Comparing Olympus PEN E-PL3 vs Nikon 1 J1

1. Olympus PEN E-PL3

16 Reasons why Olympus PEN E-PL3 is better

Comparing Olympus PEN E-PL3 vs Nikon 1 J1

1.Considerably more megapixels (photo)
12.3MPvs 10.1MP (Nikon 1 J1)
2.Vastly larger sensor
17.3 x 13mmvs 13.2 x 8.8mm (Nikon 1 J1)
The larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.
3.Noticeably lower noise at high ISO
499ISOvs 372ISO (Nikon 1 J1)
The maximum ISO at which the device still captures excellent quality images. Source: DxOMark.
4.Has a flip-out screen
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
Flip-out screens are useful for doing tricky shots.
5.Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
12800ISOvs 6400ISO (Nikon 1 J1)
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.
6.Has a stereo microphone
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.
7.Clearly more battery power
1150mAhvs 1020mAh (Nikon 1 J1)
8.Supports AVCHD format
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) is a file-based format for the digital recording and playback of high-definition video. It's a standard popular among professional cameras and camcorders.
9.Has a two-stage shutter
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
A two-stage shutter is good for taking photos like a pro; apply pressure to the button in order for the lens to focus, and then press it fully to capture the photograph.
10.Has manual shutter speed
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
This allows to manually set the shutter speed.
11.Has continuous autofocus when recording movies
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
12.Clearly faster flash X-sync
0.00625svs 0.01667s (Nikon 1 J1)
Flash synchronization is defined as the firing of a photographic flash coinciding with the shutter admitting light to the image sensor. In general, faster flash sync speeds are better if the photographer needs to flash-fill subjects that are backlit and wants to avoid motion blur, or wants to increase depth of field by using a high aperture.
13.Has a hot shoe
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
A hot shoe can be used to attach an external flash, as well as light meters, viewfinders, rangefinders and other attachments.
14.Appreciably more lenses available
26vs 4 (Nikon 1 J1)
A bigger variety of brand lenses means that you have more options and can find one that suits your needs.
15.Has a HDMI output
Yesvs No (Nikon 1 J1)
Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
16.Explicitly longer exposure time
60svs 30s (Nikon 1 J1)
When the camera shutter is open for a long time, more light is absorbed by the sensor. You can use this slow shutter speed to produce vivid night time photography, or capture the trajectory of moving objects such as motorway traffic.
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2. Nikon 1 J1

14 Reasons why Nikon 1 J1 is better

Comparing Nikon 1 J1 vs Olympus PEN E-PL3

1.Notably more focus points
135vs 35 (Olympus PEN E-PL3)
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.
2.Distinctly faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format
60fpsvs 5.5fps (Olympus PEN E-PL3)
Fast continuous shooting is useful for catching action shots.
3.Much better image quality
56vs 52 (Olympus PEN E-PL3)
A device's overall image quality score considers: color depth, dynamic range and low light performance. Source: DxOMark.
234gvs 264.78g (Olympus PEN E-PL3)
5.A bit better color depth
21.5bitsvs 20.9bits (Olympus PEN E-PL3)
The better a device's color depth the more color nuances it can distinguish. Source: DxOMark.
6.Notably faster maximum shutter speed
0.0000625svs 0.00025s (Olympus PEN E-PL3)
A faster maximum shutter speed allows taking pictures of fast moving subjects without blur.
7.Somewhat higher pixel density
333ppivs 326ppi (Olympus PEN E-PL3)
61mmvs 64mm (Olympus PEN E-PL3)
9.Reasonably wider dynamic range
11Evsvs 10.3Evs (Olympus PEN E-PL3)
The better the dynamic range the system captures a wider number of values from dark to light leading to more details in low and highlights. Source: DxOMark.
10.A tad higher resolution
831 x 554pxvs 783 x 587px (Olympus PEN E-PL3)
106mmvs 110mm (Olympus PEN E-PL3)
12.Significantly less body volume
192.69cm³vs 260.48cm³ (Olympus PEN E-PL3)
13.Has a flash
Yesvs No (Olympus PEN E-PL3)
A flash is good for low-light environments, and can sometimes be used as flashlight.
14.Slow Motion
Can shoot 400 fps and can shoot 1200 fps☺
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