Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL2

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL2

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Color depth Better color depth 21.4 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF2

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 337 ms vs 434 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay Less startup delay 1000 ms vs 1300 ms
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More than 20% less delay when turning on
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 300 shots vs 280 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Size Smaller 113x68x33 mm vs 115x72x42 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Focus points Slightly more focus points 23 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.7"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 310 g vs 362 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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        Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        40 lenses
        Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
        Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
        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
        1/4000 of a second
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        PEN E-PL2:10.2 EV
        DMC-GF2:10.3 EV
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        PEN E-PL2:12.2 MP
        DMC-GF2:12 MP
        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
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        PEN E-PL2:11
        DMC-GF2:23
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        460k dots
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        PEN E-PL2:280 shots
        DMC-GF2:300 shots
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        PEN E-PL2:434 ms
        DMC-GF2:337 ms
        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
        PEN E-PL2:21.4 bits
        DMC-GF2:21.2 bits
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        PEN E-PL2:3 fps
        DMC-GF2:3.2 fps
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        PEN E-PL2:55.0
        DMC-GF2:54.0
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        PEN E-PL2:573 ISO
        DMC-GF2:506 ISO

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        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $272 with 14-42mm lens

        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
        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
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $614 body only

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

        Olympus PEN E-PL3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $285 with 14-42mm lens

        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
        Olympus PEN E-PM1

        Olympus PEN E-PM1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $975 with 14-150mm lens

        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $275 with 14-42mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $448 with 14-42mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash

        Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

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        Olympus PEN E-P2

        Olympus PEN E-P2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,099 with 14-42mm 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-PL5

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $499 with 14-42mm lens

        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
        Olympus PEN E-P3

        Olympus PEN E-P3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $575 - $856 with 14-42mm lens

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Overall image quality Worse image quality

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

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        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $699 with 20mm lens

        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 with 16-50mm lens

        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Touch screen No touch screen

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        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:28 PM, March 12, 2011)
        Looks like we made a mistake there. In our specs we had that the PL2 had video autofocus, but that it didn't do "continuous autofocus" in videos, it looks like it does do that, so we've corrected that, thanks!
         
        Rey (0:34 AM, March 12, 2011)
        So you guys are saying that Olympus epl2 doesn't have video autofocus