Updated (June 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Olympus PEN E-PL3 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Winner
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

70

Olympus PEN E-PL1

65

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL3

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
241 ms shutter lag
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Color depth
Great color depth
21.5 bits
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from

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-PL1.

competitors

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Competitors

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Olympus PEN E-P3

Olympus PEN E-P3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$819 body only

$900 with 17mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$459 with 14-42mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Built-in flash Built-in flash
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

Leica TL

Leica TL

Boutique

$1,295 - $2,049

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Olympus PEN E-PL6

Olympus PEN E-PL6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$289 body only

$370 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$419 body only

$400 with 14-42mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Screen size Much larger screen
Built-in flash No built-in flash

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