Canon Rebel T3 vs Olympus PEN E-PL2

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T3.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN E-PL2.

competitors

Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$274 body only

$330 - $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

$430 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$350 body only

$400 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

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

Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$170 with 14-42mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Weight Slightly lighter
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

Olympus PEN E-PL3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$447 body only

$249 with 14-42mm lens

3D Takes 3D photos
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
Olympus PEN E-P3

Olympus PEN E-P3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$495 with 14-42mm lens

Screen type Has an OLED screen
3D Takes 3D photos
Overall image quality Worse image quality

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Canon Rebel T3
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