Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN E-PM1 vs Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PM1

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Olympus PEN E-PM1

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PM1

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
246 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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Advantages of the Olympus E-PM1

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 246 ms vs 820 ms
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3.3x less delay when taking photos
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
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
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Startup delay Less startup delay 1800 ms vs 2200 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Battery life Longer battery life 330 shots vs 290 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Focus points More focus points 35 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Size Smaller 110x64x34 mm vs 115x72x42 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5.5 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range More dynamic range 10.3 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The E-PM1's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.7"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 263 g vs 334 g
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More than 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Color depth Better color depth 21.5 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 54.0 vs 52.0
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Almost the same
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
              40 lenses
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              E-PM1:$449.00
              PEN E-PL1:$399.99
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              E-PM1:1/4000s
              PEN E-PL1:1/2000s
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              E-PM1:10.3 EV
              PEN E-PL1:10.1 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              E-PM1:460k dots
              PEN E-PL1:230k dots
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              E-PM1:1800 ms
              PEN E-PL1:2200 ms
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              E-PM1:35
              PEN E-PL1:11
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              E-PM1:52.0
              PEN E-PL1:54.0
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              E-PM1:21 bits
              PEN E-PL1:21.5 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              E-PM1:499 ISO
              PEN E-PL1:487 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $258 - $649 with 14-42mm lens

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $414 with 14-42mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $209 body only

              $219 with 14-42mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $479 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $322 body only

              $311 with 22mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $242 - $597 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Olympus PEN E-PM1 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Olympus PEN E-PM1.

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Color depth Worse color depth

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