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Olympus PEN E-PL3 Single Lens Kit 12.3MP Mirrorless System Camera (Black) with SD Card and PEN Camera Bag

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Body + 14-42mm lens
  • 12.3 megapixels camera with live MOS sensor
  • ISO sensitivity to 12800
  • 5 FPS sequential shooting feature included
  • Full 1080 HD video recording capacity
  • Has six in-camera art filters
  • New 3-inch tilting widescreen LCD
  • 12.3 megapixels camera with live MOS sensor
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Colour:Black  |  Style name:Body + 14-42mm lens

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Ultrafast AF based on the latest technology

The perfect shot disappears as fast as it appears, sometimes vanishing even before you have a chance to see it or appreciate it. If only you could capture the moments moving through your mind, preserving them in images that you can look back on again and again. Will of shooting comes in an instant and vanishes in an instant. The PEN's ultrafast AF will make the ideal real. The E-PL3 incorporates the same advanced technologies used to implement ultrafast AF speed in the E-P3, including the Fast AF System, new 12.3-megapixel High Speed Live MOS Sensor and TruePic VI image processing engine. You'll be astonished by the images it will capture for you

5.5 fps high-speed sequential shooting

The E-PL3 also boasts high-performance sequential shooting capability. It incorporates a newly developed compact high-speed shutter mechanism specially designed to deliver high performance in a compact body. This has resulted in an improved sequential shooting rate of 5.5 frames per second

Versatile AF functions increase your photographic comfort zone

The 35-area AF has 35 focus selection areas, compared to 11 points on previous models, enabling detailed, pinpoint AF across a wider area than before. Other functions for improving AF versatility include the “group area AF”, which selects an area composed of 3 x 3 points from the 35 points to capture a fast-moving subject accurately, as well as the “fulltime AF function”, which keeps the Live View image focused even when the release button is not pressed, enabling quick tracking of a moving subject.

New 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Sensor
New 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Sensor

The E-PL3 incorporates a new 12.3-megapixel High Speed Live MOS sensor that is a high-sensitivity, high-speed version of the traditional Live MOS sensor. The sensor is also compatible 1920 x 1080/59.94i full HD-format movie recording. The use of the line addition method for readout of lines in movies and Live View images improves image reproduction. Maximum sensitivity has also been boosted to as high as ISO12800, which can improve shooting under low light, indoors or using a faster shutter speed.

New image processing engine supporting high image quality and fast response

The E-PL3 incorporates the new TruePic VI image processing engine to improve image quality and quicken response. In addition to using the same Fine Detail processing that provided the E-5 with such high resolution, the E-PL3 incorporates Real Colour Technology to improve the reproduction and gradation expressions of specific colours, so that they appear more natural and closer to the way the actually look to the human eye. Dedicated image processing cores are used separately for the recorded image and Live View image to improve the response in sequential shooting.

Flip-out wide screen 3.0-inch LCD Monitor for more freedom when shooting

The E-PL3 is the first PEN model to incorporate a flip-out LCD monitor in a compact body. With a tilting mechanism capable of varying the orientation by 80 degrees upward or 45 degrees downward, this LCD gives you the freedom to take advantage of a much wider range of shooting, from the high angles useful in crowded environments such as a sports event or rock concert to the low angles helpful when taking pictures of children or pets. With its wide 3.0-inch screen, this high-definition LCD monitor will be really appreciated by anyone who enjoys active photography.

Live Guide for easy control of SLR-style effects
Live Guide for easy control of SLR-style effects

The Live Guide interface helps you achieve sophisticated photographic and artistic effects from the moment you hold the camera in your hand. Techniques possible only with SLRs, such as background defocusing, brightness variation and colour tone variation can be controlled intuitively by selecting icons and turning the control dial, while following the Live Guide's instructions. With the E-PL3, the Live Guide can be activated from any of the P/A/S/M modes by simply pressing the Fn button.

