power
Battery 1x BLS-1  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 30 - 90%
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.3 x 2.5 x 1.5" / 10.9 x 6.4 x 3.8 cm
Weight 11.04 oz / 313 g
Kit Lens
Focal Length 17 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Angle of View 65°
Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" (20 cm)
Magnification 0.11x
Elements/Groups 6/4
Diaphragm Blades 5
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread 37 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.24 x 0.87" (57 x 22 mm)
Weight 2.50 oz (71 g)
Olympus E-PL3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 17mm f/2.8 Lens (Black)
  • M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Black)
  • Flash FL-LM1
  • USB/Video Multi Cable
  • BLS-1 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • BCS-1 Lithium-Ion Battery Charger
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Olympus Viewer 2/ib Software CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card
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    OlympusE-PL3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 17mm f/2.8 Lens (Black)
     
    4.3

    (based on 3 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (3)
    • Good image quality (3)
    • Tilt /swivel LCD (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family photos (3)
      • Travel (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      4.0

      Amazing Camera

      By isencela

      from new york, ny

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Olympus E-PL3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 17mm f/2.8 Lens (Black):

      I switched from a heavy dslr to the E-PL3 and it's the best decision I've made. I'm a hobby photographer, but carrying 4lbs of equipment all day every day for every vacation was a definite downside to my passion. The E-PL3 is a fantastic medium: it has interchangeable lenses like a dslr but comes in the small size of a point and shoot. the only downside is dark/night photography, where it isn't as good as a 5d mark ii where you can crank up the iso and not notice a difference. it's still better than most point and shoots or 4/3rds.
      the tilt lcd makes for great street photography.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Fantastic performance in a compact body.

      By Austin the drawer

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

      • Noisy At High ISO
      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Olympus E-PL3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 17mm f/2.8 Lens (Black):

      I'm an illustrator and so for my needs a big DSLR is overkill. I wanted something compact, with great picture quality that can easily function as a point-and-shoot or switched over and allow more advanced functionality.

      This camera goes above and beyond.

      There's a learning curve to the camera as there is to any new digital device, but it's short and you'll be shooting shortly after you take the camera out of the box.

      The autofocus would be greatly improved with a touchscreen display on the back, but I'm sure that's mostly because I'm used to shooting with an iPhone.

      Highly recommended, especially with the 17mm compact lens.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Great camera - I love it

      By DHart

      from Pacific NorthWest

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

      • Needs Franiac grip

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel

      Comments about Olympus E-PL3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 17mm f/2.8 Lens (Black):

      Great little camera that only needs the Franiac grip adaptor to make it easier to handle.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      Batteries & Power

      Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

      Olympus -  PS-BLS1 Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery
      • You Pay: $38.00
       
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      Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or case.

      Ruggard -  STREAK 15 Shoulder Bag (Black with Yellow Accenting)
      • You Pay: $34.95
       

      Protect your lens or produce a desired visual effect.

      Tiffen -  37mm UV Protector Filter
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