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

Olympus PEN E-P3

Winner
Olympus PEN E-P3

46

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Olympus PEN E-PM1

43

Olympus PEN E-PM1

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
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

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
 

differences

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
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
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
222 ms vs 246 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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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
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
5.5 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.3 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.2 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 3 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
263 g vs 369 g
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Around 30% lighter
Size
Slightly smaller
110x64x34 mm vs 122x69x34 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.3"
              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-P3:10.1 EV
              E-PM1:10.3 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              E-P3:20.8 bits
              E-PM1:21 bits
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              E-P3:51.0
              E-PM1:52.0
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              E-P3:614k dots
              E-PM1:460k dots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              E-P3:536 ISO
              E-PM1:499 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $424 body only

              $286 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $407 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-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 with 14-42mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 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

              $243 body only

              $323 with 14-42mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 with 14-42mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $133 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

              Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $800 body only

              $1,299 - $1,300 with 17mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Olympus PEN E-PM1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Olympus PEN E-PM1.

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