Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN E-P1 vs Olympus PEN E-P3

Olympus PEN E-P1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P1

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Olympus PEN E-P1 over the Olympus PEN E-P2.
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P2

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Olympus PEN E-P2 over the Olympus PEN E-P1.
 

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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-P1

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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-P2

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
956 ms vs 1187 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
2300 ms vs 2500 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
Color depth
Better color depth
21.5 bits vs 21.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              PEN E-P1:$242.50
              PEN E-P2:$289.00
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.4"
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              PEN E-P1:1187 ms
              PEN E-P2:956 ms
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              10.4 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              PEN E-P1:2500 ms
              PEN E-P2:2300 ms
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PEN E-P1:21.4 bits
              PEN E-P2:21.5 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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              300 shots
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PEN E-P1:55.0
              PEN E-P2:56.0
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PEN E-P1:536 ISO
              PEN E-P2:505 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $440 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,345 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $610 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 - $475 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $384 with 14-42mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $429 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Olympus PEN E-P1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Olympus PEN E-P1.

              Olympus PEN E-P2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $222 body only

              $300 - $799 with 14mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Color depth Worse color depth

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