• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon S1 advantages over Olympus E-PL6

  • Less expensive
    $199* vs $299
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Olympus E-PL6 advantages over Nikon S1

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/60 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • More dots on screen
    614k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon J1

Nikon S1
Nikon J1
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Wider angle kit lens
Olympus E-PL6
Nikon J1
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Internal flash

Compared to Olympus E-PL5

Nikon S1
Olympus E-PL5
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Olympus E-PL6
Olympus E-PL5
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Higher-res screen
  • $329
  • 4/3

Compared to Olympus E-PM2

Nikon S1
Olympus E-PM2
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Internal flash
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Olympus E-PL6
Olympus E-PM2
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Higher-res screen
  • $448
  • 4/3

Compared to Nikon J3

Nikon S1
Nikon J3
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • More pixels
Olympus E-PL6
Nikon J3
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Internal flash

Compared to Pentax Q7

Nikon S1
Pentax Q7
  • $199
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus E-PL6
Pentax Q7
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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