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

62

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

46

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 

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
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 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

$691 body only

$887 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Better image quality
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$348 body only

$379 - $390 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Much 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

$398 body only

$380 with 18-55mm lens

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

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-P3

Olympus PEN E-P3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$907 body only

$435 with 14-42mm lens

Screen type Has an OLED screen
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Worse color depth
Canon EOS M3

Canon EOS M3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$411 - $429 body only

$549 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$459 with 14-42mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Movie format Lower resolution movies

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