Updated (June 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5 vs Olympus PEN E-PL3

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-5

61

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

45

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
241 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
108 lenses

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3.
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

$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

$444 body only

$400 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

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

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$400 body only

$495 with 16mm 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 Lite E-PL3 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$449 body only

$425 with 14-42mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 with 14-42mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Startup delay Much less startup delay
Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$170 body only

$390 with 14-42mm lens

Startup delay Less startup delay
Color depth Better color depth

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