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

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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
 

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
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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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
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 573 ISO vs 506 ISO
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The PEN E-PL2 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $249.00 vs $379.97
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The best price we've seen is $131 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              PEN E-PL2:$379.97
              DMC-GF2:$249.00
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              PEN E-PL2:12.2 MP
              DMC-GF2:12 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              PEN E-PL2:434 ms
              DMC-GF2:337 ms
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              PEN E-PL2:11
              DMC-GF2:23
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              PEN E-PL2:280 shots
              DMC-GF2:300 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PEN E-PL2:21.4 bits
              DMC-GF2:21.2 bits
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PEN E-PL2:55.0
              DMC-GF2:54.0
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              PEN E-PL2:3 fps
              DMC-GF2:3.2 fps
              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

              $279 with 14-42mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $243 - $649 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-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 with 14-42mm lens

              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 E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $509 body only

              $602 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $304 body only

              $311 - $400 with 22mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $525 with 14-42mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Lowest price More expensive
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $470 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

              $849 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              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 Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              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