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Advantages of the Olympus E-PL2

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Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
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Advantages of the Olympus E-PL3

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Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
5.5 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The E-PL3's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
35 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size
Slightly smaller
110×64×37 mm vs 115×73×42 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
300 shots vs 280 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Slightly lighter
313 g vs 362 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.5" vs 1.7"
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More than 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              108 lenses
              Size Fairly small Help
              E-PL2115×73×42 mm
              E-PL3110×64×37 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              E-PL21.7"
              E-PL31.5"
              Weight Light weight Help
              E-PL2362 g
              E-PL3313 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              E-PL2$434.95
              E-PL3$378.00
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              E-PL2720p @ 30fps
              E-PL31080p @ 30fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              E-PL211
              E-PL335
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              E-PL26,400 ISO
              E-PL312,800 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              E-PL2280 shots
              E-PL3300 shots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              E-PL23 fps
              E-PL35.5 fps

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