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

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Winner
Fujifilm Finepix X10

61

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

32

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm Finepix X10

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
200 fps
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Great macro
Macro focus
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
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

differences

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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 10.1 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
Screen size
Larger screen
2.8" vs 2.7"
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Almost the same
Focus points
More focus points
49 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
$400.09 vs $549.95
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The best price we've seen is $150 cheaper (around 30% 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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
54.0 vs 50.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Sensor size
Larger sensor
Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm vs 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm
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Around 4x larger sensor
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              X10:460k dots
              PEN E-PL1:230k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              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
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $424 body only

              $286 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              3D Captures 3D images
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $829

              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 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $410 body only

              $490 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution 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

              $599 - $620

              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

              $671

              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

              $340 - $348

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Fujifilm XF1

              Fujifilm XF1

              Pro digicam

              $168 - $293

              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Focus points Fewer focus points

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-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-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $243 body only

              $250 with 14-42mm 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

              $407 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $584 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Color depth Worse color depth

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