Good-looking, sophisticated user interface

The E-PL3's user interface has been completely redesigned. The font and graphics used in the menus have been enhanced to offer improved visibility and quality. With the newly provided Menu Guide, when a menu item is selected, the camera enters the explanation display mode, popping up an explanation of each menu item whenever it is changed. This display is a big help for the user because the user can find out what each function is used for and how it is used without the instruction manual. The Menu Guide can be switched ON/OFF with the INFO button.

FL-LM1 High-Capability Removable Flash

FL-LM1 High-Capability Removable Flash
A removable flash (GN10 (ISO200)) that can be attached only when needed is provided in the product package.

Six Art Filters

Designed for those who are not satisfied with simply capturing reality, but who also want to enjoy artistic expressions with their cameras, The Art Filters has made another progress. The E-PL3 incorporates the six Art Filters available for the present. Ten Art Filters In addition, "Art Effects" including the Starlight and White Edge effects are provided to expand the range of expressions. Intuitive combination of the effect with an Art Filter will help you finish your pictures into a work of art.

This filter enhances colours impressively to turn a scene in daily life into a pop, or kitschy world. It even reproduces the atmosphere of the subject brightly and joyfully to finish the picture in a pop art style.


This filter expresses an ethereal atmosphere with a soft tone. While retaining the core details of the subject, it produces a beautiful image with fantasy-like style as if the subject is surrounded by the light of happiness

Evoking the rawness and stark power of traditional black and white with rough grains and high contrast, this filter creates a dramatic atmosphere, enhancing the feeling of presence and emphasizing the theme of the picture.

This filter offers a photographic expression like that obtained from a toy camera by reducing the peripheral brightness using a tunnel effect and reproducing the image in unique colour tone. The result is a mysterious, secretive atmosphere as if you are lost in a different dimension.


This filter turns the real world in front of the camera into a world of toys. A rapid variation in the focus confuses the feeling of distance to create a surreal miniature world.

You can select different aspect ratios for your pictures to suit different requirements or creative goals. Five aspect ratios are available including the standard 4:3, 16:9 for impressive, cinematic-style images, 6:6, which has a square screen like a medium-format camera, 3:2, which is identical to 35 mm film cameras, and 3:4, which makes it possible to capture a vertical composition image without rotating the camera. Using unusual aspect ratios will lead you to encounters with fresh expressions.

This filter provides a daily landscape with a dramatic impression. It applies local changes in contrast to the image to represent the real space in a fictitious style by creating unrealistic tones of light and darkness.

Art Effects
Art Effects
This function adds various composition effects to Art Filters and has been expanded to five effects with the addition of the Starlight effect and White Edge effect. These effects provide everyone with the opportunity to utilize exciting new creative expressions in both still images and movies.

Art Filter Bracketing

This function generates multiple pictures with different Art Filters with a single shot, making it possible to experiment with several different photographic effects at the same time and explore new variations that you may not have though of before. In addition to the Art Filters, this function can also be used to select multiple picture modes including Vivid, Natural, Muted and Portrait

Full HD movie To make the most of its SLR image quality when recording movies, the E-PL3 can record full HD movies in the super-high-quality AVCHD. For easy and convenient playback and editing on a computer or web uploading, the E-PL3 can also record HD movies in the AVI Motion JPEG format. Further assurance of quality is provided by the multimotion-compatible movie IS system, which stabilizes the slow shake produced when shooting while walking. You' ll also be able to take full advantage of the E-PL3's collection of Art Filters to express your creative vision. High-quality stereo audio can be recorded in either the Dolby Digital format (AVCHD recording) or the linear PCM format (AVI Motion JPEG recording). Movies can be viewed on your TV and controlled by your TV's remote by connecting a commercially available HDMI mini-cable.

Built-in image stabilization Though small, the image stabilization mechanism built into the camera offers remarkably high performance. And, because the IS mechanism is incorporated in the camera, it works with any lens you mount on the camera. Operating automatically as required, this high-precision IS mechanism lets you shoot with confidence even under low light or when using a telephoto lens.

