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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 (14-42 mm Kit Lens)

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  • Width :
    109.5 mm
  • Height :
    63.7 mm
  • Optical Sensor Resolution (in MegaPixel) :
    12.3 MP
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Quick Specification of Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 (14-42 mm Kit Lens)

  • Dimension
    • Width : 109.5 mm
    • Height : 63.7 mm
  • Pixels
    • Optical Sensor Resolution (in MegaPixel) : 12.3 MP

Full Specifications of Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 (14-42 mm Kit Lens)

  • Dimension

    Weight
    313 gms
    Width
    109.5 mm
    Height
    63.7 mm
    Length
    37.3 mm
    Dimensions
    109.5 (W) x 63.7 (H) x 37.3 (D) mm
  • Pixels

    Optical Sensor Resolution (in MegaPixel)
    12.3 MP
  • Lens

    Color Filter
    Primary (RGB) Color filter
    Lens Type
    Micro Four Thirds Mount
    Auto Focus
    Advance AF
    Manual Focus
    YES
  • Display

    Screen Size
    3 Inches
    Image Display Resolution
    460,000 dots
    Video Display Resolution
    1920 x 1080, HD
    Display Type
    LCD, Anti-reflection Coating
  • Flash

    Flash Modes
    Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Red-eye Reduction Slow Sync, Slow Sync at 1st Curtain, Slow Sync at 2nd Curtain, Fill-in, Off
  • Images & Video

    Image Format
    JPEG, RAW, MPO (3D Still)
    Video Format
    AVCHD, AVI Motion JPEG
  • Image

    Image Size
    4032 x 3024
  • Interface

    Pic Bridge
    YES
    USB Cable
    Hi-Speed USB 2.0
  • Other Features

    Audio Video Interface (NTSC/PAL)
    Multi-connector (Video: NTSC, PAL)
    White Balancing
    7 settings (3000K - 7500K), Lamp (3000K), Fluorescent (4000K), Daylight (5300K), Flash (5500K), Cloudy (6000K), Shade (7500K), Underwater WB
    Dust Reduction
    Supersonic Wave Filter
    Self Timer
    Yes, 2 and 12 sec
    Red Eye Reduction
    Yes
    ISO Rating
    Auto: ISO 200 - 12800, Manual: ISO 200 - 12800
    PictBridge
    Yes
  • Media & Software

    Upgradeable Memory
    Yes
    Memory Card Type
    SD / SDHC / SDXC / UHS-I
  • Memory

    Memory Type
    SD / SDHC / SDXC / UHS-I
  • Sensor

    Sensor Type
    High Speed Live MOS
  • Shutter Speed

    Maximum Shutter Speed
    1 / 4000 sec
    Minimum Shutter Speed
    60 sec
  • Power Source

    Supplied Battery
    BLS-1, BLS-5 Li-ion Battery
  • Connectivity & System Req.

    HDMI
    Yes
    USB
    Hi-Speed USB 2.0
  • Zoom

    Optical Zoom
    3x
  • General Features

    Brand
    Olympus
    Status
    Available
  • Additional Features

    Type
    LCD, Anti-reflection Coating
    Color
    Black

Over all Review of Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 (14-42 mm Kit Lens)

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 (14-42 mm Kit Lens) Price

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.

Battery

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.

Sensors

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.

Pros

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

Cons

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

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One of the longest-stunning prerogatives is the Olympus PEN family camera, which proffers digital interchangeable lens cameras. The new, refreshing camera launched by PEN family is Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 SLR camera, commonly recognized as PEN Lite, is superb awful member of the family. The model comes in black, silver, white, red colors with silver trim, and is a modish and attractive model in appearance. Olympus Pen Lite E PL3 SLR camera’s light weight makes it comfortable to use and hold. The top of the camera has a power button, mode dial and shutter button. The back panel contains four-way control along with a spin dial. The playback and movie buttons are placed at slightly angled panel between the top and back panels. If one is not able to click at small depth of field, one has to switch to a manual mode and can shoot at a larger depth of field which makes its performance ripple less, serene and sleek. The auto focus of Olympus Pen Lite E PL3 SLR is very precise and sharp. Even when the focus is slightly off, PEN Lite still clicks impressive photos with perfect picture quality. User can shoot in RAW, JPEG, or RAW+JPEG with the skillful, smart and splendid Olympus Pen Lite E PL3 SLR. Distinctive aspect ratios are present for user which includes 4:3, 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9, further more camera's aspect ratio can be set to 3:4 that yields vertically aligned photos, without moving the camera.

The ingenious Olympus Pen Lite E PL3 SLR includes different movie resolutions as well and it works magnificently and majestic in movie mode. In addition to these stupefying features one can capture a still image photo while shooting a movie. As per current market demand the PEN Lite's response time is mind-blowing and fantastic. Shot-to-shot delays are optimum but a very small pause is noticed while using the flash as it requires a little time to bounce back. Shutter lag and startup of Olympus Pen Lite E PL3 SLR is very quick and the camera's auto focus works smoothly and fluently. Olympus included a few special star features with the PEN Lite such as a 3D mode, a dramatic effect, a diorama effect, a pop art effect and a grainy effect which makes it the most talented and smart camera among the other camera’s of its kind. Olympus Pen Lite E PL3 SLR image quality is excellent which procures high performance level with its admirable widescreen LCD and makes it pocket friendly in nature.

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