Olympus PEN E-PL9 Review

Overall Score

71

Main Features

  • 16 MP Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
  • 200 - 6400 ISO
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • Electronic (optional) Viewfinder
  • 8 fps continuous shooting
  • 4K 3840 x 2160 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 117 x 68 x 39 mm, 380g.
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  • Replaced: PEN E-PL8

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Olympus PEN E-PL9 Overview


First introduced in February, 2018, Olympus PEN E-PL9 is a 16 MP Mirrorless with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor. Olympus replaced the older Olympus E-PL8 with PEN E-PL9. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Olympus E-PL9 with Olympus E-PL8


Olympus E-PL9 comes with a 17.3 x 13 mm CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 21.64 mm (0.84").

- Full Frame
- Olympus PEN E-PL9

Sensor resolution of Olympus E-PL9 ~ 4613 x 3468 pixels.

Olympus E-PL9 has Crop Factor: 2.0

The sensor has a surface area of 224.9 mm².

There are approximate 15,997,884 photosites (pixels) on this area.

Olympus E-PL9 Series History
Model Year $ Sensor ISO Weight Dimensions
Olympus PEN E-PL9 Olympus E-PL9 2018 16MP 200 - 6400 380g 117 x 68 x 39mm
Olympus PEN E-PL8 Olympus E-PL8 2016 16MP 200 - 25600 357g 115 x 67 x 38mm
Olympus PEN E-PL7 Olympus E-PL7 2014 16MP 100 - 25600 357g 115 x 67 x 38mm
Olympus PEN E-PL6 Olympus E-PL6 2014 16MP 100 - 25600 325g 111 x 64 x 38mm
Olympus PEN E-PL5 Olympus E-PL5 2012 16MP 200 - 25600 325g 111 x 64 x 38mm

Proc and Cons of Olympus E-PL9


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Olympus PEN E-PL9 with competitors in entry-level mirrorless cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
Touch Screen
External Flash
RAW Support
8.6 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
1/4000s Electronic Shutter Speed
Timelapse Recording
±5 AE Bracketing Range
Focus Bracketing
Bluetooth Connectivity
Tilting Screen
3840 x 2160 (4K) Max Video Resolution
AF Face Detection
1040k dots Screen Resolution
1/4000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
380g Light Body
121 Focus Points
Flash Sync Port
Remote Control with a Smartphone
Cons
No Articulating Screen
Low Battery Life: 350 shots
No Environmental Sealing
Type Scores

Olympus PEN E-PL9 has an Overall Score of 71/100 and ranked #93 out of 214 in Mirrorless cameras, and ranked #167 out of 1222 in all cameras.

Olympus E-PL9 Scores
Imaging score
52
Features score
77
Value for money score
84
Portability score
90
Overall score
71
Average Scores in Entry-Level Mirrorless
Imaging Score
52
Features Score
61
Value For Money Score
76
Portability Score
91
Overall score
63

Physical Dimensions of Olympus E-PL9


Olympus PEN E-PL9 weighs 380g and has external dimensions of 117 x 68 x 39mm (4.61 x 2.68 x 1.54"). Considering that the average weight of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras is 323g, Olympus E-PL9 is 57 grams more than the average weight of cameras in this category.

Weight Comparison
Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras


Olympus E-PL9
380g
Average weight
323g
Min weight
180g
Max weight
561g

Thickness Comparison
Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras


Olympus E-PL9
39mm
Average Thickness
40mm
Min Thickness
23mm
Max Thickness
85mm

Here is the front and top view image of Olympus PEN E-PL9 with the dimensions:

Olympus PEN E-PL9

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight PEN E-PL9 Dimensions PEN E-PL9
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Olympus E-M10 MIII 410 g 380 g 122 x 84 x 50 mm 117 x 68 x 39 mm
Olympus PEN E-PL8 Olympus E-PL8 357 g 380 g 115 x 67 x 38 mm 117 x 68 x 39 mm
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Olympus E-M10 II 390 g 380 g 120 x 83 x 47 mm 117 x 68 x 39 mm
Fujifilm X-A5 Fujifilm X-A5 361 g 380 g 117 x 68 x 40 mm 117 x 68 x 39 mm
Olympus PEN-F Olympus PEN-F 427 g 380 g 125 x 72 x 37 mm 117 x 68 x 39 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 Panasonic GX85 426 g 380 g 122 x 71 x 44 mm 117 x 68 x 39 mm
Olympus PEN E-PL7 Olympus E-PL7 357 g 380 g 115 x 67 x 38 mm 117 x 68 x 39 mm
Sony Alpha a6000 Sony A6000 344 g 380 g 120 x 67 x 45 mm 117 x 68 x 39 mm

Specifications of Olympus PEN E-PL9


General
Brand Olympus
Model PEN E-PL9
Announced February, 2018
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 2
Number of Lenses 103
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Resolution 1040k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage n/a%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.0
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 121
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/60 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
Continuous Shooting 8.6 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 7.60
Flash Modes Auto, manual, redeye reduction, slow sync w/redeye reduction, slow sync , slow sync 2nd-curtain, fill-in, off
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 224.9 mm²
Sensor Resolution 16 MP
Max Image Resolution 4608 x 3456
Max Native ISO 6400
Min Native ISO 200
Max Boosted ISO 25600
Min Boosted ISO 100
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 350 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model
Physical
Weight 380 g
Physical Dimensions 117 x 68 x 39 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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