Face-Off: Pen E-PL3 vs 1 J1

Olympus Pen E-PL3
Olympus Pen E-PL3
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Olympus Pen E-PL3
Overview - Full review
Nikon 1 J1
Overview - Full review
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Overall Scene
Olympus Pen E-PL3
Nikon 1 J1
Score
4/5
3/5
Handling
3/5 4/5
Responsiveness
4/5 3/5
Picture Quality
4/5 4/5
Video
3/5 5/5
User Score
5/5 (1)
Specifications
Specifications
SensorCMOS 12 Mpx, 4/3", 5 Mpx/cm
Lens N.A. 14 -42 mm f/3.5 -5.6
StabilisationMechanical
ViewfinderN.A.
Screen7.6 cm, not TN, 460000 dots, 16:9,Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range)200 - 12800 ISO
Video mode1920 x 1080 pixels,30 fps, Stereo
Internal memoryN.A.
External memory
Connections
Power sourceN.A. N.A. / PS-BLS1
Waterproofno, N.A.
Shock resistantno, N.A.
Dimensions/Weight64 x 110 x 37 mm / 414 g
Specifications
SensorCMOS 10 Mpx, 1", 8.6 Mpx/cm
Lens N.A. 27 -81 mm f/3.5 -5.6
StabilisationDepends on lens
ViewfinderN.A.
Screen7.5 cm, not TN, 460000 dots, 3:2,Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range)100 - 3200 ISO
Video mode1920 x 1080 pixels,30 fps, Stereo
Internal memoryN.A.
External memory
Connections
Power sourceN.A. N.A. / EN-EL20
Waterproofno, N.A.
Shock resistantno, N.A.
Dimensions/WeightNA x NA x NA /
Conclusion
The Olympus Pen E-PL3 is easy to use, responsive and takes great-quality pictures. All in all, it does exactly what it promises, even if this interchangeable lens compact isn't without its faults.
The Nikon 1 J1 is built with sound technology that delivers good picture quality, responsiveness and great video. Although the new features Nikon seems intent on plugging in the J1 turned out to be a little disappointing, in its standard Auto mode, this camera still does a very good job.
Pros

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Mechanical stabilisation (works in photo mode and with all lenses)

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Picture quality up to 1600 ISO

+

Decent-quality tilt LCD

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Very fast autofocus in good light

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1080i HD video mode with stereo sound

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Picture quality up to 1600 ISO

+

Excellent video mode with slow-motion functions

+

Built-in flash (unlike the V1)

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Good LCD

+

Generally responsive

Cons

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No grip handle, smooth body makes it hard to keep hold of!

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No built-in flash (external flash accessory supplied as standard)

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Autofocus slows down in low light / Noisy shutter

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Dynamic range is more limited than in some competitor models / Still no automatic image rotation!

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Digital stabilisation can give videos a 'jelly-like' wobble

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No swivel screen or touchscreen

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No sweep panorama

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Video record button doesn't work in photo mode

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Not many lenses to choose from yet

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No built-in help function in the menus