Olympus PEN E-PM1 vs Olympus PEN E-PL2

Winner
Olympus PEN E-PM1

73

Olympus PEN E-PL2

71

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PM1

Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
246 ms shutter lag
Large screen
Screen size
3"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

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
Screen size
Large screen
3"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift

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 E-PM1.

competitors

Olympus PEN E-PM1 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PM2

Olympus PEN E-PM2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$289 body only

$380 with 14-42mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$96 body only

$290 with 14-42mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Built-in flash Built-in flash
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Pro digicam

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

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

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