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

Nikon D3100

Winner
Nikon D3100

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Olympus E-600

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Olympus E-600

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.1x15.4mm
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus E-600

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 130x94x60 mm
 
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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
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs Four thirds 18.0x13.5mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
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
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.3 EV vs 10.3 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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 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
Size Significantly smaller 130x94x60 mm vs 124x96x73 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 2.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
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 Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        D3100:124x96x73 mm
        E-600:130x94x60 mm
        Weight Light weight Help
        D3100:505 g
        E-600:515 g
        Thickness Thin Help
        D3100:2.9"
        E-600:2.4"
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        D3100:12,800 ISO
        E-600:None
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        D3100:14.2 MP
        E-600:12.2 MP
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D3100:3 fps
        E-600:4 fps
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        3,200 ISO
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        D3100:0.51x
        E-600:0.48x
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        D3100:11.3 EV
        E-600:10.3 EV
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
        D3100:Contrast detection
        E-600:None
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        D3100:1080p @ 24fps
        E-600:None
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        D3100:67.0
        E-600:55.0

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $225 - $389 body only

        $399 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $562 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 much larger
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3000

        Nikon D3000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $548 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

        Sensor size Has a slightly larger sensor
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $947 body only

        $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D80

        Nikon D80

        Entry-level DSLR

        $975 body only

        $569 with 18-135mm lens

        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Sensor size Has a slightly larger sensor
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon D3100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
        Size Larger
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $681 - $700 body only

        $499 - $822 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
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Lowest price Significantly more expensive

        Olympus E-600 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Olympus E-620

        Olympus E-620

        Entry-level DSLR

        Color depth Worse color depth
        Olympus E-3

        Olympus E-3

        Entry-level DSLR

        Weather sealed Weather sealed
        Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
        Size Much larger
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Olympus E-510

        Olympus E-510

        Entry-level DSLR

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

        Olympus E-500

        Entry-level DSLR

        Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder
        Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
        Live view No live view
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Pentax K-r

        Pentax K-r

        Entry-level DSLR

        $484 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Size Larger

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