Olympus E-PL2 (with 14-42mm lens, Black) comparison

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Olympus E-PL2 (with 14-42mm lens, Black)

Olympus E-PL2 (with 14-42mm lens, Black)
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Olympus PEN E-PL3 (with 17mm lens, Black)

Olympus PEN E-PL3 (with 17mm lens, Black)
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

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Sony Alpha NEX-3N (with 16-50mm PZ lens, Black)

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Sony Alpha NEX-6 (with 16-50mm PZ lens)

Sony Alpha NEX-6 (with 16-50mm PZ lens)
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Price $442 at 1 store $587 at 1 store $12 to $699 at 10 stores $329 to $460 at 2 stores $499 to $898 at 4 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
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Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 7 reviews 4.5 stars out of 1 review 4.5 stars out of 1 review 0 stars No reviews, write one! 5.0 stars out of 5 reviews
Release date January 25, 2011 September 15, 2011 June 26, 2013 February 21, 2013 September 05, 2012
The Bottom Line A great interchangeable-lens model if you're looking for better photo quality and/or a more advanced feature set than your current point-and-shoot offers, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 still doesn't satisfy for photographing active kids and pets. While it's not the best in any particular aspect, and you probably don't want to use it for video, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 offers an excellent balance of size, features, performance, and photo quality for the money. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II's combination of looks, speed, flexibility, and photo quality makes it a great choice for enthusiasts who can afford the price tag. The Sony Alpha NEX-6 delivers an as-yet-unbeatable package of image quality, performance, and design, even for its rather high price.

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Type LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
Info unavailable LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - 3 in
Dimensions (W x D x H) 4.5 in x 1.7 in x 2.9 in
4.3 in x 1.5 in x 2.5 in
Info unavailable 4.3 in x 1.4 in x 2.4 in
4.7 in x 1.7 in x 2.6 in
Lens System 2 x x
Zoom lens - 14 mm - 42 mm - F/3.5-5.6 Micro Four Thirds
Lens - 17 mm - F/2.8 Micro Four Thirds
Info unavailable 3 x x Zoom lens - 16 mm - 50 mm - F/3.5-5.6 PZ OSS
3 x x Zoom lens - 16 mm - 50 mm - F/3.5-5.6 PZ OSS
Optical sensor type Live MOS
Live MOS
Exmor R CMOS
Exmor APS HD CMOS
Exmor APS HD CMOS
Light sensitivity ISO 200-6400
ISO auto (200-6400)
ISO 200-12800
ISO auto (200-12800)
Info unavailable ISO 100-16000
ISO auto (100-3200)
ISO auto (100-3200)
ISO 100-25600
Digital zoom Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 4 x
4 x
Video capture AVI - 1280 x 720 -
AVI - 640 x 480 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1280 x 720 -
AVCHD - 1280 x 720 -
MJPEG - 1280 x 720 -
MJPEG - 640 x 480 -
Info unavailable AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1440 x 1080 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1440 x 1080 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
Battery technology Lithium ion
Lithium ion
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable
Weight 11.2 oz
9.3 oz
Info unavailable 7.4 oz
10.1 oz
Product Type Digital camera - Mirrorless system
Digital camera - Mirrorless system
Info unavailable Digital camera - Mirrorless system
Digital camera - Mirrorless system
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