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

Nikon 1 J1 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Winner
Nikon 1 J1

69

Olympus PEN E-PL1

66

Runner-up

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
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1400 ms startup delay
 

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Lens availability Much more lenses available
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$352 - $497 with 10-30mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Thickness Slightly thicker
Nikon 1 V1

Nikon 1 V1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$495 body only

$670 with 10-30mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Autofocus Slower autofocus

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-P1

Olympus PEN E-P1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$300 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$459 with 14-42mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Screen size Much larger screen
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$96 body only

$290 with 14-42mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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