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

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

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

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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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.4 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.3 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
Thickness
Thinner
1.4" vs 1.7"
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More than 10% thinner
Size
Slightly smaller
121x70x36 mm vs 115x72x42 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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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
              Sensor shift
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              PEN E-P1$199.00
              PEN E-PL1$260.00
              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
              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              PEN E-P12500 ms
              PEN E-PL12200 ms
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PEN E-P121.4 bits
              PEN E-PL121.5 bits
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PEN E-P155.0
              PEN E-PL154.0
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              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-P1536 ISO
              PEN E-PL1487 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $453 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-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 body only

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

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $239 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $474 body only

              $695 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

              $1,345 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $273 with 14mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

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              Olympus PEN E-P2

              Olympus PEN E-P2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 body only

              $429 with 17mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $555 - $1,099 body only

              $550 - $1,350 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              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.