Olympus PEN E-PL3

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Release Date: September 2011
List Price: $700 USD
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Seeking an Olympus mirrorless camera with a flexible LCD screen? If so, the PEN E-PL3 is the one to consider.

The E-PL3 is also a good option if you'd like a camera that is not the traditional black or silver: you can also get an E-PL3 in white or red.

While the E-PL3 features overlap considerably with the more expensive E-P3, the E-PL3 lacks a touchscreen LCD: you'll have to use the traditional buttons and dials to change camera settings.

The E-PL3 also doesn't have a built-in flash — an optional one is available as an included accessory.

List of Features

Image StabilizationIn Body
Memory CardSD / SDHC / SDXC
Max. Shutter Speed1/4000
Max. Photo Capture5.5 per second
LCD3 inch (460,000 dots)
Flexible LCDYes
ViewfinderNone, Optional
AutofocusContrast AF
35 multi-point
Face Detect AFYes
Aspect Ratios4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1, 3:4
Sensor Dimensions17.3 x 13mm
ISO Range200-12800
Movie ModesAVCHD
1920 x 1080 (60i)
1280 x 720 (60p)
Motion JPEG
1280 x 720 (30 fps)
640 x 480 (30 fps)
Movie SoundStereo
HDMI PortYes
Accessory PortYes
Built-in FlashNone, Optional
Compatible LensesMicro 4/3
Standard 4/3rds with Adapter
OM with Adapter
BatteryBLS-5 LiIon
Dimensions4.31 x 2.51 x 1.47in.
109.5 x 63.7 x 37.3mm
Weight11oz (313g)
NotesOnly Olympus mirrorless camera with flexible LCD screen (as of 2011)