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Olympus E-PL9 vs Panasonic FS42

Portability
85
Imaging
57
Features
78
Overall
65
Olympus PEN E-PL9 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 front
Portability
95
Imaging
34
Features
10
Overall
24

Olympus E-PL9 vs Panasonic FS42 Key Specs

Olympus E-PL9
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 6400 (Expand to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 380g - 117 x 68 x 39mm
  • Revealed February 2018
  • Older Model is Olympus E-PL8
Panasonic FS42
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1000 (Increase to 6400)
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 33-132mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 132g - 98 x 55 x 22mm
  • Introduced April 2009
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Olympus E-PL9 vs Panasonic FS42 Overview

Below, we will be evaluating the Olympus E-PL9 vs Panasonic FS42, former being a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Ultracompact by brands Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a considerable gap among the image resolutions of the E-PL9 (16MP) and FS42 (10MP) and the E-PL9 (Four Thirds) and FS42 (1/2.5") enjoy totally different sensor measurements.

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The E-PL9 was released 8 years later than the FS42 and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-PL9 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic FS42 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before going in to a complete comparison, below is a brief summation of how the E-PL9 matches up vs the FS42 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL9 over the Panasonic FS42

 E-PL9 FS42 
IntroducedFebruary 2018April 2009Fresher by 108 months
Manual focus More exact focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimension3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution1040k230kCrisper screen (+810k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic FS42 over the Olympus E-PL9

 FS42 E-PL9 

Common features in the Olympus E-PL9 and Panasonic FS42

 E-PL9 FS42 
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Olympus E-PL9 vs Panasonic FS42 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to carry your camera frequently, you will need to factor in its weight and volume. The Olympus E-PL9 comes with outer dimensions of 117mm x 68mm x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5") having a weight of 380 grams (0.84 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FS42 has sizing of 98mm x 55mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") and a weight of 132 grams (0.29 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus E-PL9 vs Panasonic FS42 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you have chosen at the time. Here is the front view overall size comparison of the E-PL9 against the FS42.

Olympus E-PL9 vs Panasonic FS42 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the E-PL9 and FS42 is 85 and 95 respectively.

Olympus E-PL9 vs Panasonic FS42 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL9 vs Panasonic FS42 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is hard to visualise the contrast in sensor sizing simply by going through specs. The photograph here will help offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the E-PL9 and FS42.

All in all, both of these cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The E-PL9 featuring a bigger sensor will make getting shallow DOF less difficult and the Olympus E-PL9 will show extra detail as a result of its extra 6MP. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The fresher E-PL9 is going to have an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus E-PL9 vs Panasonic FS42 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL9 vs Panasonic FS42 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL9 vs Panasonic FS42 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL9 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic FS42 Portrait photography highlights
74
focusing manually
good megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
20
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
MP count low (10MP)
small sensor (1/2.5")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL9 Street photography features
Panasonic FS42 Street photography features
84
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
comes with focus by touch
47
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.5")
does not have RAW format
low max ISO (1,000)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL9 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic FS42 as a Sports photography camera
70
quiet mode (1/16,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
lacks phase detect autofocus
17
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
MP count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.5")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL9 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FS42 as a Travel photography camera
77
has bluetooth
comes with focus by touch
good megapixels (16MP)
flash built-in
display isn't selfie friendly
51
built-in flash
doesn't have Timelapse function
MP count low (10 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
wide angle not the best (33mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-PL9
Landscape photography with Panasonic FS42
81
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
23
lack of manual focus
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (33mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inch)
no manual exposure
no image stabilization
MP count low (10MP)
small sensor (1/2.5")
low max ISO (1,000)
does not have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL9 Vlogging info
Panasonic FS42 Vlogging info
36
touch screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detect autofocus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of microphone jack
22
wide angle not the best (33mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
doesn't have external microphone support
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Olympus E-PL9 vs Panasonic FS42 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL9 and Panasonic FS42
 Olympus PEN E-PL9Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus PEN E-PL9 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Ultracompact
Revealed 2018-02-08 2009-04-17
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic VIII -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.5"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 5.744 x 4.308mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 24.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 6400 1000
Highest boosted ISO 25600 6400
Lowest native ISO 200 80
RAW images
Lowest boosted ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 121 -
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 33-132mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture - f/2.8-5.9
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 6.3
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 2.5"
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Maximum silent shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shooting rate 8.6 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 7.60 m (at ISO 200) 6.30 m
Flash settings Auto, manual, redeye reduction, slow sync w/redeye reduction, slow sync , slow sync 2nd-curtain, fill-in, off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 640x480
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 380g (0.84 pounds) 132g (0.29 pounds)
Dimensions 117 x 68 x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5") 98 x 55 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 350 photos -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported) SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots One One
Launch price $599 $580