Olympus PEN E-PL9 vs Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Mirrorless cameras.

PEN E-PL9 vs OM-D E-M1 Mark II - Side by side

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Olympus PEN E-PL9 vs Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Specs

PEN E-PL9

  • Introduced in February 2018
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 16 megapixel
  • 8 frames/second
  • 200 - 25600 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 117.1 x 68 x 39mm³ (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5")
  • 380g (12.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for PEN E-PL9

OM-D E-M1 Mark II

  • Introduced in September 2016
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 20 megapixel
  • 15 frames/second
  • 200 - 25600 ISO
  • 4096 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 134.1 x 90.9 x 68.9mm³ (5.3" x 3.6" x 2.7")
  • 574g (18.5 oz.)

All specs: Main page for OM-D E-M1 Mark II

PEN E-PL9 vs OM-D E-M1 Mark II Sensors

On the pictures below the sensor areas of cameras are highlighted.

This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: PEN E-PL9 an OM-D E-M1 Mark II sensor comparison

Olympus PEN E-PL9 VS Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Other Specs Comparison

Why is Olympus PEN E-PL9 a better choice

PEN E-PL9

OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Built-in flash (2)
Weighs less (2)380g
(12.3 oz.)
574g
(18.5 oz.)
More portable (2)311cm³
(20 cu.in.)
840cm³
(53 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the PEN E-PL9 are the built-in flash, the lower weight than the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and the more compact size.

The PEN E-PL9 scores 6 points.

Otherwise why to choose Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

PEN E-PL9

OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Wider resolution (5, megapixel)16.1020.30
Higher speed (4, frames/second)815
Better Video (2)3840 x 21604096 x 2160
External microphone (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)350440
USB 3.0 (2)
Environmental sealing (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II are the higher resolution, that the camera is faster and the superior video recording. A recommendation of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II is made easy by the connector for an external microphone, that the battery has more stamina and the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video.

Yields 18 points for the OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

Common Specs for both cameras compared

PEN E-PL9

OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Sensor formatFour ThirdsFour Thirds
Sensor cleaning
Sensitivity200 - 25600 ISO200 - 25600 ISO
Lens selection8080
Image stabilizer
Sensor resolution (MP)1.041.04
Articulated screen
Touch screen
WiFi
Olympus PEN E-PL9 VS Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Dimensions

Look at front view of the PEN E-PL9 and OM-D E-M1 Mark II

PEN E-PL9 und OM-D E-M1 Mark II, front viewPEN E-PL9 und OM-D E-M1 Mark II, front view

Top view of cameras

PEN E-PL9 und OM-D E-M1 Mark II, view from abovePEN E-PL9 und OM-D E-M1 Mark II, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Olympus PEN E-PL9

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

6
18

We recommend Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II as better choice.

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