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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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Olympus E-PL5

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Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The E-PL5's maximum light sensitivity is 8 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
8 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
360 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Slightly lighter
325 g vs 369 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              108 lenses
              Size Fairly small Help
              E-P3122×69×34 mm
              E-PL5111×64×38 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              E-P31.3"
              E-PL51.5"
              Weight Light weight Help
              E-P3369 g
              E-PL5325 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              E-P3$450.00
              E-PL5$499.00
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              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
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              E-P3614k dots
              E-PL5460k dots
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              35
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              E-P312.2 MP
              E-PL515.9 MP
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              E-P31,600 ISO
              E-PL525,600 ISO

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