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

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus E-PL3

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Lowest price Cheaper $285.00 vs $821.08
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The best price we've seen is $536 cheaper (2.9x less)
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Advantages of the Olympus E-PM1

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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
Weight Lighter 263 g vs 313 g
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Around 20% lighter
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 Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't 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
              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 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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              E-PL3:20.9 bits
              E-PM1:21 bits
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              35
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              52.0
              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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              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $575 - $856 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              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-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $322 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $244 with 10-30mm lens

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

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Competitors

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              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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