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Olympus PEN E-PL3 Black 12.3MP Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens

  • 3.0" Tilting Widescreen LCD
  • CMOS Sencor & 3x Optical Zoom
  • Full 1080 HD Video & 3D Shooting
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View the World from a Different Angle
You love preserving memories, but you're ready for more creativity. More control. More options for capturing unforgettable images. The E-PL3 inspires innovation and is perfect for those who require a versatile, portable camera filled with advanced yet easy-to-use creative technologies. Its high-resolution 3in. articulating LCD features a new interface that makes it easy to access the effects you want from any angle.
Professional Image Quality
12.3MP
The new 12.3MP Live MOS sensor is optimized to maximize the performance of all m.Zuiko digital lenses in any shooting condition. Improvements to the sensitivity and read-out speed of the existing sensor makes ISO 12,800 shooting and Full HD movie recording possible.
Stabilization Technology in the Body, Not in the Lenses
Say goodbye to blurry images. Olympus in-body image stabilization technology makes it possible to use any Micro Four Thirds lenses (or Four Thirds lens), from wide-angle to telephoto, for perfectly clear, crisp photos no matter what the shooting situation, even in low light!
Improved Color Reproduction
The new TruePic VI Image Processor, designed specifically for the Olympus PEN, features Real Color Technology for improved color reproduction (especially colors such as emerald green, yellow, and gold) and color gradation. The faster processor also allows for a shorter recovery time between shots.
Face Detection with Eye Detect
Nail the focus for every portrait photo, every time. The new face detection AF employs an "Eye Detect AF" that adjusts focus automatically on the subject's eyes during portrait shooting and can even be adjusted to focus on the right, left or near-side eye. The Face Detection function captures up to eight faces, reducing the chance of blurred subjects when shooting several people at once.
 
Blazing Speed
World's Fastest Auto Focus*
The new FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System is able to focus at an incredible speed and offers 35 separate focus points that are spread over nearly the entire sensor, which makes it possible for pin-point accurate focusing on small subjects wherever they appear in the frame. Selectable 3x3 groups within the 35-point area are especially effective when shooting active subjects.
5FPS Sequential Shooting
With the E-PL3 you can take up to five photos a second, allowing you to easily capture that perfect shot, especially when your subject is moving.
Advanced Continuous AF & Tracking
With the improved AF system, the AF Tracking function locks your subject into focus and continuously adjusts focus and brightness even if the subject disappears from view momentarily.
Improved Internal Focusing
High-precision engineering and an improved internal focusing mechanism have allowed the Olympus MSC (Movie + Still Compatible) lenses to auto focus quickly, smoothly and silently, perfect for stills and movies.
 
Creative Freedom
Full 1080 HD Video
Shoot up to 29 minutes of 1080 60i HD video and stereo sound in either AVCHD or AVI formats. A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just the press of a button.
In-Camera Advanced Art Filters
Six in-camera Art Filters (Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama and Dramatic Tone) are enhanced by new filter variations, art effects and bracketing. Photographers can use Art Filters in all shooting modes as well as filming HD movies.
New 3D Shooting
Add a new dimension to your photographs in any mode from macro to landscape with Olympus' 3D technology. By simply selecting the 3D Photo Mode, releasing the shutter, and slowly panning, the camera will automatically take a second image from a slightly different perspective. The 3D data is processed in-camera resulting in an .MPO file, the universal industry 3D format, for easy display on 3D televisions or laptops.
In-Camera Slideshow with Sound
Slideshows have never been easier or more fun to create. The E-PL3's enhanced playback functions allow you to employ effective fade-in/fade-out techniques, control the movie/still mix and speed, add captivating musical soundtracks, and much more.
 
Ease-of-Use
New Three-Inch Tilting Widescreen LCD
This bright, 614k dot high-resolution screen features a newly-designed touch interface that gives you the ability to choose AF points, release the shutter, and navigate the camera's menus with just the touch of your finger. With the AF (Anti-Fingerprint) coating, you don't even need to worry about fingerprint smudges.
 
Excellent Shots - Effortlessly
iAuto automatically identifies the scene you're shooting in portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport C and adjusts the settings to optimize results. The E-PL3 is also equipped with 23 Scene-Select modes for effortless picture taking, including Fireworks, Sunset, Children, Macro and Panorama, to name a few. There are even three scene modes that are specific to shooting with Olympus conversion lenses to optimize the performance of those lenses.
Updated Screen Design & Live Guide
The E-PL3's Live Guide system allows you to preview effects as you adjust them – before the image is even captured. Simply select Live Guide and turn the wheel on the back of the camera to slide through numerous photographic effects, such as brightness, color saturation, tone, etc.
Operating the camera is more intuitive with the newly designed user interface. The on-screen graphics have also been updated with a sleeker font design and an automatic pop-up guide in the menu screen.
Get Wireless
No need for cables or even a computer. Upload or email images directly from your camera with an optional PP-1 PENPAL® or Eye-Fi™ card. The E-PL3 is also capable of recording stills and video to SD, SDHC, SDXC and UHS-I media cards.
 
Low Light Performance
AF Illuminator
The addition of this super luminosity LED beam allows the camera to focus faster in low light up to almost 10 feet.
Increased ISO Sensitivity
Stunning low light photos are a click away with an increased ISO sensitivity to 12,800.
 
