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

91

Olympus PEN E-PL1

61

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Large screen
Screen size
3"
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
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos

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 Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$380 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Thickness Slightly thinner
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$444 - $548 body only

$525 - $648 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Size Larger
Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$207 body only

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Competitors

Olympus PEN E-PL8

Olympus PEN E-PL8

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$430 - $499 body only

$479 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$489 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus
Weight Slightly heavier
Olympus PEN E-P2

Olympus PEN E-P2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$700 with 17mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Size Slightly smaller
Shutter lag More shutter lag

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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.