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

Pentax K-01 vs Olympus PEN E-PL3

Winner
Pentax K-01

75

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-01

Great image quality
Overall image quality
79.0
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.9 EV
 

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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
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
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
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
109 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 2.5x more lenses available
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
500 shots vs 300 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
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
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
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
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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
              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-PL32100 ms
              K-012400 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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              E-PL312.2 MP
              K-0116.1 MP

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $503 with 14-42mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $641 body only

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $483 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 More expensive
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,345 body only

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              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
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $640 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Color depth Better color depth
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

              Pentax K-01 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $367 - $378 body only

              $399 - $496 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,033 body only

              $816 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

              $396 body only

              $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $554 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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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?