Updated (September 2011): Compare the Nikon 1 J1 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Nikon 1 J1 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Nikon 1 J1

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

Large screen
Screen size
3"
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
1,200 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
60 fps
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

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

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 E-PL1.

competitors

Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$353 - $497 with 10-30mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
Nikon 1 S1

Nikon 1 S1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$199 with 11-2mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon 1 J3

Nikon 1 J3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$498 with 10-30mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Color depth Worse color depth

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

Olympus PEN E-PL3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$278 body only

$296 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus
Color depth Worse color depth
Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$459 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Worse color depth
Sony SLT A37

Sony SLT A37

Entry-level DSLR

$522 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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