Sleek and slim design, Fast and accurate AF system, Vivid color production, Tiltable LCD screen
Built-in stabilisation works with any lens, Excellent all-round image quality, Highly customisable, Good range of movie exposure modes, Fast startup and AF response.
Broad feature set aimed at enthusiasts; tilting LCD, nicely implemented filters; good performance; excellent raw photo quality; cheaper than the E-P3.
Very good photo quality (though see issues below), Relatively compact body, with mostly solid construction; comes in four colors, Sensorshift image stabilization, Articulating 3inch LCD display with 460,000 pixels, good outdoor/low light visibility, Very
Metal body, fast autofocus, wireless flash ability, good lower ISO image quality
Fast autofocus; speedy shooting speeds; very good image quality; excellent build quality.
Gorgeous, Compact, yet solid, Fast autofocus
Tilting 3-inch LCD, Fast autofocus system, In-camera artistic filters, Accessory port for optional EVF.
Image noise starts to show above ISO800
Video performance disappoints; lack of a camera grip may be annoying.
Noise reduction smudges details and mottles the sky at times, even at base ISO, Some highlight clipping, Low light focusing could be better, No sensorshift IS in movie mode; AF system slow to react to moving subjects, Lacks a builtin flash; included exter
Continuous and Tracking focusing speeds, no builtin flash (included hotshoe mount version instead), 16:9 ratio screen makes for small 4:3 image preview, high ISO image quality
Autofocus is not always as accurate as EP3.
Still on the pricey side, Jelly vision video, Difficult to tweak manual settings
High noise at ISO 1600 and above, No built-in flash, Menu system is unintuitive and can be slow.
By 5FWD on January 07, 2013
Olympus kickstarted the trend for dinky cameras with interchangeable lenses several years ago with its rebooted PEN series of snappers. Is the PEN Lite E-PL3 a worthy stepping stone from compact camera to advanced DSLR? See for yourself in the clip...80
By evogadget.com on June 01, 2012
Even that the new model is cheaper like the Pen E-P3, the new Olympus PEN E-PL3 is able to offer the same image quality and performance. The conclusion is that it has a good autofocus speed and good overall performance. The only cons are the provided...-
By Good Gear Guide on January 17, 2012
The PEN Lite E-PL3 isn't a camera that will blow you away, but it does have a lot of good points: what you see on its LCD screen is what the camera will capture, it performs well in low-light environments and its image quality is very good. However,...70
By LetsGoDigital on December 29, 2011
The current Olympus system camera assortment is made up of three PEN cameras. The Olympus PEN Lite (E-PL3) is the only PEN camera with a tilting display, so that you can shoot from the most awkward angles. The Olympus PEN Lite has an aluminum...-
By Digital Camera Buyer on December 06, 2011
The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 is a great, easy-to-use compact system camera that provides quality images – perfect for anyone looking to step up their photographyOverall Our provides the latest photography news, reviews, previews, features and...100
By Macworld UK on December 06, 2011
Olympus recently launched three third-generation Pen models – its own take on mirrorless compact system cameras – of which the 12.3-megapixel E-PL3, or Pen Lite, sits firmly in the middle. As well as being slimmer than the range-topping...80
By Expert Reviews on December 06, 2011
An impressive all-rounder, with a great range of extras, but various niggling issues combine to take the shine off its appeal...80
By Here's How on November 21, 2011
This small Olympus camera is simple to operate in most respects, fast in its framing speed, and fast in most aspects of autofocus. Greater AF reliability with very fast, erratic motion would make it more suitable for serious sports photography. The...-
By Digital Trends on November 18, 2011
If the decision is not if but which MFT camera you should get, there are a variety of reasons the E-PL3 should make the...80
By Photoxels on November 15, 2011
The Olympus E-PL3 scores high marks with lightning fast AF, very good image quality, a tiltable LCD and manual modes. It’s an interchangeable lens camera that, once you’ve taken the time to set it up the way you like to work, will delight...-