Updated (May, 2013): Compare the Olympus Pen E-P5 vs Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-P3 vs Olympus PEN E-PM1

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Olympus PEN E-P3

46

Olympus PEN E-PM1

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P3

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
900 ms startup delay
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
222 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PM1

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
246 ms shutter lag
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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Advantages of the Olympus E-P3

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
900 ms vs 1800 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
222 ms vs 246 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
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Advantages of the Olympus E-PM1

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Color depth
Better color depth
21 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.3 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The E-PM1's maximum light sensitivity is 6 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
5.5 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
263 g vs 369 g
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Around 30% lighter
Size
Slightly smaller
110×64×34 mm vs 122×69×34 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Lowest price
Cheaper
$199.00 vs $611.31
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The best price we've seen is $412 cheaper (3.1x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Size Fairly small Help
              E-P3122×69×34 mm
              E-PM1110×64×34 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.3"
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              E-P310.1 EV
              E-PM110.3 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              E-P320.8 bits
              E-PM121 bits
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              E-P351.0
              E-PM152.0
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              E-P3614k dots
              E-PM1460k dots
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              E-P3536 ISO
              E-PM1499 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $503 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $219 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $260 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $389 body only

              $450 with 17mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $150 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 body only

              $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $679 - $799 body only

              $1,049 - $1,249 with 17mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Olympus PEN E-P2

              Olympus PEN E-P2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $700 with 17mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

              Olympus PEN E-PM1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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