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

97

Olympus PEN E-PL1

65

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Lens availability
Many 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.
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competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$400 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Thickness Slightly thinner
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$230 body only

$470 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Continuous shooting Shoots slower

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$459 with 14-42mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Screen size Much larger screen
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Startup delay Much less startup delay
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

Travel zoom

$348

Screen size Much larger screen
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

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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.