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Olympus PEN E-P3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Winner
Olympus PEN E-P3

46

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Startup delay
Less startup delay
900 ms vs 1400 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
222 ms vs 259 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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 310 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX1

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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
55.0 vs 51.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
703 ISO vs 536 ISO
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The DMC-GX1 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.6 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$400.00 vs $1,344.51
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The best price we've seen is $945 cheaper (3.4x less)
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DMC-GX1's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
4.2 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
318 g vs 369 g
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More than 10% lighter
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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
              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 Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              E-P3:10.1 EV
              DMC-GX1:10.6 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              20.8 bits
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              E-P3:35
              DMC-GX1:23
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              E-P3:51.0
              DMC-GX1:55.0
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              E-P3:614k dots
              DMC-GX1:460k dots
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              E-P3:12.2 MP
              DMC-GX1:16 MP
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $459 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has much more color depth
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $537 - $1,099 body only

              $699 - $1,390 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $197 body only

              $300 with 14mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $429 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $410 body only

              $490 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $424 body only

              $245 with 14-42mm lens

              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 body only

              $1,180 - $1,299 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
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 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-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $375 body only

              $425 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $646 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $540 - $547 body only

              $683 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Color depth Better color depth
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $441 body only

              $514 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              External flash No external flash support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $339 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External flash No external flash support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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