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Olympus E-P2 vs Sony NEX-3N

Portability
86
Imaging
48
Features
42
Overall
45
Olympus PEN E-P2 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-3N front
Portability
89
Imaging
58
Features
52
Overall
55

Olympus E-P2 vs Sony NEX-3N Key Specs

Olympus E-P2
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 355g - 121 x 70 x 36mm
  • Announced April 2010
  • Superseded the Olympus E-P1
  • Successor is Olympus E-P3
Sony NEX-3N
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 269g - 110 x 62 x 35mm
  • Introduced February 2013
  • Succeeded the Sony NEX-F3
  • Updated by Sony a5000
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Olympus E-P2 vs Sony NEX-3N Overview

Lets examine more in depth at the Olympus E-P2 versus Sony NEX-3N, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras by competitors Olympus and Sony. There is a sizeable difference among the image resolutions of the E-P2 (12MP) and NEX-3N (16MP) and the E-P2 (Four Thirds) and NEX-3N (APS-C) feature totally different sensor dimensions.

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The E-P2 was brought out 3 years prior to the NEX-3N and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras offer the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before getting through a in depth comparison, below is a simple overview of how the E-P2 grades vs the NEX-3N in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-P2 over the Sony NEX-3N

 E-P2 NEX-3N 

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-3N over the Olympus E-P2

 NEX-3N E-P2 
IntroducedFebruary 2013April 2010Fresher by 34 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-P2 and Sony NEX-3N

 E-P2 NEX-3N 
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither comes with Touch friendly screen

Olympus E-P2 vs Sony NEX-3N Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry your camera often, you need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-P2 comes with outer dimensions of 121mm x 70mm x 36mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.4") having a weight of 355 grams (0.78 lbs) while the Sony NEX-3N has dimensions of 110mm x 62mm x 35mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.4") having a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus E-P2 versus Sony NEX-3N in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you have at that time. The following is the front view dimensions comparison of the E-P2 compared to the NEX-3N.

Olympus E-P2 vs Sony NEX-3N size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the E-P2 and NEX-3N is 86 and 89 respectively.

Olympus E-P2 vs Sony NEX-3N top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-P2 vs Sony NEX-3N Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is difficult to envision the difference in sensor sizing just by viewing specs. The graphic below will help give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the E-P2 and NEX-3N.

All in all, both of these cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The E-P2 due to its smaller sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field tougher and the Sony NEX-3N will result in extra detail having its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will let you crop pictures far more aggressively. The older E-P2 will be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus E-P2 vs Sony NEX-3N sensor size comparison

Olympus E-P2 vs Sony NEX-3N Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-P2 vs Sony NEX-3N Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-P2
Portrait photography with Sony NEX-3N
60
manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
megapixel count low (12MP)
66
you can focus manually
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
cannot use external flash
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-P2 Street photography information
Sony NEX-3N Street photography information
74
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
screen does not articulate
77
screen tilts up and down
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-P2
Sports photography with Sony NEX-3N
40
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
slow fps (3.0 frames/s)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
bad battery life (300 per charge)
has no phase detect AF
54
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
great battery power (480 per charge)
max frames per second low (4.0 fps)
no image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-P2 Travel photography highlights
Sony NEX-3N Travel photography highlights
44
doesn't have Timelapse recording
bad battery life (300 per charge)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
71
great battery power (480 shots)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
has built in flash
no Time Lapse function
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-P2 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony NEX-3N as a Landscape photography camera
61
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
megapixel count low (12MP)
bad battery life (300 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
70
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3")
megapixel count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
great battery power (480 shots)
no image stabilization
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-P2 Vlogging info
Sony NEX-3N Vlogging info
30
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detection focusing
does not posses selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone socket
28
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
no mic support
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Olympus E-P2 vs Sony NEX-3N Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-P2 and Sony NEX-3N
 Olympus PEN E-P2Sony Alpha NEX-3N
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Sony
Model Olympus PEN E-P2 Sony Alpha NEX-3N
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2010-04-22 2013-02-25
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic V Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4032 x 3024 4912 x 3264
Highest native ISO 6400 16000
Minimum native ISO 100 200
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 11 25
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Sony E
Available lenses 107 121
Focal length multiplier 2.1 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 230k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology HyperCrystal LCD with AR(Anti-Reflective) coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames per sec 4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash -
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) -
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/180s 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 355 grams (0.78 lb) 269 grams (0.59 lb)
Dimensions 121 x 70 x 36mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 1.4") 110 x 62 x 35mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 56 74
DXO Color Depth score 21.5 22.8
DXO Dynamic range score 10.4 12.5
DXO Low light score 505 1067
Other
Battery life 300 photographs 480 photographs
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-1 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) -
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC card SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $799 $399