Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Mirrorless Kit 14-42mm Black
  • Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Mirrorless Kit 14-42mm Black
  • Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Mirrorless Kit 14-42mm Black
  • Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Mirrorless Kit 14-42mm Black
  • Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Mirrorless Kit 14-42mm Black
  • Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Mirrorless Kit 14-42mm Black

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Mirrorless Kit 14-42mm Black

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Key Features
  • Type DSLR
  • Optical Sensor Resolution 12.3 MP
  • Optical Zoom 3x
  • Built in Flash Yes
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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Mirrorless Kit 14-42mm Black - Expert Reviews

Overall Review

Olympus, the electronic giant had launched its Pen range of Micro Four Thirds mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras also known with the E-P1 in 2008. It's new predecessor Olympus PEN Lite E PL3 SLR is the third generation of the range that leaves the previous PEN camera design which followed  the “Old is gold” mantra with the 60s design mixed and grinded to perfect with 21st century digital imaging technology behind and flaunts a modern sleek and elgant look. The Pen flagship front runner Olympus PEN Lite E P3 SLR is like an elder brother to E PL3 as E PL3 is almost like a compact, sleek and more efficient version of the prior. Olympus PEN flagship is now also joined by a third Pen, the entry-level E-PM1, also known as the Pen Mini. With the E-PL3, the company has slightly deviated from its classic looks version of PEN cameras when it comes to size. It's significantly smaller, though not much lighter than its predecessor and sports a new 16:9 screen that can flip up and a redesigned 12.3 Megapixel sensor. There is no built in flash now which is instead 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. Another striking feature is that Olympus PEN Lite E PL3 can shoot 1080i60 video in AVCHD format and improves on E-PL2's continuous shooting with a top speed of 5.5 frames per second. With built-in sensor-shift image stabilisation and an ISO sensitivity range that now enlarges to a huge 12800 ISO its low light performance is considerably improved.

Design and Build Quality

Olympus Pen E-PL3 is not very different from its predecessor in terms of weight but it is really smaller. But what catches the eye on the word go is the new awesome designing. The retro styling burns in flames of past and is replaced by a compact, sleek and ultra modern look. Despite the flip-up screen Olympus E-PL3 is significantly slimmer than E-PL2 and misses the built in flash., Olympus has slimmed the body by extending the lens mount on the front panel. The other thing noticeable by its absence is the front grip. Demoted on the E-P3 to a clip-on accessory, it's disappeared from the E-PL3 altogether leaving the front plate a featureless lacquered expanse. The E-PL3 isn't as comfortable in the hand as the E-PL2 was, but it's undeniably better looking.

Focus and Face Detection

What leads the new and better features of Olympus Pen Lite E-PL3 is the auto focus, which is remarkably speedy, so much such that Olympus claims it to be the fastest in the world a title which is shared by Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 which also trends the same system. The newly-developed 35 point system is incredibly responsive, finding an instant lock in most cases, with a newly-added AF-assist lamp lending a helping hand when the light levels start to drop. Accuracy is impressive, with the camera's autofocus system proving to be unfazed by off-centre subjects. The focal length that is works on is 14 mm to 42 mm. Efficient face detection of a maximum of 10 faces in a single frame accompanies Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3.

Lens and Image Stabilization

Olympus Pen Lite E-PL3 comes with the M. Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R MSC kit zoom lens. The R stands for 'Renewed', but aside from some cosmetic differences this is essentially the same kit lens as boxed with the E-PL2. It has a retracting design which makes it reasonably compact, especially compared with the stabilised kit zooms for the Sony NEX-C3 and Lumix GF3. Micro Four Thirds lenses have a crop factor of two, making the 35mm equivalent range 28-84mm. Like all Pen models, the E-PL3 body is fitted with sensor-shift image stabilisation. There are three modes, 1 works on both axes, 2 is vertical only, for panning shots and 3 is horizontal only, for portrait mode panning.

Screen and Menus

Most of the rear of the camera is sported by a 3 inch LCD with anti reflection coatings with image display resolution of 460,000 dot pixels. The camera has made a move from the popular 3:2 aspect ratio to 16:9, and being able to flip the screen either up or down, NEX-style is a marked improvement. While it doesn't help with portrait shooting I found being able to flip the screen up improved visibility in bright conditions as well as being more comfortable when shooting from low angles. But it also needs to be said that, though it's ideal for movie shooting, for 4:3 aspect ratio stills shooting a significant portion of the screen is unused resulting in large black bars down either side of the screen.Though Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 doesn't have an optical viewfinder both optical and electronic viewfinders are available as hotshoe mounted accessories that plug into the AP2 accessory port just below the hotshoe in the rear panel.


