Updated (May 2010): Compare the Olympus PEN E-PL1 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5 vs Olympus PEN E-PL1

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-5

61

Olympus PEN E-PL1

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Large screen
Screen size
3"
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
108 lenses
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
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 NEX-5.

competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$887 with 16-50mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$378 body only

$448 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$400 body only

$350 with 16mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Movie format Lower resolution movies

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$170 body only

$350 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Color depth Worse color depth
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

Olympus PEN E-PL3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$447 body only

$249 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Color depth Worse color depth
Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Color depth Worse color depth

discussion

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Guest (2:32 AM, August 23, 2011)
The E-PL1 has two forms of continuous focus in video mode, Continuous Focus and Continuous Focus with Tracking. This should be corrected in the specs. The option isn't available using the quick button, one has to use the dial to switch to video, then the autofocus features work.