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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 size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Size
Significantly smaller
122×69×34 mm vs 142×116×75 mm
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4.3x smaller
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
108 lenses vs 34 lenses
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More than 3x more lenses available
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
Weight
Much lighter
369 g vs 890 g
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2.4x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 3"
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2.2x thinner
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Lowest price
Cheaper
$450.00 vs $1,490.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,040 cheaper (3.3x less)
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Battery life
Much longer battery life
610 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Interchangeable lenses Interchangeable lenses Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              E-P31080p @ 30fps
              E-3None
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              E-P33 fps
              E-35 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              E-P31,600 ISO
              E-33,200 ISO
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              E-P312.2 MP
              E-310 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              E-P3614k dots
              E-3230k dots

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