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

Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
241 ms shutter lag
Large screen
Screen size
3"
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL2

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
Screen size
Large screen
3"
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$250 - $279 body only

$349 - $398 with 14-42mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Olympus PEN E-P3

Olympus PEN E-P3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,176 body only

$499 with 14-42mm lens

Screen type Has an OLED screen
Startup delay Much less startup delay
Color depth Worse color depth
Olympus PEN E-PL1

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$280 with 14-42mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Screen size Much smaller screen

Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$280 with 14-42mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Weight Slightly lighter
Screen size Much smaller screen
Olympus PEN E-PM2

Olympus PEN E-PM2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$389 body only

$270 with 14-42mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Canon PowerShot G9 X

Canon PowerShot G9 X

Pro digicam

$400 - $449

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

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.