Olympus E-PL3 Review

August 29, 2011 | Gavin Stoker | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


The Olympus E-PL3 (also known as the Olympus PEN Lite) is a brand new 12 megapixel compact system camera. With a stylish metal body, the EPL3 features the world's fastest auto-focus system, a high resolution and tiltable 3 inch LCD screen, 5fps burst shooting, 1080i HD video recording, a maximum sensitivity of ISO 12800, sensor-shift image stabilisation, a hot shoe and an accessory port. The Olympus PEN E-PL3 is available in silver, black, white or red for a retail price of £549.9 / $699.99 for the 14-42mm standard zoom lens kit.

Ease of Use

Considering that Olympus only announced the E-PL2 at the start of 2011, the appearance of the E-PL3 Digital Pen, also colloquially known as the Pen 'Lite', just over seven months later seems almost indecently quick. According to Olympus, sales of the E-PL2 have now ceased. But, with the tandem launch of the flagship E-P3 and baby of the range E-PM1 'Mini' Pen models at the close of June, Olympus seems to be very much throwing down the gauntlet to rival mirror-less, interchangeable lens compact system camera manufacturers.

At the last count these competitors included Sony with its ever-increasing Cyber-shot NEX range, Samsung with the less well adopted NX, Panasonic with its ever popular Lumix G series, and Pentax with its interesting looking new Q system. So perhaps Olympus, who arguably brought the first truly compact mirrorless model to market in 2009's E-P1, following on from Panasonic's G1, is looking to maintain its early lead in winning over the hearts, if not always the pockets - in the UK at least that'll be Panasonic - of keen amateur photographers wanting near DSLR quality without the attendant bulk.

To get straight to the point, even though the headline resolution of 12.3 megapixels from a high speed Live Mos sensor has remained static, the hot-out-of-the-factory E-PL3 is the first Olympus Digital Pen to include an angle adjustable, wide-screen ratio tilting LCD screen at the rear. It's 3-inches in size, offers a widescreen aspect ratio and comes with a respectable 460k dot resolution, so visibility is certainly clear enough if not quite a match for the OLED screen on the E-P3 model. In respect of its adjustable LCD it recalls Sony's NEX series, and also mirrors its rival in the fact that said screen can be pulled out from the body and tilted up or down, but not, however, swung out through 180° so that it is parallel to the chassis, like on a camcorder or mid range DSLR such as the Canon EOS 600D. Nor can it be turned so that the screen is facing the body for added protection against scratches when being transported (without lens) in a jacket pocket. While its angles of adjustment are slightly restricted then, it's also not, as might be reasonably expected, a touch screen like the one on the new E-P3, and to be honest its on-screen icons are a little on the small side for accurate selection via a finger tip anyway.

Still, let's not criticize the E-PL3 for what it doesn't do and just be grateful that Olympus, unlike Panasonic with its GF models so far, has included a usefully non-fixed screen for easier low or high angle shooting. Once again there's no viewfinder supplied here as an alternative, though like the recently reviewed E-P3 there is an accessory port Version 2 to be found above the screen at the E-PL3's rear.

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Front Rear

Tweaks aside, the raison d'etre of the E-PL3 remains the same as its predecessors: high quality images (and video) from an interchangeable lens camera that's perceived to be less fussy to operate and transport than a DSLR. In both respects this third iteration largely succeeds; up to a point.

For a suggested price of £549.99 with lens the E-PL3 comes bundled with a distinctly plastic-y feeling M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II T lens (one of 20 available dedicated Micro Four Thirds lenses), with an interchangeable 'decoration ring', and the same sleek, chic retro styling we'd expect from the Pen range. Though for us the flagship E-P3 is still the king in terms of looks and build quality, the E-PL3 feels reassuringly solid when held in the palm. Dimensions are 109.5x63.7x37.3mm without protrusions and the camera weighs 265g body only. This latest Olympus is available in the usual array of colours, meaning black, white and red along with our traditional silver review sample, the metallic-finish backplate of which appears almost a pale lilac in certain light, contrasting with the brushed aluminium frontage.

Another welcome attribute this model shares with the E-P3 is a claim for the world's joint fastest auto focus system, thanks to 35 AF points spread over the entire LMOS sensor, plus a TruePic IV processor to keep performance zipping along. Full time AF and AF tracking also feature.

