Updated (June 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Olympus PEN E-P3

Nikon D5100 vs Olympus PEN E-P3

Winner
Nikon D5100

50

Olympus PEN E-P3

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.6 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P3

Size
Really small
Mid size (122×69×34 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN E-P3.

competitors

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$429 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
True resolution Higher true resolution
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$317 body only

$447 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$393 body only

$449 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Better image quality
Battery life Shorter battery life

Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$449 body only

$428 with 14-42mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

Olympus PEN E-PL3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 body only

$249 with 14-42mm lens

Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$460 with 14-42mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

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