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

Canon Powershot SX40 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Winner
Canon Powershot SX40

50

Olympus PEN E-PL1

31

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
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
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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
Thickness
Much thinner
1.7" vs 4.3"
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2.6x thinner
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
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
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              SX40350 ms
              PEN E-PL1820 ms
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              SX409
              PEN E-PL111
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $231 body only

              $365 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Zoom More zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $480 - $500

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $314

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $293 body only

              $390 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

              $481 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $396 body only

              $245 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Color depth Worse color depth

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