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

Olympus PEN E-P3

Winner
Olympus PEN E-P3

46

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

38

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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

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
$133.00 vs $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $266 cheaper (3x less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.3"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              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
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              E-P3:20.8 bits
              DMC-GF3:20.6 bits
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              E-P3:12.2 MP
              DMC-GF3:12 MP
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              E-P3:51.0
              DMC-GF3:50.0
              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
              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
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              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 E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $407 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $424 body only

              $286 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-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $495 body only

              $570 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-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 with 14-42mm 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $439 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 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

              Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $800 body only

              $880 - $1,300 with 17mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm 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-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $243 body only

              $323 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 OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 - $800 body only

              $899 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $238 body only

              $295 - $799 with 14mm 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

              $348 body only

              $309 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $498 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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