Once again the handholding Live Guide mode to help novices achieve more professional results is included on the E-PL3 too, with, as on the E-P3, its features selectable by tabbing up and down a visually-led menu that appears running down the right hand side of the screen. In this way the likes of depth of field/background blur can be adjusted in real time by dragging a simple slider bar.

As this is the mid range Pen, it's no surprise to find that it doesn't quite match the E-P3 in all respects. There are 'just' six creative Art Filters on the E-PL3, all applied at the point of capture, compared with the E-P3's whopping 10. But thankfully included here are our preferred choices of pinhole and dramatic tone, joined by the tilt and shift lens ape-ing 'diorama' for rendering cityscapes as if on a toy town scale. Though the latter is a fun tool, we feel this miniature option works less well on the Olympus Pen than its competitors; for us the Pen seems to blur too wide a portion of the frame, so that occasionally the result can resemble a mistake rather than an effect. Once again, these filters can be applied to Full HD video as well as stills, recordable in AVCHD or reduced resolution Motion JPEG format. Just press the dedicated video record button when in Art Filter mode.

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Flash Tilting LCD Screen

Alongside body integral image stabilisation, something that gives it the Pen the edge over the Panasonic Lumix G range, Full HD video with stereo sound is included as standard, with left and right microphones positioned either side of a vacant hotshoe - the latter a feature that might also position it one step ahead of arguably Panasonic's closest rival in the Lumix DMC-GF3. If it weren't, that is, for the fact that what is more unforgivably omitted here is the luxury of a built-in flash of the pop-up variety - a feature that the E-PL3's intended consumer audience is surely going to miss. Just… why Olympus? After all, the original E-PL1 and E-PL2 had integral flash, and the flagship E-P3 now has it, an implementation long overdue.

Instead, with the E-PL3 a separate plastic-y clip-on flash is included in the box that we can see getting lost down the back of the sofa, or simply forgotten when you head out for the day with your shiny new camera. Admittedly the flash does look quite cool when slotted into place and works effectively, but it does inevitably add to the camera's bulk.

Though more positively it has gained the improved flexibility of that non-fixed LCD screen, the E-PL3 also misses out the proper handgrip that has featured since the E-PL1, though as with the removable grip of the E-P3 in aesthetic terms we actually think the camera looks better without it. Its absence lends greater visual emphasis to the brushed metal faceplate and the camera's relatively svelte proportions - which we'd still trade in for having flash on board however.

Better news comes from the fact that low light sensitivity has been boosted on this latest Pen, incrementally extendable from ISO6400 to a semi pro-like ISO12800, as on the E-P3. This is partly down, says Olympus, to the implementation of a noise reducing Venus Engine VI processor. For no discernable reason we also found the E-PL3 was slightly better to lock onto target in lower light when using the auto focus than our recent E-P3 sample was.

From the front then, and with or without attachable flash, the E-PL3 very much looks the part and worth the outlay, exuding a cool sophistication, at least in respect of our traditional silver review sample. It has that 'classic' Pen clean look, with an AF illuminator/self timer lamp top right of the lens, springy lens release button just below, Micro Four Thirds logo bottom right and Olympus logo top left.

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Front Tilting LCD Screen

Moving up to the top plate, where its predecessors featured a pop-up flash, the E-PL3 now locates a speaker, with stereo microphones flanking the adjacent vacant hotshoe. This comes with a protective plastic cover that also loops over at the back to at the same time protect the accessory port against dust and other nasties. Set into a strip to the right of the hotshoe - if viewing the camera from the back - are a dime-sized shooting mode dial, small but obvious shutter release button and, lastly, inset into the top plate, the power button.

Give the latter a press and if you haven't first manually extended the bundled retractable zoom lens, an on-screen text message prompts you to do so. So getting ready for the first shot is a two-tier process: either extend the lens first then press the power button or vice versa. Once the lens has been unfurled the camera is ready for its first shot (or video) in just under two seconds. A half press of the shutter release and there's a very brief wait while the focus visibly resets. Go on and take the shot and with no discernable shutter delay, a Fine quality JPEG and Raw file are committed to memory in two to three seconds, which is nothing to complain about.

