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Olympus Pen E-PL3 Compact System Camera - Black (M.ZUIKO Digital 14 -42mm II R Lens Kit)

by Olympus
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  • World's quickest* FAST AF for cameras with interchangeable lenses. (*as of June 2011)
  • 3.0" tilt LCD display ideal for shooting from tricky angles
  • Live Guide for stills and movies, offering a full intuitive and easy-to-use interface
  • Six different Art Filters and Art Filter effects for direct creative enhancement of photos
  • Full HD Movie with stereo sound featuring depth of field and Art Filters
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Product details

  • Item Weight: 313 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: E-PL3
  • ASIN: B0058GI38W
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 29 July 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,619 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The Olympus E-PL3: Third generation PEN 'Lite' adds tilting LCD screen to straight-up technical innovation

Olympus has done it again. In every aspect a feast for the eyes, the E-PL3 builds on the success of the easy to use and compact E-PL1 and E-PL2 Digital PEN cameras.

In the impressively chic brushed metal 12.3 megapixel E-PL3, Olympus once again provides digital SLR image quality in convenient compact size for anyone who finds DSLRs overly complex, and this time around has even found space to shoehorn in a tilting LCD screen for increased framing flexibility. So, even if you consider yourself an amateur, you'll soon be shooting like a pro.

Inspired by the head turning original PEN series designed by Yoshihisa Maitani, which shifted over 17 million units worldwide, and aimed at fans of fuss free photography, the mid-range E-PL3 also continues the PEN tradition of offering super image quality and unlimited creative freedom with no associated hassle. What's more, with aluminium finish it looks like a dream as well as handling like one.

The fastest AF system on a camera with interchangeable lenses
The fastest AF system on a camera with interchangeable lenses
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FAST AF: World's fastest autofocus system

A case in point, the E-PL3 has inherited some of the latest technologies incorporated in the equally new flagship E-P3 model, including the advantage of the world's fastest auto focus system among interchangeable lens cameras.

Plus with 35 separate focus points spread over almost the entire sensor it is even possible to zero focus in on subjects tucked away in the corners of the screen display.

An AF illuminator for lower light work plus AF tracking technology further ensure that subjects stay sharp no matter where they are in the frame, and even when they dip in and out of it. No special skills are required of the photographer as thanks to the E-PL3's Full Time AF facility it is, as it sounds, 'always on'.

Tilting LCD makes life easy and composition simpler
Tilting LCD makes life easy and composition simpler
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Tilting LCD makes life easy and composition simpler

Whether you are serious about the art of photography or a casual happy snapper, the ability to adjust the framing angle of the E-PL3's 3-inch, 460,000 dot resolution LCD screen is a huge bonus this time around, as well as the useful feature being a first for the PEN range and putting it streets ahead of rivals.

Now photographers can adjust their field of vision, allowing for pictures and video to be taken from hitherto awkward angles, such as low to the ground or over the heads of a crowd, thereby enhancing creativity and dynamism. And all this from a still compact and portable chassis, making it as easy to take great pictures with the E-PL3 as pointing and shooting.

Effortless operation via Live Guide and fast access buttons
Effortless operation via Live Guide and fast access buttons
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Effortless operation via Live Guide and fast access buttons

The E-PL3 builds on the success of its forbears and once again sports a lightweight and compact design to aid portability, the look of which is both classic and contemporary.

In order to achieve results like the professionals with the minimum of effort, the E-PL3 once again features the E-PL1 and E-PL2's revolutionary Live Guide, selectable in HD movie mode as well as when shooting stills, and allowing photographers to watch in real time the results of changing functions and settings before even taking a shot.

For example, depth of field can be adjusted to make a shot more dramatic by moving an onscreen slider up or down, with users quickly able to master those little settings that make all the difference in terms of more professional looking shots – such as motion and background blur, colour intensity, lighting mood and brightness.

In addition menu settings have now been made more user friendly, with each selection triggering a pop up window detailing how it works. Olympus has additionally fitted a row of fast access buttons on top of the camera next to the shutter release so users really can't miss them.

