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

Nikon D3100 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Winner
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33

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-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

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Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$675 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
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
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
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Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

Battery life Longer battery life
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

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Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam

Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Much worse image quality
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Olympus PEN E-PL7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$758 body only

$878 with 14-42mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
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Olympus PEN E-P1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$330 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Overall image quality Better image quality
Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

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