Olympus E-PL3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)

Olympus E-PL3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)

Olympus E-PL3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)

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Olympus E-PL3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)


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Product Highlights

  • 12.3MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VI Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 14-42mm Zoom Lens (35mm Equiv: 28-84mm)
  • 3.0" 460k-Dot Tilting Widescreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080i Video at 60fps
  • Wireless Transfer via Optional PENPAL
  • ISO 200-12,800
  • F.A.S.T. Auto Focus System
  • 3D Photo Mode
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Olympus E-PL3 Overview

  • 1Description

The Olympus E-PL3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II f/3.5-5.6 Lens puts the power to do more with your photos in the palm of your hand. Not only that, but the E-PL3 promises to do so, without weighing you down. 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. Olympus has heard the call and thus, has expanded their PEN line of cameras.

This E-PL3 comes with an M.Zuiko MSC Digital ED m14-42mm II f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens. You can start shooting from day one with everything you need to make great photos. This versatile zoom gives you the coverage to shoot most subject matter, making it a great first lens. 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 High speed 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 fps 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
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
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 FPS Sequential Shooting
With the E-PL3 you can take up to five 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 AVI 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
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)
In the Box
Olympus E-PL3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)
  • M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Micro 4/3 Zoom (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
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Olympus E-PL3 Specs

    Pixels 12.3 Megapixel
    AV Recording
    Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
    Focus Mode Single-Servo AF (S), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
    Exposure Control
    Metering Method Multi-Zone, Spot
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Shade, Underwater
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Battery 1 x BLS-1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
    Kit Lens
    Angle of View 75 to 29
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.8" / 24.89 cm
    Maximum Magnification 0.19x
    Optical Design 8 Elements in 7 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Dimensions ( x L) 2.2 x 1.9" / 5.6 x 4.8 cm
    Packaging Infovbabtdqccsywysrfqrtytfr
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.8 x 5.6 x 4.0"

