Updated (May, 2013): Compare the Olympus Pen E-P5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Olympus PEN E-P3

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Olympus PEN E-P3

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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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
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 900 ms vs 1900 ms
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2.1x 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 Less shutter lag 222 ms vs 312 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 536 ISO vs 459 ISO
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The E-P3 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Color depth Better color depth 20.8 bits vs 20.6 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Focus points Slightly more focus points 35 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 330 shots vs 320 shots
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3

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Weight Lighter 264 g vs 369 g
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Around 30% lighter
Size Slightly smaller 107x67x32 mm vs 122x69x34 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Lowest price Cheaper $182.99 vs $575.02
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The best price we've seen is $392 cheaper (3.1x less)
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.3" vs 1.3"
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              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"
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              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
              10.1 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              E-P3:12.2 MP
              DMC-GF3:12 MP
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              E-P3:20.8 bits
              DMC-GF3:20.6 bits
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              E-P3:35
              DMC-GF3:23
              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
              DMC-GF3:50.0
              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
              DMC-GF3:460k dots
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              E-P3:536 ISO
              DMC-GF3:459 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $259 with 14-42mm lens

              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $322 body only

              $450 with 14-42mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $576 with 14-42mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              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
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $306 with 14-42mm lens

              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen

              Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $999 body only

              $880 - $1,449 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
              Olympus PEN E-P2

              Olympus PEN E-P2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,099 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $743 body only

              $249 - $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Color depth Better color depth
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 with 10-30mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen

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