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

Olympus PEN E-PM1 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Olympus PEN E-PM1

42

Olympus PEN E-PL1

39

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PM1

In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
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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differences

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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
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
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
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
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
330 shots vs 290 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.3 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$292.62 vs $549.95
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The best price we've seen is $257 cheaper (around 50% less)
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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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              E-PM11/4000s
              PEN E-PL11/2000s
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              E-PM110.3 EV
              PEN E-PL110.1 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-PM1460k dots
              PEN E-PL1230k dots
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              E-PM121 bits
              PEN E-PL121.5 bits
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              E-PM135
              PEN E-PL111
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              E-PM152.0
              PEN E-PL154.0
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              E-PM11800 ms
              PEN E-PL12200 ms
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              E-PM1499 ISO
              PEN E-PL1487 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

              $422 body only

              $245 with 14-42mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $447 with 14-42mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 body only

              $390 with 14-42mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $376 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-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $617 body only

              $678 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $125 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,345 body only

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Olympus PEN E-PM1 Competitors

              Advantages

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

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $455 - $599 body only

              $585 - $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm 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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