Comparing the PENs...

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Brian Steele Contributing Member • Posts: 638
Comparing the PENs...

Is there a web page available that allows easy comparison between the various versions of Oly's PEN cameras?  Olympus themselves doesn't seem to offer such a comparison feature on their website.

A few of the PENs seem to be on sale at the moment, and the price looks right, particularly if looking for a small walkabout camera that produces decent pictures.  But it's almost impossible to easily compare features on Olympus' site.

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Alumna Gorp Senior Member • Posts: 1,531
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Brian Steele wrote:

Is there a web page available that allows easy comparison between the various versions of Oly's PEN cameras? Olympus themselves doesn't seem to offer such a comparison feature on their website.

A few of the PENs seem to be on sale at the moment, and the price looks right, particularly if looking for a small walkabout camera that produces decent pictures. But it's almost impossible to easily compare features on Olympus' site.

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DXO mark is quite handy.

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baxters Veteran Member • Posts: 5,152
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Your posting background looks like Oly 4/3 DSLR's, Brian,  so you should give yourself a quantum jump in sensor technology and only consider the EPM2 or EPL5, which make ISO 3200 useable. Looking at any of the older ones puts you back in E620 or E5 sensor technology. You would probably be looking to upgrade from an older PEN by summer time.

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Brian Steele wrote:

Is there a web page available that allows easy comparison between the various versions of Oly's PEN cameras? Olympus themselves doesn't seem to offer such a comparison feature on their website.

A few of the PENs seem to be on sale at the moment, and the price looks right, particularly if looking for a small walkabout camera that produces decent pictures. But it's almost impossible to easily compare features on Olympus' site.

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How about Dpreview.

Side-by-side camera comparison at Dpreview


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OP Brian Steele Contributing Member • Posts: 638
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Alumna Gorp wrote:

DXO mark is quite handy.

Thanks for that link - that's very much along the lines I was looking for.  Not only does it compare features, it provides an easy means of comparing performance as well.  And it seems very clear from the results that the new PEN cameras are an order of magnitude better than the older ones.

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Aleo Veuliah wrote:

Side-by-side camera comparison at Dpreview

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Thanks for this Aleo. Note that some of the information about the PEN cameras on the DPReview site seems to be inaccurate (e.g. the AF assist lamp - DPReview says it's not available on the older PEN cameras, but the Olympus site says that it is).

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