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) review


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White balance and colour

In a variety of conditions, such as bright sunlight, overcast skies and indoor tungsten light, the auto white balance of the E-PL3 gives no cause for concern. For those few situations where it may struggle, taking a custom white balance is simple.

It is in the manual control of white balance and colour that the E-PL3 is really strong. The comprehensive white balance options include Kelvin adjustment, custom settings, the usual six presets and white balance bracketing to maintain warm or cool colours.

I generally stuck to the natural colour mode, which gives a good balance between the vivid and muted colours produced in other colour modes. I also enjoyed using the monotone mode, for which a vast number of filters can be applied for different image types. For example, monochrome with a green filter is ideal for portraits, and the sharpness, contrast and tone of monochrome can then be adjusted, too.

  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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