Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 J2 vs Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5

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Olympus PEN E-PL5

80

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Nikon 1 J1

48

Nikon 1 J1

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Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL5

Overall image quality
Great image quality
72.0
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Color depth
Great color depth
22.8 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.3 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate
 
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 8 fps
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7.5x faster continuous shooting
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 1,200 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Focus points Significantly more focus points 135 vs 35
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 94 ms vs 221 ms
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2.4x less delay when taking photos
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Size Smaller 106x61x29 mm vs 111x64x38 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness Thinner 1.2" vs 1.5"
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More than 20% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $200.00 vs $469.95
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The best price we've seen is $270 cheaper (2.3x less)
Weight Lighter 277 g vs 325 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL5

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Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 889 ISO vs 372 ISO
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The PEN E-PL5 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the J1
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 72.0 vs 56.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.3 EV vs 11 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Lens availability Much more lenses available 40 lenses vs 8 lenses
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5x more lenses available
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
Color depth Better color depth 22.8 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The PEN E-PL5's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 360 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 15.9 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 600 ms vs 1400 ms
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2.3x less delay when turning on
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 90% larger sensor
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $522 with 14-42mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $311 - $400 with 22mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $243 - $649 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $358 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 - $240 with 11-2mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $549 - $847 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Size Larger
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $468 with 10-30mm, 30-110mm lenses

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
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              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $597 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Olympus PEN E-PL5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $1,299 body only

              $1,299 with 17mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $649 body only

              $749 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 body only

              $999 with 12-50mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Startup delay More startup delay

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