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

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
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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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 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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $399.99 vs $479.00
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The best price we've seen is $79 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
              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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              PEN E-PL2:$479.00
              PEN E-PL1:$399.99
              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
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              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              PEN E-PL2:280 shots
              PEN E-PL1:290 shots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              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
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PEN E-PL2:573 ISO
              PEN E-PL1:487 ISO

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $258 - $649 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-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $470 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-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 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-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $209 body only

              $219 with 14-42mm lens

              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $414 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-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 slightly more expensive
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

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              Olympus PEN E-P2

              Olympus PEN E-P2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,349 with 17mm lens

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              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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