Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

35

Olympus PEN E-PL1

29

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

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
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
198 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
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

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$285 body only

$360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$360 body only

$555 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$1,052 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$170 body only

$399 with 14-42mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
3D Takes 3D photos
Color depth Worse color depth
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

Olympus PEN E-PL3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$499 body only

$229 with 14-42mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
3D Takes 3D photos
Color depth Worse color depth
Olympus PEN E-PL6

Olympus PEN E-PL6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$289 body only

$349 with 14-42mm lens

3D Takes 3D photos
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Built-in flash No built-in flash

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