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

Samsung NX100

Winner
Samsung NX100

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

Runner-up
     
 

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
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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
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
Lowest price Cheaper $425.00 vs $698.05
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The best price we've seen is $273 cheaper (around 40% less)
Longest exposure 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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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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 431 ms vs 820 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
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
Overall image quality Better image quality 62.0 vs 54.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1100 ms vs 2200 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
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
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
True resolution 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
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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              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              PEN E-PL1:40 lenses
              NX100:36 lenses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              PEN E-PL1:1/2000s
              NX100:1/4000s
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              PEN E-PL1:None
              NX100:6,400 ISO
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PEN E-PL1:10.1 EV
              NX100:10.7 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              PEN E-PL1:820 ms
              NX100:431 ms
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              PEN E-PL1:12.2 MP
              NX100:14 MP
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              PEN E-PL1:230k dots
              NX100:614k dots
              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

              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
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $200 with 10-30mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $325 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $331 - $567

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $238 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              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
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Samsung NX100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 - $503 with 20-50mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 body only

              $614 - $670 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Thickness Thicker
              Samsung NX10

              Samsung NX10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,089 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Samsung NX200

              Samsung NX200

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $565 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

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