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

Pentax K-01

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Pentax K-01

80

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Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

46

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-01

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

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN Lite 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
 
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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 Much 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 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
Low light performance Significantly 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
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
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The K-01's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
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
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
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        similarities

        Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        E-PL3:40 lenses
        K-01:109 lenses
        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

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Olympus PEN E-PM2

        Olympus PEN E-PM2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $399 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

        Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $484 with 14-42mm lens

        Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $320 body only

        $325 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $360 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
        Sony NEX-5N

        Sony NEX-5N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $789 with 18-55mm lens

        Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $390 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus PEN E-PM1

        Olympus PEN E-PM1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $238 with 14-42mm lens

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Startup delay Less startup delay
        Olympus PEN E-P3

        Olympus PEN E-P3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $370 with 14-42mm lens

        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

        $425 with 14-42mm lens

        Color depth Better color depth
        Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Olympus PEN E-PL2

        Olympus PEN E-PL2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $297 with 14-42mm lens

        Startup delay Less startup delay
        Color depth Better color depth
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Pentax K-01 Competitors

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        Pentax K-30

        Pentax K-30

        Entry-level DSLR

        $433 - $440 body only

        $560 - $751 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Pentax K-5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $646 - $928 body only

        $1,107 with 18-55mm, 50-200mm lenses

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
        Pentax K-500

        Pentax K-500

        Entry-level DSLR

        $420 - $576 with 18-55mm lens

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
        Pentax K-50

        Pentax K-50

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 body only

        $584 with 18-55mm lens

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
        Pentax Q

        Pentax Q

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $110 body only

        Size Significantly smaller
        Shutter lag Less shutter lag
        Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
        Overall image quality Much worse image quality

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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?