• 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-PL3 advantages over Olympus E-PM1

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility

Olympus E-PM1 advantages over Olympus E-PL3

  • Less expensive
    $500 vs $700 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories

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
  • 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
  • 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 Panasonic GF2

Olympus E-PL3
Panasonic GF2
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Internal flash
Olympus E-PM1
Panasonic GF2
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $617
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup

Compared to Olympus E-P3

Olympus E-PL3
Olympus E-P3
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $561
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Internal flash
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-PL3
Panasonic GF3X
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $750
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Internal flash
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-PL3
Panasonic GF5
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $360
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
Olympus E-PM1
Panasonic GF5
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Hot shoe
  • $360
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Olympus E-PM2

Olympus E-PL3
Olympus E-PM2
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Olympus E-PM1
Olympus E-PM2
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
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