As from the top, from the back the E-PL3 appears a different beast entirely from its E-PL2 predecessor. At the top left hand corner where a slider switch formerly appeared to activate the pop up flash, instead here we get small self-explanatory playback and image deletion buttons alongside each other. With the accessory port dead centre above the LCD screen, to its right is a further trio of buttons. We get the function/thumbnail display button from the E-PL2 and an image enlargement button next to it, plus, at the top hand corner of the backplate, a dedicated video record button, positioned where it ergonomically falls under the thumb as the camera is gripped in the right hand. Hit this and recording begins no matter what alternative stills shooting mode might be in play at the same time, the black bands cropping the left and right of the screen when shooting in default stills mode disappearing so that the entire screen is taken up with the image being recorded.

The function button is also the means by which as a default the E-PL3's Live Guide feature is brought into play, and the order in which the offerings are presented and what they actually are is identical to that found on the E-P3 flagship Pen. The Live Guide options are presented as a colourful toolbar on the right hand side of the screen. From the top we have the ability to change colour saturation, from 'clear & vivid' to 'flat & muted', next down is the ability to alter 'colour image', which translates as shifting the tone between warm and cool via slider bar, with the third option shifting brightness/exposure between a simple bright and dark. The fourth option down is probably the most interesting/effective in that it provides the ability to incrementally blur the background of your shot by again dragging an indicator on a slider - thus providing a similar shallow depth of field effect to that achievable with a DSLR and suitable aperture.

For its fifth Live Guide option Olympus has retained the curiously named 'Express Motions', which to us has always sounded more like a bowel movement than the actual emphasizing of subject motion by introducing blur. Well, in fact, there's the option to both blur any movement or stop it in its tracks, again achievable by dragging a slider indicator. The last option on this tool bar is a on-board shooting hints and tips manual, with the usual 'suspects' of photographing children and pets given the most prominence ('take a picture at their height level' being a summation of the level of advice imparted). We even get tips, as a bit of closet advertising, for attaching Olympus accessories, such as lens converters.

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Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment

With a plastic/rubberized thumb pad just beneath the video record button, the final controls on the E-PL3's backplate are identical to its predecessor. An info button and separate menu button sit above and below a standard multidirectional control pad, encircled by Olympus' love-it-or-hate-it scroll wheel set up.

At 12 o'clock on the control dial is an exposure compensation control (+/- 3EV), at three o'clock a compendium of flash settings (auto, red eye reduction, fill in flash, flash off, red eye slow sync, slow sync, 'full' flash and incremental adjustments running from ½ to 1/64th strength), at six o'clock we get self timer/drive modes, and at nine o'clock the ability to manually specify the AF point, by selecting a point on a 35-zone grid that is overlaid on the real-time image.

While chunky lugs for attaching said strap hang at either side of the camera, thankfully out of the way of fingers and controls, on the right hand flank, if viewing the camera from the back, as with the E-P3 we find a pair of covered ports for joint USB/AV output and mini HDMI output respectively. This cover, being a weaker plastic element amidst the surrounding brushed metal, is one of the very few flimsy points on the outwardly covetable camera. Again, we leveled the same criticism at the E-P3.

Also plastic-y, but more reassuringly chunky, is the flip open cover protecting the joint battery and card compartment at the E-PL3's base. The PS-BLS1 rechargeable lithium ion battery supplied with the E-PL3, the same cell that comes with the E-P3 incidentally, is good for around 330 shots (the exact same performance as we got from the E-P3).
There is the option here to use all varieties of SD media card too, up to and including SDXC cards. Dead centre, but slightly off-centre of the lens, is a screw thread for attaching a tripod.

Overall the E-PL3 is a sleeker, slicker beast than its E-PL2 forebear and outwardly at least appears a lot more sophisticated with it. There is functionality here that has trickled down from the E-P3, but in truth, performance wise, it's more a case of refinement than revolution. The adjustable screen is a real plus on this model, but we're sorry to have seen the built-in flash sacrificed on the altar of style, even if a plastic-y clip-on alternative comes supplied in the box. But, handling aside, how does the E-PL3 acquit itself when it comes to image quality? Read on to find out…

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 12.3 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5.5Mb.

As they serve as a point of difference from the other compact system cameras - though admittedly Panasonic serves up some very similar effects on its Lumix G series under different names - we always find ourselves utilsing the Art Filter effects on the digital Pen series, and the E-PL3 is no exception. As we noted in the main text, pinhole and dramatic tone, for us, are the two of the six here the most worth using, though pop art can be fun to accentuate already bright colours in a scene and turn a photo taken on a drab day into something more visually arresting. The diorama option we found less successful, and results with this mode selected were hit and miss. As ever, experimentation is key.

