Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix x20 vs Olympus PEN E-PL2

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm Finepix X10

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
200 fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Focus points
Many focus points
49
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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Advantages of the Fujifilm X10

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.3 EV vs 10.1 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 200 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Focus points More focus points 49 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Screen size Larger screen 2.8" vs 2.7"
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Almost the same
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $330.89 vs $425.00
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The best price we've seen is $94 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Color depth Better color depth 21.5 bits vs 20.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm vs 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm
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Around 4x larger sensor
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 54.0 vs 50.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Size Slightly smaller 115x72x42 mm vs 117x70x57 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 487 ISO vs 245 ISO
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The PEN E-PL1 has a slight edge (1 f-stop) in low noise, high ISO performance
Thickness Thinner 1.7" vs 2.2"
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Around 30% thinner
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              X10:11.3 EV
              PEN E-PL1:10.1 EV
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              X10:245 ISO
              PEN E-PL1:487 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              X10:20.5 bits
              PEN E-PL1:21.5 bits
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              X10:2.8"
              PEN E-PL1:2.7"
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              X10:50.0
              PEN E-PL1:54.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $629

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $200 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $521 body only

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available

              Fujifilm Finepix X10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548 - $550

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Boutique

              $869

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $400 - $499

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $238 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $245 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $297 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $275 body only

              $309 with 17mm lens

              Screen size Significantly 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

              $484 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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