Updated (June 2011): Compare the Nikon D3100 vs Olympus PEN E-P3

Nikon D3100 vs Olympus PEN E-P3

Winner
Nikon D3100

48

Olympus PEN E-P3

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Many lenses available
Lens availability
230 lenses
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentamirror
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P3

Size
Really small
Mid size (122×69×34 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid

galleries

Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN E-P3.

competitors

Nikon D3100 Competitors

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Canon EOS M100

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$379 body only

$449 with 15-45mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Size Smaller
Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$550 body only

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$473 body only

$399 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
External mic jack Has an external mic jack

Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$498 with 16-50mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Olympus PEN E-P2

Olympus PEN E-P2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$590 with 14-42mm lens

Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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Hardison (5:38 PM, June 30, 2011)
Thanks for getting this posted so quickly. I use your site a lot. I hope in the future you can add sone new categories. The first three that come to mind are "can it trigger remote flash?" and "can it be triggered by remote?" and "is there a setting for time lapse?"

The first of those two of those are useful for pros, and the last is an increasingly popular toy, but both help separate some of my favorite cameras from the pack.