The same goes for using the standard kit zoom, which is a jack of all trades tool as adept at helping the user achieve shallow depth of field effects as it is shoehorning more expansive landscapes or cityscapes into frame. OK, so results aren't going to challenge the average DSLR in terms of sharpness and clarity of detail, but for most they will certainly be good enough, especially with a tweak for brightness and contrast, which after all can be achieved in camera in Live Guide mode.

Again, when bumping up the ISO and shooting in low light, one is only going to reach for top whack ISO 12800 setting if an image that's impressionistic rather than photorealistic is your goal - though in truth it could work quite well for a moody black and white shot at a rock gig. Stick to ISO 6400, which was previously the highest selectable setting on an Olympus Pen, if you want a result that actually looks like a photograph, and one worth saving.


There are 6 ISO settings available on the Olympus E-PL3. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting, with JPEG on the left and the RAW equivalent on the right:



ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)


ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)


ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)


ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)


ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)


ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)


ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)


Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are just a little soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can also change the in-camera sharpening level to suit your tastes by changing the Picture Modes.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)



Here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the On or the Red-eye Reduction settings caused any red-eye.


On (100% Crop)

Red-eye Reduction

Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)


The Olympus E-PL3 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 60 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times as long as 30 minutes, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 13 seconds at ISO 200. We've included a 100% crop to show what the quality is like.

Night Shot

Night Shot (100% Crop)

Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Olympus E-PL3 camera, which were all taken using the 12.3 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Olympus E-PL3 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Olympus RAW (ORF) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movie & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please note that this 26 second movie is 68Mb in size.

Product Images

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Front of the Camera

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Front of the Camera / Flash

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Front of the Camera / Flash Raised

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Isometric View

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Isometric View

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Rear of the Camera

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Rear of the Camera

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Rear of the Camera / Image Displayed

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Rear of the Camera / Tilting LCD Screen


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Rear of the Camera / Tilting LCD Screen

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Rear of the Camera / Tilting LCD Screen
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Rear of the Camera / Tilting LCD Screen
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Rear of the Camera / Tilting LCD Screen
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Rear of the Camera
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Side of the Camera / Flash
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Side of the Camera / Flash
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Top of the Camera
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Bottom of the Camera
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Side of the Camera
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14-42mm Lens
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Front of the Camera
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Front of the Camera / Flash
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Memory Card Slot
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Battery Compartment


While the E-PL2 was essentially a tarted-up E-PL1, with the E-P3 its manufacturer has gone the whole hog in terms of a makeover. However, in Olympus' bid to deliver a Digital Pen that is 'compact and cute', the E-PL3 is a bit of a curio, dropping arguably essential features like a proper handgrip and built-in flash for those more svelte proportions and the tilting rear LCD.

Though we're more natural light photographers ourselves, and arguably street photographers who could make up a large part of the E-PL3's audience also won't miss flash either, we're not convinced that what has been gained in this latest Pen iteration wholly justifies what has been lost. And that's a real shame, because while the E-P3 suggested that you can almost have it all when it comes to a compact system camera, the E-PL3 feels slightly compromised in the pursuit of style.

Performance wise though it hardly differs from the E-P3, and so, on a positive note, there will be those tempted to save themselves a bit of cash (around £200) - and gain that tilting LCD - by plumping for the more 'affordable' E-PL3. So, viewed as part of the Pen range, for us the E-PL3 fends off any critical barbs rather better than if it were a standalone entity, or had appeared before, rather than simultaneously with, its E-P3 and Pen Mini brethren. That said, £550 would alternatively buy anyone a good quality starter digital SLR and kit lens, so the E-PL3 has to be judged with that caveat too.

Still, at least design wise it looks a lot better than the E-PL2, and in aiming to broaden the Pen range's appeal, Olympus may well be satisfied to have at least have succeeded in that respect. The E-PL3 is an impressive and funky compact system camera, but third time around we were hoping, perhaps naively, for consolidation of past glories rather than throwing us, in a couple of key respects, something of a curveball.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 3.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 3.5

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Olympus E-PL3 from around the web.

ephotozine.com »

The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 is the updated version of the E-PL2, and is a significant update to the predecessor with a significantly more compact body, new shutter system, with higher speed shooting at upto 5.5 fps, anti shake sensor, ultra fast focus, AF illuminator, tilting 16:9 screen with 460k dots, Full HD video, stereo sound, completely new design, numerous colours and updated Art filters with effects.
Read the full review »

techradar.com »

