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

Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

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Olympus PEN E-PL1

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

Great image quality
Overall image quality
67.0
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
600 ms startup delay
Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

differences

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
Size
Significantly smaller
115x72x42 mm vs 128x97x71 mm
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2.5x smaller
Movie format
Shoots movies
720p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$549.95 vs $944.98
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The best price we've seen is $395 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 21.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Lens availability
Significantly 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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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 flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              PEN E-PL1:720p @ 30fps
              DSLR-A380:None

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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

              Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-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-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $243 body only

              $250 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $424 body only

              $286 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-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $407 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Weight Slightly heavier

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Entry-level DSLR

              $950 with 75-300mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Entry-level DSLR

              $422 body only

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Lowest price Cheaper
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

              Entry-level DSLR

              $615 with 18-55mm lens

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

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