Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Olympus PEN E-PM2 vs Sony NEX-5R

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PM2

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
700 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
204 ms shutter lag
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PM2

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 700 ms vs 1900 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 204 ms vs 235 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Focus points Slightly more focus points 35 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $436.57 vs $495.00
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The best price we've seen is $58 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 460 shots vs 360 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality Better image quality 77.0 vs 72.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,079 ISO vs 932 ISO
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The NEX-5N has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.3mm
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Around 60% larger sensor
Color depth Better color depth 23.6 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.7 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 10 fps vs 8 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              PEN E-PM2:110x64x34 mm
              NEX-5N:111x59x38 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Weight Light weight Help
              269 g
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              PEN E-PM2:35
              NEX-5N:25
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 - $700 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $398 - $410 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $438 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $574 body only

              $749 - $759 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Olympus PEN E-PM2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $475 body only

              $545 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $419 body only

              $276 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              Focus points More focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 body only

              $630 - $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points More focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $436 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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