Olympus E-PL9 summary
Olympus E-PL9 is Olympus's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera originally released on February of 2018. The camera features a 16MP, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The E-PL9 places at #27 out of 108 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & overall #198 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. You should use our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your personalized requirements.
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Olympus E-PL9 family
The Olympus E-PL9 has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can see all previous and brand new models along with important specifications.
Olympus E-PL9 Gallery
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Olympus E-PL9 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of good and bad points of the Olympus E-PL9 based on aspects that are usually considered useful in a camera.
Olympus E-PL9 Sensor features
The Olympus E-PL9 features the TruePic VIII processor. The dimension of the sensor in the Olympus E-PL9 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor based). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 200 - 6400. The ISO can be expanded electronically to 100 - 25600. RAW files are supported which means that the user has more margin for error.
The picture below displays the E-PL9's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The E-PL9 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is presented in green.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Olympus E-PL9 dimensions
Olympus E-PL9 is 0.84 pounds (380 gr / 13.40 oz) & the physical size of the camera is 117mm x 68mm x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5"). The weight of typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 323 gr so the Olympus E-PL9 is heavier as compared with various rivals.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Listed below is a visual of the Olympus E-PL9 with a soft drink so you're able to get a sense of its size.
The top view here will show you the button arrangement on the E-PL9.
Olympus E-PL9 Lens features
The E-PL9 uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 151 lenses available in the market. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the E-PL9.
Olympus E-PL9 Connectivity
The E-PL9 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer pictures and usually alter settings without connecting straight with the camera.
Some apps also provide a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external screen. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.
Olympus E-PL9 Video features
The max video quality in the Olympus E-PL9 is 3840 x 2160 and you can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 2160p gives you a fantastic quality for video. You can downsample to 1080p in order to get clearer video. Be wary of the huge file sizes and make sure you have high quality SD cards with good write speed. The body does not have a microphone or headphone socket which means you have absolutely no control over the sound. It is perhaps best to consider an alternative camera in case you want better sound for your video clips.
Olympus E-PL9 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing for the Olympus E-PL9 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.
Olympus E-PL9 Display and Viewfinder
The Olympus E-PL9 features a 3 inch tilting display screen having a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.
Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means that you can set focus point and adjust settings with your finger.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The ViewFinder specifications for Olympus E-PL9 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Electronic (optional)
For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders can be particularly useful.
Olympus E-PL9 Shutter features
Olympus E-PL9 has the capability to shoot continuously at 8.6 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000s. The camera also has silent electronic shutter of 1/16000s. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter can lead to "rolling shutter" under some situations.
Olympus E-PL9 Flash and Hot shoe features
Olympus E-PL9 has both inbuilt flash as well as external flash support.
Olympus E-PL9 Autofocusing features
Olympus E-PL9 has only Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier & exact as compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera features Face detect which is handy for taking photos of people.
It features 121 focus points to select from. Olympus E-PL9 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to adjust focus. It also comes with Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Olympus E-PL9 features manual focusing when required in low light or you need more accurate control on focusing.
Olympus E-PL9 Battery life
The battery pack for the Olympus E-PL9 is made to last for 350 shots as per the CIPA standards making it about average when compared to it's rivals. The usual Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 337. Samsung NX mini has got the maximum (650) battery life in this category of cameras.
Here is a list of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras having the highest battery life:
Olympus E-PL9 for varying kinds of photography
The following illustration provides a summary of the Olympus E-PL9 for varying kinds of photography. To view more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.
Olympus E-PL9 Portrait photography info
The Olympus E-PL9 gets a score of 74 which is nice, and means the camera is a very decent pick for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support together with the potential to utilize off-camera lighting.
Olympus E-PL9 Street photography factors
Coming in at a very high score of 85, the Olympus E-PL9 is a great choice for street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.
Olympus E-PL9 as a Sports photography camera
A nice sports photography rating of 70 indicates the Olympus E-PL9 is a fine fit for shooting sports. A camera should have good tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Olympus E-PL9
Weight is extremely critical when picking a travel camera. Overall, the Olympus E-PL9 gets a fantastic 77 as a travel camera which is a terrific option to purchase for your travels.
Olympus E-PL9 Landscape photography info
For anybody planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most important factor will be image quality. The Olympus E-PL9 at it's brilliant grade of 81 as a landscape camera is a wonderful pick compared to it's rivals.
Olympus E-PL9 Vlogging information
A camera for vlogging should come with a moving display, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Olympus E-PL9 is just not acceptable for vlogging as it comes to a lousy rating of 36.
Olympus E-PL9 Alternatives
If you are shopping for alternatives to the E-PL9, here is a selection of the top scored cameras which fall under the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The line chart down below shows you a bird's eye view of the E-PL9 vs it's highest rated competitors shown previously.
Here are a few more cameras you might see as alternatives. To see a full comparison, go to the "compare" link.