Updated (January 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN E-PL2 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5 vs Olympus PEN E-PL2

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-5

86

Olympus PEN E-PL2

61

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Really small
Size
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Thin
Thickness
1.5"
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL2

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN E-PL2.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-5.

competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$450 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Thickness Slightly thinner
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Sony NEX-7

Sony NEX 7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$699 body only

$737 with 18-55mm lens

Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Startup delay More startup delay
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$487 with 18-55mm lens

Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Lens availability Much more lenses available
Screen size Much smaller screen

Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$395 with 14-42mm lens

Weight Slightly lighter
Screen size Much smaller screen
Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$499 with 14-42mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Samsung NX200

Samsung NX200

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$372 body only

Screen type Has an OLED screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Image stabilization No image stabilization

discussion

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Showing 3 comments

Douglas (11:39 AM, March 01, 2011)
I thought this was quite a useful comparison, although I'd like to see personal choice or what we spotted section of anything that you noted that isn't always mentioned in the specs.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:34 PM, February 28, 2011)
Do you have any suggestions as to how we could improve them Will?
 
Will (8:59 AM, February 28, 2011)
These comparisons are worthless.