Attachable Flash Included
This camera provides the flexibility to attach a flash to your camera via the accessory port, or leave it at home for maximum portability.

 


Learn more about the Olympus America Inc. PEN E-PL3

General

Brand
OLYMPUS
Series
PEN
Model
PEN E-PL3
Part
V205031BU000
Color
Black
Dimensions
4.31" x 2.5" x 1.46" (excluding protrusions)
Weight
9.34oz (body only), 11.04g (including Battery and Memory card) - subject to change
Package Type
Single Lens Kit

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
Live MOS
Gross Pixels
13.1 MP
Effective Pixels
12.3 MP
Aspect Ratio
4:3 (Horizontal : Vertical)
Color Filter System
Primary color filter (RGB)
Dust Cleaning System
Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)
Image Stabilization
System: Built in (Imager shift image stabilizer)

Mode: 3 modes (IS1:2 dimensional activation, IS2:1 dimensional activation in landscape frame to vertical direction moving, IS3:1dimensional activation in portrait frame to vertical direction moving ), OFF

Manual Function: input focal length 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000

Shutter speed range: 2 - 1/4000 sec. (Not available when Bulb is selected)

IS for Movie: Shifting electronic image (so called Digital IS, IS1 mode only)
Resolution
[RAW] 4032 x 3024 pixels
[JPEG] 4032 x 3024 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels

White Balance

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)

CWB (Kelvin setting): 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)

One-touch white balance: 2 custom settings can be registered

White balance bracketing: 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.

LCD Monitor

LCD
3.0" 460K

Focus

Focusing Modes
Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR)

C-AF and AF tracking are not available with non-Micro Four Thirds lenses.

This is can be set in both recording mode, still and movie, separately.
Focusing Point Selection
Auto from all 35 area, Single area from 35 area, Group Target area (9 area) from 35 area

Auto from almost all area when Face detection is ON

Free selection when Magnified View Mode is selected
Focus Lock
Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode

Exposure

Exposure Control
Exposure Control (Still):

(1) iAuto
(2) P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed)
(3) A: Aperture priority AE
(4) S: Shutter priority AE
(5) M: Manual
(6) Scene select AE
(7) Art Filter

Exposure Control (Movie):

(1) P: Program AE
(2) A: Aperture priority AE
(3) S: Shutter speed priority AE
(4) M:Manual
(5) Art Filter

* S mode and M mode : Shutter speed is limited to no more than 1/30 sec.
Exposure Compensation
+/-3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
Metering System
TTL Image Sensor metering system:

(1) Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering)
(2) Center weighted average metering
(3) Spot metering (approx. 1% for the viewfinder screen. Highlight / shadow bases are available)
ISO Sensitivity
AUTO: ISO 200 - 12800 (customizable, Default 200-1600) / Manual ISO 200 - 12800, 1/3 or 1 EV steps
AE Lock
Available (Using Fn1/Rec button is available)

Shutter

Shutter Type
Computerized focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed
60 - 1/4000 sec.

Bulb: up to 30 min. (selectable longest time in the menu. Default: 8 min)
1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable.
Self-timer
Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)

Flash

Flash Mode
TTL-Auto, Manual(Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64)

Flash mode of External Flash: Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Off.
Flash Control
Wireless Flash Control:

- Available(4ch, 4Groups)
- Bundled flash is usable as a center flash in case of wireless flash control.

External Flash control mode:

- TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL
External Flash
E-System Flash (FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R)

Drive System

Drive Modes
Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer
Continuous Shooting Speed
4.1 fps in sequential shooting (5.5 fps in case of "I.S. OFF".)

Function

Scene Modes
Portrait, ePortrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Macro, Sport, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Document, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye Conv, Wide Conv, Macro Conv, 3D
Live View Function
Type: Image Sensor(High Speed Live MOS) type

Field of view: 100%

Display Mode:
- Normal Mode
- Grid Line Mode(4 types)
- Histogram Mode
- Magnified View Mode
- Comparable View Mode
- OFF Mode

Magnification Ratio: x5, x7, x10 (Default), x14

Monitor information: Aperture value, Shutter speed, Auto Bracket, AE Lock, AF mode, IS, Shooting Mode, Battery Check, Myset, Internal Temperature Warning, Face / Eye Detection, Histogram, Number of storable still pictures, Record mode, ISO, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, White Balance, Metering Mode, AF confirmation mark, Exposure Compensation Value, Spot metering Area
Flash Mode, Flash Status, Flash intensity Control, Super FP
Touch panel condition, Focusing length, Tone control, Eye-Fi condition

Face Detection: Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed

AF: High speed imager AF
Playback
Single-frame

Information Display

Index Display (4/9/25/100 frames, Calendar)

Close-up (2 - 14X)

Movie (w/sound, FF/REW/Pause

Picture rotation (manual)

Slideshow (Still/Movie/Still+Movie, Slide show w/BGM/BGM+Sound/Sound)

When a camera is connected to HDTV with HDMI cable, 2 new slideshow effect can be selectable. (Still)

Recording System

File Format
RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO (3D still)
Color Space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Recording Media
SD Memory Card(SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible), Eye-Fi, Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting

Movie

Movie Format
AVCHD
AVI Motion JPEG

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