Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Digital Camera Singapore Price, Features and Specs

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Digital Camera Singapore Price, Features and Specs: We take a look at the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 and see how it fares on its own and as compared to its older siblings in the PEN line of shooters.
Design and construction
The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 is your typical Micro Four Thirds shooter that packs the smallish body of a compact point and shoot and yet has features such as interchangeable lenses commonly found in DSLRs. The shooter measures 109.5 x 63.7 x 37.3 mm but that does not include the protrusion of the lens kit and tips the scales at 313 grams including the shooter’s battery and media card.
Design wise, the PEN Lite E-PL3 is made mostly from metal. A thing that’s missing in the shooter though is the protrusion in the front right panel of the shooter that acts as a pseudo-grip. It does have a thumb grip made of rubber found in the back panel of the shooter which somehow makes up for the lack of the grip out front and provides for comfort and security when holding the shooter single-handedly.
The PEN Lite E-PL3 comes with a slimmer form factor compared to the other shooters in this line but does not have an integrated flash like its predecessors. It does have a hot shoe on its top edge where included flash attachment in its retail package goes to. In terms of controls and buttons on the other hand most of these are found in the back panel of the PEN Lite E-PL3 and these include a jog wheel that moves in 4 directions, Menu and Info buttons among others.
As for its display, the PEN Lite E-PL3 packs a 3-inch LCD that can be adjusted to an almost perpendicular position in reference to the shooter should you want to shoot from the waist. If in case the saturation calls for you to shoot over your head, the tilting LCD of the PEN Lite E-PL3 allows adjustments to be made in such a way that it tilts on a 45-degree angle. The LCD display of the PEN Lite E-PL3 packs a resolution of 460K dots providing for a very bright display. Use under direct sunlight is not that advisable though since the display is a bit prone to glare so use accordingly. If use under direct sunlight cannot be avoided, adjusting the angle of the LCD somewhat minimizes the glare.

Key features of the PEN Lite E-PL3
In terms of its sensor, the PEN Lite E-PL3 packs a Hi-Speed Live MOS sensor that has an effective resolution of 12.3 megapixels. The sensor of the shooter works in conjunction with its TruePic IV image-processing engine for exceptional image quality. The imager of the PEN Lite E-PL3 has a 4:3 aspect ratio and allows a user to capture stills of up to 4032 x 30204 pixels.
The PEN Lite E-PL3 packs a wide range of ISO sensitivity but purists argue that cranking up the sensitivity to a maximum of ISO 12800 is achieved by taking out ISO 100. In terms of autofocus, the AF system of the PEN Lite E-PL3 gone through an overhaul with a significantly improved system called FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF. The system still makes use of fixed pint locations for its autofocus but the number of focus points has been increased to 35 points compared to earlier PENs that only have 11 points.
Performance and image quality of the PEN Lite E-PL3
The combination of the sensor and the TruePic IV image-processing engine provides for fast response times from the PEN Lite E-PL3. Boot-to-shoot on the shooter takes only 0.90 seconds while continuous shooting is also very impressive with the shooter able to capture 11 consecutive images taking only 0.24 seconds in between shots. Shutter lag on the other hand is at an approximate 0.2 seconds which is only a bit slower than the recorded 0.1 seconds of the Sony Alpha NEX-C3.
In terms of keeping the shooter dust-free, the PEN Lite E-PL3 makes use of the company proprietary Supersonic Wave Filter system that basically utilizes a piezoelectric component that vibrates a filtering glass to shake off dust and other particles off of the sensor.
Image quality on the other hand is very good with color reproduction almost life-like. Lots of details are apparent in the captured images with noise kept to a bare minimum. Noise only becomes apparent at the ISO 6400 setting.
The bottom line
The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 is definitely an excellent upgrade compared to its predecessors with its very fast system housed in a compact yet stylish body. In short, the shooter is a solid interchangeable lens shooter and would make for a good choice if ever you are in the market for an MFT with a tilting LCD display.
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Digital Camera Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 1100.00

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