Updated (January 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN E-PL2 vs Olympus PEN E-P1

Olympus PEN E-PL2 vs Olympus PEN E-P1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL2

In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P1

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

Items often bought with the PEN E-PL2 or PEN E-P1

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differences

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
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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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.4 EV vs 10.2 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
300 shots vs 280 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Size
Slightly smaller
121×70×36 mm vs 115×73×42 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.4" vs 1.7"
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More than 10% thinner
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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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              108 lenses
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              PEN E-PL2$394.00
              PEN E-P1$323.34
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              PEN E-PL2434 ms
              PEN E-P11187 ms
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PEN E-PL210.2 EV
              PEN E-P110.4 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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              PEN E-PL2460k dots
              PEN E-P1230k dots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              21.4 bits
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              55.0
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PEN E-PL2573 ISO
              PEN E-P1536 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $253 with 14-42mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $487 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
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $591 body only

              $230 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Captures 3D images
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 with 14-42mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,345 body only

              $499 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $264 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-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $849 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth

              Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 body only

              $549 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Built-in flash No built-in flash

              Olympus PEN E-P1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $335 - $379

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              External flash No external flash support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $494 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Color depth Worse color depth

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