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comparison of the 2011 Micro Four Thirds cameras

comparison table of the 2011 cameras

Panasonic

Panasonic GH-2 Panasonic G-3 Panasonic GF-3
Price at Amazon.com in 2011 $US899 with 14-42mm lens $US549 body only; $US649 with 14-42mm lens $US499 with 14mm pancake lens
Weight 442g 336g 264g
Size 124 x 90 x 76mm 115 x 84 x 47mm 108 x 67 x 32mm
EVF eye sensor auto switching No eye sensor auto switching No EVF possible
Touch screen LCD articulating articulating fixed
HD video 1080p 24fps 23Mbps quality and 1080i 60fps; 1/16000th shutter 1080i 60fps derived from 30fps HD video mode,17mbps quality; 1/6000th sec shutter as for GF-3
Over-sized sensor for native, uncropped 16:9 Yes, 18.3mp giving max. 16.1mp No; 16.6mp giving 15.8mp No; 13.1mp giving 12.1mp
Burst rate 5fps; 40fps at 4mp electronic shutter 4fps; 20fps at 4mp electronic shutter 3.8fps
Top panel mode switches AF mode switch; Drive/self-timer switch No No
External mic socket Yes No No, and only mono mic
Rear AF-lock button Yes No ?use Fn button No
Subject tracking AF in HD video No Yes Yes?
Pinpoint AF mode No Yes Yes?
Max.ISO 12,800 6,400 6,400
Max. bulb duration 4min 2min
Hotshoe Yes Yes No
White balance presets 5 5 5
Built-in flash GN 15.6m GN 11m GN 6.3m
Exposure compensation +/- 5EV +/- 5EV +/- 3EV, no flash compensation - a big problem if you want to use flash
AE bracketing +/- 3EV +/- 2EV +/- 2EV
certain lenses may prevent using tripod plates
dpreview.com's review here

Olympus

Olympus E-P3 Olympus E-PL3 "Lite" Olympus E-PM1 "Mini"
Price at Amazon.com in 2011 $US899 with 14-42mm lens $US649 with 14-42mm lens $US499 with 14-42mm lens
Weight 369g 313g 263g
Size 122 x 69 x 34mm 110 x 64 x 37mm 110 x 64 x 34mm
EVF optional via hot shoe optional via hot shoe optional via hot shoe
LCD OLED, 614K dot 3:2 fixed, touch. Usable even in bright sun. 460K dot 16:9 tilting, not touch 460K fixed, not touch
HD video 1080i 60fps; 720p 30/60fps; 17 or 13mbps quality; as for E-P3 1080i 60fps; 720p 30/60fps
Over-sized sensor for native, uncropped 16:9 No; 13.1mp giving 12.1mp No; 13.1mp giving 12.1mp No; 13.1mp giving 12.1mp
Burst rate 3fps 5.5fps with IS turned off 4.1fps or 5.5fps with IS turned off
Top panel mode switches No No No, and no exposure mode dial
External mic socket No
Rear AF-lock button 5 customisable buttons
Subject tracking AF in HD video Yes Yes ?
Pinpoint AF mode No, but has 35 AF zones, eye-detect AF and front AF lamp as for E-P3 except 11 points only No
Max.ISO 12,800 12,800 12,800
Max. bulb duration 4min 2min
Hotshoe Yes, 1/180th sync Yes, 1/160th sync Yes, 1/160th sync
White balance presets 12 8 8
Built-in flash YES GN 10m at ISO 200; remote TTL master; manual down to 1/64th output; None, clip on FL-LM1 included None,
Exposure compensation +/- 3EV +/- 3EV +/- 3EV
AE bracketing +/- 3EV +/- 3EV +/- 3EV
level gauge no level gauge no level gauge
10 art filters 6 art filters 6 art filters

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