Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Olympus E-600

Nikon D3100 vs Olympus E-600

Winner
Nikon D3100

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Olympus E-600

27

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Large screen
Screen size
3"
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus E-600

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (130×94×60 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.4"

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
919 ISO vs 541 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
67.0 vs 55.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 10.3 EV
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2 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.51x vs 0.48x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Advantages of the Olympus E-600

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 2.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Size
Significantly smaller
130×94×60 mm vs 124×97×74 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              D3100124×97×74 mm
              E-600130×94×60 mm
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D310014.2 MP
              E-60012.2 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              D310012,800 ISO
              E-600None
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D31003 fps
              E-6004 fps
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D31000.51x
              E-6000.48x
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D310011.3 EV
              E-60010.3 EV
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D31001080p @ 24fps
              E-600None
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D310067.0
              E-60055.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D3100919 ISO
              E-600541 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,599 body only

              $1,500 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $370 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $479 - $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $477 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price More expensive
              Size Slightly larger

              Olympus E-600 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus E-620

              Olympus E-620

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $759 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Worse color depth
              Placeholder

              Olympus E-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 with 14-45mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder
              Weight Lighter
              Live view No live view
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Olympus E-510

              Olympus E-510

              Entry-level DSLR

              $655 body only

              $859 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Olympus E-520

              Olympus E-520

              Entry-level DSLR

              $589 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Thickness Much thicker

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