Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN E-P1 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-P1

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Color depth Better color depth 21.4 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF2

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 337 ms vs 1187 ms
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3.5x less delay when taking photos
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Startup delay Much less startup delay 1000 ms vs 2500 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
Size Slightly smaller 113x68x33 mm vs 121x70x36 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 310 g vs 355 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.3" vs 1.4"
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Around 10% thinner
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              PEN E-P1:$208.95
              DMC-GF2:$249.00
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              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
              DMC-GF2:10.3 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              PEN E-P1:12.2 MP
              DMC-GF2:12 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              300 shots
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              PEN E-P1:230k dots
              DMC-GF2:460k dots
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              PEN E-P1:1187 ms
              DMC-GF2:337 ms
              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-P1:21.4 bits
              DMC-GF2:21.2 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PEN E-P1:55.0
              DMC-GF2:54.0
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              PEN E-P1:3 fps
              DMC-GF2:3.2 fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PEN E-P1:536 ISO
              DMC-GF2:506 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $255 - $649 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $322 body only

              $300 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $240 - $597 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures

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              Olympus PEN E-P2

              Olympus PEN E-P2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Lowest price More expensive
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 body only

              $880 - $1,299 with 17mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price More expensive
              Weight Heavier
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $849 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Lowest price More expensive
              Thickness Slightly thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $274 with 14-42mm lens

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $576 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $362 - $398

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $600 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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