Updated (May, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Olympus Pen E-P5

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

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Olympus PEN E-P3

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Olympus PEN E-P3

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P3

Size
Really small
Mid size 122x69x34 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
80.0 vs 51.0
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Around 60% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 10.1 EV
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2.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 2.7 more bits of color
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 614k dots
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Around 50% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
660 shots vs 330 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO vs 536 ISO
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The D5100 has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the E-P3
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
500 ms vs 900 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$349.00 vs $1,344.51
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The best price we've seen is $996 cheaper (3.9x less)
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Olympus E-P3

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Size
Significantly smaller
122x69x34 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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3.3x smaller
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 3.1"
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2.3x thinner
Focus points
More focus points
35 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Lighter
369 g vs 560 g
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More than 30% lighter
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
222 ms vs 273 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5100:4 fps
              E-P3:3 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $397 body only

              $429 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 - $418 body only

              $399 - $419 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 - $547 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $550 - $620 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $745 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $615 body only

              $600 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $429 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $749 - $799 body only

              $880 - $1,299 with 17mm lens

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

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $871 body only

              $270 with 14-42mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $384 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 - $450 body only

              $534 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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