57 facts in comparison

Nikon D5100 vs Olympus PEN E-PL8

Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8

Why is Nikon D5100 better than Olympus PEN E-PL8?

  • 1.64x larger sensor
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    23.6 x 15.6mmvs17.3 x 13mm
  • 5.62% more megapixels (main camera)
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    16.9MPvs16MP
  • 310shots longer battery life
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    660shotsvs350shots
  • Has phase-detection autofocus for photos
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  • Has phase-detection autofocus for videos
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  • Has an optical viewfinder
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  • Has a microphone input
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  • Has a 24p cinema mode
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Why is Olympus PEN E-PL8 better than Nikon D5100?

  • 70 more focus points
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    81vs11
  • 2x faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format
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    8fpsvs4fps
  • Supports Wi-Fi
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  • Has built-in optical image stabilization
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  • 153g lighter
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    357gvs510g
  • Has a stereo microphone
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  • Has timelapse function
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  • 14.08% more battery power
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    1175mAhvs1030mAh

Price comparison

Nikon D5100

ProductStorePrice
Nikon D5100 AmazonNikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Came...Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch Vari-Angle LCD Monitor (Body Only)
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$499.00

Design

1.Has a flip-out screen
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
Flip-out screens can be useful for tricky shots.
2.weight

510g

357g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
3.has an optical viewfinder
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
An optical viewfinder (or OVF) allows the photographer to compose a shot while seeing exactly what the lens will capture. OVFs have no time lag and require no power - as opposed to electronic viewfinders, which can drain battery life. OVFs are also better in low light situations.
4.Has a hot shoe
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
A hot shoe can be used to attach an external flash, as well as light meters, viewfinders, rangefinders and other attachments.
5.is a system camera
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
A system camera has many interchangeable components such as lenses, flashes, and other accessories. System cameras offer greater flexibility than compact cameras.
6.has a touch screen
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
You can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.

Optics

1.sensor size

23.6 x 15.6mm

17.3 x 13mm

The larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.
2.focus points

11

81

The more focus points the more flexibility in picking which part of the scene to focus on. They also give the image sensor a better probability in identifying the right area of the scene to focus on in more automatic modes.
3.megapixels (main camera)

16.9MP

16MP

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.
4.maximum light sensitivity

25600 ISO

25600 ISO

With a higher light sensitivity (ISO level), the sensor absorbs more light. This can be used to capture moving objects using a fast shutter speed, or to take images in low light without using a flash.
5.continuous shooting at high resolution

4fps

8fps

Fast continuous shooting is useful for catching action shots.
6.has AF tracking
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
With AF tracking, once you choose the subject and press the shutter release part way down, as the subject moves, the autofocus will follow it. No more out of focus shots.

Videography

1.video recording (main camera)

1080 x 30fps

1080 x 30fps

The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
2.Has phase-detection autofocus for videos
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
A phase-detection autofocus system is faster than a contrast detection autofocus system. Even when recording scenes with a lot of fast movements, the videos are sharp and clear.
3.has continuous autofocus when recording movies
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
4.Has timelapse function
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
A timelapse shows a long passage of time sped up. A series of photographs taken from the same position over a long period is joined together to create a short video. It is great way to capture things like the setting sun, or clouds moving across the sky.
5.has a 24p cinema mode
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
24p is a video format (24 frames per second) traditionally used in cinema. Nowadays, it is used to create film-like motion characteristics.

Audio

1.has a stereo microphone
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.
2.has a microphone input
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
A microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.
3.number of microphones

1

2

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.

Battery

1.Battery life (CIPA)

660shots

350shots

CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.
2.has a removable battery
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.
3.has a rechargeable battery
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
The battery can be recharged and used over again.
4.has a battery level indicator
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
5.battery power

1030mAh

1175mAh

Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.

Features

1.supports Wi-Fi
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
The device can connect to Wi-Fi.
2.has an external memory slot
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
3.Has a remote control
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
A remote control allows you to control the device remotely. The remote control can be included or optional.
4.supports Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors – a, b, and g.
5.has an HDMI output
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
6.supports a remote smartphone
Nikon D5100
Olympus PEN E-PL8
This technology allows the users to use their smartphone as a remote control for the device.

Price comparison

Nikon D5100

ProductStorePrice
Nikon D5100 AmazonNikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Came...Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch Vari-Angle LCD Monitor (Body Only)
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$499.00

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