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Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus E-PL9

Portability
86
Imaging
53
Features
81
Overall
64
Olympus PEN E-PL7 front
 
Olympus PEN E-PL9 front
Portability
85
Imaging
56
Features
78
Overall
64

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus E-PL9 Key Specs

Olympus E-PL7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 357g - 115 x 67 x 38mm
  • Revealed September 2014
  • Superseded the Olympus E-PL6
  • New Model is Olympus E-PL8
Olympus E-PL9
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 6400 (Expand to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 380g - 117 x 68 x 39mm
  • Released February 2018
  • Older Model is Olympus E-PL8
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Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus E-PL9 Overview

Lets take a more detailed look at the Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus E-PL9, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and they are both produced by Olympus. The image resolution of the E-PL7 (16MP) and the E-PL9 (16MP) is very well matched and they use the exact same sensor measurements (Four Thirds).

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The E-PL7 was introduced 4 years earlier than the E-PL9 and that is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before we go through a thorough comparison, below is a short introduction of how the E-PL7 grades vs the E-PL9 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL7 over the Olympus E-PL9

 E-PL7 E-PL9 
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL9 over the Olympus E-PL7

 E-PL9 E-PL7 
ReleasedFebruary 2018September 2014Fresher by 41 months
Display resolution1040k1037kCrisper display (+3k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-PL7 and Olympus E-PL9

 E-PL7 E-PL9 
Focus manually Dial accurate focus
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurements
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus E-PL9 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry your camera, you'll have to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-PL7 provides physical dimensions of 115mm x 67mm x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5") having a weight of 357 grams (0.79 lbs) whilst the Olympus E-PL9 has dimensions of 117mm x 68mm x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 380 grams (0.84 lbs).

Compare the Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus E-PL9 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are employing during that time. Here is the front view dimensions comparison of the E-PL7 against the E-PL9.

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus E-PL9 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the E-PL7 and E-PL9 is 86 and 85 respectively.

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus E-PL9 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus E-PL9 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be difficult to see the contrast between sensor sizing only by reading through a spec sheet. The visual below might provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-PL7 and E-PL9.

Clearly, both of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the same exact resolution so you should expect similar quality of photos but you really should take the production date of the products into consideration. The older E-PL7 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus E-PL9 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus E-PL9 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus E-PL9 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus E-PL9 as a Portrait photography camera
71
manual focus
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
73
you can focus manually
decent MP (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detect focusing
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 as a Street photography camera
Olympus E-PL9 as a Street photography camera
84
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
has focus by touch
good high ISO (25,600)
84
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
features touch to focus
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 Sports photography advice
Olympus E-PL9 Sports photography advice
66
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
no phase detect auto focus
69
silent shutter (1/16,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports tracking focus
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 Travel photography highlights
Olympus E-PL9 Travel photography highlights
85
has focus by touch
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
selfie friendly screen
77
has bluetooth
features touch to focus
decent MP (16MP)
has built in flash
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus E-PL9 as a Landscape photography camera
79
manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
80
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 Vlogging features
Olympus E-PL9 Vlogging features
78
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not have microphone jack
35
touch screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detect focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing microphone support
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Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus E-PL9 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL7 and Olympus E-PL9
 Olympus PEN E-PL7Olympus PEN E-PL9
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus PEN E-PL7 Olympus PEN E-PL9
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2014-09-01 2018-02-08
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic VII TruePic VIII
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 25600 6400
Highest boosted ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 200
RAW images
Minimum boosted ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 81 121
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Screen type Tilting Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 1,037k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) Electronic (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Maximum silent shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 8.0 frames per sec 8.6 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash 7.60 m (at ISO 200)
Flash settings no built-in flash Auto, manual, redeye reduction, slow sync w/redeye reduction, slow sync , slow sync 2nd-curtain, fill-in, off
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video file format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In 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 357 grams (0.79 lbs) 380 grams (0.84 lbs)
Dimensions 115 x 67 x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5") 117 x 68 x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 72 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.4 not tested
DXO Low light score 873 not tested
Other
Battery life 350 shots 350 shots
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-50 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
Card slots Single Single
Launch cost $499 $599