Updated (September, 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Olympus PEN E-PL2

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10.3 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Size
Really small
Mid size 115x72x42 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.7"
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 
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Advantages of the Canon SX40

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 350 ms vs 820 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10.3 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Battery life Longer battery life 380 shots vs 290 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Cheaper $315.00 vs $549.95
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The best price we've seen is $235 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Size Much smaller 115x72x42 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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3.5x smaller
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Thickness Much thinner 1.7" vs 4.3"
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2.6x thinner
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 8x larger sensor
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Weight Significantly lighter 334 g vs 600 g
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More than 40% lighter
True resolution Higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40:350 ms
              PEN E-PL1:820 ms
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              SX40:9
              PEN E-PL1:11
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $509

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $313

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $225 - $274

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $285 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $975 with 14-150mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $255 body only

              $294 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen size Larger screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Built-in flash No built-in flash

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