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

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P1

Fastest shutter speed
Fast 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
 
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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 Slightly cheaper $275.29 vs $425.00
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The best price we've seen is $150 cheaper (around 40% 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
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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              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
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              PEN E-P1:1/4000s
              PEN E-PL1:1/2000s
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              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
              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
              PEN E-P1:10.4 EV
              PEN E-PL1:10.1 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              PEN E-P1:2500 ms
              PEN E-PL1:2200 ms
              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
              PEN E-P1:300 shots
              PEN E-PL1:290 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-PL1:21.5 bits
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PEN E-P1:55.0
              PEN E-PL1:54.0
              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

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              Disadvantages

              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-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $297 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              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-P2

              Olympus PEN E-P2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 with 17mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $314 - $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Olympus PEN E-P1 Competitors

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              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Olympus PEN E-PL1.

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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.