Updated (January, 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN E-P1 vs Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-P1

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Olympus PEN E-P1

42

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

38

Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P1

Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

differences

Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-P1

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Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.4 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
300 shots vs 290 shots
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Almost the same
Size
Slightly smaller
121x70x36 mm vs 115x72x42 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.4" vs 1.7"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$242.50 vs $549.95
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The best price we've seen is $307 cheaper (2.3x less)
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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
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
Color depth
Better color depth
21.5 bits vs 21.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
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
              Sensor shift
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              PEN E-P1:1/4000s
              PEN E-PL1:1/2000s
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              PEN E-P1:1187 ms
              PEN E-PL1:820 ms
              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
              PEN E-P1:10.4 EV
              PEN E-PL1:10.1 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              PEN E-P1:2500 ms
              PEN E-PL1:2200 ms
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              PEN E-P1:300 shots
              PEN E-PL1:290 shots
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PEN E-P1:21.4 bits
              PEN E-PL1:21.5 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PEN E-P1:55.0
              PEN E-PL1:54.0
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              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-P1:536 ISO
              PEN E-PL1:487 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $424 body only

              $286 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-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 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-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 body only

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

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $407 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-P2

              Olympus PEN E-P2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $289 body only

              $429 with 17mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 - $600 body only

              $699 - $700 with 14-42mm lens

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

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $800 body only

              $880 - $1,300 with 17mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Lowest price More expensive

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Much 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.