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Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic G100

Portability
85
Imaging
48
Features
47
Overall
47
Olympus PEN E-PL2 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-G100 front
Portability
81
Imaging
63
Features
76
Overall
68

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic G100 Key Specs

Olympus E-PL2
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 362g - 114 x 72 x 42mm
  • Announced February 2011
  • Succeeded the Olympus E-PL1s
  • Replacement is Olympus E-PL3
Panasonic G100
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 3840 x 1920 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 352g - 116 x 83 x 54mm
  • Launched June 2020
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Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic G100 Overview

Its time to look more in depth at the Olympus E-PL2 versus Panasonic G100, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras by competitors Olympus and Panasonic. There is a considerable difference among the resolutions of the E-PL2 (12MP) and G100 (20MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor measurements (Four Thirds).

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The E-PL2 was announced 10 years before the G100 which is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Olympus E-PL2 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic G100 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting right into a full comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the E-PL2 scores vs the G100 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL2 over the Panasonic G100

 E-PL2 G100 

Reasons to pick Panasonic G100 over the Olympus E-PL2

 G100 E-PL2 
LaunchedJune 2020February 2011More modern by 114 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1840k460kSharper screen (+1380k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus E-PL2 and Panasonic G100

 E-PL2 G100 
Manually focus More precise focus
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurements

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic G100 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to carry around your camera frequently, you will want to factor in its weight and size. The Olympus E-PL2 comes with outer measurements of 114mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") accompanied by a weight of 362 grams (0.80 lbs) whilst the Panasonic G100 has specifications of 116mm x 83mm x 54mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 2.1") and a weight of 352 grams (0.78 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are using at that moment. Below is a front view size comparison of the E-PL2 against the G100.

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic G100 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL2 and G100 is 85 and 81 respectively.

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic G100 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic G100 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be tough to visualise the contrast in sensor sizes purely by going through technical specs. The pic underneath might offer you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the E-PL2 and G100.

As you have seen, both the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same resolution. You can expect the Panasonic G100 to provide greater detail with its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution will enable you to crop shots more aggressively. The more aged E-PL2 will be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic G100 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic G100 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic G100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL2
Portrait photography with Panasonic G100
60
you can focus manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
MP count low (12 megapixels)
77
you can focus manually
megapixel count decent (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 Street photography highlights
Panasonic G100 Street photography highlights
73
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
screen is fixed
78
screen can move to multiple angles
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
boasts touch focus
great high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 Sports photography information
Panasonic G100 Sports photography information
45
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
MP count low (12MP)
not so great battery life (280 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
56
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking autofocus
low max shutter speed (1/500 seconds)
no image stabilization
not so great battery life (270 per charge)
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic G100 as a Travel photography camera
51
has built in flash
missing Timelapse mode
not so great battery life (280 CIPA)
MP count low (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
78
has bluetooth
boasts touch focus
megapixel count decent (20MP)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
not so great battery life (270 shots)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 Landscape photography features
Panasonic G100 Landscape photography features
61
you can focus manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
MP count low (12 megapixels)
not so great battery life (280 CIPA)
missing Timelapse mode
72
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
great high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
no image stabilization
not so great battery life (270 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL2 Vlogging details
Panasonic G100 Vlogging details
29
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detect autofocus
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone port
78
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
comes with face detection focusing
high res video (3840 x 1920 pxls)
includes external mic support
no image stabilization
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Olympus E-PL2 vs Panasonic G100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL2 and Panasonic G100
 Olympus PEN E-PL2Panasonic Lumix DC-G100
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus PEN E-PL2 Panasonic Lumix DC-G100
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2011-02-11 2020-06-24
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by Truepic V -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4032 x 3024 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 6400 25600
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW photos
Min enhanced ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 11 49
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses 107 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 1,840 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology HyperCrystal LCD AR(Anti-Reflective) coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 3,680 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.73x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 60s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/500s
Fastest silent shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shutter rate 3.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 10.00 m 3.60 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye redduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/160s -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 3840 x 1920 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC3840 x 1920 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC3840 x 1920 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
Highest video resolution 1280x720 3840x1920
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 362g (0.80 pounds) 352g (0.78 pounds)
Physical dimensions 114 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") 116 x 83 x 54mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 2.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 55 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.2 not tested
DXO Low light rating 573 not tested
Other
Battery life 280 pictures 270 pictures
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-5 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
Card slots Single Single
Cost at release $0 $698