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"
Great color depth
Color depth
22.5 bits
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

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

$349 body only

$399 - $420 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$403 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$350 body only

$649 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Size Slightly larger

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$459 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

$563 body only

$300 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Overall image quality Better image quality
Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$937 body only

$845 with 14-42mm lens

Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus
Screen size Much larger screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization

discussion

Nikon D3100
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