Olympus PEN E-PM1 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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Olympus PEN E-PM1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

37

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PM1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from

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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
Color depth
Better color depth
21 bits vs 20.6 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
246 ms vs 312 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
52.0 vs 50.0
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Almost the same
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.3 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
35 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
1800 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
5.5 fps vs 3.8 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
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
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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
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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Size Fairly small Help
              E-PM1110x64x34 mm
              DMC-GF3107x67x32 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.3"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              E-PM1$199.00
              DMC-GF3$165.99
              Weight Light weight Help
              E-PM1263 g
              DMC-GF3264 g
              Common Weaknesses
              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-PM110.3 EV
              DMC-GF310.1 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              E-PM121 bits
              DMC-GF320.6 bits
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              E-PM112.2 MP
              DMC-GF312 MP
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              E-PM135
              DMC-GF323
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              E-PM152.0
              DMC-GF350.0
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              E-PM11800 ms
              DMC-GF31900 ms
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              E-PM1499 ISO
              DMC-GF3459 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $229 with 14-42mm lens

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $273 with 14mm 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

              $260 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $436 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $239 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,345 body only

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $192 body only

              $320 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Olympus PEN E-PM1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $484 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $452 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Weight Heavier
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $200

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $310 body only

              $299 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Heavier
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $435 body only

              $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $419 body only

              $499 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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