Olympus PEN E-PL9 vs Panasonic Lumix S1 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Mirrorless cameras.

PEN E-PL9 vs Lumix S1 - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Olympus PEN E-PL9 vs Panasonic Lumix S1 Specs


  • 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

Lumix S1

  • Introduced in February 2019
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 24 megapixel
  • 6 frames/second
  • 100 - 51200 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 80.00mm (3.1") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount L Mount
  • WiFi built-in
  • 148.9 x 110 x 96.7mm³ (5.9" x 4.3" x 3.8")
  • 1020g (32.9 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Lumix S1

PEN E-PL9 vs Lumix S1 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:

Infographic: PEN E-PL9 and Lumix S1 sensor area comparisonAdvantage: Panasonic Lumix S1

Olympus PEN E-PL9 VS Panasonic Lumix S1 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Olympus PEN E-PL9 a better choice


Lumix S1

Higher speed (4, frames/second)86
Larger lens selection (3)8011
Built-in flash (2)
Weighs less (2)380g
(12.3 oz.)
(32.9 oz.)
More portable (2)311cm³
(20 cu.in.)
(100 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the PEN E-PL9 are that the camera is faster, the larger selection of lenses and the built-in flash. A nice touch is the lower weight than the Lumix S1 and the more compact size.

The PEN E-PL9 scores 13 points.

Otherwise why to choose Panasonic Lumix S1


Lumix S1

Larger sensor (5)Four ThirdsFull frame
Wider resolution (5, megapixel)16.1024.20
Auto Focus points (4)121225
Better sensibility (4)200 - 25600 ISO100 - 51200 ISO
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.042.10
External microphone (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)350400
USB 3.0 (2)
Environmental sealing (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Lumix S1 are the larger sensor, the higher resolution and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Panasonic are the larger sensitivity, that the display has a higher resolution and the connector for an external microphone. Another advantage over the PEN E-PL9: that the battery has more stamina, the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video.

Yields 27 points for the Lumix S1.

Common Specs for both cameras compared


Lumix S1

Sensor cleaning
Image stabilizer
Articulated screen
Touch screen
Video resolution3840 x 21603840 x 2160
Olympus PEN E-PL9 VS Panasonic Lumix S1 Dimensions

Look at front view of the PEN E-PL9 and Lumix S1

PEN E-PL9 und Lumix S1, front viewPEN E-PL9 und Lumix S1, front view

Top view of cameras

PEN E-PL9 und Lumix S1, view from abovePEN E-PL9 und Lumix S1, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Olympus PEN E-PL9

Panasonic Lumix S1


We recommend Panasonic Lumix S1 as better choice.

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