Olympus PEN E-PL3

Olympus PEN E-PL3

You can do more with your images when you use the Olympus E-PL3 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm II f/3.5-5.6 Lens, which puts the power to do more in the palm of your hand. Not only that, but the E-PL3 claims to do it without putting undue strain on your system’s resources.

Some of you may be dedicated Micro Four Thirds fans, while others may just be searching for more adaptability than a point-and-shoot camera can give without the weight and bulk of a DSLR setup. This has been heard by Olympus, and the company has responded by expanding its PEN line of cameras.

The M.Zuiko MSC Digital ED m14-42mm II f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens that comes with this E-PL3 is of the M.Zuiko MSC Digital ED series. You may start shooting right away since you will have everything you need to take excellent images.

This flexible zoom lens provides you with the coverage you need to photograph a wide range of subjects, making it an excellent starting lens. You may, however, use the Micro Four Thirds Mount to attach any of the compatible lenses to the E-PL3 and personalize the camera for any type of photography you intend to undertake with it.

In addition to the lens that is provided, the camera also includes an external flash for low-light shooting as well as a slew of other necessary accessories.

In addition to taking RAW and JPEG photographs, the E-PL3 is capable of capturing 3D images in the MPO format. The camera can also capture 1080/60i HD video in AVCHD or AVI Motion-JPEG formats, which is a feature that has become synonymous with the Micro Four Thirds category.

The camera has the capability of recording video for up to 29 minutes. Features like Live View and a wide 3.0″ tiltable LCD screen make it possible to shoot even more dynamic footage with more convenience.

With the 12.3Mp High speed Live MOS Sensor and the TruePic VI image processor, you’ll be able to capture all of your images and create movies with ease. These two devices work together to not only capture incredibly clear and vivid photos but also to do it in a speedy and efficient manner, writing them to compatible SD/SDHC/SDXC or UHS-I cards as swiftly and effectively as possible.

In-camera image stabilization is another useful feature that can help with the picture-making process. This function is more effective than lens-based image stabilization since it produces a cleaner image. Olympus’ FAST AF System, with its 35-point focus area, also contributes to the creation of spectacular photos and is particularly effective for photographing moving objects like sports and wildlife.

Of course, using art filters and other modes in your camera can assist you to be more creative with your memories. Another advantage of in-camera editing is the ability to create slideshows with sound, as well as the option to preview effects as you alter them.

The E-PL3 also offers the option of wirelessly transmitting your photographs or movies to an email account using supplementary, compatible cards, allowing you to avoid the need for a computer. What more do you want to know? Improved color reproduction, face identification with eye detection, 5 frames per second sequential shooting, and many more features are available.

Olympus wants you to be able to enjoy photographing without feeling heavy down or restricted to a point-and-shoot camera. They have created the E-PL3 to allow you to do just that.

Consider the World from a Different Perspective

You enjoy preserving memories, but you’re eager to explore new avenues of expression. Increased control. There are more alternatives for shooting amazing photographs. The E-PL3 is a camera that encourages the creation and is ideal for individuals who seek a flexible, portable camera that is packed with cutting-edge creative capabilities that are simple to use.

From every position, it’s high-resolution 3″ articulating LCD provides a user-friendly interface that makes it simple to get the effects you choose.


When used with all M.Zuiko digital lenses in every shooting situation, the 12.3Mp Live MOS sensor is intended to provide the best possible performance in each situation. Because of improvements to the sensitivity and read-out speed of the current sensor, it is now feasible to shoot at ISO 12,800 and record Full HD movies.

Stabilization technology is built into the body of the camera, rather than within the lenses.

Say goodbye to visuals that are distorted. In-body image stabilization technology, developed by Olympus, allows users to utilize any Micro Four Thirds lens (or Four Thirds lens), from wide-angle to telephoto, to capture flawlessly clear and sharp images no matter what the shooting scenario is, even in low light.

Color reproduction has been improved.

The TruePic VI Image Processor, which was developed expressly for the Olympus PEN, includes Real Color Technology, which improves color reproduction (especially in bright hues such as emerald green, yellow, and gold) and color gradation (especially in dark colors such as black and white). In addition, the quicker CPU allows for a reduced recovery time between consecutive pictures.

Face Detection in Combination with Eye Detection

Every time you take a portrait shot, get the focus exactly right. The “Eye Detect AF” feature of the face detection autofocus system automatically adjusts the focus on the subject’s eyes during portrait photography, and it can even be modified to focus on the right, left, or near-side eye of the subject.

The Face Detection feature records up to eight faces at a time, minimizing the likelihood of blurred subjects while photographing many individuals at the same time.

Exceptional Swiftness

The FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System is capable of achieving pinpoint accuracy while focusing at incredible speeds. It has 35 separate focus points that are distributed across nearly the entire sensor, allowing for pinpoint accuracy when focusing on small subjects anywhere in the frame. Selectable 3×3 groupings within the 35-point region are extremely useful for photographing moving subjects.

