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

Olympus PEN E-P3

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Olympus PEN E-P3

50

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Olympus PEN E-PM1

48

Olympus PEN E-PM1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P3

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
900 ms startup delay
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
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
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
246 ms shutter lag
 
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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
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
Lowest price Cheaper $449.00 vs $849.00
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The best price we've seen is $400 cheaper (around 50% less)
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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.3"
              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
              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

              $258 - $649 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $414 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-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $629 body only

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $322 body only

              $311 with 22mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $209 body only

              $219 with 14-42mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

              Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

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              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 body only

              $880 - $1,299 with 17mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Weight Heavier
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-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

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              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $242 - $597 with 10-30mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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