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Advantages of the Olympus E-PM1

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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Size
Slightly smaller
110×64×34 mm vs 111×65×42 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The E-PM1's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.7"
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Around 20% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Olympus XZ-1

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
7 fps vs 5.5 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Cheaper
$548.89 vs $1,289.30
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The best price we've seen is $740 cheaper (2.3x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              E-PM1110×64×34 mm
              XZ-1111×65×42 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              E-PM1263 g
              XZ-1275 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              E-PM11.3"
              XZ-11.7"
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              E-PM11080p @ 60fps
              XZ-1720p @ 30fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              E-PM112.2 MP
              XZ-110 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              E-PM1460k dots
              XZ-1614k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              E-PM112,800 ISO
              XZ-16,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              E-PM15.5 fps
              XZ-17 fps

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