Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of E-PL5 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 dpreview.com, techradar.com and reviews.cnet.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of PEN E-PL5 vs Nikon 1 J2

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

PEN E-PL5
889 ISO
Nikon 1 J2
363 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

PEN E-PL5
221 ms
Nikon 1 J2
94 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

PEN E-PL5
600 ms
Nikon 1 J2
1,400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

PEN E-PL5
8 fps
Nikon 1 J2
60 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

PEN E-PL5
360 photos
Nikon 1 J2
230 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

PEN E-PL5
22.8 bits
Nikon 1 J2
21.3 bits

Features Key features of the PEN E-PL5  vs Nikon 1 J2 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

PEN E-PL5
15.9 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-PL5
14.1 microns
Nikon 1 J2
11.6 microns

Reviews Word on the street

PEN E-PL5  vs Nikon 1 J2 

9.0
7.0
JPEGs straight from the camera are very sharp indeed, while you can apply your own sharpening to raw format files if you choose to capture them.
PEN E-PL5

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

PEN E-PL5  vs
Nikon 1 J2 
Type LiveMOS CMOS
Megapixels 15.9 MP 10 MP
Resolution 4608 x 3456 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 14.1 microns 11.6 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 25,600 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

focus system

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

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 8 fps 60 fps
Battery life 360 230
Continuous shooting
60 fps, JPEG
10 fps
8 fps
Focus lag 221 ms 94 ms
Startup delay 600 ms 1,400 ms

video

PEN E-PL5  vs
Nikon 1 J2 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MP4, MPEG-4) 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
Autofocus supports continuous Yes Yes

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 460 k dots 921 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes No
Has a flip out screen Yes No
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

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

form factor

Size 111 x 64 x 38 mm 106 x 61 x 29.8 mm
Thickness 38 mm 29.8 mm
Weight 325 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
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