Updated (August 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN E-P3 vs Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N vs Olympus PEN E-P3

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

117

Olympus PEN E-P3

75

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX 5N

High ISO
Light sensitivity
25,600 ISO
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Great battery life
Battery life
460 shots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
900 ms startup delay
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
108 lenses

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN E-P3.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-5N.

competitors

Sony NEX-5N Competitors

Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 with 18-55mm lens

Built-in flash Built-in flash
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Touch screen No touch screen
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$444 - $448 body only

$525 - $548 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Touch screen No touch screen
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$395 with 16-50mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Built-in flash Built-in flash
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$597 with 16-50mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Battery life Much longer battery life
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

Olympus PEN E-PL3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$278 body only

$378 with 14-42mm lens

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Olympus PEN E-PL6

Olympus PEN E-PL6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$305 body only

$370 with 14-42mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

discussion

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Avatar for Low Budget Dave Low Budget Dave (11:31 PM, September 26, 2011)
The Olympus has a much faster focus.  If you are chasing around your kid, you will like it better.