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Advantages of the Olympus E-PL3

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Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
108 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 70% more lenses available
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Size
Slightly smaller
110×64×37 mm vs 120×67×45 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.5" vs 1.8"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony A6000

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Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Focus points
More focus points
179 vs 35
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life
Longer battery life
420 shots vs 300 shots
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40% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
11 fps vs 5.5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The A6000's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops 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
Weight
Slightly lighter
285 g vs 313 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              E-PL3110×64×37 mm
              A6000120×67×45 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              E-PL3313 g
              A6000285 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              E-PL31.5"
              A60001.8"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              E-PL3$378.00
              A6000$379.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              E-PL31080p @ 30fps
              A60001080p @ 60fps
              Autofocus Slower hybrid detection autofocus Help
              E-PL3Contrast detection
              A6000Hybrid detection
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              E-PL312,800 ISO
              A600025,600 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              E-PL3460k dots
              A6000921k dots

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