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

63

Olympus PEN E-PL2

45

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
 

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
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
108 lenses
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

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 NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$354 body only

$887 with 16-50mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$452 body only

$348 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$380 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Movie format Lower resolution movies

Olympus PEN E-PL2 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$250 body only

$400 with 14-150mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Weight Slightly lighter
Screen size Much smaller screen
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

Olympus PEN E-PL3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$278 body only

$247 with 14-42mm lens

Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Color depth Worse color depth
Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

Boutique

$487 - $649

Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

discussion

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Showing 4 comments

Avatar for xsokev xsokev (3:28 PM, August 15, 2011)
I thought the comparison was good but the overall score  doesn't seem fair. The NEX-5 is a great camera as far as image quality but the E-PL2 is great as well. One thing I dislike about the NEX-5 is the accessibility of shooting modes and adjusting certain settings. As a photographer, I like to have quick access to certain settings and with the NEX-5 there are too many buttons to press. Ease of use and accessibility should somehow be factored in to the score.
 
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.