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

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 
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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
Lowest price Cheaper $549.95 vs $749.00
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The best price we've seen is $199 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              PEN E-PL1:12.2 MP
              DMC-G10:12 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              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
              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $272 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

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $322 body only

              $450 - $499 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $249 - $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fujifilm XF1

              Fujifilm XF1

              Pro digicam

              $220

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

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              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $975 with 14-150mm 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

              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

              $255 body only

              $288 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

              $285 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
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Built-in flash No built-in flash

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $748 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 - $520 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-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $537 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Slightly heavier

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