Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

33

Olympus PEN E-PL1

28

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
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

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Entry-level DSLR

$879 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
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
Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

$498 - $666 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
Startup delay Significantly more startup delay

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$170 body only

$269 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

$312 body only

$219 with 14-42mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
3D Takes 3D photos
Color depth Worse color depth
Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$442 with 14-42mm lens

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

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