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

Olympus PEN E-PL1 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Winner
Olympus PEN E-PL1

41

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

36

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
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
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size
Significantly smaller
115×72×42 mm vs 124×90×74 mm
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2.4x smaller
Color depth
Better color depth
21.5 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
54.0 vs 52.0
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Almost the same
Thickness
Much thinner
1.7" vs 2.9"
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More than 40% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$260.00 vs $675.00
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The best price we've seen is $415 cheaper (2.6x less)
Weight
Slightly 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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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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 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
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              PEN E-PL11/2000s
              DMC-G101/4000s
              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
              10.1 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              PEN E-PL112.2 MP
              DMC-G1012 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              PEN E-PL1230k dots
              DMC-G10460k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              PEN E-PL111
              DMC-G1023
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PEN E-PL121.5 bits
              DMC-G1021.2 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PEN E-PL154.0
              DMC-G1052.0
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              PEN E-PL13 fps
              DMC-G102.6 fps
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PEN E-PL1487 ISO
              DMC-G10411 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
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $160 body only

              $280 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-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $217 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $330 body only

              $689 with 14-45mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

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

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 body only

              $440 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $389 body only

              $375 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $495 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $817 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Lowest price More expensive

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung GX-10

              Samsung GX-10

              Entry-level DSLR

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Live view No live view
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $433 body only

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $916 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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