These graphs were produced using data generated by DXO Analyzer.

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using the DXO software.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

JPEG Signal to noise ratio

Olympus e-pl3 jpg signal to noise ratio
Olympus e-pl3 jpg signal to noise ratio

JPEG images from the Olympus E-PL3 show a better signal to noise ratio than the Panasonic Lumix GF3, Samsung NX11 and Sony NEX C3 between sensitivities of ISO 400 and 1600.

RAW Signal to noise ratio

Olympus e-pl3 raw signal to noise ratio
Olympus e-pl3 raw signal to noise ratio

Converted RAW files from the Olympus E-PL3 show a better signal to noise ratio than the Panasonic Lumix GF3, Samsung NX11 and Sony NEX-C3 above ISO 200, showing the Olympus E-PL3 produces cleaner and more detailed images.

JPEG Dynamic range

Olympus e-pl3 dynamic range
Olympus e-pl3 dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Olympus E-PL3's JPEGs have a at least a 1EV higher dynamic range than the Panasonic Lumix GF3 and Samsung NX11's JPEG files upto a sensitivity of ISO 3200.

RAW Dynamic range

Olympus e-pl3 raw dynamic range
Olympus e-pl3 raw dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Olympus E-PL3's converted Raw files have a at least a 1EV higher dynamic range than the Panasonic Lumix GF3 and the Samsung NX11, and compare well against the Sony NEX-C3.