Updated (July, 2013): Compare the Olympus Pen E-P5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

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
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
900 ms startup delay
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 
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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
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
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 330 shots vs 310 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Focus points Slightly more focus points 35 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 10.6 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Lowest price Cheaper $576.29 vs $849.00
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The best price we've seen is $273 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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 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
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              E-P3:10.1 EV
              DMC-GX1:10.6 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              20.8 bits
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              E-P3:35
              DMC-GX1:23
              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
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $470 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
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $258 - $649 with 14-42mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              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

              $424 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
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $332 - $370

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $748 - $810 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $322 body only

              $450 with 14-42mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 body only

              $899 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

              Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $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

              $1,349 with 17mm 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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 - $705 body only

              $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $575 - $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

              $448 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-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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