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 for combining retro charm with a comprehensive feature set.
Read the full review »


Body material Metal
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Image Sensor
Type 4/3 '' Live MOS sensor
Effective pixels 12.3 Megapixels
Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB)
Aspect ratio & area 4:3 / 17.3 x 13.0 mm
Full resolution 13.1 Megapixels
Type TruePic VI
Dust reduction filter Supersonic Wave Filter
IR cut filter Hybrid type
LPF filter Fixed type
Live View
Displayed information Aperture, Shutter speed, Auto bracket, AE lock, Focus mode, Shooting mode, Battery check, My Mode, IS activating mode, Internal temperature warning, Face / Eye detection mode, Record mode, ISO, Sequential shooting mode , White Balance, Metering mode, Exposure compensation value, AF frame display, AF confirmation mark, Shooting information, Spot metering area, Super FP, Flash status, Touch Panel Condition, Focal length, Eye-Fi condition, Flash mode
AF type Contrast detection system
100% field of view Approx. 100 %
Magnification levels 5 / 7 / 10 / 14 x
Image Stabiliser
Type Sensor shift
Modes Two-dimensional, vertical or horizontal activation
Shutter speed range 2 - 1/4000 s (not available when Bulb is selected)
Focusing System
Method Contrast Detection AF system (when non high-speed contrast AF compatible lens is used, it works as MF assist)
Focus areas 35 points / Automatic and manual selection
AF lock Yes , Locked by first position of shutter release button in single AF mode, AE/AF lock button (customised)
Modes Manual focus, Single AF, Continuous AF, Single AF + MF, AF Tracking
AF illuminator Yes
Face Detection extension Eye Detect AF: Off, Left side priority, Near side priority, Right side priority
Full time AF Yes
Manual focus Yes , With enlarged focusing area
Exposure System
Modes Programme automatic, i-Auto, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Scene Modes, Art Filter
Exposure compensation +/- 3 EV ( 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps )
Exposure bracketing 2 / 3 / 5 frames ( +/- 1/3, 2/3, 1 EV steps )
7 frames ( +/- 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 EV steps )
ISO bracketing 5 frames ( 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps )
AE lock Yes (Fn1/Rec button)
My Mode 4 settings storable
Enhancement function Shadow Adjustment Technology
Scene Modes
Number of scene modes 24
Modes Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape with Portrait, Macro, Sports, Night Scene, Night Scene with portrait, Children, High key, Low key, Digital Image Stabilisation, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach and Snow, Fisheye converter, Macro converter, 3D
Max. number of frames 2 frames (shooting)
3 frames (editing)
Auto gain control Yes
Frame assistance Live View
Light Metering
Method TTL open aperture light metering
Zones 324 zones Multi-pattern Sensing System
Detection range 0 - 20 EV (17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
Modes ESP light metering, Spot metering, Centre weighted metering, Highlight, Shadow
Art Filter
Modes Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Dramatic Tone
Variation / Effect Available
Auto ISO 200 - 12800 (customisable, default ISO 200 - 1600)
Manual ISO 200 - 12800
Shutter type Computerised focal-plane shutter
Self timer 2 s / 12 s
Anti Shock Yes release delay:
Shutter Speeds
Shutter speed range 1/4000 - 60 s (in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps)
Bulb mode Up to 30 minutes (selectable longest time in the menu, default: 8 minutes)
White Balance
AUTO WB system Advanced detection system with Live MOS sensor
Manual White balance (One-Touch) Yes
White balance bracketing 3 frames / +/- 2, 4, 6 mired steps
One-touch white balance 2 custom settings can be registered
Custom WB 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
Preset values Tungsten, Flourescent 1, Sunlight, Flash, Overcast, Shade
Auto Flash adjustment Off / Auto WB / Flash
Keep warm colour On / Off
Sequence Shooting
Speed (H) Approx. 4.1 fps
Approx. fps 5.5 fps (when I.S. is switched off)
Image Processing
Colour space sRGB / AdobeRGB
Sharpness + Contrast 5 levels
Contrast 5 levels
Saturation 5 levels
Black & White filter Yellow, Orange, Red, Green
Black & White toning Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green in Black & White mode
Picture mode i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone, Art Filter
Gradation 4 levels (auto, high key, normal, low key)
Engine TruePic VI
Art Filter bracketing Available
Tele converter effect 2 x
Internal Flash
