Canon Rebel T3 vs Olympus PEN E-PL2

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Great battery life
Battery life
700 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL2

Size
Really small
Mid size (115×73×42 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

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differences

Advantages of the Canon T3

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
220 lenses vs 108 lenses
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More than 2x more lenses available
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
300 ms vs 1300 ms
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4.3x less delay when turning on
Overall image quality
Better image quality
62.0 vs 55.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
700 shots vs 280 shots
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2.5x more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
309 ms vs 434 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Color depth
Better color depth
21.9 bits vs 21.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11 EV vs 10.2 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
755 ISO vs 573 ISO
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The T3 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL2

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size
Significantly smaller
115×73×42 mm vs 130×100×78 mm
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2.9x smaller
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Thickness
Thinner
1.7" vs 3.1"
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Around 50% thinner
Weight
Lighter
362 g vs 459 g
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More than 20% lighter
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T311 EV
              PEN E-PL210.2 EV
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              T31
              PEN E-PL20
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T39
              PEN E-PL211
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3309 ms
              PEN E-PL2434 ms
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3755 ISO
              PEN E-PL2573 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              T3230k dots
              PEN E-PL2460k dots
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T362.0
              PEN E-PL255.0

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $459 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay More startup delay

              Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $253 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $488 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              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

              $591 body only

              $230 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 - $499 body only

              $549 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $479 - $1,099 body only

              $499 - $999 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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