Updated (August 2010): Compare the Nikon D3100 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Nikon D3100 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Winner
Nikon D3100

44

Olympus PEN E-PL1

33

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Large screen
Screen size
3"
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-PL1

Size
Really small
Mid size (115×72×42 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Thickness
Thin
1.7"
Weight
Light-weight
334 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-PL1.

competitors

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$465 body only

$419 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

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

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$479 body only

$380 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
Screen size Much smaller screen
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$325 body only

$355 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

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

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$419 body only

$400 with 14-42mm lens

Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus
Screen size Much larger screen
Color depth Worse color depth
Olympus PEN E-P1

Olympus PEN E-P1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$623 body only

$220 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$691 body only

$853 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus
Image stabilization No image stabilization

discussion

Nikon D3100
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Olympus PEN E-PL1
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