Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN E-P3 vs Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-P2

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Olympus PEN E-P2

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P2

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Olympus PEN E-P2 over the Olympus PEN E-PL1.
 

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-P2

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Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
56.0 vs 54.0
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Almost the same
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
$289.00 vs $549.95
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The best price we've seen is $261 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
820 ms vs 956 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
2200 ms vs 2300 ms
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Almost the same
Weight
Slightly lighter
334 g vs 355 g
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Around 10% lighter
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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
              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-P2:1/4000s
              PEN E-PL1:1/2000s
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              PEN E-P2:956 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-P2:10.4 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-P2:2300 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-P2:300 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
              21.5 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PEN E-P2:56.0
              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-P2:505 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
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              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-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $243 body only

              $323 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 with 14-42mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $407 with 14-42mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              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-P2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Olympus PEN E-P2.

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $584 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Color depth Worse color depth

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              Avatar for Alex Black Alex Black (2:41 PM, May 02, 2010)
              One subtle difference between these two is that the PEN E-P2 has a dial on the back of the body to control say changing aperture, whereas the PEN E-LP1 doesn't, instead you have to use the buttons.