Sequential Shooting at 5 frames per second

With the E-PL3, you can shoot up to five photographs per second, making it easier to catch that ideal shot, particularly when your subject is moving.

Continuous autofocus and tracking with advanced features

A new AF Tracking feature is available with the enhanced autofocus technology, which locks your subject into focus and constantly changes focus and brightness even if the subject temporarily fades from view.

Improved Optics and Lens Technology

A combination of high-precision engineering and an enhanced internal focusing mechanism has enabled the Olympus MSC (Movie+Still Compatible) lenses to autofocus fast, smoothly, and silently, making them ideal for both stills and motion pictures.

Video in Full 1080p High Definition

In either AVCHD or AVI format, you can record up to 29 minutes of 1080/60i high-definition video with stereo sound. A Direct HD Movie Button allows you to convert from still to movie mode with a single push of a button on your device.

Advanced Arts Filters Integrated Into the Camera

A variety of filter modifications, art effects, and bracketing are used to enhance the effects of six in-camera art filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, and Dramatic Tone). The use of Art Filters is possible in all shooting modes and when filming high definition movies.

3D Still Photography is an art form.

Make your images more interesting by including Olympus’ 3D technology in them, whether you’re shooting in manual mode or in a different mode. A second photograph from a slightly different perspective will be taken automatically by the camera once you have selected the 3D Photo Mode, released the shutter, and gently panned the camera back and forth. The 3D data is processed in-camera, resulting in an image that is rendered. The MPO file, which is the common industry 3D standard, is designed to be shown on 3D televisions or laptops with ease.

Sound-enhanced slideshow captured in-camera

Slideshows have never been easier or more enjoyable to produce than they are now. Its expanded playing capabilities let you use efficient fade-in/fade-out methods, regulate the movie/still mix and pace, and incorporate fascinating musical soundtracks into your videos, among other things.

Tilting Widescreen LCD Display Display Size: 3.0″

This high-resolution screen with 460k dots is bright and tilts up and down (from 80 degrees up to 45 degrees) to record moments from a range of perspectives and angles. This tilting LCD camera gives you the ability to be more creative with your photography; you can rise above the throng to picture graduations, drop to eye-level to photograph newborns taking their first steps, and even lower to the ground to photograph the family pet in a beautiful pose.

Excellent shots were taken with little effort

to automatically recognizes the situation you’re shooting – whether it’s a portrait, a landscape, a night portrait, a macro shot, or a sporting event – and changes the settings to get the best possible results. As well to these features, the E-PL3 is outfitted with 23 Scene-Select modes for hassle-free picture-taking. These modes include Fireworks, Sunset, Children, Macro, and Panorama, to name a few.

Additionally, there are three scene modes that are tailored specifically for shooting with Olympus’ conversion lenses in order to maximize the performance of those lenses.

Screen Design and Live Guide have been updated.

When you use the E-Live PL3’s Guide system, you can see how the effects will look as you tweak them – before the image is even shot. Using the Live Guide feature, you can simply turn the wheel on the back of the camera to cycle through a variety of photographic effects, such as brightening, color saturation, tone, and so on.

With the newly designed user interface, operating the camera is more intuitive than before. A sleeker font style and an automated pop-up guide on the menu screen have been added to the on-screen visuals, which have also been refreshed.

Obtain Wireless Access

There is no requirement for connections or even a computer. With an optional PP-1 PENPAL or Eye-Fi card, you may upload or email photographs immediately from your digital camera. The E-PL3 is also capable of recording still images and video to SD, SDHC, SDXC, and UHS-I media cards, as well as to UHS-II media cards.

AF Illuminator (Automatic Flash Illuminator)

The inclusion of this high-intensity LED beam helps the camera to focus more quickly in low light up to a distance of almost 10 feet.

ISO Sensitivity has been increased.

With an improved ISO sensitivity of 12,800, you can take stunning low-light photographs in a matter of seconds.

Included is an attachable flash.

This camera gives you the option of attaching a flash to your camera through the accessory connection or leaving it at home for optimal mobility.

System That Can Be Expanded

The E-PL3 is compatible with a wide selection of interchangeable lenses, accessories, and strobes, allowing it to meet the demands of photographers of all skill levels.

Shutter Response in a Short Period of Time

With the E-rapid PL3’s shutter response time of fewer than 60 milliseconds (60 – 1/40000 sec. ), you’ll never miss another opportunity to capture a moment. TruePic VI’s shot-to-shot time can be lowered by decreasing the time between shots when the camera is in the blackout mode.

The Accessory Port is located on the back of the computer.

Flashes, the PENPAL, the MAL-1 Macro Light, the EMA-1 Microphone adapter, and the VF-2 viewfinder are all compatible with the E-PL3 thanks to the port on the back of the camera.

