Updated (February 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Olympus PEN E-PL2

Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P510

53

Olympus PEN E-PL1

30

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
380 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Size
Really small
Mid size (115×72×42 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.7"
Weight
Light-weight
334 g
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing

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Advantages of the Nikon P510

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
380 ms vs 820 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Size
Significantly smaller
115×72×42 mm vs 120×83×102 mm
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2.9x smaller
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.7" vs 4"
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2.4x thinner
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Weight
Lighter
334 g vs 555 g
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Around 40% lighter
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
290 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 8s
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7.5x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$253.23 vs $384.99
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The best price we've seen is $132 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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              Common Strengths

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              Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              P510380 ms
              PEN E-PL1820 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $427

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $379

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597 - $1,350

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Much larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $305 - $350

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 body only

              $270 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $379 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $486 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 body only

              $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Built-in flash No built-in flash

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