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

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL3

Large screen
Screen size
3"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL2

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
Screen size
Large screen
3"
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

Olympus PEN E-PL6

Olympus PEN E-PL6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$289 body only

$370 with 14-42mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$583 body only

$684 with 14-42mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 - $548 body only

$590 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available

Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Olympus PEN E-PL1

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$230 body only

$416 with 14-42mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Screen size Much smaller screen
Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$375 - $779 body only

$549 - $899 with 15-45mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization

discussion

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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.