Updated (June 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN E-PL2 vs Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

Olympus PEN E-PL3 vs Olympus PEN E-PL2

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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

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Olympus PEN E-PL2

69

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL3

Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
241 ms shutter lag
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL2

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1300 ms startup delay
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN E-PL2.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3.

competitors

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Competitors

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$550 body only

$638 with 14-42mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Olympus PEN E-PL7

Olympus PEN E-PL7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$579 body only

$699 with 14-42mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D

Pro DSLR

$539 body only

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Olympus PEN E-PL1

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$230 body only

$405 with 14-42mm lens

Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Weight Slightly lighter
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Olympus PEN E-PL8

Olympus PEN E-PL8

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$549 body only

$497 - $649 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Built-in flash No built-in flash

discussion

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Olympus PEN E-PL2
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Avatar for Nas Nas (1:34 PM, January 07, 2012)
E-pl3 has 16:9 3'' screen. For actual still shots you need to crop down to 4:3 which effectively gives you a 2.4'' screen with black bars on either side.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:37 PM, November 18, 2011)
Thanks for pointing that out, we've fixed up the E-PL2 specs!
 
Imyourmom (7:48 AM, November 18, 2011)
the e-pl2 does not have an external mic jack. Both e-pl2 and e-pl3 require the sema hot shoe adapter.