Olympus PEN E-PL5 vs Olympus PEN E-PL3

Winner
Olympus PEN E-PL5

100

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

60

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL5

High ISO
Light sensitivity
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
600 ms startup delay
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL3

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN E-PL5.

competitors

Olympus PEN E-PL5 Competitors

Olympus Pen E-P5

Olympus Pen E-P5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$509 body only

$884 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Built-in flash Built-in flash
Battery life Shorter battery life
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$405 body only

$399 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Much longer battery life
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Canon EOS Rebel T1i

Canon Rebel T1i

Entry-level DSLR

$500 body only

Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Lens availability Much more lenses available
Image stabilization No image stabilization

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Competitors

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam

$584

Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Olympus PEN E-PL7

Olympus PEN E-PL7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$499 body only

$429 with 14-42mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$499 - $549 body only

$525 - $649 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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