Compared to... Nikon D3000

Studio scene comparison (RAW)

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). Camera settings as per previous pages.

Olympus E-PL1
Nikon D3000
7.7 MB JPEG (4032 x 3024)
2.6 MB JPEG (3872 x 2592)

The dramatic difference between the D3000 and the E-PL1 seen in the JPEG comparison have all but disappeared but the Olympus is clearly still capturing the better representation of the scene. For cameras aimed at users stepping up from compact cameras, the difference seen in the JPEG output is particularly important.