Olympus PEN E-PL9 vs Panasonic DMC G81 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Mirrorless cameras.

PEN E-PL9 vs DMC G81 - Side by side

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Olympus PEN E-PL9 vs Panasonic DMC G81 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

DMC G81

  • Introduced in April 2016
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 16 megapixel
  • 9 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 128.4 x 89 x 74.3mm³ (5.1" x 3.5" x 2.9")
  • 505g (16.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for DMC G81

PEN E-PL9 vs DMC G81 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 DMC G81 sensor comparison

Olympus PEN E-PL9 VS Panasonic DMC G81 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Olympus PEN E-PL9 a better choice

PEN E-PL9

DMC G81

Wider resolution (5, megapixel)16.1016.00
Auto Focus points (4)12149
Longer battery life (3, photos)350330
Weighs less (2)380g
(12.3 oz.)
505g
(16.3 oz.)
More portable (2)311cm³
(20 cu.in.)
849cm³
(53 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the PEN E-PL9 are the higher resolution, the faster and more accurate auto focus and that the battery has more stamina. Another advantage over the DMC G81: the lower weight than the DMC G81 and the more compact size.

The PEN E-PL9 scores 16 points.

Otherwise why to choose Panasonic DMC G81

PEN E-PL9

DMC G81

Higher speed (4, frames/second)89
Better sensibility (4)200 - 25600 ISO100 - 25600 ISO
External microphone (2)
Environmental sealing (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the DMC G81 are that the camera is faster, the larger sensitivity and the connector for an external microphone.

Yields 10 points for the DMC G81.

Common Specs for both cameras compared

PEN E-PL9

DMC G81

Sensor formatFour ThirdsFour Thirds
Sensor cleaning
Lens selection8080
Built-in flash
Image stabilizer
Sensor resolution (MP)1.041.04
Articulated screen
Touch screen
Video resolution3840 x 21603840 x 2160
WiFi
Olympus PEN E-PL9 VS Panasonic DMC G81 Dimensions

Look at front view of the PEN E-PL9 and DMC G81

PEN E-PL9 und DMC G81, front viewPEN E-PL9 und DMC G81, front view

Top view of cameras

PEN E-PL9 und DMC G81, view from abovePEN E-PL9 und DMC G81, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Olympus PEN E-PL9

Panasonic DMC G81

16
10

We recommend Olympus PEN E-PL9 as better choice.

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