Updated (January 2011): Compare the Nikon D3100 vs Olympus PEN E-PL2

Nikon D3100 vs Olympus PEN E-PL2

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36

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Great color depth
Color depth
22.5 bits
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL2

Size
Really small
Mid size (115×73×42 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Thickness
Thin
1.7"
Weight
Light-weight
362 g

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-PL2.

competitors

Nikon D3100 Competitors

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Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$675 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
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Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$495 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Color depth Worse color depth
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Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

Battery life Longer battery life
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Screen size Much smaller screen

Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

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Olympus PEN E-PL5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$632 with 14-42mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
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Olympus OM-D E-M10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$499 body only

$549 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
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Olympus PEN E-PL6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$492 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Built-in flash No built-in flash

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