What really powers Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 is BLS-1 Li-Ion battery, though the camera is also compatible with the older BLS-5 models. The quoted battery life is 330 shots using CIPA’s standard testing methods. The E-PL3 is compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards and cards with a speed class of at least 6 are recommended for movie recording.

Video Mode

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3's best excellence movie mode is 1080i60 which is programmed as an AVCHD file at an average bitrate of 17Mbps. There's also a 13Mbps option at the same resolution and two 720p settings at 17Mbps and 13Mbps. Finally, there's a 720p option that records editing-friendly Mjpeg files at 30fps and a standard resolution 640x480 mode.


Sensor is probably the reason why camera works. Sensor converts and optical image into an electrical signal and hence, the imaging is processed. The 12.3 Optical Resolution of Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 is worked upon by Live MOS image sensor.


  • Very fast Auto Focus
  • Simple control layout
  • Art filters
  • 1080p HD movies
  • Live Guide


  • Mic a little sensitive
  • No built-in flash
  • No integral EVF
  • No built-in front grip

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Mirrorless Kit 14-42mm Black - User Reviews

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Good camera for the price
by Prashant Pandey on 2013-12-28

I have got my hands on this camera today only, so writing about the features I have gone through.
1. Picture quality is good, not great though, since this is an old sensor camera(12 mp). New

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Brilliant little fellow
by Srinidhi Aithal on 2013-09-11

I had always shyed away from MFT's as they were pricey comparatively, but snatched this deal as it was too tempting. The camera is suited more towards the crowd shifting from a point and shoot. The

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Awesome Product.....
by Saurav Roy on 2014-09-17

Awesome product from OLYMPUS; the PEN Lite E-Pl3 is a bomb-shell of a camera.
Blazing fast Auto Focus(AF).
Kit Lens is not the best available but will sufice for normal needs.

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Good for beginners
by Harshad RJ on 2014-02-07

I bought this as an experiment into DSLR photography, as I was not sure how much this would be better / convenient than a point-n-shoot that I have (Canon 100IS)

First off, the photo

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Great buy for the price
by Sumit Sen on 2013-12-06

This camera is perfect for street capture and candids. It is beautifully finished and a pleasure to carry around. The handling needs a bit of getting used to and noise is an issue over ISO 400. If you

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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Mirrorless Kit 14-42mm Black Specifications

General Features
  • Brand Olympus
  • Model Name Olympus PEN E-PL3 with 14 - 42 mm Lens
  • Type DSLR
  • Color Black
Camera Features
  • Optical Sensor Resolution 12.3 MP
  • Sensor Type Live MOS Sensor
  • Sensor Size 13.0 x 17.3 mm
  • Shutter Speed Range 60 - 1/4000 sBulb: up to 30 min. (selectable longest time in the menu. Default: 8 min) 1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable
  • Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
  • Minimum Shutter Speed 60 sec
  • Optical Zoom 3x
  • Audio Video Interface A/V Output (NTSC or PAL)
  • Picture Angle 75 Degrees
  • Lens Type Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • Auto Focus Advance AF
  • Manual Focus Yes
  • Focal Length 14 - 42 mm
  • Aperture Range f/3.5 - 5.6
  • Color Filter Primary (RGB) Color Filter
Convenience Features
  • Microphone Stereo / Mono
  • PictBridge Yes
  • Continuous Shots 5.5 frames per second
  • Self Timer 2 sec, 12 sec
  • Metering Digital ESP, Center weighted average, Spot
Image Enhancements
  • ISO Rating Auto: (ISO (200-12800), Manual: ISO (200-12800)
  • Image Stabilizer Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)
  • White Balancing Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Lamp, Shade, Underwater
  • Red Eye Reduction Yes
  • Face Detection 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)
  • Supported Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
  • Additional Display Features Anti-reflection Coating
  • Bluetooth No
  • 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)
  • Upgradeable Memory Yes
  • Built in Flash Yes
  • External Flash 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)
  • Dimensions 4.31 x 2.51 x 1.47 Inches
  • Weight 313 gms
Other Features
  • In The Box Main Unit, Li-ion rechargeable battery, Body cap
  • Additional Features 5.5 fps high-speed sequential shooting
  • Warranty 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Mirrorless Kit 14-42mm Black Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Mirrorless Kit 14-42mm Black
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