Updated (July 2013): Compare the Olympus PEN E-P3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Olympus PEN E-P3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

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Olympus PEN E-P3

48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P3

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
Thin
Thickness
1.3"
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

Items often bought with the Olympus E-P3 or Panasonic DMC-GX1

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Advantages of the Olympus E-P3

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
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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1 f-stop 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 6 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
318 g vs 369 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$350.00 vs $499.00
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The best price we've seen is $149 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Fewer buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              108 lenses
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Longest exposure Long exposures 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
              Common Weaknesses
              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-P310.1 EV
              DMC-GX110.6 EV
              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-P335
              DMC-GX123
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              E-P3614k dots
              DMC-GX1460k dots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              E-P312.2 MP
              DMC-GX116 MP
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              E-P351.0
              DMC-GX155.0
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              E-P3536 ISO
              DMC-GX1703 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $539 - $549 body only

              $593 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $591 body only

              $229 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-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $482 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
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $452 - $1,099 body only

              $499 - $999 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $545 body only

              $368 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $849 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
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $265 with 14mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $637 - $799 body only

              $1,249 with 17mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

              Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 body only

              $599 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,196 - $1,198 body only

              $1,215 with 15mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $373 body only

              $449 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              External flash No external flash support
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Color depth Better color depth
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $525 - $698 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $649 - $698

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Touch screen No touch screen

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