• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
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  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
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Differences

Olympus E-P1 advantages over Panasonic DMC-GF2

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • More telephoto lens reach
    84 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.1 fps vs 2.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Panasonic DMC-GF2 advantages over Olympus E-P1

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~1.00 vs 2.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • More dots on screen
    460k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Less shutter lag
    0.34 vs 1.19 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 13 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Panasonic DMC-GF1

Olympus E-P1
Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $900
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
Panasonic DMC-GF2
Panasonic DMC-GF1
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $900
  • 4/3
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Bulb shutter

Compared to Olympus E-PL1

Olympus E-P1
Olympus E-PL1
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • Faster shutter
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $392
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
Panasonic DMC-GF2
Olympus E-PL1
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
  • $392
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic GF3

Olympus E-P1
Panasonic GF3
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $675
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
Panasonic DMC-GF2
Panasonic GF3
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
  • $675
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Faster JPEG shooting

Compared to Olympus E-PL3

Olympus E-P1
Olympus E-PL3
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More dots on screen
Panasonic DMC-GF2
Olympus E-PL3
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Internal flash
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic GF3X

Olympus E-P1
Panasonic GF3X
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Internal flash
Panasonic DMC-GF2
Panasonic GF3X
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
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