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Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus E-PL9

Portability
86
Imaging
49
Features
43
Overall
46
Olympus PEN E-PL1 front
 
Olympus PEN E-PL9 front
Portability
85
Imaging
57
Features
78
Overall
65

Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus E-PL9 Key Specs

Olympus E-PL1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 334g - 115 x 72 x 42mm
  • Introduced May 2010
  • Successor is Olympus E-PL1s
Olympus E-PL9
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 6400 (Increase to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 380g - 117 x 68 x 39mm
  • Announced February 2018
  • Older Model is Olympus E-PL8
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Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus E-PL9 Overview

Here is a comprehensive comparison of the Olympus E-PL1 versus Olympus E-PL9, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and they are both sold by Olympus. There is a sizable difference among the image resolutions of the E-PL1 (12MP) and E-PL9 (16MP) but they come with the exact same sensor sizing (Four Thirds).

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The E-PL1 was released 8 years before the E-PL9 and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going in to a full comparison, below is a brief summary of how the E-PL1 grades versus the E-PL9 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL1 over the Olympus E-PL9

 E-PL1 E-PL9 

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL9 over the Olympus E-PL1

 E-PL9 E-PL1 
AnnouncedFebruary 2018May 2010Fresher by 94 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1040k230kClearer display (+810k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus E-PL1 and Olympus E-PL9

 E-PL1 E-PL9 
Manual focus Very precise focusing
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus E-PL9 Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry your camera, you need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Olympus E-PL1 enjoys outside dimensions of 115mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") having a weight of 334 grams (0.74 lbs) while the Olympus E-PL9 has measurements of 117mm x 68mm x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5") and a weight of 380 grams (0.84 lbs).

Examine the Olympus E-PL1 versus Olympus E-PL9 in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have chosen during that time. The following is the front view over all size comparison of the E-PL1 and the E-PL9.

Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus E-PL9 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL1 and E-PL9 is 86 and 85 respectively.

Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus E-PL9 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus E-PL9 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is hard to picture the contrast in sensor sizing only by looking through specifications. The photograph underneath will offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the E-PL1 and E-PL9.

Plainly, each of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but different MP. You can expect to see the Olympus E-PL9 to result in more detail as a result of its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop photos somewhat more aggressively. The older E-PL1 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus E-PL9 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus E-PL9 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus E-PL9 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL1 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus E-PL9 as a Portrait photography camera
61
has manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has face detect focusing
exports RAW files
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
74
focusing manually
good resolution (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detect focus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL1 Street photography features
Olympus E-PL9 Street photography features
74
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
fixed screen
84
screen tilts
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
comes with focus via touch
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL1 Sports photography info
Olympus E-PL9 Sports photography info
45
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
low battery power (290 per charge)
lacks phase detect AF
70
quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-PL1
Travel photography with Olympus E-PL9
52
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse recording
low battery power (290 CIPA)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
77
supports bluetooth
comes with focus via touch
good resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL1 Landscape photography advice
Olympus E-PL9 Landscape photography advice
55
has manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
low battery power (290 per charge)
lack of Time Lapse recording
81
focusing manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL1 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus E-PL9 as a Vlogging camera
30
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detect focusing
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of mic support
36
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detect focus
great video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
does not have mic socket
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Olympus E-PL1 vs Olympus E-PL9 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL1 and Olympus E-PL9
 Olympus PEN E-PL1Olympus PEN E-PL9
General Information
Make Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus PEN E-PL1 Olympus PEN E-PL9
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2010-05-17 2018-02-08
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Truepic V TruePic VIII
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4032 x 3024 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Max boosted ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 200
RAW support
Minimum boosted ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 11 121
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 2.7" 3"
Resolution of display 230k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology HyperCrystal LCD AR (Anti-Reflective) coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) Electronic (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames/s 8.6 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 10.00 m 7.60 m (at ISO 200)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, manual, redeye reduction, slow sync w/redeye reduction, slow sync , slow sync 2nd-curtain, fill-in, off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/160 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 334 gr (0.74 lbs) 380 gr (0.84 lbs)
Dimensions 115 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") 117 x 68 x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 54 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.1 not tested
DXO Low light score 487 not tested
Other
Battery life 290 photographs 350 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-1 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $288 $599