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

Olympus PEN E-P1 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

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

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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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1000 ms vs 2500 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$197.00 vs $299.00
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The best price we've seen is $102 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              PEN E-P1$299.00
              DMC-GF2$197.00
              Thickness Thin Help
              PEN E-P11.4"
              DMC-GF21.3"
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              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
              DMC-GF210.3 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              PEN E-P112.2 MP
              DMC-GF212 MP
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              PEN E-P1230k dots
              DMC-GF2460k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PEN E-P121.4 bits
              DMC-GF221.2 bits
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              PEN E-P11187 ms
              DMC-GF2337 ms
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PEN E-P155.0
              DMC-GF254.0
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              PEN E-P13 fps
              DMC-GF23.2 fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PEN E-P1536 ISO
              DMC-GF2506 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $422 body only

              $245 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

              $239 body only

              $295 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
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $636 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              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
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available

              Olympus PEN E-P1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              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
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,345 body only

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $125 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $419 body only

              $495 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $329 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $400 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
              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 body only

              $250 with 20-50mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen

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