As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Olympus PEN E-PL1 is also often compared to super zooms, pro digicams, entry-level DSLRs and compacts. The Olympus PEN E-PL1's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-GM1 and the Lumix DMC-FZ35) and Olympus (such as the PEN E-PL6 and the PEN E-PL7)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-PL1 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs LIVEMOS), supports an external flash and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
3 years newer
$299 12-32mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GM1 (vs the E-PL1)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,036k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GM1 (vs the E-PL1)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs CMOS
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DMC-GM1 and E-PL1

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Compact (99×55×30 mm) vs Mid size (115×72×42 mm)
  • Light weight: 204 g vs 334 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-GF3 (vs the E-PL1)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a touch screen
  • Continuous video focus

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GF3 (vs the E-PL1)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DMC-GF3 and E-PL1

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Compact (108×67×33 mm) vs Mid size (115×72×42 mm)
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.7"

Olympus PEN E-PL6

Olympus PEN E-PL6
3 years newer
$295 (body only)
$837 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL6 (vs the E-PL1)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL6 (vs the E-PL1)

  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the E-PL6 and E-PL1

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×64×38 mm) vs Mid size (115×72×42 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.7"

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
3 months newer
$593 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-5 (vs the E-PL1)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-5 (vs the E-PL1)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the NEX-5 and E-PL1

  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Mid size (115×72×42 mm)
  • Light weight: 287 g vs 334 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.7"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
7 months newer
$1,195 14-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GH2 (vs the E-PL1)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GH2 (vs the E-PL1)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (124×90×76 mm) vs Mid size (115×72×42 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 3" vs 1.7"

common strengths of the DMC-GH2 and E-PL1

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Light weight: 444 g vs 334 g
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Olympus PEN E-PL7

Olympus PEN E-PL7
4 years newer
$454 (body only)
$651 12-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

Significant advantages of the E-PL7 (vs the E-PL1)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL7 (vs the E-PL1)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs CMOS
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the E-PL7 and E-PL1

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (115×67×38 mm) vs Mid size (115×72×42 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.7"

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-PL1 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (2.7" vs 2"), is slightly smaller (mid size (115×72×42 mm) vs professional size (87×128×106 mm)), takes slightly higher resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 4.9 MP), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and is newer (february 2010 vs july 2004).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), lacks and external mic jack, has a significantly shorter battery life (290 shots vs 470 shots) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
6 months older
$750

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the E-PL1)

  • Much longer battery life: 470 shots vs 290 shots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the E-PL1)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and E-PL1

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×76×89 mm) vs Mid size (115×72×42 mm)
  • Very light: 367 g vs 334 g
  • Thin: 3.5" vs 1.7"

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400
4 years newer
$244

Significant advantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the E-PL1)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the E-PL1)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly larger: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Mid size (115×72×42 mm)
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DSC-H400 and E-PL1

  • Light weight: 628 g vs 334 g
  • Very inexpensive: $243.51 vs $279.99

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20

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5 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ20 (vs the E-PL1)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ20 (vs the E-PL1)

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 2.7"
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DMC-FZ20 and E-PL1

  • Fairly small: Professional size (87×128×106 mm) vs Mid size (115×72×42 mm)
  • Light weight: 556 g vs 334 g
  • Thin: 4.2" vs 1.7"

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-PL1 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has interchangeable lenses, supports an external flash and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,229k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3 fps vs 10 fps) and lacks and external mic jack.

Fujifilm FinePix x20

Fujifilm FinePix x20
2 years newer
$528

Significant advantages of the x20 (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the x20 (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

common strengths of the x20 and E-PL1

  • None found

Leica D-LUX 5

Leica D-LUX 5
7 months newer
$78

Significant advantages of the D-LUX 5 (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D-LUX 5 (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

common strengths of the D-LUX 5 and E-PL1

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2
3 years older
$418

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX2 (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX2 (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-LX2 and E-PL1

  • None found

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
2 years newer
$403 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and E-PL1

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

common strengths of the T3i and E-PL1

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10
2 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-L10 (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-L10 (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-L10 and E-PL1

  • None found

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
similar age

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

common strengths of the T2i and E-PL1

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100
3 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A100 (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A100 (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSLR-A100 and E-PL1

  • None found

Sony SLT A55

Sony SLT-A55
6 months newer

Significant advantages of the SLT A55 (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A55 (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A55 and E-PL1

  • None found

Nikon D80

Nikon D80
3 years older
$266 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D80 (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D80 (vs the E-PL1)

  • None found

common strengths of the D80 and E-PL1

  • None found

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-PL1 compared to compact competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 9.7 MP), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has interchangeable lenses and supports an external flash.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is much larger (mid size (115×72×42 mm) vs super compact (92×56×20 mm)), is older (february 2010 vs february 2011), is thicker (1.7" vs 0.8") and is much heavier (334 g vs 130 g).

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS
1 year newer
$261

Significant advantages of the 300 HS (vs the E-PL1)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (92×56×20 mm) vs Mid size (115×72×42 mm)
  • Much lighter: 141 g vs 334 g
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 1.7"

Significant disadvantages of the 300 HS (vs the E-PL1)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the 300 HS and E-PL1

  • Inexpensive: $261.17 vs $279.99

Pentax Optio RS1000

Pentax Optio RS1000
7 months newer
$165

Significant advantages of the RS1000 (vs the E-PL1)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (92×56×21 mm) vs Mid size (115×72×42 mm)
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much lighter: 130 g vs 334 g

Significant disadvantages of the RS1000 (vs the E-PL1)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the RS1000 and E-PL1

  • Inexpensive: $165.03 vs $279.99