Updated (May, 2013): Compare the Nikon 1 V2 vs Olympus Pen E-P5

Nikon 1 V1

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Nikon 1 V1

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Olympus PEN E-P3

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Olympus PEN E-P3

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Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
900 ms startup delay
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
 
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Advantages of the Nikon V1

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Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 3 fps
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20x 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
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 614k dots
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50% higher resolution screen
Focus points Significantly more focus points 135 vs 35
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11 EV vs 10.1 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 97 ms vs 222 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
Color depth Better color depth 21.3 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 54.0 vs 51.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 350 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Weight Lighter 294 g vs 369 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $409.99 vs $649.00
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The best price we've seen is $239 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Olympus E-P3

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Screen type Has an OLED screen OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Lens availability Much more lenses available 40 lenses vs 8 lenses
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5x more lenses available
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 536 ISO vs 346 ISO
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The E-P3 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Startup delay Less startup delay 900 ms vs 1300 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 90% larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Size Smaller 122x69x34 mm vs 113x76x43 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.7"
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More than 20% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              V1:10 MP
              E-P3:12.2 MP
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              V1:11 EV
              E-P3:10.1 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              V1:21.3 bits
              E-P3:20.8 bits
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              V1:Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              E-P3:Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              V1:54.0
              E-P3:51.0
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              V1:346 ISO
              E-P3:536 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $189 - $699 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 body only

              $315 - $970 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $689 body only

              $635 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $570 with 14-42mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $550 - $699 body only

              $749 - $799 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $749 - $797 body only

              $789 - $897 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon 1 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,197 - $2,548 with 10-30mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $339 - $380 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $528

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $438 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $866 - $999 body only

              $1,200 - $1,848 with 17mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $419 body only

              $278 with 14-42mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $437 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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