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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Like the E-P3, the E-PL3 makes use of a 324-zone, multi-pattern, metering system. This ESP evaluative system provides good exposures within the constraints of the dynamic range, but like most cameras with a smaller sensor, exposures benefit from at least 1/3EV underexposure to maintain extreme highlight detail

Spot metering is available for any of the individually selectable 35 points in the large central area of the frame, with an option for spot metering for a highlight or shadow value. This is good to have considering the slightly more limited dynamic range.








Images: The in-camera Art Filters include the dramatic tone effect, which produces a pseudo-HDR image

  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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