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Nikon Z5 vs Olympus E-PL1

Portability
62
Imaging
78
Features
86
Overall
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Nikon Z5 front
 
Olympus PEN E-PL1 front
Portability
86
Imaging
48
Features
43
Overall
46

Nikon Z5 vs Olympus E-PL1 Key Specs

Nikon Z5
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Expand to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon Z Mount
  • 675g - 134 x 101 x 70mm
  • Introduced July 2020
Olympus E-PL1
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  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 334g - 115 x 72 x 42mm
  • Launched May 2010
  • Updated by Olympus E-PL1s
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Nikon Z5 vs Olympus E-PL1 Overview

Here, we are comparing the Nikon Z5 and Olympus E-PL1, one is a Advanced Mirrorless and the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by competitors Nikon and Olympus. There is a big difference between the sensor resolutions of the Z5 (24MP) and E-PL1 (12MP) and the Z5 (Full frame) and E-PL1 (Four Thirds) boast totally different sensor size.

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The Z5 was launched 10 years after the E-PL1 which is quite a big gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Nikon Z5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus E-PL1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before going into a in depth comparison, here is a concise overview of how the Z5 matches up vs the E-PL1 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon Z5 over the Olympus E-PL1

 Z5 E-PL1 
LaunchedJuly 2020May 2010Newer by 124 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display size3.2"2.7"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution1040k230kClearer display (+810k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL1 over the Nikon Z5

 E-PL1 Z5 

Common features in the Nikon Z5 and Olympus E-PL1

 Z5 E-PL1 
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Nikon Z5 vs Olympus E-PL1 Physical Comparison

If you're going to travel with your camera, you're going to have to consider its weight and proportions. The Nikon Z5 has physical measurements of 134mm x 101mm x 70mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 675 grams (1.49 lbs) whilst the Olympus E-PL1 has measurements of 115mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") with a weight of 334 grams (0.74 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you have at that time. Here is a front view proportions comparison of the Z5 against the E-PL1.

Nikon Z5 vs Olympus E-PL1 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the Z5 and E-PL1 is 62 and 86 respectively.

Nikon Z5 vs Olympus E-PL1 top view buttons comparison

Nikon Z5 vs Olympus E-PL1 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it's hard to see the gap between sensor dimensions only by looking at a spec sheet. The picture underneath will help provide you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the Z5 and E-PL1.

Clearly, both of the cameras feature different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The Z5 due to its larger sensor will make getting shallow DOF less difficult and the Nikon Z5 will resolve extra detail utilizing its extra 12MP. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop images way more aggressively. The newer Z5 is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Nikon Z5 vs Olympus E-PL1 sensor size comparison

Nikon Z5 vs Olympus E-PL1 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon Z5 vs Olympus E-PL1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon Z5
Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL1
86
manual focus
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports face detection focusing
supports RAW files
60
focusing manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Nikon Z5 Street photography details
Olympus E-PL1 Street photography details
74
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
has touch focus
weather proof
good high ISO (51,200)
heavier than others in class (675 grams)
74
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Nikon Z5 Sports photography features
Olympus E-PL1 Sports photography features
83
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports tracking autofocus
weather proof
great battery pack (470 shots)
has phase detect AF
very slow continuous shooting (4.5 frames/s)
45
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
low fps (3.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
not so great battery life (290 per charge)
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon Z5 Travel photography details
Olympus E-PL1 Travel photography details
68
great battery pack (470 per charge)
weather proof
connects via bluetooth
has touch focus
resolution is good (24MP)
heavier than others in class (675 grams)
does not feature selfie friendly display
52
built-in flash
no Timelapse recording
not so great battery life (290 CIPA)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon Z5 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus E-PL1 as a Landscape photography camera
87
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon Z mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
good high ISO (51,200)
supports RAW files
weather proof
great battery pack (470 per charge)
has dual storage slots
55
focusing manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
small screen (2.7")
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
not so great battery life (290 shots)
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon Z5
Vlogging with Olympus E-PL1
34
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detection focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
has external mic jack
does not feature selfie friendly display
heavier than others in class (675 grams)
30
image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detect focusing
does not have selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no microphone port
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Nikon Z5 vs Olympus E-PL1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon Z5 and Olympus E-PL1
 Nikon Z5Olympus PEN E-PL1
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Olympus
Model type Nikon Z5 Olympus PEN E-PL1
Class Advanced Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2020-07-20 2010-05-17
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed 6 Truepic V
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 35.9 x 23.9mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 858.0mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 6016 x 4016 4032 x 3024
Maximum native ISO 51200 3200
Maximum enhanced ISO 102400 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Min enhanced ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 273 11
Lens
Lens mount type Nikon Z Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses 15 107
Focal length multiplier 1 2.1
Screen
Range of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3.2 inch 2.7 inch
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech - HyperCrystal LCD AR (Anti-Reflective) coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 3,690 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.8x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 4.5fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 10.00 m
Flash options Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/200 secs 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 675g (1.49 lb) 334g (0.74 lb)
Physical dimensions 134 x 101 x 70mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.8") 115 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 54
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 21.5
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 10.1
DXO Low light rating not tested 487
Other
Battery life 470 pictures 290 pictures
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL15c BLS-1
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 secs) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible) SD/SDHC card
Storage slots Dual 1
Launch cost $1,399 $288