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Advantages of the Olympus E-PM1

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Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Size
Smaller
110×64×34 mm vs 118×76×89 mm
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3.3x smaller
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 3.5"
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2.6x thinner
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.5 fps vs 2.3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The E-PM1's maximum light sensitivity is 6 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
263 g vs 367 g
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Around 30% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ35

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Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Battery life
Longer battery life
470 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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
Cheaper
$750.00 vs $1,289.30
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The best price we've seen is $539 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              E-PM11080p @ 60fps
              DMC-FZ35720p @ 30fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              E-PM1460k dots
              DMC-FZ35230k dots
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              E-PM15.5 fps
              DMC-FZ352.3 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              E-PM112.2 MP
              DMC-FZ359.8 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              E-PM112,800 ISO
              DMC-FZ351,600 ISO

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