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

Sony NEX-5N vs Olympus PEN E-PM2

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
235 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PM2

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
700 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
204 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
40 lenses

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differences

Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PM2

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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
More lenses available
40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
Shutter lag
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
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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More than 10% thinner
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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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
460 shots vs 360 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
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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0.2 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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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
              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-PM2110×64×34 mm
              NEX-5N111×59×38 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Weight Light weight Help
              269 g
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Thickness Thin Help
              PEN E-PM21.3"
              NEX-5N1.5"
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              PEN E-PM235
              NEX-5N25
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              PEN E-PM215.9 MP
              NEX-5N16 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $289 body only

              $330 - $398 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
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $275 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
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 - $619 body only

              $879 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $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
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $240 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 body only

              $270 with 20-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Olympus PEN E-PM2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $494 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 body only

              $440 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 - $599 body only

              $544 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Olympus PEN E-P3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $581 body only

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Heavier
              Thickness Slightly thicker

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $347 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

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

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $589 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

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