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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. Views about the price and image quality are on the whole positive. The usability and portability are also appreciated. Reviews are divided on the image stabilizer. Some have doubts about the memory and viewfinder.

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 (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Olympus PEN E-PL3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL3 from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the price and lens. The performance and usability are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the reliability. The memory and durability get less positive comments.

portability, usability, performance, lens, price

durability, memory

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

Sep, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Olympus PEN E-PL3

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 user reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL3 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the screen and size. The image quality and performance also get good views. Many are less positive about the reliability, and there are mixed reviews on the low light performance and battery.

portability, performance, image quality, size, screen

reliability

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

Sep, 2019

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Expert review by : Audley Jarvis (trustedreviews.com)

Olympus PEN E-PL3

 

Is the Olympus E-PL3 the best PEN yet?

Super-fast AF performance ; Good image quality ; Tiltable LCD monitor

No hand-grip ; No pop-up flash ; Limited macro capabilites

There is a lot to like about the E-PL3: it’s a very capable camera that delivers good image quality. Stylish and easy to use, it offers plenty of useful and fun features including a tiltable LCD, Art Filters and solid HD movie recording abilities. Of...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Michael Sawh (t3.com)

Olympus E-PL3 review

 

Olympus Third generation 'Pen Lite' adds tilting LCD screen but subtracts handgrip and integral flash. Still a great update but no real reasons to upgrade from the previous model if you're own one

Solid feel ; Metal build ; Retro styling

Lack of Flash ; Plastic-y flashgun clip ; Lacks proper handgrip

If you’ve considered buying a cheap digital SLR to get better shots than your £100 pocket camera or smartphone will allow, then the E-PL3 offers a similarly priced, but more manageable alternative. For us the results aren’t quite on a par with a...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Josie Reavely (techradar.com)

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 review

 

The new downsized PEN CSC boasts an extremely fast autofocus system

Very fast AF ; Simple control layout ; Art filters ; 1080p HD movies ; Live Guide

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

Small but perfectly formed, cameras in the Olympus PEN range are well loved for their stylish good looks and user-friendly handling. One of a trio of new launches from the manufacturer, the new Micro four Thirds PEN Lite E-PL3 continues the PEN trend...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Reviews team (techradar.com)

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Jan, 2010

Expert review by : Ben Pitt (expertreviews.co.uk)

Olympus Pen E-PL3 review

 

An impressive all-rounder, with a great range of extras, but various niggling issues combine to take the shine off its appeal

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Amateur Photographer (amateurphotographer.co.uk)

Olympus Pen E-PL3 (Lite) review

 

With the core of the Olympus Pen models the same, the E-PL3's makeover successfully creates a marked physical difference between it and the larger E-P3.Those desiring a compact and modern-styled body will be happy. A tiltable screen aids handling and,...

Apr, 2014

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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

 

Olympus kickstarted the trend for dinky cameras with interchangeable lenses several years ago with its rebooted PEN series of snappers. Is the PEN Lite E-PL3 a worthy stepping stone from compact camera to advanced DSLR? See for yourself in the clip...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Troy Park (digicambuyer.co.uk)

Olympus E-PL3

 

Also known as the PEN Lite, this is the latest retro-style compact system camera to hit the shelves

The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 is a great, easy-to-use compact system camera that provides quality images – perfect for anyone looking to step up their photography

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Jonathan Margolis (howtospendit.ft.com)

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 camera

 

A serious luxury item, this beautifuly made camera is a delight to use

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla (canadianreviewer.com)

Review: Olympus E-PL3 Micro Four Thirds Camera

 

Olympus has been a pioneer in the (Interchangeable Lens Camera) market with its PEN line of Micro Four Thirds cameras which came to market two years ago. Now, with competition from the likes of Sony, Samsung, Pentax, Panasonic and most recently Nikon,...

Oct, 2011

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