Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Olympus PEN E-PL5 vs Olympus PEN E-PM1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PM1

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
246 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
241 ms shutter lag
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus E-PL3

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Advantages of the Olympus E-PM1

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Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The E-PM1's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Startup delay Less startup delay 1800 ms vs 2100 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
Battery life Longer battery life 330 shots vs 300 shots
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10% more shots per battery charge
Color depth Better color depth 21 bits vs 20.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Weight Lighter 263 g vs 313 g
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Around 20% lighter
Size Slightly smaller 110x64x34 mm vs 109x63x37 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.3" vs 1.5"
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Around 10% thinner
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              3D 3D photos Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Size Fairly small Help
              E-PL3:109x63x37 mm
              E-PM1:110x64x34 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              E-PL3:$245.00
              E-PM1:$238.00
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              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
              10.3 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              E-PL3:20.9 bits
              E-PM1:21 bits
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              E-PL3:2100 ms
              E-PM1:1800 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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              52.0
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              499 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              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
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $484 with 14-42mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $775 body only

              $575 - $856 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $425 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $297 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $198 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3.

              Olympus PEN E-PM1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Olympus PEN E-PM1.

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