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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
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$450.00 vs $778.49
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The best price we've seen is $328 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX3

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Slightly smaller
109×60×27 mm vs 122×69×34 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Battery life
Longer battery life
380 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Lighter
265 g vs 369 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
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More than 20% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              E-P3122×69×34 mm
              DMC-LX3109×60×27 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              E-P31.3"
              DMC-LX31.1"
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              E-P31080p @ 30fps
              DMC-LX3720p @ 24fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              E-P33 fps
              DMC-LX32.5 fps
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              E-P31,600 ISO
              DMC-LX33,200 ISO
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              E-P312.2 MP
              DMC-LX310 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              E-P3614k dots
              DMC-LX3460k dots

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