Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 vs Olympus PEN E-P1

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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
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P1

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Olympus PEN E-P1 over the Olympus PEN E-PL2.
 
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL2

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 434 ms vs 1187 ms
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2.7x less delay when taking photos
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1300 ms vs 2500 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The PEN E-PL2's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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 PEN E-P1

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Battery life Slightly longer battery life 300 shots vs 280 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range More dynamic range 10.4 EV vs 10.2 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Slightly smaller 121x70x36 mm vs 115x72x42 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness Thinner 1.4" vs 1.7"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $208.95 vs $379.97
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The best price we've seen is $171 cheaper (around 50% 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 Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              PEN E-PL2:$379.97
              PEN E-P1:$208.95
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              PEN E-PL2:434 ms
              PEN E-P1:1187 ms
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PEN E-PL2:10.2 EV
              PEN E-P1:10.4 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              PEN E-PL2:280 shots
              PEN E-P1:300 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              PEN E-PL2:6,400 ISO
              PEN E-P1:3,200 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              PEN E-PL2:460k dots
              PEN E-P1:230k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              21.4 bits
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              55.0
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PEN E-PL2:573 ISO
              PEN E-P1:536 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $243 - $649 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              3D Captures 3D images
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              3D Captures 3D images
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $849 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Olympus PEN E-P2

              Olympus PEN E-P2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 with 17mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $525 with 14-42mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $279 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Olympus PEN E-P1 Competitors

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              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $1,299 body only

              $1,299 with 17mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Weight Heavier

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