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Olympus PEN E-PL3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 491 reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL3. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the price and image quality are on the whole positive. The usability and portability also get good comments. The memory and viewfinder get critical opinions. There are some mixed opinions about the image stabilizer.

performance, portability, usability, image quality, price

viewfinder, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus PEN E-PL3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Olympus PEN E-PL3


alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL3 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers really like the price and lens. The performance and usability also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the memory and durability, and there are some mixed comments about the reliability.

portability, usability, performance, lens, price

durability, memory

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2020

Consumer review ( review summary for Olympus PEN E-PL3


alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL3 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers really like the screen and size. The image quality and performance are also mentioned favorably. The low light performance and battery get mixed opinions, while there are some critical opinions about the reliability.

portability, performance, image quality, size, screen


91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2020

Expert review by (

Olympus PEN E-PL3 Micro Four Thirds camera review


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.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Olympus PEN E-PL3 review: Olympus PEN E-PL3


Olympus PEN E-PL3

With a broad feature set aimed at enthusiasts, tilting LCD, nicely implemented filters, good performance, and excellent raw photo quality, plus a price that's less burdensome than the E-P3's, there's a lot to appreciate about the ; .

The PEN E-PL3's video disappoints, and the camera's lack of a grip may prove annoying for some shooters.

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.

Oct, 2011


Expert review by : Amadou Diallo with additional material by Richard (

Olympus PEN E-PL3


The Olympus PEN Lite/E-PL3 is identical in terms of output to the recently reviewed Olympus E-P3. We have tested to verify image quality (and of course include these tests in the review). Where appropriate, you will find our comments and judgements...

Very good low ISO image quality and resolution ; Fast and responsive operation ; Fast, accurate autofocus ; Full HD AVCHD video ; Attractive styling and solid, metal construction ; A high number of external controls for its body size ; Tilt-screen LCD...

High ISO noise performance lagging behind competitors' newer sensors ; Overly aggressive default noise filter setting for JPEG output ; Digital IS for video capture can introduce unnatural-looking footage ; Size and positioning of control dial makes...

The Olympus E-PL3 offers ample external control points, a tilting LCD screen and fast AF performance along with high image quality in a small, stylish package. Although the complexity of the menu system may require an initial learning curve for new...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (

Olympus PEN E-PL3


The Olympus PEN E-PL3 delivers impressive performance when it comes to speed, but is held back by noisy images at higher ISO settings and a kit lens that delivers so-so sharpness at longer focal lengths.

Tilting 3-inch LCD. Fast autofocus system. In-camera artistic filters. Accessory port for optional EVF.

High noise at ISO 1600 and above. No built-in flash. Menu system is unintuitive and can be slow.

There’s an in-camera Art Filter mode, which allows you to choose one of six filters to apply to your images. Unlike other cameras that require you to apply these after you’ve shot an image, the results of the filter are shown in real time on the...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Michael Palmer (

Olympus PEN E-PL3 (PEN Lite) Preview


Olympus announced three new additions to its PEN line of compact digital cameras, which is now in its 5th generation. Replacing last gen's E-PL2, we have the Olympus PEN E-PL3, the PEN compact system middle sibling camera. The idea for this model is...

Jun, 2011


Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

Olympus E-PL3 Review


The Olympus E-PL3 (also known as the Olympus PEN Lite) is a brand new 12 megapixel compact system camera. With a stylish metal body, the EPL3 features the world's fastest auto-focus system, a high resolution and tiltable 3 inch LCD screen, 5fps burst...

While the E-PL2 was essentially a tarted-up E-PL1, with the E-P3 its manufacturer has gone the whole hog in terms of a makeover. However, in Olympus' bid to deliver a Digital Pen that is 'compact and cute', the E-PL3 is a bit of a curio, dropping...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Philip Ryan (

Camera Test: Olympus Pen E-PL3 ILC


Olympus' latest ILC achieves midlevel greatness

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : sraynes (

Preview: Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3


Olympus has succeeded in creating a mini-marvel with the PEN Lite E-PL3 compact system camera. It's beautifully engineered, stylish and puts in a blisteringly quick performance

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Wong Casandra (

Olympus PEN E-PL3 - The LITE Sibling


The Olympus PEN E-PL3 is a good alternative for those who prefer a smaller and more handy version of the E-P3. Under the hood, it shares the same 12-megapixel sensor and dual-core TruePic VI processing engine as its more expensive sibling. We show you...

Sleek and slim design ; Fast and accurate AF system ; Vivid color production ; Tiltable LCD screen

Image noise starts to show above ISO800 ; No built-in flash (but add-on is provided) ; No hand grip

The Olympus E-PL3 is an affordable option that appeals to the camera enthusiasts looking to transit from compacts. It offers the same level of performance as its higher-end sibling, the E-P3, but in a smaller body that comes with a tilting LCD screen....

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : Camera Labs (

Olympus E-PL3


The Olympus Pen E-PL3 is a 12.3 megapixel mirrorless ILC based on the Micro Four Thirds standard. The middle of the range Pen, it combines a high degree of control and customisation with ease of use features in a compact and sylish body that features...

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

Nov, 2011

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