Olympus has released 3 micro four-third cameras with interchangeable lens.

First lets see what is common in them.

  • All follow the micro four-third standard which give you small lenses. Being a standard which means you can switch camera body and lens providers easily.
  • All the cameras are 12.3 megapixel. Which is enough for most users.
  • ISO 100-12,800 which is sufficient for low light conditions.
  • Inbuilt image stabilisation.
  • RAW photo support.
  • 3″ LCD Screen.
  • Live View.
  • Electronic View Finder (Optional)
  • All support shutter speeds up to 1/4000
  • Full HD Video support 1920×1080.
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card support
  • USB 2.0
  • HDMI port
  • Lithium ion Rechargeable battery
What’s missing.
  • No GPS
  • No USB 3.0 (I haven’t seen any other cameras having this either).
Here is what is difference between them:
Features Olympus PEN E-P3 Olympus PEN E-PL3 Olympus PEN E-PM1
White balance presets 12 8 8
Number of focus points 35 11 35
Screen dots 614,000 460,000 460,000
Touch screen Yes No No
Built-in flash Yes No No
Continous shooting 3fps 5.5fps 5.5fps
Weight 369 g 313 g 263 g

While the E-P3 and E-PM1 have fixed LCD, the E-PL3 can be tilted to give you some flexibility. It’s not as flexible as some of the other cameras but it still is a nice feature to have.

The E-PM1 is also called the Pen Mini. If you are looking for a really small camera with interchangeable lens, then this is for you. However this is not the smallest in the category, the Panasonic is smaller. However the E-PM1 has built in-body image stablisation.