Olympus PEN E-PL9 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Mirrorless cameras.

PEN E-PL9 vs OM-D E-M5 - Side by side

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Olympus PEN E-PL9 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 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-M5

  • Introduced in December 2012
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 16 megapixel
  • 9 frames/second
  • 200 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • No WiFi
  • 122 x 88.9 x 43.1mm³ (4.8" x 3.5" x 1.7")
  • 425g (13.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for OM-D E-M5

PEN E-PL9 vs OM-D E-M5 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-M5 sensor comparison

Olympus PEN E-PL9 VS Olympus OM-D E-M5 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Olympus PEN E-PL9 a better choice

PEN E-PL9

OM-D E-M5

Auto Focus points (4)12135
Built-in flash (2)
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.040.61
Better Video (2)3840 x 21601920 x 1080
Weighs less (2)380g
(12.3 oz.)
425g
(13.7 oz.)
More portable (2)311cm³
(20 cu.in.)
467cm³
(29 cu.in.)
WiFi (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the PEN E-PL9 are the faster and more accurate auto focus, the built-in flash and that the display has a higher resolution. A nice touch is the superior video recording, the lower weight than the OM-D E-M5 and the more compact size. Finally, there's the the built-in wifi that permits remote shooting and image transfer without the need for a cable connection.

The PEN E-PL9 scores 16 points.

Otherwise why to choose Olympus OM-D E-M5

PEN E-PL9

OM-D E-M5

Higher speed (4, frames/second)89
Longer battery life (3, photos)350750
Environmental sealing (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the OM-D E-M5 are that the camera is faster, that the battery has more stamina.

Yields 7 points for the OM-D E-M5.

Common Specs for both cameras compared

PEN E-PL9

OM-D E-M5

Sensor formatFour ThirdsFour Thirds
Resolution (megapixel)16.1016.10
Sensor cleaning
Sensitivity200 - 25600 ISO200 - 25600 ISO
Lens selection8080
Image stabilizer
Articulated screen
Touch screen
Olympus PEN E-PL9 VS Olympus OM-D E-M5 Dimensions

Look at front view of the PEN E-PL9 and OM-D E-M5

PEN E-PL9 und OM-D E-M5, front viewPEN E-PL9 und OM-D E-M5, front view

Top view of cameras

PEN E-PL9 und OM-D E-M5, view from abovePEN E-PL9 und OM-D E-M5, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Olympus PEN E-PL9

Olympus OM-D E-M5

16
7

We recommend Olympus PEN E-PL9 as better choice.

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