In-body image stabilisation banishes the bane of blur

Unlike on other comparable cameras, Image Stabilisation is built into the body, so the camera automatically counteracts blur with any lens you attach.

Full HD 1080i video with stereo sound

On the E-PL3, movie quality has to be seen to be believed; with a 60Hz frame rate, and the option of shooting in AVCHD or 720P HD motion JPEG compression formats, there are the options of watching footage back either on Full HD TV or your PC's monitor. Either way, the results will look great as, whether shooting video or 12.3 megapixel photos, the PEN Lite is designed to deliver a consistently high performance.

What's more the E-PL3 features HDMI output, so it can be hooked up directly to an HDTV.

Latest generation TruePic VI processor

As with the Olympus Digital PEN E-P3 and E-PM1 'Mini' models that sit above and below the E-PL3 in the Micro Four Thirds compact system camera range, this new iteration benefits from the incorporation of the latest generation image processor, the TruePic VI engine. Needless to say this addition makes the camera all-round faster and more responsive.

6 Art filters can be applied to stills or video
6 Art filters can be applied to stills or video
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Creative Magic: Art Filters & Art Filter Bracketing

Turn your memories into works of art. A choice of six Art Filters, including Dramatic Tone options, are available to instantly give both your images and movies a unique look and feel. Just select the desired Art Filter before taking a picture or shooting a movie; the effect is then shown directly on the LCD in Live View Mode. Plus, at the touch of a button these can be combined with up to five additional Art Filter effects. These include the new Starlight and White Edge.

  • Dramatic Tone: Boosts the contrast to give images visual punch and a more dynamic atmosphere. This filter is accessible whether shooting stills or movies.
  • Diorama: This lends images a miniature model village feel by narrowing depth of field and enhancing colour and contrast.
  • Pop Art: Enhances colours, making them stronger and more vivid to create high-impact pictures in the style of Pop Art.
  • Soft Focus: Creates a soft tone, which gives pictures an ethereal, otherworldly atmosphere without obscuring details such as hair or flower petals.
  • Grainy Film: Recreates the effect of grainy, high-contrast monochrome pictures. The strong presence and dramatic atmosphere amplify the impact of the subject.
  • Pin Hole: Reduces the peripheral brightness like an image seen through a pinhole camera. Added to this is a unique colour tone and the results have an air of secrecy or otherworldliness.
High image quality free from camera shake, plus whisper quiet lens

As the latest addition to the Pen camera range, the E-PL3 comes with the sculpted and near silent M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R lens, providing a versatile equivalent of 28-84mm in 35mm film terms. This lens, one of 20 available to E-PL3 users, has the advantage of not only providing faster focusing, but also preventing the audible whirr of the lens' mechanics that can otherwise ruin the audio track of your home movies.

What's more, with up to ISO12800 light sensitivity (up from the E-PL2's ISO6400) aiding shooting in lower light conditions without flash for more naturalistic results, shutter speed of up to 1/4000th per second, and high speed sequential shooting at 5 frames per second (fps), the E-PL3 is fully equipped to provide the best marriage with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lens system.

Another advantage of the Olympus system is that its lenses are lighter than rivals', as they don't require built in 'IS' of their own. What's more the supplied lens also features a swappable decorative ring, so you can match the lens to the body colour of the PEN camera you've chosen.

Extensive accessories, ever expanding lens range

Other potential must have accessories include the FL-300R external flash in silver with the wireless flexibility and the affordable and tiltable new Electronic Viewfinder with a 100% viewing angle and 920,000-dot resolution. Attached via the E-PL3's Accessory Port 2, it's excellent for shooting in bright sunshine or with a telephoto lens.

What's more the E-PL3 is not only compatible with 20 Micro Four Thirds lenses, it also offers access to 27 Four thirds system and more than 500 other lenses via adapter.

