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Olympus PEN E-PL3

Olympus PEN E-PL3
Olympus PEN E-PL3
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  • 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • In-body Image Stabilization technology
  • FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System
  • 5 fps Sequential Shooting 
  • HD video 1080 60i for up to 29 min
  • 3-inch tilt LCD display (from 80 degrees up to 45 degrees)
  • ISO 200 - 12800
Olympus PEN E-PL3
Olympus PEN E-PL3
Olympus PEN E-PL3
Olympus PEN E-PL3
Olympus PEN E-PL3
Olympus PEN E-PL3
Olympus PEN E-PL3
Olympus PEN E-PL3
Olympus PEN E-PL3
Olympus PEN E-PL3
Olympus PEN E-PL3
Olympus PEN E-PL3

Overview

Description by Olympus:

12.3 MEGAPIXELS
The new 12.3 megapixel 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!

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.

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.

5 FPS 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 LENS TECHNOLOGY
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.

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.

NEW THREE-INCH TILTING WIDESCREEN LCD
This bright, 460k dot high-resolution screen tilts up and down (from 80 degrees up to 45 degrees) to capture moments from a variety of angles. This tilting LCD can empower you to get flexible with your photography; to rise above the crowd to capture graduations, stoop to eye-level as babies take their first steps, and even lower to the ground to get an adorable shot of the family pet.

EXCELLENT SHOTS - EFFORTLESSLY
iAuto automatically identifies the scene you're shooting – portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport – 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.

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.

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Specifications

Release Date: 
06/2011
DXO Mark
DXO Color Depth: 
20.9bits
DXO Dynamic Range: 
10.3Ev
DXO Low Light Performance: 
499 ISO
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Type : 
17.3 x 13.0 mm 4/3 '' Live MOS sensor
Effective Pixels: 
12.3 Megapixels
Total Pixels: 
13.1Megapixels
Aspect Ratio: 
4:3
Intelligent Orientation Sensor: 
Yes
Filter Array: 
Primary colour filter (RGB)
Sensor has dust removal: 
Yes
Sensor Dust Removal: 
Supersonic Wave Filter
Sensor Stabilization
Stabilization details: 
Sensor shift
Modes: 
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
Effective Compensation Range: 
Up to 3 stops, Available Shutter speed range 2 - 1/4000 s (not available when Bulb is selected)
Image Processor
Image Processor Type : 
TruePic VI
Lenses
Lens Mount: 
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Focal Length details: 
Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 2 times lens focal length
Storage
Memory Card Type Details: 
SD Memory Card(SDHC,
SDXC, UHS-I compatible),
Eye-Fi,

Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting

Exposure Control
Metering Mode: 
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)
Metering Range Details: 
EV 0 - 20 (Digital ESP metering, Center weighted average metering, Spot metering) (At normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
Exposure Compensation Details: 
±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
Exposure Compensation Braketing: 
2, 3, 5frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1EV steps selectable, 7frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7EV steps selectable
AE Lock: 
Available (Using Rec/Fn button is available)
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
Shooting Modes: 
(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:
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
(7) Art Filter:
Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film,
Pin Hole, Diorama, Dramatic Tone
(8) Underwater wide / Underwater macro (Selectable from menu as a function on Rec/Fn button)

Multi Exposure for up to 2 frames

Shooting Modes (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 less than 1/30 sec.

Drive Modes: 
Single-frame shooting,
Sequential shooting,
Self-timer
Continuous shooting: 
4.1 fps
Continuous Shooting Details: 
4.1 fps in sequential shooting (5.5 fps in case of "I.S. OFF".)
Self Timer : 
Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)
ISO Sensitivity: 
AUTO: ISO 200 - 12800 (customizable, Default 200-1600) / Manual ISO 200 - 12800, 1/3 or 1 EV steps,
White Balance
White Balance Settings: 
High speed Live MOS sensor
7 settings (3000K - 7500K) Lamp (3000K),
Fluorescent (4000K),
Daylight (5300K),
Flash (5500K),
Cloudy (6000K),
Shade (7500K) ,
Underwater WB

±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis (in Auto WB / Preset WB mode / One touch WB)

