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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Dynamic range

The main sticking point of a smaller four thirds sensor when compared to the larger APS-C format is that the dynamic range is not as wide – typically by at least 2EV.

This extra 2 stops of light captured by the APS-C format is not so much of an issue when a scene has a fairly even tone, but when shooting an overcast landscape, for instance, more highlight detail will be lost if exposing correctly for the midtones.


  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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