Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 vs Olympus PEN E-PM1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PM1

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
246 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL2

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL2

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Startup delay Less startup delay 1300 ms vs 1800 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Color depth Better color depth 21.4 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 55.0 vs 52.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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-PM1

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 246 ms vs 434 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Battery life Longer battery life 330 shots vs 280 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Focus points More focus points 35 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size Smaller 110x64x34 mm vs 115x72x42 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5.5 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
Weight Lighter 263 g vs 362 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.7"
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Around 20% thinner
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The E-PM1's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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        Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        40 lenses
        Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
        Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
        Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
        Avoids dust in your photos
        Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
        60 seconds
        External flash Each supports an external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        PEN E-PL2:10.2 EV
        E-PM1:10.3 EV
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        12.2 MP
        Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
        Missing that film look
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        460k dots
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        PEN E-PL2:11
        E-PM1:35
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        PEN E-PL2:21.4 bits
        E-PM1:21 bits
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
        Can only preview photos on the screen
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        PEN E-PL2:55.0
        E-PM1:52.0
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        PEN E-PL2:573 ISO
        E-PM1:499 ISO

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        competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Olympus PEN E-PL1

        Olympus PEN E-PL1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $550 with 14-42mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

        Olympus PEN E-PL3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $285 with 14-42mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Olympus PEN E-PM2

        Olympus PEN E-PM2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Color depth Has significantly more color depth
        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $500 with 14-42mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Color depth Has significantly more color depth
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
        Olympus PEN E-P3

        Olympus PEN E-P3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $390 - $856 with 14-42mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $272 with 14-42mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Olympus PEN E-P2

        Olympus PEN E-P2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,099 with 14-42mm lens

        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

        Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Olympus PEN E-PL2.

        Olympus PEN E-PM1 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Olympus PEN E-PM1.

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