Compared to... Nikon D3000

Studio scene comparison (JPEG)

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This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F).

Olympus E-PL1 vs. Nikon D3000

Camera settings:

  • Olympus E-PL1: Olympus 50 mm F2 Macro lens (@F6.3), Aperture Priority, ISO 200
    JPEG Large/SHQ, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer

  • Nikon D3000: Nikkor 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100, JPEG Large/Fine,
    Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer, ADL off
Olympus E-PL1
Nikon D3000
7.7 MB JPEG (4032 x 3024)
4.1 MB JPEG (3872 x 2592)

The higher resolution and better JPEG engine of the E-PL1 puts the baby Nikon to shame - with the Olympus trumping the DSLR in every respect. The Nikon D3000 isn't here because it offers class-leading image quality but because its feature set is most closely comparable to the E-PL1, even so the difference is dramatic.