Updated (September 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN E-PL1 vs Samsung NX200

Samsung NX100 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Winner
Samsung NX100

46

Olympus PEN E-PL1

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Samsung NX100

Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1100 ms startup delay
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

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

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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
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
108 lenses vs 55 lenses
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Around 2x more lenses available
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$246.51 vs $549.99
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The best price we've seen is $303 cheaper (2.2x less)
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Advantages of the Samsung NX100

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
431 ms vs 820 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
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
Movie continuous focus
Continuous video focus
Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1100 ms vs 2200 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
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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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
14 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Thickness
Thinner
1.4" vs 1.7"
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Around 20% thinner
Size
Slightly smaller
120×71×35 mm vs 115×72×42 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
282 g vs 334 g
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Around 20% lighter
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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
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              PEN E-PL11/2000s
              NX1001/4000s
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              PEN E-PL1None
              NX1006,400 ISO
              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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              PEN E-PL1820 ms
              NX100431 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PEN E-PL110.1 EV
              NX10010.7 EV
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              PEN E-PL112.2 MP
              NX10014 MP
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              PEN E-PL1230k dots
              NX100614k dots
              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
              3 fps
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PEN E-PL154.0
              NX10062.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PEN E-PL1487 ISO
              NX100563 ISO

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 body only

              $270 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 body only

              $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $379 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $482 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 Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $591 body only

              $229 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

              Samsung NX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 body only

              $370 with 20-50mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Samsung NX Mini

              Samsung NX Mini

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $371 body only

              $275 - $500 with 9-27mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Samsung NX1100

              Samsung NX1100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $340 with 20-50mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Thickness Thicker
              Samsung NX210

              Samsung NX210

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Samsung NX3000

              Samsung NX3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 - $350 with 20-50mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay

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