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

White Balance Personal: 
2 custom settings can be registered
White Balance Bracketing: 
3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
Focusing
Focusing Type Details: 
Imager Contrast Detection AF system
When non High-speed imager AF compatible lens is used, it works as AF assist.
AF System Points: 
35 points
AF System Points Details: 
35-area multiple AF with the contrast detection system (Auto, selectable in option)
AF 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
AF 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.
Face priority AF/Eye Detect AF Available
Eye Detect AF : OFF / Near side eye priority mode / Right side eye priority mode / Left side eye priority mode
Predictive AF: 
Yes
AF lock : 
Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode
Manual Focus : 
When rotation of focus ring is detected under S-AF+MF or MF mode, LV is magnified automatically
AF Assist Beam : 
Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type Details: 
Optional Exterior Electronic Viewfinder
Live View
Liveview Details: 
Image Sensor(High Speed Live MOS) type

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

Live View Coverage: 
100%
Live View Magnification : 
x5, x7, x10 (Default), x14
Live View Grid Overlay: 
Yes
Live View Autofocus: 
High speed imager AF
Monitor
Rear Screen Details: 
3.0 inches 16:9, LCD, AR(Anti-Reflection) coating
Resolution Details: 
Approx. 460,000 dots
Tiltable Monitor: 
Yes
Tiltable Monitor Details: 
Tilt 80 degrees up to 45 degrees down
Coverage: 
approx. 100% frame coverage
Brightness: 
+7 levels and -7 levels
Flash
Flash Hotshoe: 
Yes
Built in Flash: 
Yes
Built in Flash Details: 
Not Available. External flash is bundled.
Flash Modes: 
Flash mode for the bundled Flash:
TL-Auto, Manual (Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64)

Flash mode of External Flash:
TL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Off.

Flash Xsync: 
1/60-1/160 Super FP 1/125-1/4000 with External Flash
Redeye Reduction: 
Yes
External Flash Wireless Sync: 
Available(4ch, 4Groups)
Bundled flash is usable as a center flash in case of wireless flash control.
Media Types / Sizes
Image Sizes: 
[RAW] 4032 x 3024 pixels
[JPEG] 4032 x 3024 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels
Still Image Format: 
RAW (12-bit lossless compression),
JPEG, RAW+JPEG,
MPO (3D still)
Movie: 
AVCHD Format
- Full HD Fine : 1920(H)x1080(V), 60i Recording, 20Mbps, Aspect 16:9
- Full HD Normal : 1920(H)x1080(V), 60i Recording, 17Mbps, Aspect 16:9
- HD Fine : 1280(H)x720(V), 60p Recording), 17Mbps, Aspect 16:9
- HD Normal : 1280(H)x720(V), 60p Recording, 13Mbps, Aspect 16:9
Frame rate of image sensor output is 30fps

Motion-JPEG Format
- HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30fps (Some Art Filters are exceptional), Aspect 16:9
- SD: 640(H)x480(V), 30fps (Some Art Filters are exceptional), Aspect 4:3(VGA)

Movie Format: 
AVCHD
AVI Motion JPEG
Movie Length: 
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)
Sound Files: 
AVCHD Format : Dolby Digital Motion-JPEG Format / Picture with Sound : Wave Format Base (Stereo PCM/16bit, 48kHz)
Other Features
Firmware Update: 
Update possible by the user.
Histogram: 
Luminans and RGB histogram
Playback Zoom: 
2 - 14X
Menu Languages: 
Japanese, English, French,
German, Spanish, Italian,
Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese,
Simplified Chinese, Russian,
Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish,
Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian,
Finnish, Croat, Slovenian,
Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian,
Turkish, Latvian, Estonian,
Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian,
Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian,
Malay, Thai
Accessories
Flashes: 
E-System Flash (FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-50, FL-36, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R)
Connectivity
Computer Interface: 
USB 2.0 High Speed for storage through Multi-connector(MTP mode is available)
Other Conection Interface: 
HDMI (HD/Mono or Stereo Sound),
VIDEO-OUT (SD/Mono Sound)
Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC / PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1, USB cable is available)
Mini HDMI type-C (1080i /720p /576p /480p)

Accessory port (AP2) works with VF-2, SEMA-1,
Macro Arm Light MAL-1 and Communication Unit Olympus PENPAL

Direct Print Support
Direct Print: 
Print reservation (DPOF),
Direct print (PictBridge compatible)
Power Source
Power Source: 
BLS-1 Li-ion battery (included)
Battery Life: 
Approx.300 shots (CIPA test standard)
Physical Specifications
Body Materials: 
Metal
Weather Sealing Details: 
No
Width: 
109mm
Height: 
63mm
Depth: 
37mm
Weight: 
313 g (including battery and memory card) 265 g (body only)
OperatingEnvironment: 
0 - 40 °C operating temperature / -20 - 60 °C storage temperature, 30 - 90 % operation humidity / 10 - 90 % storage humidity

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