Olympus PEN E-PL9 Detailed Review

Olympus PEN E-PL9

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In additional PEN E-PL9 was introduced by Olympus in February 2018. It belongs to the Mirrorless Cameras category.

Olympus is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Olympus.

BrandOlympus
CategoryMirrorless
Date02/2018
Sensor Properties

Also PEN E-PL9 has a Four Thirds CMOS sensor with size of 17 x 13 mm² (0.68" x 0.51").

Picture of PEN E-PL9's sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: PEN E-PL9 comparing sensor sizes

The 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The PEN E-PL9's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 16 megapixel. That's roughly average and will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 or A2 size.

The Olympus supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Olympus's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

The PEN E-PL9 features a mechanism for automatic sensor cleaning.

FormatFour Thirds
Sensor area17.30 x 13.00mm²
(0.68" x 0.51")
TypeCMOS
Resolution (physical)17.20 megapixel
Resolution (effective)16.10 megapixel
Pixel size14.09 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 8 frames/second
Lens
Interchangeable lens
MountOlympus Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
Viewfinder Properties

The PEN E-PL9 does not come with a built-in viewfinder. The camera's display is used to compose the photo. That can be cumbersome in broad daylight.

Shutter

The PEN E-PL9's shutter speed varies from 1/4000s to 60s.

Max. shutter speed1/4000s
Min. shutter speed60s
Sensitivity Properties

The PEN E-PL9's sensitivity goes from 200 ISO und 25600 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Automatic
Min. sensitivity200 ISO
Max. sensitivity25600 ISO
Exposure Modes

The PEN E-PL9 supports all general exposure modes.

The Olympus allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Multi
Center weight
Partial
Spot
Auto Focus Properties

The PEN E-PL9's auto focus processor uses 121 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. when panning the camera).

Manual focus is also possible with the Olympus, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

TypeContrast Detection
AF points121
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The PEN E-PL9 has a built-in flash with a diapason of up to 7m (23 ft.). That range will fit for almost all occasion.

Built-in
Range7.00m
(23 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
PEN E-PL9 display and touch screen

The PEN E-PL9 display has a diagonal of 76.00mm (3.0 inches.) and a resolution 1.04 megapixel.

The camera display is intended for selfies or other occasion.

Display parameters:

TypeLCD
Size76.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution1.04 megapixel
Articulated
Touch screen
Video Specs

PEN E-PL9 video supported the resolution with 3840 x 2160 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Olympus PEN E-PL9 Video parameters:

Max. resolution3840 x 2160 pixel
...with frame rates24 frames/second
25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The PEN E-PL9 has Wi-fi connection. You can transfer photos to a mobile or laptop using wi-fi.

For photo transferring users may use Bluetooth option.

Connect the Olympus to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Olympus supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

WiFi
Bluetooth
NFC
Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
Apps
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini
USB-C
Custom
Memory

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots1
Memory cardsSD
SDHC
SDXC
Battery

The Olympus PEN E-PL9 has a BLS-50 LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 350 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The PEN E-PL9's battery battery parameters:

TypeBLS-50 LiIon
Removable
In-camera charging
Battery life350 photos
Size

The Olympus PEN E-PL9's size is 117.1 x 68 x 39mm³. (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5"). That dimensions are without lens. The weight of camera is 4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5" grams (380 oz.) without lens weight.

Here is front and top view of the PEN E-PL9:

Olympus PEN E-PL9 Dimensions (Width / Height)
Olympus PEN E-PL9 Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The PEN E-PL9 is not much bigger:

Olympus PEN E-PL9 size comparison

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