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

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Olympus PEN E-PL2

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

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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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 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
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
Shutter lag 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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0.8 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
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
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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
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
Screen size 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 Support 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
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        T3:9
        PEN E-PL2:11
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        T3:1
        PEN E-PL2:0
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        3 fps
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        T3:309 ms
        PEN E-PL2:434 ms
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
        Missing that film look
        Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
        720p @ 30fps
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        T3:62.0
        PEN E-PL2:55.0

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $285 body only

        $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $681 - $700 body only

        $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Lowest price More expensive
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $639 body only

        $200 - $674 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Weight Heavier
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $695 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Larger screen
        Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
        Movie format Does not take movies
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Entry-level DSLR

        $900 with 18-55mm lens

        Shutter lag Less shutter lag
        Size Smaller
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Movie format Does not take movies

        Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

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        Olympus PEN E-PL1

        Olympus PEN E-PL1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $550 with 14-42mm lens

        Color depth Better color depth
        Weight Slightly lighter
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Olympus PEN E-P2

        Olympus PEN E-P2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,099 with 14-42mm lens

        Size Slightly smaller
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

        Olympus PEN E-PL3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $285 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-PM1

        Olympus PEN E-PM1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $975 with 14-150mm 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-PL5

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $499 with 14-42mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
        Built-in flash No built-in flash

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