Updated (June 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 vs Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1 vs Olympus PEN E-PL3

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PM1

Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL3

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

Items often bought with the E-PM1 or E-PL3

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Advantages of the Olympus E-PL3

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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
Slightly 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
Slightly 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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              108 lenses
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Size Fairly small Help
              E-PL3110×64×37 mm
              E-PM1110×64×34 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              E-PL3$229.99
              E-PM1$199.00
              Thickness Thin Help
              E-PL31.5"
              E-PM11.3"
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              E-PL320.9 bits
              E-PM121 bits
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              E-PL32100 ms
              E-PM11800 ms
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              52.0
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              499 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $487 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,345 body only

              $499 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

              $849 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $253 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-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 with 14-42mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Samsung NX3000

              Samsung NX3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 - $350 with 20-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $264 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

              Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker

              Olympus PEN E-PM1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $206

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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