• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  •  

Buy From

Differences

Olympus E-P3 advantages over Olympus E-PL3

  • Fast startup
    ~0.90 vs 2.1 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • More dots on screen
    614k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    19 vs 9 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Olympus E-PL3 advantages over Olympus E-P3

  • Less expensive
    $700 vs $900 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.3 fps vs 3.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Buy From

Your purchases support this site

Your purchases support this site

Review Excerpt

  • Extremely fast autofocus; Pop-up flash and AF-assist lamp; Full HD recording; wisely limited focus for touchscreen; excellent print quality results; removable grip.

  • Larger than some competitors (see E-PL3 if you prefer a smaller camera); strong noise suppression; touchscreen easily activated by mistake; list of options is overwhelming; shoulder strap D-rings are noisy.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-P2

Olympus E-P3
Olympus E-P2
  • $561
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $1100
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Olympus E-PL3
Olympus E-P2
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $1100
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Olympus E-PL1

Olympus E-P3
Olympus E-PL1
  • $561
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $392
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
Olympus E-PL3
Olympus E-PL1
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More dots on screen
  • $392
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash

Compared to Olympus E-PL2

Olympus E-P3
Olympus E-PL2
  • $561
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • More dots on screen
  • $600
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
Olympus E-PL3
Olympus E-PL2
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Less shutter lag
  • $600
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Olympus E-PM1

Olympus E-P3
Olympus E-PM1
  • $561
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Internal flash
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Olympus E-PL3
Olympus E-PM1
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic GF3X

Olympus E-P3
Panasonic GF3X
  • $561
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Olympus E-PL3
Panasonic GF3X
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Internal flash
Compare Other Cameras?