Olympus PEN E-PM1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PM1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
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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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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 1 f-stop better
Color depth Better color depth 21 bits vs 20.6 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 246 ms vs 312 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 52.0 vs 50.0
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Almost the same
Focus points Slightly more focus points 35 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Dynamic range More dynamic range 10.3 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5.5 fps vs 3.8 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 1800 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 330 shots vs 320 shots
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF3

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Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $169.95 vs $238.00
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The best price we've seen is $68 cheaper (around 30% less)
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.3" vs 1.3"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              3D 3D photos Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              E-PM1:110x64x34 mm
              DMC-GF3:107x67x32 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              E-PM1:$238.00
              DMC-GF3:$169.95
              Weight Light weight Help
              E-PM1:263 g
              DMC-GF3:264 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.3"
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              E-PM1:10.3 EV
              DMC-GF3:10.1 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              E-PM1:12.2 MP
              DMC-GF3:12 MP
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              E-PM1:21 bits
              DMC-GF3:20.6 bits
              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              E-PM1:52.0
              DMC-GF3:50.0
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              E-PM1:1800 ms
              DMC-GF3:1900 ms
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              E-PM1:35
              DMC-GF3:23
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              E-PM1:499 ISO
              DMC-GF3:459 ISO

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $245 with 14-42mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $200 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $844 body only

              $249 - $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $425 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $510 with 14-42mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Olympus PEN E-PM1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $275 body only

              $309 with 17mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $431 body only

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Lowest price More expensive
              Size Slightly larger

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