Olympus EPL 3 SLR Lens 14-42mm
  • Olympus EPL 3 SLR Lens 14-42mm
  • Olympus EPL 3 SLR Lens 14-42mm
  • Olympus EPL 3 SLR Lens 14-42mm
  • Olympus EPL 3 SLR Lens 14-42mm

Olympus EPL 3 SLR Lens 14-42mm

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Key Features
  • 3 Inches
  • 12.3 MP
  • Live MOS Sensor
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Olympus EPL 3 SLR Lens 14-42mm - Expert Reviews

Overall Review

In collaboration with another camera giant, Panasonic, Olympus founded the Micro Four Thirds technology back in 2008, under which the cameras were to have Mirrorless interchangeable lenses instead of the glass ones, and we must say, Olympus has exploited this technology from day 1 with the launch of Olympus E-PM1. The newest of this series, Olympus E-PL3, also nicknamed as “Pen Lite” is rightly the third generation device of Olympus’s range which mixes retro 60s design with 21st century technology. It is a very smaller, lighter and preliminary version of the PEN forte and probably the best in Olympus’s arsenal Olympus E-P3 and is launched alongside entry level Olympus E-PM1 also known as Pen Mini. Olympus EPL 3 (Lens 14-42mm) when talking just design, is a lot different than the earlier models. The device is drastically smaller, though not much lighter than its precursor and sports a new 16:9 flip-up screen and a further engineered 12.3 Megapixel sensor.


There is no in-built flash, it is replaced by a clip-on unit and there's a new AF assist lamp to augment the capabilities of the improved 35-point contrast detect AF system. Olympus E-PL3 can shoot 1080i 60 video in AVCHD format and improves on Olympus E-PL2's continuous shooting with a top speed of 5.5 frames per second. Olympus E-PL3 also features a built-in sensor-shift image stabilization along with an ISSO sensitivity range that can extend to a good 12800 ISO and a significantly improved low light performance. Like its partner in Micro Four Third technology Panasonic and Sony Inc. Olympus has its target locked on all the enthusiasts and tourists who are looking for a richer and more detailed photography experience that a Point and Shoot can offer. But this is definitely not easy for everyone, particularly in the middle ground, where both ease of use and technological advancement reside together.

Design and Build Quality

Olympus Pen Light E-PL3 is not really lighter than its predecessor but it is definitely really significantly smaller. But what catches the eye more is not the reduced size but the redesigning of this device. The retro styling, which has become a forte of Olympus Micro Four Thirds has gone down the toilet, and is replaced by a very sleek, elegant and modern look. It is interesting to note how Panasonic Lumix GF3 and Olympus E-PL3 are really going in the similar directions, seems like the partners for Mirrorless technology have something big in mind and despite the flip-up screen, Olympus E-PL3 is still a slimmer camera than E-PL2 which has a sleek ultramodern look, but alas, no flash. The design seems borrowed by Sony NEX, Olympus, much like “style statement” Sony has slimmed the body by extending the lens mount along the front panel. Another noticeable thing is the absence of the front grip in the design. Demoted on Olympus E-P3 to a clip-on accessory, it's disappeared from Olympus E-PL3 altogether leaving the front plate a featureless lacquered expanse. Olympus E-PL3 isn't as comfortable in the hand as Olympus E-PL2 was, but it's undeniably better looking.



Focus and Face Detection

Olympus has been able to produce as much more improved AF in third generation Pens than any other of its devices and Olympus E-PL3 is quite certainly quicker than its precursor, and obviously not to mention that it is more sophisticated with 35 AF regions compared to 11 in the previous camera.  Other stuff is still the same, you can let the camera select the AF region automatically, or choose one yourself by pressing the left button on the control wheel. The inclusion of an AF assist lamp on the front panel of Olympus E-PL3 improves it's low-light AF performance and you can focus manually, though the magnification options don't work at seamlessly as they might.