    Olympus E-PL3 Reviews

    E-PL3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 21.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent & versitile My third pen. Sold the ep2, but keeping the E-PL1 as a backup. Found E-PL3 picture quality slightly better than previous Pens, especially when it comes to white balance in artificial light and higher ISO.Love using my Leica M lenses and Contax lenses. Great size for travel with many lenses. Nikon 7000 & 5100 have somewhat better picture quality, almost enough to justify size and weight, but with the E-PL3 somewhat less. Important to use very good lenses. At lower prices panasonics are better than olympus lenses (ie. 14 - 45 and slim primes.). Hard to beat Olympus 12-60 however.
    Date published: 2011-09-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing quality at a fantastic value As an avid hiker, I was looking for a solidly built camera with SLR quality and control, with point and shoot size. The E-PL3 is perfect! The camera has a very high quality feel to it. The lens control is very smooth. Other micro 4/3 lenses i've played with felt cheap. The control functions for manual settings are a breeze. After playing with my new camera for only a few days, I was switching over to manual mode and taking beautiful photographs. The iAuto mode is very nice for someone who just wants to turn the camera on and start clicking away.
    Date published: 2012-05-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice, very nice! This is an exceptionally well built little camera, with fantastic AF, no shutter lag, good looks and very good ergonomics. I have a 5D II as my serious camera and wanted something smaller. I originally purchased a Panasonic GH2, a nice camera with good ergonomics and incredible features, but bigger than I wanted. I was never quite convinced by the color rendition which tended towards blue-green either, more post than I wanted to deal with. Read up on the new Olympus line up and it sounded interesting. I didn't find the tiny Panasonics my cup of tea - too much plastic. The build is great - solid, with some heft and a nice thumb grip - no cheap plastics for any key controls. Not a fully articulated screen but good enough and the image quality is very good, with nice accurate colors. The AF is astounding, really, incredibly accurate and crazy fast...blows my 5D away...with easy access to 35 focus points. Continuous tracking AF works very well. Continuous shooting surprisingly very good, and 5fps works as advertised - doesn't seem jam up the buffer as much as my GH2. Image quality I think is very good. Tried the kit lens and my 20 1.7 Panny. The kit was not too bad, certainly good enough and incredibly small and light, but the 20 is very good performer and better built. I have converted unaltered RAWs to TIFF and run these through my typical workflow. So far so good. The color rendition OOC is incredibly good. WB consistently excellent, exposure excellent. JPEGS look really good. I can't compare this new sensor to previous Pens, but I can to the GH2. I like the colour rendition better, and the DR seems very good, maybe a little better rendering of highlights. 12 MP is enough for what I wanted. No, I won't be comparing image quality to APS-C or my Full Frame, what's the point? You know the answer. But that is not why I got this camera. I wanted a small good image quality camera, with good performance in AF. With the 20 1.7 on this camera , I have what I want. Highly recommend.
    Date published: 2011-09-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small, light,great results I have been waiting a long time for a small camera that can do all the things my DSLR can do. The E-PL3 is the answer!! I can only see a very long and rewarding relationship between myself and the Olympus Family. The results are stunning, low light situations are not a problem. Just an amazing product. And of course, as usual, dealing with B&H is not ever a problem. Tom Franzson Brevard NC
    Date published: 2011-11-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first Micro 4/3 Camera This camera is amazing for such a small size. The build quality is outstanding! It feels great in your hand. I like how much you can customize the camera. Coming from a EOS 50D I was tired of carrying around all the weight, also I as worried it would not hold up to the 50D's image quality but I was wrong it is almost as good. The tilt screen is a must have for me now and I would not buy another camera without one.
    Date published: 2012-01-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from gf1 replacement I'm not saying you should replace your gf1 with the e-pl3 but I had no choice as my gf1 was stolen. I am happy after more than a week. I had always been attracted by the pen line but found the autofocus too slow and size too big. This size is almost perfect although a grip would make it more comfortable. The e-pm1 was just too simple for me and not much smaller and with a tilt screen and a few more buttons this was a better choice for me. I use a viewfinder but tilt screen has been great when using my small zipshot tripod. E-p3 is too big. I appreciate the ibis, jpgs and art filters that come with the pens. Fun. Easy. I am using it with the vf-3 which is better than the one on my previous gf1 and my main way of composing ( hence gf3 was not an option, also due to batt life). Also actually looks good on the e-pl3 in my opinion. Haven't needed the clip on flash but it is small and unobtrusive. Don't really use the kit lens as i have better lenses, but i can say it is fasr and quiet to focus. Don't miss the touchscreen. I am not seeing an improvement in picture quality but it is a little better in low light than the gf1. Love the shutter and overall look. Taking everywhere.
    Date published: 2011-10-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best 4/3 camera for me Moving up from a point and shoot camera. I didn't want to carry around the large DSLR camera and all of it's gear on my travels. This camera is exactly what I was hoping for and more. It's even smaller than I imagined though it's bigger than my P&S. The images are so sharp and taking nice usable pictures in low light i.e indoors or sunset are now possible. The camera feels solid and well built. The shutter feels/sounds like my old film SLR camera from 20 years ago which is something I forgot about. I use two hands to shoot so I don't find the need to add a 3rd party grips on the front yet. It took me a while to learn all the buttons and controls and I'm still learning but once you do, it's pretty easy to change the settings. I don't even want to imagine how long it would have taken me to learn all the buttons on a full sized DSLR! The best feature of the camera... the tilt screen!
    Date published: 2011-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick focus. Customizable interface I've had this camera about a week and I must say it out performs my Canon D-20 at less than half the size. Quick focus and customizable interface. The picture quality is excellent. I have upgraded by adding the VF-3 and a Panny 20mm f1.7 pancake lens. Great combination for most situations using natural light. The small size takes some getting used to. Awaiting the release for sale of the waterproof case.
    Date published: 2011-09-06
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