Olympus E-PM1, E-PL3 and E-P3 Unveiled

Olympus has opened up its Micro Four Thirds line of cameras to three new cameras.  The Olympus E-PM1, E-PL3 and E-P3 (shown above) essentially make up the small, medium and large categories for the series.  Of course, “large” is a relative term with respect to the Olympus Micro Four Thirds line as a whole.

The E-PM1 is the newest model to the series, while the E-PL3 and E-P3 follow their respective predecessors, the E-PL2 and E-P2.  Each camera features a 12.3MP Live MOS image sensor and accepts all current and past Olympus Micro Four Thirds lenses – as well as many other brands’ Micro Four Thirds system lenses.

Olympus E-PM1 Overview

As mentioned above, the E-PM1 is new to the Olympus line and is the smallest Olympus interchangeable lens camera (iLC) to date.  Not only is it smaller, but the E-PM1 is a more basic iLC camera than its siblings and will likely appeal to an even more consumer-oriented audience.

The sensitivity range of the E-PM1 covers ISO 100-12,800 and features a 3-inch 460k-dot res LCD.  Additionally, the E-PM1 sports Olympus’ in-body image stabilization, which allows you to take advantage of image stabilization technology with every lens you use.  It will capture up to 1080/60i AVCHD video at a max data rate of 17Mbps.  In addition to capturing standard RAW and JPEG still images, the E-PM1 will also capture MPO 3D still images.

The E-PM1 will be available in six colors – purple, pink, brown, white, silver and black.  Olympus has not yet announced pricing on the E-PM1.  In the mean time, you can watch Amazon.com and B&H Photo for availability.

Olympus E-PL3 Overview

The Olympus E-PL3 follows up the (still rather new) E-PL2.  Equipped with the same 12.3MP sensor, the E-PL3 breaks the mold from the previous models in the line by adding a tilting, 3-inch LCD screen.  The E-PL3 also covers the same sensitivity range of the E-PM1 (ISO 100-12,800) and offers 1080/60i AVCHD video capture, as well as 3D still image capture.

While the E-PL3 does not have a built-in flash, the camera ships with a compact external flash.  The E-PL3 will be available in several colors.  Olympus has not yet announced pricing for the E-PL3.  In the mean time, you can watch Amazon.com and B&H Photo for availability.

Olympus E-P3 Overview

The Olympus E-P3 is the successor to the E-P2 and carries a lot of the same specs as found in its siblings above.  What’s perhaps most interesting about the E-P3 is that Olympus claims it has the world’s fastest autofocus.  I heavily berated the E-P1 for slow AF performance, and I wasn’t much more impressed with the few times I handled the E-P2.  As a result of those rather underwhelming experiences and Olympus’ claims for the this camera, I can’t wait to get my hands on an E-P3 to test it out.

The E-P3 also offers the impressive 1080/60i AVCHD spec, along with a 3-inch LCD screen at 614k-dot resolution.  The E-P3 will be available in black, white and silver in August and will carry a retail price of $899 with either a 14-42mm or 17mm kit lens.  Check availability on Amazon.com and B&H Photo.

New Olympus Lenses and Flash

In addition to the three new PEN camera models, Olympus added a 12mm f/2 lens and a 45mm f/1.8 lens to its lineup.  Finally, a new FL-300R external bounce flash was introduced as well.



    • says

      I can see these fitting several users. I think consumer users intimidated by DSLRs will continue to look at mirrorless cameras, while DSLR users with the budget for a second camera might consider an iLC like these over an advanced point and shoot. Additionally, I think enthusiasts who might otherwise buy DSLRs have been leaning into the iLC options recently, and will continue to do so as iLCs improve and compete with DSLRs.

  1. says

    question not anwsered about stuff !
    what are some of the stats
    light how low
    wide angle lens
    quality of picture
    recharge for flash how fast
    batteries tell me about can we
    both recharge and stand alones
    will it do the job I need it to do when I need it. I am out side
    by the Ocean a lot, is it sealed for moisture or too delicate to
    I would like to see if my Nikor lens fit ha haa