Olympus Pen Lite E-PL3

  • Olympus Pen Lite E-PL3
79
Based on 39 scores, 58 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    9
  • Good:
    19
  • Average:
    10
  • Bad:
    1

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • Image noise starts to show above ISO800
  • Video performance disappoints; lack of a camera grip may be annoying.

Expert reviews and ratings

By 5FWD on 80

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...

By evogadget.com on

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 70

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,...

By LetsGoDigital on

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 100

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...

By Macworld UK on 80

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...

By Expert Reviews on 80

An impressive all-rounder, with a great range of extras, but various niggling issues combine to take the shine off its appeal...

By Here's How on

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 80

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...

By Photoxels on

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...

By HardwareZone.com on 85

These are sample photographs shot with Olympus PEN E-PL3. The photos have not been post-processed and are copyright to SPH Magazines. They are provided for your reference only and we ask that you do not reproduce them elsewhere. Click for the...

By Camera Labs on 87

The Olympus Pen E-PL3 sits in the middle of the Olympus Pen range between the flagship E-P3 and the Pen Mini E-PM1. This makes it a good choice both for compact upgraders looking for more control than the entry-level Pen Mini can offer and...

By DigitalVersus on 80

The Olympus Pen E-PL3 is easy to use, responsive and takes great-quality pictures. All in all, it does exactly what it promises, even if this interchangeable lens compact isn't without its faults....

By CNET Asia on 80

While it's not the best in any particular aspect, and you probably don't want to use it for video, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 offers an excellent balance of size, features, performance and photo quality for the money....

By Trusted Reviews on 80

There is a lot to like about the E-PL3: it’s a very capable camera that delivers good image quality. Stylish and easy to use, it offers plenty of useful and fun features including a tiltable LCD, Art Filters and solid HD movie recording abilities....

By The Digital Camera Resource Page on

Conclusion The Olympus E-PL3 (also known as the Pen Lite) is a compact interchangeable lens camera that uses the Micro Four Thirds standard. The camera body, available in four different colors, is made mostly of metal, and feels solid in your hands....

By Digital Photography School on

For me, this camera is a bit of a puzzle. Why?Having just spent a week or so with the Olympus PEN E-P3, and coming away very impressed, I wondered why the company launched another model that seems to be virtually identical, except for price and some...

By CNET Australia on 82

With the same internals as found on the E-P3 wrapped in a smaller package, the E-PL3 is a compact and competent image-making...

By Buy-n-Shoot on 80

There’s plenty to like and very little to gripe. The gripe being the exclusion of a HDMI cable in the kit – considering the Full HD video option and the number of large screen TVs rolling out the doors of retailers.Otherwise, the Olympus PEN...

By DigitalCameraReview on 70

There's plenty to like about the E-PL3. Great images and video, much improved AF performance and a tilting LCD all earn high remarks in our full review. However, we stop just short of a full...