• 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 G2

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Thinner
    35 mm vs 74 mm
    Thinner

Panasonic G2 advantages over Olympus E-P1

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 360 vs 300 shots
    Capture more photos
  • 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
    0.42 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

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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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Review Excerpt

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GF1

Olympus E-P1
Panasonic GF1
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $900
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
Panasonic G2
Panasonic GF1
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Fast startup
  • $900
  • 4/3
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic G10

Olympus E-P1
Panasonic G10
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $600
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Panasonic G2
Panasonic G10
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $600
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic GF2

Olympus E-P1
Panasonic GF2
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
Panasonic G2
Panasonic GF2
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight

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 G2
Panasonic GF3
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $675
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic G5

Olympus E-P1
Panasonic G5
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic G2
Panasonic G5
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • More dots on screen
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