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

Olympus PEN E-P1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P1

CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

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
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

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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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
$243.45 vs $493.06
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The best price we've seen is $250 cheaper (2x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              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
              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
              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
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              21.4 bits
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              PEN E-PL2:280 shots
              PEN E-P1:300 shots
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              55.0
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              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-PL2:573 ISO
              PEN E-P1:536 ISO

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              competitors

              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

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              3D Captures 3D images
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $424 body only

              $286 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

              $289 body only

              $429 with 17mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $407 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 - $600 body only

              $699 - $700 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 with 14-42mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $195 body only

              $295 - $799 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-P1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Olympus PEN E-P1.

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