Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

Canon Rebel T3

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Canon Rebel T3

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Olympus PEN E-PL2

36

Olympus PEN E-PL2

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL2

Size
Really small
Mid size 115x72x42 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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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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 Much more lenses available 197 lenses vs 40 lenses
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Around 5x more lenses available
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 700 shots vs 280 shots
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2.5x more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality Better image quality 62.0 vs 55.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 300 ms vs 1300 ms
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4.3x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 309 ms vs 434 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11 EV vs 10.2 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 21.9 bits vs 21.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 22.2x14.7mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
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
Cross type focus points Slightly more cross-type focus points 1 vs 0
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL2

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Size Significantly smaller 115x72x42 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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2.9x smaller
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" 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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              T3:CMOS
              PEN E-PL2:NMOS
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T3:11 EV
              PEN E-PL2:10.2 EV
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              T3:1
              PEN E-PL2:0
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T3:9
              PEN E-PL2:11
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              No significant shared competitors found.

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $375 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $549 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $575 body only

              $546 - $779 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Weight Heavier

              Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

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              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $245 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $425 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

              $484 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Olympus PEN E-P2

              Olympus PEN E-P2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 with 17mm lens

              Size Slightly smaller
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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