Here we are comparing two cameras with different body types: Nikon D80, which was introduced in September 2006 is a Advanced DSLR camera with a 10.0MP APS-C sensor whereas Olympus E-PL1s, which was introduced in November 2010 is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a 12.0MP Four Thirds sensor. As you can see, D80 is 4 years older than E-PL1s. Let's see if this age difference between two cameras makes a big difference.
Despite some fundamental differences of these two body types, Mirrorless cameras are becoming serious alternatives to DSLR cameras thanks to their size/weight advantages and recent improvements in their focus speeds , which makes this comparison even more interesting.
Here is a brief look at the main features of Nikon D80 and Olympus E-PL1s before getting into our more detailed comparison.
Let's read on the following sections in order to better understand in detail how Nikon D80 and Olympus E-PL1s compares and hopefully end up with enough arguments to decide which one is better for you.