Face and Eye detection AF/Tracking AF

Face and Eye detection AF/Tracking AF
Sophisticated and accurate, the face and eye detection AF function lets you prioritize nearer eye, left-side eye or right-side eye to capture sharp, detailed expressions in portrait shooting. When not required, you can switch it off. For accurate autofocusing of moving subjects, the tracking AF function employs an advanced new detection algorithm that uses the chroma data and face detection data, as well as the luminance signal to improve the accuracy of tracking. In addition, an AF illuminator is provided to support autofocusing in low light.


The e-Portrait scene mode enhances the appearance of your subject by making the skin appear brighter and smoother. When this mode is set before shooting, the camera automatically saves the image both with and without correction. It is also possible to apply the same effect in the post-shooting edit mode so that you can take the best shot and make it even better.


The iAUTO function that automatically selects the optimum mode when the camera is pointed at the subject now includes the "i-ENHANCE" picture mode, which is capable of evoking a "being-there" feeling with vivid colours. The i-ENHANCE mode is set automatically when the iAUTO function is selected, and the camera determines the optimum colour and contrast conditions so that the subject is imaged prominently

3D Photo Shooting

A 3D Photo function has been added to the scene modes. After you take the first shot in this mode, you simply position the camera following the guide and take the second shot. The images are combined and recorded as a 3D file (MPO format). The recorded 3D image can be played on a 3D-compatible PC or TV. You can also apply Art Filters to your 3D pictures to create truly original and impressive images.

One-push digital teleconverter

The one-push digital teleconverter function can be allocated to the Fn button so you can shoot a 2X telephoto image at the push of the button. Image interpolation performed by the TruePic VI image processor magnifies the captured image by 2X with digital processing while maintaining the number of pixels. When you use it in combination with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6R lens, you' ll be able to capture amazing super telephoto pictures with a focal length of 600mm (35mm camera equivalent)


This function makes it easy to experiment and create your own amazing images by superimposing two images while checking the final result on the Live View display. An image previously saved as RAW data is used as the basis and displayed semi-transparently on the Live View, while a new image is captured and superimposed. Each multi-exposure can superimpose two frames at a time so repeating the exposures makes it possible to superimpose as many frames as desired.

New slideshow effects

The GPU with 3D graphic display capability also makes it possible to enjoy two types of slideshow. Dazzle your friends and family with an entertaining image display synced with original background music composed by Daishi Dance. It's a great way to relive the fun times you had while shooting, and a great way to share those special times with others.

Product information

Colour: Black | Style: Body + 14-42mm lens
Technical Details
Model NamePEN
Item Weight263 g
Product Dimensions11 x 3.7 x 6.4 cm
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required.
Item model numberE-PL3(BLK)
Removable MemorySecure Digital card
Resolution12.3 megapixels
Display TechnologyLCD
Screen Size3 Inches
Display TypeTFT
Image StabilizationDigital
Supported Image TypeRAW
Has Image StabilizationYes
Optical Zoom3
Horizontal Resolution1920 Pixels
Optical Sensor Resolution12.3 Megapixels
Max Vertical Resolution1080 Pixels
Min Shutter Speed60-1/4000秒
Min Focal Length14 Millimeters
Batteries IncludedNo
Batteries RequiredNo
Continuous Shooting Speed4.1
Flash Modes DescriptionAuto, Sun, Outdoor, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, One touch WB, CWB
Metering DescriptionAVCHD/AVI Motion JPG
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Has Auto FocusYes
Has Self TimerYes
Supports Bluetooth TechnologyYes
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Best Sellers Rank #22,10,453 in Electronics (See top 100)
Date First Available5 July 2012
Warranty & Support
Warranty Details: 1st year international warranty/ 2nd year national warranty provided by the manufacturer from date of purchase
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