Updated (April 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Olympus PEN E-PL2

Nikon D5100 vs Olympus PEN E-PL2

Winner
Nikon D5100

49

Olympus PEN E-PL2

31

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
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL2

Size
Really small
Mid size (115×73×42 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
1.7"

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-PL2.

competitors

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$300 body only

$399 - $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

$249 body only

$329 - $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

$497 body only

$429 with 18-55mm lens

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

Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

Olympus PEN E-PL3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$500 body only

$217 with 14-42mm lens

3D Takes 3D photos
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
Olympus PEN E-PL1

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$220 body only

$239 with 14-42mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Weight Slightly lighter
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Olympus PEN E-P2

Olympus PEN E-P2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$488 with 17mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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