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

Nikon D3100 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Winner
Nikon D3100

39

Olympus PEN E-PL1

29

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
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

$299 body only

$349 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$289 body only

$360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Worse image quality
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$329 - $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

$370 with 14-42mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
3D Takes 3D photos
Color depth Worse color depth
Olympus PEN E-PL6

Olympus PEN E-PL6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$289 body only

$299 with 14-42mm lens

3D Takes 3D photos
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Olympus PEN E-P1

Olympus PEN E-P1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$743 body only

$333 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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