Olympus Pen E-PL3 Review

General Specifications

Megapixels 12.3
Type Micro Four-Thirds/Mirrorless
Features Articulating Screen, HD Video Recording
Optical Zoom Not Applicable

Product Type

Product type Interchangeable Lens Type Live View Digital Camera
Memory SD Memory Card(SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible), Eye-Fi, Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting
Screen size 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Mount

Effective Pixels number

Effective Pixels number 12.3 million pixels

Image Pickup Unit

Product type High speed Live MOS Sensor
Total no. of pixels Approx. 13.1 million pixels
Aspect ratio 1.33 (4:3)
Filter array Primary color filter (RGB)
Dust reduction Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)


Recording format DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
File format RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO (3D still)


Recording format AVCHD
Compression Ratio AVCHD Format : Max 4GB
File Size Motion-JPEG Format : Max 2GB
Maximum Recording Time AVCHD Format : Max 29min (Full HD Normal/HD Fine/HD Normal : 29min, Full HD Fine : 22min) Motion-JPEG Format : HD: 7min, SD: 14min (There are exceptions with select Art Filters)


Recording format AVCHD Format : Dolby Digital Motion-JPEG Format / Picture with Sound : Wave Format Base (Stereo PCM/16bit, 48kHz)


Product type LCD, AR(Anti-Reflection) coating, Tilt function
Size 3.0 inches 16:9
Total no. of pixels Approx. 460,000 dots
Playback field of view 100%
Brightness control +7 levels and -7 levels
Color temperature +7 levels and -7 levels


AF system Imager Contrast Detection AF system When non High-speed imager AF compatible lens is used, it works as AF assist.
AF lock Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode

White Balance

Auto WB system High speed Live MOS sensor
Preset white balance 7 settings (3000K - 7500K) Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent (4000K), Daylight (5300K), Flash (5500K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K) , Underwater WB
White balance compensation ±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)

Power Requirements

Battery BLS-1 Li-ion battery (included)


Dimensions 4.31 in. (W) x 2.50 in. (H) x 1.46 in. (D) (excluding protrusions)
Weight 9.34oz (body only), 11.04g (including Battery and Memory card) - subject to change