It is smaller, lighter and has undergone a dramatic makeover since its predecessor. We get to grips with the new-look Olympus Pen E-PL3 (Lite)

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Olympus Pen E-PL3 (Lite)

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Olympus Pen E-PL3 (Lite) review


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With the core of the Olympus Pen models the same, the E-PL3’s makeover successfully creates a marked physical difference between it and the larger E-P3.

Those desiring a compact and modern-styled body will be happy. A tiltable screen aids handling and, when the camera is used with a sharp pancake lens, it is not only great fun but also produces good-quality images.


External mic:Yes (accessory port only)
White Balance:Auto, 6 presets, manual, 2 custom modes
Dioptre Adjustment:N/A
Built-in Flash:Yes, GN 7m @ ISO 100
Shutter Type:Focal-plane shutter
Memory Card:SD/SDHC/SDXC
Viewfinder Type:N/A
Output Size:4032x3024 pixels
LCD:3in, 610,000-dot touchscreen OLED
Field of View:100% (live view)
White Balance Bracket:Yes
AF Points:35-point system, touch focus, face and eye detection
Sensor:12.3-million-effective-pixel Live MOS
Max Flash Sync:1/180sec/1/4000sec (Super FP mode)
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion (330 shots)
Weight:321g (without battery)
Exposure Modes:PASM, iAuto, 23 scene modes, 10 art filters
File Format:JPEG, ORF (raw), AVCHD/motion JPEG
Drive Mode:3fps
Shutter Speeds:60-1/4000sec + bulb
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Exposure Comp:±3EV
RRP:£549.99 (body only)
Lens Mount:Micro four thirds
Focusing Modes:Single, continuous, manual, tracking
DoF Preview:No (via test picture)
Metering System:324-zone multi-pattern TTL digital ESP, spot, centreweighted, highlight, shadow
Connectivity / Interface:USB, HDMI
Video:1080 HD 60i, AVCHD, 720p Motion JPEG
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. White balance and colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  7. 7. Autofocus
  8. 8. LCD, viewfinder and video
  9. 9. Dynamic range
  10. 10. Verdict
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