Olympus PEN E-PL3

81
Global
Score
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Olympus PEN E-PL3 Micro Four Thirds camera review

Summary

Quality-wise, you're getting (largely) the same results as the more expensive E-P3, but in a lighter / cheaper package. The only problem? Sony's NEX-C3.

from $239.95+
Pros
  • GorgeousCompact, yet solidFast autofocus
Cons
  • Still on the pricey sideJelly vision videoDifficult to tweak manual settings
Olympus PEN E-PL3 Micro Four Thirds camera review

Look, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 is cute. Adorable, even. In fact, those swayed by looks alone may be sold after whisking through our hands-on gallery below. But for those interested in more than a highly-capable fashion accessory, it's worth taking a deeper look into the latest member of the PEN Lite family. We'd strongly recommend reading over our PEN E-P3 review before continuing on, as a lot of what we found true there also applies here. 'Course, that's not at all unexpected given the wealth of shared resources: a new 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor, TruePic VI Image Processor, an ISO range peaking at 12,800, a reengineered autofocus system, full 1080i HD video with Dolby Digital sound recording, newly designed user interfaces and a variety of Art Filters / built-in creative features. Now that you're in the know, let's continue.

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Breakdown

Durability
8.0
Speed (start-up time, lag)
8.0
Video quality
7.5
Design and form factor
7.7
Ease of use
7.6
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Specs

PEN

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens
Resolution (effective)
12.3 megapixels
Memory card
SD
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Specs

PEN

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens
Resolution (effective)
12.3 megapixels
Memory card
SD
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