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

Nikon D3100 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Winner
Nikon D3100

33

Olympus PEN E-PL1

25

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
 

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

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$399 body only

$325 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$299 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Better image quality
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$294 body only

$400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Better image quality

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$170 body only

$269 with 14-42mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
3D Takes 3D photos
Color depth Worse color depth
Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$442 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Color depth Worse color depth
Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$370 body only

$299 with 14-42mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
3D Takes 3D photos
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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