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Olympus PEN E-PL3 14-42mm 12.3 MP Interchangeable Lens Camera with CMOS Sensor and 3x Optical Zoom (Red) (Old...
Report Date: 09/20/2015
Based on 54 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 11.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality4.7   above average
Lens4.3   exceptional
Image4.0   average


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Image

Image:
"Though - with experience so far - images at ISO 1600 and above are not great (but I'm still learning how to get the best out of this camera!"
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"If you are careful and babysit the metering, or learn the camera and adjust the bias, you'll get awesome results right up to ISO 1600 but, if you don't watch it, you just might find some of the worst High ISO images you've seen in this class."
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"I know it's not just me, because I have successfully submitted snapshots to my microstock account, and those guys can be fussy with image quality."
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"Great image quality"
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"Beautiful image quality, easy to navigate menus, awesome size."
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"Easy to use, many options, great image quality"
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"Great quality images."
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"), I am otherwise very happy with image quality and sharpness."
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Lens

Lens:
"After using the camera for a month my dislikes are as follows:1 - Unless you switch to a prime lens in low light situations you are risking the ISO going to high for good pictures."
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"For the most part the camera will perform fine even with the stock lens in low light situations, it just won't be perfect."
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"The problem is that you have to busy switching lenses, but isn't that the point of ILC's?"
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"I realize this could be the fault of the kit lens but my Panasonic GF2 blows it away in terms of focus speed and accuracy (for indoor use)."
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"Olympus has some great lenses that are within reach."
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"I got a fotodiox lens mount adapter and use my PK lenses on this camera with no problems!"
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"I love that adapters can be used so that old lenses can be used with it."
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"I am also very pleased to see that I can use my old Canon lenses with my new PL3 as well."
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"I am, however, happy with the range of views the kit 14-42mm lens offers me."
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Menu

Menu:
"I was not familiar with the menu so was confusing to me."
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"In the hidden custom menu (we turned this on earlier), you can tweak the exposure bias for each metering mode so, once you figure out where you want it to be, just set it and forget it."
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"Overall, I like the camera because I like the Image Quality but, I cannot fathom how throwing a metering system that has to be babysat, putting the workaround in a hidden menu, and a menu system that is a bit of a mystery, into a body aimed at beginners makes any sense at all."
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"I find the menus unintuitive and things are well hidden, the camera feels solid and the fold-out screen is nice but it just seems difficult to find my way around."
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"On the downside, the PL-3 menu structure is difficult to navigate."
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"Beautiful image quality, easy to navigate menus, awesome size."
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"Great camera and I love the menus this camera has set up with."
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"I got a leather half-case with a built in grip to overcome the the fact that there is no grip on the E-PL3.The new display is great (I always shoot in widescreen mode, as I view the pics on my TV), the camera is faster, the menus easier to read, and it has a 3D mode which I am having great fun with."
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"I find the menus unintuitive and things are well hidden, the camera feels solid and the fold-out screen is nice but it just seems difficult to find my way around."
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Photo

Photo:
"There is another side to this, and that is that people often appear uncomfortable around people taking photos with large DSLRs with large protruding lenses."
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"I read about the body cap lens, but reviews make it sound like you need adequate outdoor lighting and most of my photos would be indoors."
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"I'm taking pictures in auto mode that look as nice as some of my friends' dSLR photos."
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"Great for Christmas pictures but for more complex photos, not so much."
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"This combination has allowed me to get my best ever hummingbird photos, visible at [...] in group 6."
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"- camera setup (obviously easy)- bulk of the camera feels like its worth something- photos are crystal clear and settings are easy to understand and navigate- videos, i was a bit disappointed but did not at all see this product as anywhere near a fail."
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Quality

Quality:
"I know it's not just me, because I have successfully submitted snapshots to my microstock account, and those guys can be fussy with image quality."
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"Great image quality"
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"Beautiful image quality, easy to navigate menus, awesome size."
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"Still learning all of the features and controls, but the picture quality is outstanding."
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"Easy to use, many options, great image quality"
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"It works well and gives me quality pictures."
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