Updated (January, 2011): Compare the Olympus PEN E-PL2 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
600 ms startup delay
Color depth
Great color depth
22.6 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
11.8 EV
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Size Significantly smaller 115x72x42 mm vs 128x97x71 mm
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2.5x smaller
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Thickness Thinner 1.7" vs 2.8"
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More than 40% thinner
Weight Lighter 334 g vs 519 g
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Around 40% lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A380

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 198 ms vs 820 ms
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4.1x less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality Better image quality 67.0 vs 54.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Startup delay Much less startup delay 600 ms vs 2200 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.8 EV vs 10.1 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Color depth Better color depth 22.6 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Lens availability More lenses available 123 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 3x more lenses available
Battery life Longer battery life 500 shots vs 290 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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Around 70% larger sensor
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
True resolution Higher true resolution 14 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 614 ISO vs 487 ISO
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The DSLR-A380 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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        similarities

        Compared to recent digital cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        Many lenses to choose from
        Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
        Better editing
        External flash Support external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        PEN E-PL1:3 fps
        DSLR-A380:2.5 fps
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        PEN E-PL1:487 ISO
        DSLR-A380:614 ISO
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        PEN E-PL1:720p @ 30fps
        DSLR-A380:None

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Entry-level DSLR

        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
        Thickness Is thicker

        Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus PEN E-PM1

        Olympus PEN E-PM1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $975 with 14-150mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $499 with 14-42mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
        Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

        Olympus PEN E-PL3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $285 with 14-42mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
        Olympus PEN E-PL2

        Olympus PEN E-PL2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Screen size Larger screen
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Olympus PEN E-P1

        Olympus PEN E-P1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $255 body only

        $294 with 14-42mm lens

        Screen size Larger screen
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Built-in flash No built-in flash

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

        Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

        Super zoom

        $239

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen size Larger screen
        Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

        Entry-level DSLR

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Size Larger
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

        Entry-level DSLR

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Live view No live view
        Size Larger
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Entry-level DSLR

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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