Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of E-PL3 vs J2

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 trustedreviews.com, techradar.com, photographyblog.com and reviews.cnet.com

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Winner
Nikon 1 J2 

Camera Rocket recommends the Nikon 1 J2  based on its focusing and responsiveness.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of PEN E-PL3 vs Nikon 1 J2

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

PEN E-PL3
499 ISO
Nikon 1 J2
363 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

PEN E-PL3
2,300 LPH
Nikon 1 J2
2,000 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

PEN E-PL3
241 ms
Nikon 1 J2
94 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

PEN E-PL3
2,100 ms
Nikon 1 J2
1,400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

PEN E-PL3
5.5 fps
Nikon 1 J2
60 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

PEN E-PL3
300 photos
Nikon 1 J2
230 photos

Features Key features of the PEN E-PL3  vs Nikon 1 J2 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

PEN E-PL3
12.2 MP
Nikon 1 J2
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-PL3
18.4 microns
Nikon 1 J2
11.6 microns

Reviews Word on the street

PEN E-PL3  vs Nikon 1 J2 

8.0
8.0
The Olympus E-PL3 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 60 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times as long as 30 minutes, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.
PEN E-PL3

8.0
7.0
Viewing images at 100% reveals relatively noise-free images right up to ISO 800, although colour fidelity and the level of sharp detail are well maintained up until ISO 6400.
PEN E-PL3

Overall

8.0 Out of 10
7.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

PEN E-PL3  vs
Nikon 1 J2 
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 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) None 3,200 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,300 LPH 2,000 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,300 LPH 2,000 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection Phase detection
Focus points 35 135
Supports continuous No No

shutter

Min 60 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/16000 s

form factor

Size 109.5 x 63.7 x 37.3 mm 106 x 61 x 29.8 mm
Thickness 37.3 mm 29.8 mm
Weight 313 g 280 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

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

video

PEN E-PL3  vs
Nikon 1 J2 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 60 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 3" 3"
Resolution 460 k dots 921 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 5.5 fps 60 fps
Battery life 300 230
Continuous shooting
60 fps, JPEG
5.5 fps, JPEG
10 fps
Focus lag 241 ms 94 ms
Startup delay 2,100 ms 1,400 ms
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