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

Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
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
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
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
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
Lowest price Cheaper $425.00 vs $765.99
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The best price we've seen is $341 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-G10's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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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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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              PEN E-PL1:1/2000s
              DMC-G10:1/4000s
              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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              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              10.1 EV
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              PEN E-PL1:12.2 MP
              DMC-G10:12 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              PEN E-PL1:3,200 ISO
              DMC-G10:6,400 ISO
              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
              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              PEN E-PL1:230k dots
              DMC-G10:460k dots
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PEN E-PL1:21.5 bits
              DMC-G10:21.2 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PEN E-PL1:54.0
              DMC-G10:52.0
              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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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $238 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $245 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $309 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $900 with 14-42mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $440 - $450 with 14-45mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $331 - $567

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

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              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $297 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

              $275 body only

              $309 with 17mm 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 E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $484 with 14-42mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $200 with 10-30mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $509 body only

              $450 - $622 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $309 body only

              $415 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Focus points Slightly fewer focus points

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