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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.
 

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.
 
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-P1

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Lowest price Slightly cheaper $275.29 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $324 cheaper (2.2x less)
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-P2

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Shutter lag Significantly 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 Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              PEN E-P1:1187 ms
              PEN E-P2:956 ms
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              10.4 EV
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              PEN E-P1:2500 ms
              PEN E-P2:2300 ms
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              300 shots
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PEN E-P1:21.4 bits
              PEN E-P2:21.5 bits
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PEN E-P1:55.0
              PEN E-P2:56.0
              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

              $425 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly 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-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $297 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              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
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $238 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $484 with 14-42mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies

              Olympus PEN E-P1 Competitors

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              Pentax Q

              Pentax Q

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $110 body only

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available

              Olympus PEN E-P2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Olympus PEN E-P2.

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