Size and weight is a big decision factor when you are trying to find the ideal camera for your needs.
In this section, We are going to illustrate Nikon P300 and Olympus E-PL5 side-by-side from the front, back and top in their relative dimensions. Nikon P300 has external dimensions of 103 x 58 x 32 mm (4.06 x 2.28 x 1.26″) and weighs 189 g (0.42 lb / 6.67 oz) (including batteries). Olympus E-PL5 has external dimensions of 111 x 64 x 38 mm (4.37 x 2.52 x 1.5″) and weighs 325 g (0.72 lb / 11.46 oz) (including batteries).
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Nikon P300 and Olympus E-PL5. Nikon P300 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 8mm narrower, 6mm shorter and 6mm thinner than Olympus E-PL5. As you can tell, actually this is not a fair size comparison since Nikon P300 has a built-in lens but Olympus E-PL5 doesn't. Once you put a lens on E-PL5, its thickness will increase significantly.
Here is the back view size comparison of Nikon P300 and Olympus E-PL5.
Now lets look at the top view comparison of Nikon P300 and Olympus E-PL5.
Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day.
Nikon P300 is significantly lighter (136g ) than the Olympus E-PL5 which may become a big advantage especially on long walking trips.
Again, this comparison may not be very useful in real life as we are comparing the weight of a camera with a built-in lens to the body-only weight of an interchangeable lens camera. Once you put a lens on E-PL5, the total kit will weigh much higher.
Unfortunately neither Nikon Coolpix P300 nor Olympus PEN E-PL5 provides any type of weather sealing in their body, so you have to give extra care especially when you are shooting outdoors. If weather sealing is a must-have feature for you, check these sections: Top Compact Cameras with Weather Sealing Top Mirrorless Cameras with Weather Sealing
LCD Screen Size and Features
Nikon P300 and Olympus E-PL5's LCD screens has the same diagonal size of 3.00".
On the other hand, Olympus E-PL5 features a Tilting screen
where you can change the angle of the screen to make it easier to shoot from waist or over the head levels whereas the Nikon P300 has a fixed type screen which provides less flexibility in shooting positions compared to E-PL5.