Olympus E-PL3 Digital Camera Tech Review


Posted September 2, 2011 - By Moye Ishimoto

The Olympus PEN Series E-Pl3 DSLR packs a TruePic VI image processor, 12.3 mega pixels and 1080P HD video, all for $700. Chris Hardwick and Candace Bailey review the digital camera for its Gadget Pr0n rating.

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Find the full review from Gadget Pron on Attack of the Show after the cut.

What You Need to Know

  • The PEN E-Pl3 is the newest micro four-thirds camera from Olympus.
  • It has a 3” adjustable screen with no viewfinder and weighs just over 9 ozs.
  • It's smooth, but perhaps a little too smooth and the size is perfect for throwing into your bag.
  • We do miss the rubber grip on the old Olympus.
  • There is HDMI and USB AV Out, so you can connect it right to your TV and it comes bundled with a removable flash.
  • The LCD is adjustable; you can tilt it down which is good for if you’re trying to shoot something above a crowd, like a concert.  
  • It also tilts the other way, which is great if you are trying to take your own crotch shots.
  •  This has what Olympus is billing as the world's fastest auto-focus and it is noticeably faster than previous models.
  • The art filters still look cool and make even your crappiest angles look un-crappy.
  • You can even shoot a photo in 3D and take two pictures at slightly different angles and the camera processes them as MPO files.
  • The pictures look great!
  • The colors are bright and vivid, provided the lighting is great.
  • Outside the colors popped and the 12.3 megapixel clarity is clear.
  • The pictures really do look as good as a DSLR.
  •  It has a high ISO, so you're getting more detail in low light than most micro four-thirds cameras.
  • The 1080p video is pretty good; it’s a big step up over the E-Pl2 with minimal motion blur.


  • $700

Overall Rating

  • 4 Seals of Approval Out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • It takes great photos and the video quality has improved.
  • The art filters are fun.
  • The price is what is holding this back; if it were $200 less we would have gone higher.
  • The price really puts you in DSLR range.

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Olympus E-PL3 Digital Camera Tech Review


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