Lens and Image Stabilization

The lens mount in the front of Olympus E-PL3 is the M. Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R MSC kit zoom lens in which the R stands for 'Renewed' but with hardly any significance as aside from some plastic  differences over the top of the device this is essentially the same kit lens as boxed with Olympus E-PL2. It has a retracting design which makes it reasonably compact, especially when the device is compared to highly stabilised kit zooms for Sony’s NEX-C3 and Panasonic Lumix GF3. 


Screen and Menus

Olympus PEN Lite's flip-out screen works in 16:9 aspect ratio which is definitely well suited for shooting HD video but much less so when shooting stills in the camera's native 4:3 format. This format mismatch leaves black bars down both sides of the screen, areas which are then solely devoted to displaying camera settings.



Olympus E-PL3 has made an attempt to combine battery/card slot on the base of the camera. As well as the supplied BLS-1 Li-Ion battery it's compatible with the older BLS-5 models. The battery life is quoted at 330 shots using the CIPA standard testing processes by Olympus. Olympus E-PL3 is compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards and cards with a speed class of at least 6 are suggested for movie recording.


Video Mode

The best movie quality flaunted by Olympus E-PL3 is 1080i60 which is put on as an AVCHD file and plays at 17Mbps as average bitrate. Also there is an option of 13 Mbps for the same, and two setting for the HD 720 mode namely 17 Mbps and 13 Mbps and finally there is the now “mandatory in all devices” 720p options which can record videos at easily editable Mjpeg mode at 30 frames per second alongside a standard 480p mode. Movies in Olympus E-PL3 can be shot easily in any of the PASM modes which can be done either with the help of Art filters or by selecting the required mode on the dial and then pressing the record button or by selecting movie mode on the dial and choosing the exposure mode from the Live Control menu. In manual exposure mode, you also have manual control over ISO sensitivity, which in the other modes is fixed on auto and while it is really great to have an option of shooting movie footage using Art Filters many of the devices still comes up with slow jerky playback at really reduced frame rates.



Olympus E-PL3's newly designed 12.3 Megapixel Four Thirds sensor produces 4:3 images with a maximum size of 4032 x 3024 pixels. Images can be saved as RAW data files or as compressed JPEGs at one of two compression settings. Best quality JPEGs have a file size of between 4 and 6MB. The ISO sensitivity ranges from 200 to 12800 ISO and the shutter speed range is from 60 seconds to 1/4000.



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.



16:9 screen not ideal for still photos.
Poorly positioned control wheel.
Lacks composite HDR and low light mode.

Olympus EPL 3 SLR Lens 14-42mm - User Reviews

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by Chandra Sekharan.B on 2015-04-09

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Olympus EPL 3 SLR Lens 14-42mm Specifications

General Features
  • Brand Olympus
  • Lens Type Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • Auto Focus Advance AF
  • Manual Focus Yes
  • Color Filter Primary (RGB) Color Filter
Camera Features
  • Optical Sensor Resolution 12.3 MP
  • Sensor Type Live MOS Sensor
  • Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
  • Minimum Shutter Speed 60 sec
  • Audio Video Interface A/V Output (NTSC or PAL)
Convenience Features
  • PictBridge Yes
  • Self Timer 2 sec, 12 sec
Image Enhancements
  • ISO Rating Auto: (ISO (200-12800), Manual: ISO (200-12800)
  • White Balancing Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Lamp, Shade, Underwater
  • Red Eye Reduction Yes
  • Dust Reduction Supersonic Wave Filter
  • Display Type LCD
  • Screen Size 3 Inches
  • Image Display Resolution 460000 dots
  • Video Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD)
  • Additional Display Features Anti-reflection Coating
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Images & Video
  • Image Format JPEG (RAW, MPO (3D Still Image))
  • Video Format AVCHD, AVI Motion JPEG
Media & Software
  • Memory Card Type SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I)
  • External Memory Yes
  • Upgradeable Memory Yes
  • Flash Modes Auto, Fill-in, Slow Sync at 1st and 2nd curtain Flash
Power Source
  • Battery Type Li-ion Battery (BLS-1/BLS-5)
  • Weight 313 gms

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