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

Olympus PEN E-P2 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P2

CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

galleries

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differences

Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-P2

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" 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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.4 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.6 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
121×70×36 mm vs 115×72×42 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
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$260.00 vs $699.99
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The best price we've seen is $440 cheaper (2.7x less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
334 g vs 355 g
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Around 10% lighter
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recommendations

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
              1. Sensor shift
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              108 lenses
              Longest exposure Long exposures 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-P21/4000s
              PEN E-PL11/2000s
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              PEN E-P2956 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-P210.4 EV
              PEN E-PL110.1 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              PEN E-P22300 ms
              PEN E-PL12200 ms
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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
              21.5 bits
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PEN E-P256.0
              PEN E-PL154.0
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              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-P2505 ISO
              PEN E-PL1487 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $576 body only

              $219 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-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $817 with 14-42mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $646 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 body only

              $440 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

              $389 body only

              $375 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $495 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-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 slightly more expensive
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth

              Olympus PEN E-P2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $678 - $699 body only

              $1,049 with 17mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Weight Heavier

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $345 with 16mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available

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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.