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

Olympus E-P2 advantages over Olympus E-PM1

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    14 vs 9 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Olympus E-PM1 advantages over Olympus E-P2

  • Less expensive
    $500 vs $1100 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Lighter weight
    382g vs 539g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    460k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Less shutter lag
    0.25 vs 0.96 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.3 fps vs 3.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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 Olympus E-PL1

Olympus E-P2
Olympus E-PL1
  • $1100
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Faster shutter
  • $392
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
Olympus E-PM1
Olympus E-PL1
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • More dots on screen
  • $392
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Olympus E-PL2

Olympus E-P2
Olympus E-PL2
  • $1100
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $600
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Olympus E-PM1
Olympus E-PL2
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Less shutter lag
  • $600
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Olympus E-P3

Olympus E-P2
Olympus E-P3
  • $1100
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $561
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Olympus E-PM1
Olympus E-P3
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $561
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Internal flash

Compared to Panasonic GF3X

Olympus E-P2
Panasonic GF3X
  • $1100
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Olympus E-PM1
Panasonic GF3X
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Internal flash

Compared to Panasonic GF5

Olympus E-P2
Panasonic GF5
  • $1100
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $330
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
Olympus E-PM1
Panasonic GF5
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Hot shoe
  • $330
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
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