Updated (September, 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN E-PL2 vs Samsung NX200

Samsung NX100

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Samsung NX100

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Reasons to buy the Samsung NX100

Color depth
Great color depth
22.6 bits
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1100 ms startup delay
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 40 lenses vs 36 lenses
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More than 10% more lenses available
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
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Samsung NX100

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 431 ms vs 820 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Screen type Has an OLED screen OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 614k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
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
Color depth Better color depth 22.6 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1100 ms vs 2200 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Overall image quality Better image quality 62.0 vs 54.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 10.7 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 14 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 563 ISO vs 487 ISO
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The NX100 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Size Slightly smaller 120x71x35 mm vs 115x72x42 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness Thinner 1.4" vs 1.7"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 282 g vs 334 g
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Around 20% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              PEN E-PL1:40 lenses
              NX100:36 lenses
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              PEN E-PL1:1/2000s
              NX100:1/4000s
              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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              PEN E-PL1:820 ms
              NX100:431 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PEN E-PL1:10.1 EV
              NX100:10.7 EV
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              PEN E-PL1:12.2 MP
              NX100:14 MP
              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
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              PEN E-PL1:230k dots
              NX100:614k dots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PEN E-PL1:54.0
              NX100:62.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PEN E-PL1:487 ISO
              NX100:563 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $312 with 20-50mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 body only

              $315 - $970 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $255 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

              $278 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-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,260 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Color depth Worse color depth
              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

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              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 - $549 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Thickness Thicker
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $436 - $1,054 with 16-50mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $265 - $389 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Samsung NX11

              Samsung NX11

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $629 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Size Larger
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $715 body only

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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