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

Olympus PEN E-PM1 vs Olympus PEN E-PL2

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PM1

Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
246 ms shutter lag
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
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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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
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
246 ms vs 434 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
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
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
330 shots vs 280 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
35 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size
Smaller
110×64×34 mm vs 115×73×42 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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$199.00 vs $472.23
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The best price we've seen is $273 cheaper (2.4x less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              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-PL210.2 EV
              E-PM110.3 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PEN E-PL221.4 bits
              E-PM121 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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              PEN E-PL211
              E-PM135
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PEN E-PL255.0
              E-PM152.0
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PEN E-PL2573 ISO
              E-PM1499 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $219 with 14-42mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $260 with 14-42mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $417 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $389 body only

              $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $220 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Olympus PEN E-P2

              Olympus PEN E-P2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $700 with 17mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas

              Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $265 with 14mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Olympus PEN E-PM1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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