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Advantages of the Olympus E-PM1

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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.5 fps vs 2.5 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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 4 f-stops better
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-LX3

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
380 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Size
Slightly smaller
109×60×27 mm vs 110×64×34 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
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More than 20% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$778.49 vs $1,289.30
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The best price we've seen is $511 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              E-PM1110×64×34 mm
              DMC-LX3109×60×27 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              E-PM11.3"
              DMC-LX31.1"
              Weight Light weight Help
              E-PM1263 g
              DMC-LX3265 g
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              E-PM11080p @ 60fps
              DMC-LX3720p @ 24fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              E-PM112.2 MP
              DMC-LX310 MP
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              E-PM15.5 fps
              DMC-LX32.5 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              E-PM112,800 ISO
              DMC-LX33,200 ISO

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