Recording Audio in a Professional Environment

Capture movies that can capture uncompressed CD-quality 16bit/44.1kHz Linear PCM stereo recording or AC3 Dolby Digital audio in their native format.

Playback of photos and videos is simple on your HDTV.

The E-PL3 makes it simple to distribute your material. Simply connect the E-HDMI PL3’s output to your HDTV using an HDMI cable (not supplied) and you’ll be able to explore the camera’s menus from the comfort of your couch. This is ideal for displaying your photographs and videos to a large group of people.

Shooting Using Multiple Exposures

You may express yourself artistically directly in the camera thanks to the Multiple Exposure option. It is possible to take many photos and combine them to generate a single unique image. The creative options are virtually limitless.

Aspect Ratios That Are Not Listed

Using the E-PL3, you may choose from five different aspect ratios (4:3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6 / 3:4) to frame your photographs to the exact proportions you want, for everything from traditional enlargements to widescreen monitor viewing.

System for Dust Reduction That Has Been Proven

The Dust Reduction System from Olympus ensures that photographs are clear of spots, even after changing lenses. With each use of your camera’s Supersonic Wave Filter, dust is flung and collected silently, ensuring that it never interferes with image capture at any point.

eportrait Mode (also known as eportrait Mode)

Beautiful portraits may be captured quickly and easily with the ePortrait Mode, which allows you to smooth your subject’s complexion and reduce shadows either before or after the image has been captured.

Advanced Shadow Adjustment Technology is used in this video.

In your photographs, you no longer have to be concerned about the high contrast between dark and light parts anymore. It is possible to adjust for severe light differences with high-tech efficiency either before image acquisition or during post-capture editing using the E-Shadow PL3’s Adjustment Technology, which is built into the camera.

Magnification in the Live View

MF Assist can be engaged during S-AF + MF operation in order to achieve more precise manual focusing. By spinning the focus ring, you may zoom in on the core section of the image by up to five times, which is really useful.

The Tele-Converter Effect is a term used to describe a device that converts one medium into another medium.


Panel de Contrôle Superieur

Information about the shoot

Battery-related information Shooting mode, shutter speed, and ISO are all important considerations. Aperture value, exposure compensation value, and ISO sensitivity are all important considerations.

Indicators for exposure compensation and flash intensity compensation, as well as a calendar and an auto BKT setting

Settings include the following: NR, WB, WB compensation amount, Record mode, Flash Status, Record mode, and Image size

Drive mode, flash intensity compensation value, and other parameters. Mode of metering, a number that may be recorded on a still picture, Focusing mode is activated.

Accuracy frame, color space, sharpness, contrast, saturation, and Internal Temperature Warning are all variables to consider.

Grade, IS activation mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi exposure, Aspect Ratio, and Super FP are some of the features available.

Control in Real-Time

Information about the shoot

Battery-related information Shooting mode, shutter speed, and ISO are all important considerations. Aperture value, exposure compensation value, and ISO sensitivity are all important considerations.

Indicators for exposure compensation and flash intensity compensation, as well as a calendar and an auto BKT setting

NR setting, WB, Record mode, Flash status, and Image size are all variables to consider.

Drive mode, flash intensity compensation value, and other parameters. Mode of metering, a number that may be recorded on a still picture, Focusing mode is activated.

Frame for autofocus (AF), Internal Temperature Warning (ITW), IS activating mode (IS), Face detection (Face detection), My Mode (Multi-Exposure), Aspect Ratio

Guide on the Spot

The following terms are used in this context: color saturation, color picture, brightness, and contrast. Shooting Techniques: Blur Background, Express Motion, and Shooting Tips

Reset and Customization of Preferences

My recording mode is 4 settings recordable.

Overlay of an image

You can upload up to three RAW photos.

Printing Capabilities

Direct print (DPOF), Print reservation (DPOF) (PictBridge compatible)

Olympus PEN E-PL3 Specs

Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution4032 x 3024
Other resolutions3200 x 2400, 2560 x 1920, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h4:3
Effective pixels12 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors13 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorTruepic VI
ISOAuto (200 – 1600), 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
White balance presets8
Custom white balanceYes (2)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatRAW
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-area selective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points35
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeHyperCrystal LCD AR(Anti-Reflective) coating
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic (optional)
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject/scene modesYes
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (Clip-on FL-LM1 included, Hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)
Continuous drive5.5 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing(2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatAVCHD, Motion JPEG
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini HDMI type-C)
Remote controlYes (Optional RM-UC1)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion BLS-5 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)300
Weight (inc. batteries)313 g (0.69 lb / 11.04 oz)
Dimensions110 x 64 x 37 mm (4.33 x 2.52 x 1.46″)
Orientation sensorNo
Timelapse recordingNo

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