The Olympus E-PL3 is a 12 megapixel, compact system camera. Like other compact system models it has a set of features similar to those found on a Digital SLR, but with a considerably smaller body size. It is compatible with a range of lenses too.
The body of the E-PL3 has a metal finish. Olympus have launched a number of different colour versions (silver, black, red and white). On the back of the camera is a 3 inch LCD screen for composing photos and viewing the menu system. If you find yourself in a tricky shooting position the screen will tilt away from the body. The flash unit detaches from the E-PL3 when it is not required to keep the size of the camera to a minimum.
When you are looking for some creative control you have access to manual exposure modes (Fully Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority). Manual focusing is available too. This combination can help you get the exact look you are after. Other focusing options include a 35 point Auto Focus System and AF tracking focus. Images can be stored in RAW mode. Image stabilisation has been built into the camera to help overcome any picture blur caused by camera shake.
Movies can be recorded via the High Definition movie mode. Sound is recorded in stereo.
Compact System Camera
SD / SDHC / SDXC / Eye-fi
4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6 / 3:4
8 - 1/4000 seconds + 30 minute bulb
Auto, ISO 200 - 12800
White Balance Settings
Auto, Tungsten, Flourescent 1, Sunlight, Flash, Overcast, Shade, Custom
+/- 3 EV ( 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps )
AUTO, Manual, Manual (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64), Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation, Slow synchronisation 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Off
Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape with Portrait, Macro, Sports, Night Scene, Night Scene with portrait, Children, High key, Low key, Digital Image Stabilisation, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach and Snow, Fisheye converter, Macro converter, 3D
Maximum Movie Resolution
1920 x 1080 pixels
Maximum Movie Frames Per Second
Maximum Movie Duration
ESP light metering, Spot metering, Centre weighted metering, Highlight, Shadow
Fully Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority
2 and 12 seconds
Video Out (TV Playback)
109.5 x 63.7 x 37.3mm
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Olympus E-PL3 Specification