- 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
- 3" Tilting Screen
- ISO 100 - 25600
- Sensor based Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Micro Four Thirds Mount
- 325g - 111 x 64 x 38mm
- Revealed August 2014
- Renewed by Olympus E-PL7
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Olympus E-PL6 summary
Olympus E-PL6 is Olympus's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera initially launched on August of 2014. The camera has a 16MP, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.
Olympus launched the newer Olympus E-PL7 (Read Full Comparison) to update this model.
The E-PL6 stands at #46 out of 115 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & overall #268 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. You should test our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your customized factors.
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Olympus E-PL6 history
The Olympus E-PL6 has a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can check out all past and newer models alongside important features.
E-PL6 vs E-P720MPFour Thirds8.7 fps2021
E-PL6 vs E-M10 IV20MPFour Thirds8.7 fps2020
E-PL6 vs E-PL916MPFour Thirds8.6 fps2018
E-PL6 vs E-M10 III16MPFour Thirds8.6 fps2017
E-PL6 vs E-PL816MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
E-PL6 vs E-M10 II16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2015
E-PL6 vs E-PL716MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
E-PL6 vs E-M1016MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
E-PL6 vs E-P516MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2013
E-PL6 vs E-PM216MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2013
E-PL6 vs E-PL516MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2012
E-PL6 vs E-PM112MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2011
E-PL6 vs E-PL312MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2011
E-PL6 vs E-P312MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
E-PL6 vs E-PL212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
E-PL6 vs E-PL1s12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
E-PL6 vs E-PL112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
E-PL6 vs E-P212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
E-PL6 vs E-P112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Olympus E-PL6 Gallery
You can check the E-PL6 from various angles in the gallery below.
Olympus E-PL6 Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of advantages and disadvantages of the Olympus E-PL6 based on features which are oftentimes considered essential in a digital camera.
Olympus E-PL6 Sensor specifications
The Olympus E-PL6 is powered by the TruePic VI processor chip. The sensor dimension on the Olympus E-PL6 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor can capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter might produce cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CMOS sensor has 16MP and has a standard ISO range of 100 to 25600. RAW format is saved which means that you have wider room to maneuver in post.
The picture underneath shows the E-PL6's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The E-PL6 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is shown in green.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Olympus E-PL6 dimensions
Olympus E-PL6 has a weight of 0.72 pounds (325 gr or 11.46 ounces) & the measurement of the camera is 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5"). The weight of typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 327 gr and the Olympus E-PL6 is very much the same as compared to other competitors.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Here is a shot of the Olympus E-PL6 alongside a soft drink to help you to get a feel for its scale.
The top view underneath will provide the button arrangement on the E-PL6.
Olympus E-PL6 Lens specifications
The E-PL6 fits the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses to choose from. Below is some of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the E-PL6.
Olympus E-PL6 Connectivity
The E-PL6 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily transfer files and usually change camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.
A few applications even give a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external screen. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.
Olympus E-PL6 Video specifications
The max video quality on the Olympus E-PL6 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG file format. 1080p quality gives a great balance in video quality versus file sizes but 1080p won't give you any room to crop. The camera does not have a microphone and / or headphone socket which means you have little control over the audio. It is probably best to purchase another model if you need decent audio for your videos.
Olympus E-PL6 Weather Sealing
Olympus E-PL6 does not include environment proofing so rainy conditions can easily ruin the camera.
Olympus E-PL6 Screen and Viewfinder
The Olympus E-PL6 has a 3" tilting display screen supporting a resolution of 460k dots.
The screen is selfie friendly for self portraits and even group shots if needed. Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means that you are able to switch focus points as well as change settings using your fingertips.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The ViewFinder details for Olympus E-PL6 are below:
- ViewFinder Electronic (optional)
For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tough to see, viewfinders can be particularly helpful.
Olympus E-PL6 Shutter specifications
Olympus E-PL6 continuous shooting rate is 8.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Olympus E-PL6 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Olympus E-PL6 comes with external flash support but does not include built-in flash.
Olympus E-PL6 Autofocus specifications
Olympus E-PL6 comes with just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and accurate when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has Face detection which can be useful for people photography.
The Sensor has 35 focus points to pick from. Olympus E-PL6 has tap to focus. You can use your fingers to switch focus points. It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for objects on the move. Olympus E-PL6 has manual focus if needed in low light conditions or you want to have more precise focus control.
Olympus E-PL6 Battery life
The battery pack (BLS-5) on the Olympus E-PL6 is fashioned to last for 360 photographs with respect to the CIPA standards which is about the same as it's competitors. The usual Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 339. Samsung NX mini features the maximum (650) battery life in this class of cameras.
Below is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that come with the highest battery life:
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Olympus E-PL6 for specific kinds of photography
The following graph presents a summary of the Olympus E-PL6 for specific kinds of photography. To learn more, check out the specific section underneath.
Olympus E-PL6 Portrait photography details
The Olympus E-PL6 receives a rating of 72 which is above average, meaning that it is a good choice for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support together with the ability to use off-camera lighting.
Olympus E-PL6 Street photography factors
With a wonderful rating of 85, the Olympus E-PL6 is a wonderful pick to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Olympus E-PL6 Sports photography info
A above average sports photography rating of 67 means the Olympus E-PL6 is a fine choice for photographing sports. A camera needs to have great autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Olympus E-PL6 Travel photography info
Weight is super critical in selecting a travel camera. Over-all, the Olympus E-PL6 gets a outstanding 86 for a travelling camera which makes it a fantastic fit to take with you on your vacations.
Olympus E-PL6 Landscape photography details
When you're looking to buy a camera for landscape photographs, the most vital aspect will be image quality. The Olympus E-PL6 with it's wonderful rating of 80 as a landscape camera is a awesome option within the current market.
Vlogging with Olympus E-PL6
A vlogging camera should come with a articulating display, mic port and preferably IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Olympus E-PL6 is a fantastic option as a vlog camera as it comes to a very high score of 79.
Olympus E-PL6 Alternatives
If you are in the market for replacements to the E-PL6, here is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall under the family of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The line chart listed below shows you a summary of the E-PL6 compared to it's highest rated competitors shown earlier.
Here are a few more cameras you may take into account as alternate options. To see a full comparison, click the "compare" link.