Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

38

Olympus PEN E-PL1

33

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

Great image quality
Overall image quality
67.0
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
600 ms startup delay
Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
11.8 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
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 Alpha DSLR-A380.

competitors

Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 Competitors

Olympus E-510

Olympus E-510

Entry-level DSLR

$286 body only

Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Battery life Longer battery life
Overall image quality Worse image quality
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Entry-level DSLR

$650 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1

Boutique

Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Screen size Much smaller screen

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$419 body only

$400 with 14-42mm lens

Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus
Screen size Much larger screen
Color depth Worse color depth
Olympus PEN E-P1

Olympus PEN E-P1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$623 body only

$220 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$691 body only

$853 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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