Updated (September 2011): Compare the Nikon 1 J1 vs Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

Olympus PEN E-PL3 vs Nikon 1 J1

Winner
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

72

Nikon 1 J1

69

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Slightly more lenses available
Lens availability
108 lenses
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
94 ms shutter lag
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate

galleries

Explore our gallery of 46 sample photos taken by the Nikon 1 J1.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3.

competitors

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

Super zoom

$700

Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Screen size Much smaller screen
Olympus PEN E-P3

Olympus PEN E-P3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$819 body only

$900 with 17mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$348 with 14-42mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Built-in flash Built-in flash
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

Nikon 1 J2

Nikon 1 J2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$397 with 10-30mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Lowest price Cheaper
Nikon 1 J3

Nikon 1 J3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$500 with 10-30mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$359 - $497 with 10-30mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies

discussion

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3
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