High capacity SDXC and Eye-Fi card compatible

The carry anywhere E-PL3 further takes the worry out of photography and offers almost unlimited memory expansion possibilities by providing compatibility with the new SDXC removable media card format.

This affords high storage capacities of up to a gargantuan 2TB to ensure you don't run out of space for those many thousands of photos and videos at an inopportune moment – thereby making the E-PL3 as 'future proof' as possible. Wireless transfer is also possible due to compatibility with (optional) Eye-Fi media cards.

Attachable Flash

Make light work of low-light conditions: Simply attach the bundled Olympus FL-LM1 Flash to your PEN in seconds and it will illuminate your shots whenever you need it. And it's just as quick to detach, so no extra weight the rest of the time. You'll find it included when you open the box to discover your new PEN.

Newly developed high speed Live Mos sensor with wide dynamic range

With its 12.3 effective megapixel High Speed Live Mos sensor, Multi Exposure mode for combining up to three top quality Raw images – the outstanding photo heritage provided by the Olympus Pen range shines through.

Add in a Supersonic Wave Filter dust protection system to prevent any undesirables attaching themselves to the camera's sensor when swapping lenses and the result is consistent excellence, no matter how relatively unskilled the user may be.

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 is available in black, white, silver or red in the following configurations:

  • E-PL3 Kit with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R lens
  • E-PL3 Double Zoom Kit* with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 R lenses

* Silver is not available in Double Zoom Kit configuration.

Product Description

EZ-M1442 II R black Incl. Charger + Battery

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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
Colour Name:Black|Size Name:14 -42mm II R and 40 -150mm Lenses
I have had many cameras in my day. However, I got into micro four thirds by accident. Thanks to a very helpful Olympus agent at John Lewis and a similarly helpful Panasonic agent at Panasonic, I was able to experiment with cameras and lenses.

If you shoot in daylight, believe me - any camera is good. The distinction in performance comes with low light conditions and sports etc. If it's daylight you shoot in, you can even use your mobile for great results. However we live in a country that is darker more than it is lighter, or overcast and raining. True, you can use a flash in any situation and in portrait photography lighting is of the essence. But wanting a good camera that shoots in low light without the need for a flash, with little noise.. (all cameras can shoot in low light but the noise levels are extreme to make the photos grainy etc.) .. you should go for the E-PL3.

Compared to its sister micro four thirds camera, the Panasonic G3, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 is the better camera, personally. True, if you went online and read the reviews, the G3 trumps. It has a touch screen, a built in flash and an electronic viewfinder. You get a free flash attachment, no touch screen and no electronic viewfinder for the Olympus. What you get, however, is a very good camera if using it WITHOUT a flash and in low light conditions especially.

The electronic viewfinder for the Olympus, the VF-2, costs 176 at least.

I have shot pictures with both Olympus and Panasonic lenses on both the EPL-3 and the G3 Lumix.

The EPL-3 works well with the Panasonic LEICA 25mm F1.4 lens and the OLYMPUS M.14-42 F3.5-5.6 II R lens.

The ZOOM OLYMPUS 40-150mm lens needs a tripod, despite the image stabilisation built into the body of the EPL-3.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid performer 17 April 2012
Colour Name:White| Size Name:14 -42mm II R and 40 -150mm Lenses|Verified Purchase
Have owned this camera bundle for 5 months now and shot about 2000 frames in varying conditions. The attraction was a light product, little more in size and load than a small compact, but with the facilities of through-the-lens. It wasn't long before I purchased the add-on viewfinder as well, because using the screen in bright light was impractical, especially if you wanted to do any more than point and shoot. As a result, this forces a choice between flash and viewfinder which is inconvenient.

Like most cameras it takes a while to master the control of shutter speed and aperture, and I have tended to default to the 'Auto' setting, which rather defeats the point of the TTL. The manual control of shutter and aperture is not stunningly intuitive and can be quite fiddly, although the manual focus is clear and straight forward.

