Olympus launch the PEN Lite & PEN Mini!

Alongside the announcement of the new E-P3 this week, Olympus also launched a new generation PEN Lite in the form of the E-PL3 as well as a brand new addition to the PEN family: the PEN Mini, aka the E-PM1.

Olympus E-PL3 // PEN Lite

Packed with the same FAST AF technology as the top-of-the-range E-P3, the new PEN Lite can also lay claim to having the world's fastest* autofocus system.

Olympus fans will notice a few changes in the look  of the E-PL3 when compared to it's predecessor. This new model sports a sleeker and more compact design with brushed aluminium casing as well as the addition of a new first for PEN system cameras: a tiltable three-inch LCD screen.

In comparison: E-PL3 vs E-PL2

  E-PL3 E-PL2
Megapixels 12.3 12.3
ISO Max 12800 6400
HD Video Max 1080p @60 fps 720p @30 fps
Autofocus 35-point 11-point
FPS 4.1 3
LCD Screen (pixels) Tiltable 3.0" (460k) 3.0" (460K)
Weight 265g 317g

Olympus E-PM1 // PEN Mini

This new addition to the range of Olympus PEN system cameras packs SLR quality features into a pocket-sized body that's compatible with a range of lenses and accessories. It features the same FAST autofocus system as it's older siblings, the E-P3 and E-PL3 and comes equipped with six art filters for creative shooting in both movie and still modes.


  • 12.3 megapixels
  • Image sensitivity up to ISO 12800
  • 1080i full HD movie recording capability
  • 3.0 inch LCD screen
  • 35 autofocus points
  • Approx 4.1 fps
  • Only 216g (without battery or card)
  • Available in Black, Silver, White, Brown, Purple and Silver-Rose

Coming Soon...

Both the Olympus E-PL3 and E-PM1 are expected to be availble in Autumn 2011 with pricing yet to be confirmed.

*As of June 2011