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-P1

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

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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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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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
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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
        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
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        PEN E-PL2:434 ms
        PEN E-P1:1187 ms
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        PEN E-PL2:10.2 EV
        PEN E-P1:10.4 EV
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        12.2 MP
        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
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        PEN E-PL2:460k dots
        PEN E-P1:230k dots
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        PEN E-PL2:280 shots
        PEN E-P1:300 shots
        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
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        3 fps
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        55.0
        Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
        720p @ 30fps
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        PEN E-PL2:573 ISO
        PEN E-P1:536 ISO

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        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        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
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Olympus PEN E-PM1

        Olympus PEN E-PM1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $975 with 14-150mm 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 Lite E-PL3

        Olympus PEN E-PL3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $285 with 14-42mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        3D Captures 3D images
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Color depth Has slightly less color depth
        Olympus PEN E-P2

        Olympus PEN E-P2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,099 with 14-42mm lens

        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Olympus PEN E-P3

        Olympus PEN E-P3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $575 - $856 with 14-42mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Color depth Has slightly less color depth
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $272 with 14-42mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $484 with 14-42mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality

        Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $249 with 14-42mm 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-P1 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm Finepix X10

        Fujifilm Finepix X10

        Pro digicam

        $399

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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