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Differences: EPL3 has a mode dial on top, E-PM1 is menu driven for modes. EPL3 has a tiltable LCD, the E-PM1 does not (but you wouldn't use that underwater).
Both have good housings from Olympus that are easy to use and durable. The mirrorless cameras will definitely give you higher quality images and really be able to control your settings to gain brighter photos. I currently have an older E-PL1 (the predecessor to both these cameras). I've also had a chance to test both of these underwater. The best improvement is the really fast focus speed, especially when used in conjunction with a focus light.
Here's a link some photos taken with the EPM1: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set= ... 962&type=3
Also there is a good video on the E-PM1 housing page: http://www.bluewaterphotostore.com/olym ... sing-e-pm1 (most of the features also are the same on the E-PL3).
Hope this is helpful! -Kelli
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I have the opportunity to use both options often and recently went out to Malta for a week of testing the hole range of Olympus housings.
quality wise both cameras are identical the main difference is the way you operate them. As Kelli said the EPM1 si menu driven and the EPL3 is dial operated.
I would go for the EPL3 for a very simple reason. Out of the box the PT-EP05L housing has a 67mm thread on the port. This in combination with the Olympus 14-42 kit lens will give you the option of using wet lenses.
there is an excellent review of the EPL3 system that a friend of mine posted on his site.
You can find it following this link:
http://www.deepshots.co.uk/2011/12/revi ... l3-camera/
As for strobes, you can use any unit triggered by a fibre optic cable. I do prefer Inon strobes because their reliability, power output and weight. they also offer probably the best slave ttl system in the market.
Hope this helps
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