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
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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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
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Focus points Slightly more focus points 23 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size Smaller 113x68x33 mm vs 115x72x42 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 300 shots vs 280 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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 $296.98
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The best price we've seen is $48 cheaper (around 20% 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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              PEN E-PL2:$296.98
              DMC-GF2:$249.00
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              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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              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PEN E-PL2:10.2 EV
              DMC-GF2:10.3 EV
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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 Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              PEN E-PL2:11
              DMC-GF2:23
              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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              PEN E-PL2:280 shots
              DMC-GF2:300 shots
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              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

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $309 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $245 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $425 with 14-42mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $510 with 14-42mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              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

              $238 with 14-42mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay

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              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $484 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-P2

              Olympus PEN E-P2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $368 body only

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $469 - $510 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Color depth Worse color depth

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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