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

Nikon D5100 vs Olympus PEN E-P3

Winner
Nikon D5100

64

Olympus PEN E-P3

38

Runner-up

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

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.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5100

Report a correction
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
80.0 vs 51.0
Help
Around 60% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 10.1 EV
Help
2.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
Help
Catch candid moments easily
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 20.8 bits
Help
Distinguishes 2.7 more bits of color
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 40 lenses
Help
More than 5x more lenses available
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
Help
Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Help
Get that real film feel
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 614k dots
Help
Around 50% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
660 shots vs 330 shots
Help
2x more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO vs 536 ISO
Help
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
Help
Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
500 ms vs 900 ms
Help
More than 40% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
Help
A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Lowest price
Cheaper
$354.09 vs $1,344.51
Help
The best price we've seen is $990 cheaper (3.8x less)
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
Help
The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
4 fps vs 3 fps
Help
More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
Help
The D5100's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Nikon D5100 Learn more about
the Nikon D5100

Advantages of the Olympus E-P3

Report a correction
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
Help
OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Significantly smaller
122x69x34 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
Help
3.3x smaller
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
Help
Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Help
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 3.1"
Help
2.3x thinner
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
222 ms vs 273 ms
Help
Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Focus points
More focus points
35 vs 11
Help
Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Lighter
369 g vs 560 g
Help
More than 30% lighter
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
Help
2x longer exposures
Olympus PEN E-P3 Learn more about
the Olympus E-P3
vs

recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

Snapsort Recommends
Nikon D5100 Nikon D5100 64
Retailer
    Style
      Color
        You save
        vs
        38 Olympus PEN E-P3 Olympus PEN E-P3
        Retailer
          Style
            Color
              You save

              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D5100500 ms
              E-P3900 ms
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

              dxomark

              DXOMark

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $262 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $480 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $612 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen size Larger screen
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $219 with 14-42mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $670 - $799 body only

              $1,049 - $1,249 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 E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $466 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-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 body only

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

              appearance

              Nikon D5100 Olympus PEN E-P3
              Nikon D5100 Olympus PEN E-P3
              Nikon D5100 Olympus PEN E-P3

              discussion

              Nikon D5100
              D5100
              Nikon

              Report a correction
              Olympus PEN E-P3
              PEN E-P3
              Olympus

              Report a correction

              Showing 0 comments