Olympus PEN E-PM1 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Winner
Olympus PEN E-PM1

72

Olympus PEN E-PL1

65

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PM1

Large screen
Screen size
3"
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
Really small
Size
Compact (110×64×34 mm)
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN E-PM1.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN E-PL1.

competitors

Olympus PEN E-PM1 Competitors

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$534 body only

$999 with 10-30mm lens

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Olympus PEN E-PM2

Olympus PEN E-PM2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$380 with 14-42mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$900 with 14-45mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Built-in flash Built-in flash
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$459 with 14-42mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Screen size Much larger screen
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Olympus PEN E-P1

Olympus PEN E-P1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$563 body only

$337 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Olympus E-620

Olympus E-620

Entry-level DSLR

$799 body only

$1,299 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Lens availability Much fewer lenses available

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