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

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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 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 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 Common Weaknesses
        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
        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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        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $236 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
        Sony NEX-5N

        Sony NEX-5N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $495 - $689 body only

        $635 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Olympus OM-D E-M5

        Olympus OM-D E-M5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $599 body only

        $699 with 14-42mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sony Alpha A5000

        Sony Alpha A5000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $398 - $410 with 16-50mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

        Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $438 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-P3

        Olympus PEN E-P3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $649 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-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

        $437 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
        Nikon 1 J1

        Nikon 1 J1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $189 with 10-30mm lens

        Autofocus Faster video autofocus
        Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

        Pentax K-01 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Pentax K-50

        Pentax K-50

        Entry-level DSLR

        $390 - $497 body only

        $450 - $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

        $1,456 body only

        $825 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

        $400 body only

        $500 - $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
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $625 body only

        $886 with 55-200mm lens

        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $574 body only

        $749 - $759 with 16-50mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
        Image stabilization No image stabilization

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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?