Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Olympus PEN E-PL5 vs Pentax K-01

Pentax K-01

Winner
Pentax K-01

75

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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

42

Olympus PEN E-PL3

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-01

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,135 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
79.0
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN 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
 

differences

Advantages of the Olympus E-PL3

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
241 ms vs 803 ms
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3.3x less delay when taking photos
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Significantly smaller
109x63x37 mm vs 122x79x58 mm
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2.1x smaller
Startup delay
Less startup delay
2100 ms vs 2400 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
Weight
Significantly lighter
313 g vs 561 g
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More than 40% lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 2.3"
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Around 40% thinner
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Pentax K-01

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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
79.0 vs 52.0
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More than 50% better image quality
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
109 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 2.5x more lenses available
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.9 EV vs 10.3 EV
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2.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 20.9 bits
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Distinguishes 2.8 more bits of color
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,135 ISO vs 499 ISO
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The K-01 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the E-PL3
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Battery life
Much longer battery life
500 shots vs 300 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Focus points
More focus points
81 vs 35
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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Around 70% larger sensor
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The K-01's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              E-PL3:40 lenses
              K-01:109 lenses
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              E-PL3:2100 ms
              K-01:2400 ms
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $407 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 body only

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Pentax K-01 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $400 body only

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,169 body only

              $910 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 body only

              $519 - $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $883 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,999 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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              Avatar for is4u2p is4u2p (4:57 AM, April 01, 2013)
              What about the faster focus speed and fps of the Olympus and the ability to use the lenses on other manufacturers bodies?