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

Nikon D3100 vs Olympus PEN E-PL2

Winner
Nikon D3100

41

Olympus PEN E-PL2

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
279 ms shutter lag
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

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$436 body only

$400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$479 body only

$299 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Screen size Much smaller screen
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$325 body only

$380 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Worse image quality

Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-P2

Olympus PEN E-P2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$599 with 14-42mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 body only

$501 with 14-42mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

Olympus PEN E-PL3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$278 body only

$291 with 14-42mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Size Slightly smaller
Startup delay Much more startup delay

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Nikon D3100
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