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|Category:||Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera|
|Product:||Olympus Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3|
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Hands On Preview - We go hands on with the brand new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3.
The new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 is a new compact micro four thirds camera from Olympus, with a new high speed shutter for up to 5.5fps shooting, a 12 megapixel sensor, and full HD video recording. The camera also features a large 3 inch swivelling touch screen.
- 12 megapixel Live MOS sensor
- 3inch swivel touch screen, 460k dot
- 4.1fps, 5.5fps (IS off)
- New effects / art filters
- Full HD Video
- World's fastest Auto Focus
- In camera anti-shake sensor
|Click to enlarge - front 12mm lens||Click to enlarge - front 45mm lens|
|Front, lens off||Top, Flash, 12mm lens|
The lack of front hand grip may cause some concern, however, as with other cameras lacking a front hand grip, it's always easy enough to add on a third party grip, such as the flipbac grips. Alternatively the leather cases from Olympus provide an additional level of grip, and the back of the camera has a very useful rubber grip placed perfectly for your thumb.
The camera's focusing speed is excellent, with an instant shutter response when pre-focused. In addition it's possible to switch on full time AF, so that the camera should always be pre-focused. The camera is also able to shoot at up to 5.5fps with IS (Image Stabilisation) switched off.
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The whole PEN range now comes with a flash, with the E-P3 featuring a built in flash, and the E-PL3 and E-PM1 coming with small external flashes. You can also buy the flash shown above that can be tilted forwards or backwards to bounce the flash. There are a number of other acessories available such as the macro lights shown below, this is especially useful if you have purchased the macro convertor.
Olympus has announced an underwater case for both the Lite and the Mini Pen cameras, and they look to provide excellent underwater protection, and full control of the camera, as well as lights around the front of the lens.
Video has been greatly improved with full HD video recording and AVCHD format videos. The camera also allows shutter priority for videos so that you can freeze the action, and take single frames from the video at a later date.
|Click to enlarge, top silver, 45mm lens||Click to enlarge - white, lens off|
Read our hands on preview of the new Olympus PEN Lite E-P3!
Read our hands on preview of the new Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1!
View our size comparison: comparing the Olympus PEN E-P3, E-PL3, and Lumix G3
Return to the overview of the Olympus PEN Announcements.
For more information, see the full Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 announcement.
|Sensor size:||4/3 inch|
|Sensor type:||Live MOS sensor|
|Max. Image size:||4032 x 3042|
|Focusing system:||Contrast detection AF|
|Focus points:||35 points / Automatic and manual selection|
|Focus types:||Manual focus, Single AF, Continuous AF, Single AF + MF, AF Tracking|
|Lens mount:||Micro Four Thirds|
|File types:||JPEG, RAW|
|ISO sensitivity:||ISO200 - 12800|
|Metering system:||TTL open aperture light metering|
|Metering types:||ESP light metering, Spot metering, Centre weighted metering, Highlight, Shadow|
|Exposure compensation:||+/- 3EV in 1/3, 1/2 and 1 step increments|
|Shutter speed range:||60sec - 1/4000sec|
|Frames-per-second:||4.1fps (5.5fps when IS is switched off)|
|Flash sync speed:||1/160 s / 1/4000 s (Super FP Mode)|
|Image stabilisation:||Sensor shift|
|Monitor:||3in Tiltable LCD, 460,000 dots|
|Movie mode:||Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) 60i, 17Mbps (AVCHD)
Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) 60i, 13Mbps
HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) 60p, 17Mbps
HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) 60p, 13Mbps
HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) / 30fps (AVI Motion JPEG)
640 x 480 / 30fps (AVI Motion JPEG) 14min
|Media type:||SD, SDHC, SDXC|
|Interface:||USB 2.0. HDMI Mini|
|Size:||109.5 x 63.7 x 37.3mm|
|Weight:||265g (body only)|