Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 vs Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PL2

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Olympus PEN E-PL2

45

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

41

Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL2

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1300 ms startup delay
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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
434 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

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 820 ms
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Around 50% 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
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1300 ms vs 2200 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 573 ISO vs 487 ISO
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The PEN E-PL2 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Color depth Better color depth 21.5 bits vs 21.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 290 shots vs 280 shots
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Almost the same
Weight Slightly lighter 334 g vs 362 g
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Around 10% lighter
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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
        Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
        Avoids dust in your photos
        Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
        60 seconds
        External flash Each supports an external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        PEN E-PL2:1/4000s
        PEN E-PL1:1/2000s
        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-PL1:820 ms
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        PEN E-PL2:10.2 EV
        PEN E-PL1:10.1 EV
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        12.2 MP
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        11
        Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
        Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        0
        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-PL1:290 shots
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        PEN E-PL2:460k dots
        PEN E-PL1:230k dots
        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
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        3 fps
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        PEN E-PL2:55.0
        PEN E-PL1:54.0
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        PEN E-PL2:21.4 bits
        PEN E-PL1:21.5 bits
        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-PL1:487 ISO

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        Disadvantages

        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
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        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
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $499 with 14-42mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Olympus PEN E-P1

        Olympus PEN E-P1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $255 body only

        $294 with 14-42mm lens

        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Olympus PEN E-P2

        Olympus PEN E-P2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,099 with 14-42mm lens

        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        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
        Nikon 1 J1

        Nikon 1 J1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $244 with 10-30mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash

        Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Olympus PEN E-PL2.

        Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Olympus PEN E-PL1.

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