The lens bundle is great. The versatile combination is just right for most requirements and whilst I thought about the extension tube option, there hasn't been a need yet. The telephoto 40-150mm is a pretty solid performer, but with a small lightweight camera body, and little grip, you have to watch for camera shake. I am using a unipod (or a handy wall) more frequently than expected.

I also took the advice of a previous reviewer and purchased a spare battery!

The picture quality of the four thirds solution compares admirably with the Canon 7D we also use, but in Photoshop you can still tell the difference of course!

Overall, much better than a top of the range compact, but not a replacement for a decent TTL, which I suppose it what one would expect really!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I manage before? 16 Feb 2012
Colour Name:Red| Size Name:14 -42mm II R and 40 -150mm Lenses|Verified Purchase
Delivered in excellent time, and worked straight out of the box - but you do need your own media card!
Do not know how I managed with my big, clunky DSLR before buying this. so compact it fits in my pocket and I have taken several shots that my old camera would struggle getting out of the bag in time for.
Love the adjustable screen on the back - have only used viewfinders in the past and was not too enamoured about the thought of using a screen. It even works in bright sunlight!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great camera 25 Feb 2013
Colour Name:Black| Size Name:14 -42mm II R Lens Kit|Verified Purchase
easy to use, small, light and takes great photos. Auto settings replicate a point and shoot, but there is one button access to a range of colour saturation/brightness/focus options which make a huge difference to your photos. You can also get all David Bailey and have everything manual, but I have not progressed to this yet. Great camera.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely little camera 9 Mar 2013
By Foxxx
Colour Name:Black| Size Name:14 -42mm II R Lens Kit|Verified Purchase
I am really pleased I purchased this camera because it has rekindled my interest in creative photography again after using compact point and shoot cameras for many years. I also have a good selection of old OM lenses which can be used on this body with an adapter. Do handle this camera first, because if you have large hands it is smaller than you may think. It is also a bit difficult to use with one hand because the front is very smooth. I purchased a Richard Franic grip to solve this but it should have been included in the design.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Colour Name:Black|Size Name:14 -42mm II R and 40 -150mm Lenses
After alot of research I went for the Olympus rather than the Nikon and Sony - indeed Olympus were the brains behind this type of camera and are already on the third interation. The picture quality is excellent and they have an option, which the others don't of a 150-300 lens which is equivalent to the 600 in bigger cameras - excellent for wildlife photography and a real bonus. For me this was the final deciding factor and I am pleased so far that I went for Olympus. I am looking forward to practicising with the video and taking stills while it is running -the flexibility is just amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little camera
Bought it for my mom who needs a camera with her daily at work, yet dislikes bulky DSLRs. So far she's thrilled with it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mag07
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy snapping
I purchased this for my wife, who really enjoys taking this out and taking snaps for various purposes. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Great in between camera
Love this camera, takes really good quality photos, I mostly use the auto setting and its brilliant, yet to use different lenses as they are quite expensive to buy. Read more
Published 11 months ago by LSP
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but very good!
Recently upgraded from an E-PL1 (Because I got good prices for both cameras).
I must say I miss the looks and feel of the E-PL1, but the E-PL3 IS better! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mikie
5.0 out of 5 stars just what i need
its got everything i need its very light and has an excellent lens its easy to use perfect for me
Published 14 months ago by Harri
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic results
Beautiful lens and camera, far better than the clonking Sony camera I looked at, and less of a beast than a Nikon dslr I was going to buy. Would buy again over any camera. Read more
Published 16 months ago by G. EDWARDS
4.0 out of 5 stars Olympus Pen E-PL3
Bought this as I needed an upgrade on my very old Fujifilm 1.5Mega pixels! This camera is almost too sophisticated for my needs. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Leslie Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
I bought this camera a month ago for my wife. I was surprised when I first hold it in my hand, the camera surprisingly comfortable to hold. That was my first impression. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Redrock Junction
5.0 out of 5 stars not quite back to OM1
This is light precise and versatile multi lens camera. The range of zoom provided by both lenses and the in built electronic zoom allow composition to exacty fit the subject... Read more
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