Modes AUTO, Manual, Manual (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64), Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation, Slow synchronisation 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Off
Type Detachable flash (bundled)
Flash compensation +/- 3 EV ( 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps )
Guide number 10 (ISO 200)
Manual settings Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64
X-sync speed 1/160 s
External Flash Control
X-sync speed 1/160 s / 1/4000 s (Super FP Mode)
Modes Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronisation, 2nd curtain and slow synchronisation, Fill-in for exclusive flash, Manual
Intensity +/- 3 EV ( 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps )
Note: Some functions are only available if they are supported by the external flash.
Wireless Flash Control
Number of channels 4 channels
Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R
Control method Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light
Group setting 3 groups
Available when used together with cameras compatible with the Olympus wireless RC flash system.
Monitor type Tiltable LCD
Monitor size 7.6 cm / 3.0 '' (16:9)
Resolution 460000 dots
Brightness adjustment +/- 7 levels
Colour balance A-B: +/-7 levels, G-M: +/-7 levels
Super Control Panel
Displayed information Battery indicator, Record mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation indicatior, ISO, AE bracketing, AF frame, Focus mode, AEL notification, Face detection, Number of storable frames, Metering mode, Exposure mode, Exposure level view, Flash compensation value, Colour space, Gradation, Colour saturation compensation value, Sharpness compensation value, Contrast compensation value, White balance, White balance compensation value, Noise reduction, Flash mode, Drive mode, Internal temperature warning, Histogram
Recording Formats
RAW 12 bit
RAW & JPEG Yes parallel recording
Aspect ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6 / 3:4
MPO (3D) Yes
Image Size
RAW 4032 x 3024 compressed / 13.8 MB / frame
4032 x 3024 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 5.9 MB / frame
4032 x 3024 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 2.7 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Normal (compression: 1/8) 1.1 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.3 MB / frame
Still Image Recording
EXIF 2.2
Movie Recording System
Recording format AVCHD / AVI Motion JPEG®
Image Stabilisation Mode Yes Digital Image Stabilisation
HD Movie quality 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®)
Movie quality 640 x 480 / 30fps (AVI Motion JPEG®) 14min.
Max. recording time 14 min (SD) / 7 min (HD) (AVI Motion JPEG®)*
29 min (HD) (AVCHD)
Max. file size 2 GB (Motion-JPEG)
Exposure Modes Aperture priority, Art Filter, Manual, Programme automatic, Shutter priority
Sound Recording System
Internal microphone Stereo
External microphone Optional
Recording format Dolby Digital (AVCHD)
Stereo PCM/16bit, 48kHz, Wave Format Base (Motion-JPEG)
Image footage 30 s
Speaker Yes
View Images
Modes Index, Calendar, Zoom, Slide show, Movie, Single
Light box Yes
Histogram in playback mode Yes
Shooting information Off / On
Erase / Protect / Copy Function
Erase modes Single, All, Selected
Image protect mode Single frame, Selected frames, All Frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
Image Editing
RAW data edit Yes
Red-eye reduction Yes
Sepia Yes
Black & White Yes
Resize Yes
Correction of saturation Yes
Shadow Adjustment Yes
Trimming Yes
e-Portrait Yes
Menu languages in camera English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovak, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian
Customisation Options
My Mode 4 settings storable
Media SD Memory Card (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible) Class 6 is recommended for Movie shooting
HDMI™ Yes Mini connector (type C) *
USB 2.0 High Speed Yes
Combined V & USB output Yes NTSC or PAL selectable
* "HDMI", the HDMI logo and "High-Definition Multimedia Interface" are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
Eye-Fi Card compatible Yes
Bluetooth® Yes (with optional adapter PENPAL)
Power Supply
Battery Lithium-Ion Battery
Sleep mode 1, 3, 5, 10 min. and off selectable.
Live View shooting Approx. 330 images (100% with Live View)
Temperature 0 - 40 °C operating temperature / -20 - 60 °C storage temperature
Humidity 30 - 90 % operation humidity / 10 - 90 % storage humidity
Dimensions (W x H x D) 109.5 x 63.7 x 37.3 mm (without protrusions)
Weight 313 g (including battery and memory card)
265 g (body only)
Available Colours Black, Silver, White, Red

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