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

Olympus E-PL2 advantages over Panasonic G3

  • Less expensive
    $600 vs $700 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    14 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Panasonic G3 advantages over Olympus E-PL2

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Higher effective ISO
    667 vs 573 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Less shutter lag
    0.29 vs 0.43 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.4 fps vs 3.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • 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 Olympus E-PL1

Olympus E-PL2
Olympus E-PL1
  • $600
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $392
  • 4/3
Panasonic G3
Olympus E-PL1
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Touchscreen
  • $392
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Olympus E-P3

Olympus E-PL2
Olympus E-P3
  • $600
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • $561
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • More dots on screen
Panasonic G3
Olympus E-P3
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $561
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup

Compared to Olympus E-PL3

Olympus E-PL2
Olympus E-PL3
  • $600
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Less shutter lag
Panasonic G3
Olympus E-PL3
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Touchscreen
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Olympus E-M5

Olympus E-PL2
Olympus E-M5
  • $600
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
  • Lighter weight
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic G3
Olympus E-M5
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Olympus E-PL2
Panasonic GX7
  • $600
  • 4/3
  • Thinner
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Panasonic G3
Panasonic GX7
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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