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

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

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
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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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 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
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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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        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
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        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
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        PEN E-PM2:35
        NEX-5N:25
        Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
        Can only preview photos on the screen

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $484 with 14-42mm lens

        Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-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 A5000

        Sony Alpha A5000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $448 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
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $322 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 Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $498

        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
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Samsung NX2000

        Samsung NX2000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $260 with 2000-2mm lens

        Screen size Has a much larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen

        Olympus PEN E-PM2 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $575 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Olympus PEN E-PM1

        Olympus PEN E-PM1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $975 with 14-150mm lens

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

        Olympus PEN E-PL3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $285 with 14-42mm lens

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Olympus OM-D E-M5

        Olympus OM-D E-M5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $799 body only

        $899 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

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-5R

        Sony NEX-5R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,026 - $1,056 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Significantly 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

        $348 body only

        Focus points Significantly 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

        $498 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
        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $648 body only

        $748 - $798 with 16-50mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Focus points Many more focus points
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $430 - $480 body only

        $890 with 16-50mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Touch screen No touch screen

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