Would I be stupid to buy an EP3? Even cheaply?

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Would I be stupid to buy an EP3? Even cheaply?
Nov 30, 2012

I am currently using an EPL1, and want to replace it. I find the handling and focus speed limiting, and wouldn't mind a newer sensor too. I can currently find an EP3 for about £280, this is about half the price of an EPL5.

But I just cant decide whether it makes sense to buy one or not. For me, it's a choice between better handling and less expensive (EP3), versus a better sensor (EPL5). I think I can live with the other differences, although the small screen of the EPL5 puts me off a bit.

I'm not even sure what I'm asking here to be honest. I am in a quandry. If anyone has some fuel to add to the fire, or would like to tell me I'm an idiot for some reason or other, please do.

Advantages of the EP3 over EPL5:

-Better handling (thumb-wheel)

-Built-in flash

-Better screen (bigger, more pixels)

-Cheaper

Advantages of the EPL5 over EP3:

-New sensor

-Higher flash sync speed (250 vs 180)

-Tilting screen

-8fps drive mode

Olympus PEN E-P3 Olympus PEN E-PL1 Olympus PEN E-PL5
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