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
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2200 ms startup delay
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Focus points More focus points 49 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
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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 Slightly 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 Support 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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              X10:20.5 bits
              PEN E-PL1:21.5 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              X10:245 ISO
              PEN E-PL1:487 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              X10:50.0
              PEN E-PL1:54.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              X10:2.8"
              PEN E-PL1:2.7"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $242 - $597 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-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm 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
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Fujifilm Finepix X10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $464

              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
              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Boutique

              $730 - $1,197

              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

              $348 - $370

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Fujifilm XF1

              Fujifilm XF1

              Pro digicam

              $219

              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $258 - $649 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-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $255 body only

              $219 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen size Larger screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 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 E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $470 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
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $479 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Weight Slightly heavier

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