Updated (August 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN E-PL1 vs Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

113

Olympus PEN E-PL1

65

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX 5N

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,079 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
77.0
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Great color depth
Color depth
23.6 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
108 lenses
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN E-PL1.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-5N.

competitors

Sony NEX-5N Competitors

Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$399 body only

Focus points More focus points
Lowest price Slightly cheaper
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$899 body only

$999 with 16-50mm lens

Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 - $498 body only

$579 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Touch screen No touch screen

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

Leica TL

Leica TL

Boutique

$1,295 - $2,049

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$419 body only

$400 with 14-42mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Screen size Much larger screen
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$459 with 14-42mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Screen size Much larger screen
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

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