Updated (June 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN E-P3 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Olympus PEN E-P3 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Winner
Olympus PEN E-P3

48

Olympus PEN E-PL1

43

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P3

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer 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-PL1

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN E-P3.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN E-PL1.

competitors

Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

Olympus Pen E-P5

Olympus Pen E-P5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 - $799 body only

$1,249 with 17mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

Olympus PEN E-PL3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$312 body only

$219 with 14-42mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$367 body only

$299 with 14-42mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

Olympus PEN E-PL3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$312 body only

$219 with 14-42mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Screen size Much larger screen
Color depth Worse color depth
Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$170 body only

$323 with 14-42mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Screen size Much larger screen
Color depth Worse color depth
Olympus PEN E-P1

Olympus PEN E-P1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$743 body only

$342 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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