Olympus PEN E-P1 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Olympus PEN E-P1

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P1

CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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differences

Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-P1

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.4 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Size
Slightly smaller
121×70×36 mm vs 115×72×42 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.4" vs 1.7"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
820 ms vs 1187 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
2200 ms vs 2500 ms
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More than 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
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
Weight
Slightly lighter
334 g vs 355 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              108 lenses
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              PEN E-P1$323.34
              PEN E-PL1$253.24
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              PEN E-P11/4000s
              PEN E-PL11/2000s
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              PEN E-P11187 ms
              PEN E-PL1820 ms
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PEN E-P110.4 EV
              PEN E-PL110.1 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              PEN E-P12500 ms
              PEN E-PL12200 ms
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PEN E-P121.4 bits
              PEN E-PL121.5 bits
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PEN E-P155.0
              PEN E-PL154.0
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PEN E-P1536 ISO
              PEN E-PL1487 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $487 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 body only

              $270 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $591 body only

              $229 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 - $499 body only

              $549 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,345 body only

              $499 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $479 - $1,099 body only

              $499 - $999 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $335 - $379

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              External flash No external flash support
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $639 - $799 body only

              $1,249 with 17mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Weight Heavier
              Pentax Q10

              Pentax Q10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $160 body only

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $379 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $380 - $599 body only

              $460 - $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger

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              Yepee9 (3:28 PM, February 24, 2012)
              how much difference in price ?
               
              Coroon1 (1:21 PM, February 17, 2012)
              Don't think twice - buy E-P1.
              AF - same
              H.ISO - E-P1 better ! iso 3200 looks like iso 1600 in E-PL1
              LCD - E-P1 has bigger - in E-PL1 is smaller and hum like put inside in body (more deep)
              BUTTONS - E-P1 has scroll ! and its better to configure. EP-1 looks faster in menu and buttons reaction than E-Pl1.
              E-P1 is more heavy BUT u feel like U have great camera - E-PL1 is lighter and feels like more plastic or less quality aluminium.

              Two cameras are great and produce great pictures but E-P1 is elder and in my opinion better to buy. Not always  NEW means BETTER - remember.