Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

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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
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

galleries

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competitors

Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 Competitors

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Sony SLT-A68

Boutique

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Size Larger
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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Entry-level DSLR

Screen size Much larger screen
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Image stabilization No image stabilization
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Panasonic Lumix TS5

Waterproof

$644

Screen size Much larger screen
Size Significantly smaller
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

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Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam

Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Color depth Worse color depth
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Olympus PEN E-PL7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$758 body only

$878 with 14-42mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
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Olympus PEN E-P1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$330 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

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