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

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
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$588 with 14-42mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$499 with 14-42mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$416 with 14-42mm lens

Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Weight Slightly lighter
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$588 with 14-42mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out 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.