Updated (January, 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN E-PL2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size Much smaller 115x72x42 mm vs 124x90x74 mm
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2.4x smaller
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Color depth Better color depth 21.5 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Thickness Much thinner 1.7" vs 2.9"
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More than 40% thinner
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 54.0 vs 52.0
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Almost the same
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 487 ISO vs 411 ISO
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The PEN E-PL1 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Weight Lighter 334 g vs 381 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G10

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Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Focus points Slightly more focus points 23 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              PEN E-PL1:1/2000s
              DMC-G10:1/4000s
              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
              10.1 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              PEN E-PL1:12.2 MP
              DMC-G10:12 MP
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              PEN E-PL1:11
              DMC-G10:23
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              PEN E-PL1:230k dots
              DMC-G10:460k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PEN E-PL1:54.0
              DMC-G10:52.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PEN E-PL1:21.5 bits
              DMC-G10:21.2 bits
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              PEN E-PL1:3 fps
              DMC-G10:2.6 fps
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PEN E-PL1:487 ISO
              DMC-G10:411 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 body only

              $299 - $799 with 14mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $584 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 - $699 body only

              $750 - $799 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $189 with 10-30mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $150 body only

              $300 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $438 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $256 body only

              $279 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen size Larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $419 body only

              $276 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 - $509 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 body only

              $587 with 14-45mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Significantly smaller
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $900 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price More expensive
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

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              Bt (5:58 PM, September 21, 2011)
              G10 does have anti-shake built-in to lenses