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
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash

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)
  • Light weight: 309 g vs 334 g

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-PL1 compared to super zoom competitors include: it 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), is newer (february 2010 vs july 2004) and is thinner (1.7" vs 4.2").

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)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots
  • 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)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 2.7"
  • 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 slightly 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)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots

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

  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the x20 and E-PL1

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash

Leica D-LUX 5

Leica D-LUX 5
7 months newer
$78

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

  • Higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

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

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Built-in lens only

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Inexpensive: $78.15 vs $279.99

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2
3 years older
$418

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

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX2 (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-LX2 and E-PL1

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 300 shots vs 290 shots
  • Inexpensive: $418.39 vs $279.99

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

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

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

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 230k dots
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

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

  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and E-PL1

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 290 shots
  • Inexpensive: $403.11 vs $279.99

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-PL1 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), lets you preview your photos on the screen, is newer (february 2010 vs august 2007), is much smaller (mid size (115×72×42 mm) vs prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 16 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3 fps vs 10 fps).

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year newer

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Mid size (115×72×42 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.7"

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)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

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

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much larger: Professional size (135×96×78 mm) vs Mid size (115×72×42 mm)
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the DMC-L10 and E-PL1

  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
similar age

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Mid size (115×72×42 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.4" vs 1.7"

common strengths of the T2i and E-PL1

  • Very small: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Mid size (115×72×42 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 1.7"

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100
3 years older

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Longer battery life: 750 shots vs 290 shots
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

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

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • No live view
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the DSLR-A100 and E-PL1

  • Thin: 2.8" vs 1.7"

Sony SLT A55

Sony SLT-A55
6 months newer

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 16 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

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

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm) vs Mid size (115×72×42 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.3" vs 1.7"
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

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)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

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

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No live view

common strengths of the D80 and E-PL1

  • Inexpensive: $265.79 vs $279.99

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 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 thinner: 0.8" vs 1.7"
  • Much lighter: 141 g vs 334 g

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

  • Each has a built-in flash

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 thinner: 0.8" vs 1.7"
  • 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

  • Each has a built-in flash