Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of E-PL1 vs J1

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from 43rumors.com, trustedreviews.com, photographyblog.com, dpreview.com and 1 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Winner
Nikon 1 J1 

Camera Rocket recommends the Nikon 1 J1  based on its focusing and responsiveness.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of PEN E-PL1 vs Nikon 1 J1

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

PEN E-PL1
487 ISO
Nikon 1 J1
372 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

PEN E-PL1
2,000 LPH
Nikon 1 J1
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

PEN E-PL1
820 ms
Nikon 1 J1
94 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

PEN E-PL1
70 ms
Nikon 1 J1
74 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

PEN E-PL1
2,200 ms
Nikon 1 J1
1,400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

PEN E-PL1
3 fps
Nikon 1 J1
60 fps

Features Key features of the PEN E-PL1  vs Nikon 1 J1 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

PEN E-PL1
12.2 MP
Nikon 1 J1
10 MP

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

PEN E-PL1
18.4 microns
Nikon 1 J1
11.6 microns

Reviews Word on the street

PEN E-PL1  vs Nikon 1 J1 

6.9
6.9
The amount of detail retained at high ISO is immediately apparent, with sharper, more detailed images all the way from ISO 400 upwards.
PEN E-PL1

9.0
8.0
The depth and weight increase when the supplied poly-carbonate mounted 14-42mm kit lens is fitted, making the E-PL1 instantly more DSLR-like, but fitting a pancake lens like Olympus' 17mm or Panasonic's 20mm creates a compact overall package that will particularly suit street photographers looking for an indiscrete camera.
PEN E-PL1

9.0
7.0
The kit lens produces almost no barrel distortion at wide angle.
PEN E-PL1

7.4
7.5
Take for instance, the sensor, which is smaller and lower-resolution than all but the even-more-expensive Pentax Q. With a 2.7x focal-length magnification factor, that means the kit 10-30mm lens has the equivalent angle of view of 27-81mm.
Nikon 1 J1

Overall

8.2 Out of 10
7.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

PEN E-PL1  vs
Nikon 1 J1 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 12.2 MP 10 MP
Resolution 4032 x 3024 3872 x 2592
Size Four Thirds Nikon CX
Area 17.3 x 13 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Crop factor 2.1x 2.7x
Pixel size 18.4 microns 11.6 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 3,200 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes No
Tested vertical resolution 2,000 LPH 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,000 LPH 2,600 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection Phase detection
Focus points 11 135
Supports continuous No No

shutter

Min 60 s 30 s
Max 1/2000 s 1/16000 s

form factor

Size 115 x 72 x 42 mm 106 x 61 x 29.8 mm
Thickness 42 mm 29.8 mm
Weight 334 g 277 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
Sensor shift

video

PEN E-PL1  vs
Nikon 1 J1 
Video 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No No
Shoots high speed video No Yes
External mic jack None None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Phase detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Phase detection

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 2.7" 3"
Resolution 230 k dots 460 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder No No
Type N/A N/A
Coverage N/A N/A
Magnification N/A N/A
Display type N/A N/A
Display resolution N/A N/A

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps 60 fps
Battery life 290 230
Continuous shooting
60 fps, JPEG
3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 820 ms 94 ms
Shutter lag 70 ms 74 ms
Startup delay 2,200 ms 1,400 ms
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