Olympus PEN E-PL9 vs Sony Alpha 5000 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Mirrorless cameras.

PEN E-PL9 vs Alpha 5000 - Side by side

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Olympus PEN E-PL9 vs Sony Alpha 5000 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

Alpha 5000

  • Introduced in January 2014
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 20 megapixel
  • 3 frames/second
  • 100 - 16000 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount E Mount
  • WiFi built-in
  • 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7mm³ (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4")
  • 269g (8.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Alpha 5000

PEN E-PL9 vs Alpha 5000 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 Alpha 5000 sensor area comparisonAdvantage: Sony Alpha 5000

Olympus PEN E-PL9 VS Sony Alpha 5000 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Olympus PEN E-PL9 a better choice


Alpha 5000

Higher speed (4, frames/second)83
Auto Focus points (4)12125
Better sensibility (4)200 - 25600 ISO100 - 16000 ISO
Larger lens selection (3)8050
Image stabilizer (3)
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.040.46
Touch screen (2)
Better Video (2)3840 x 21601920 x 1080

Conclusion: Advantages of the PEN E-PL9 are that the camera is faster, the faster and more accurate auto focus and the larger sensitivity. We also like the larger selection of lenses, the optical image stabilizer and that the display has a higher resolution. A nice touch is the rather comfortable touch screen and the superior video recording.

The PEN E-PL9 scores 24 points.

Otherwise why to choose Sony Alpha 5000


Alpha 5000

Larger sensor (5)Four ThirdsAPS-C
Wider resolution (5, megapixel)16.1020.10
Longer battery life (3, photos)350420
Weighs less (2)380g
(12.3 oz.)
(8.7 oz.)
More portable (2)311cm³
(20 cu.in.)
(15 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Alpha 5000 are the larger sensor, the higher resolution and that the battery has more stamina. Another advantage over the PEN E-PL9: the lower weight than the PEN E-PL9 and the more compact size.

Yields 17 points for the Alpha 5000.

Common Specs for both cameras compared


Alpha 5000

Sensor cleaning
Built-in flash
Articulated screen
Olympus PEN E-PL9 VS Sony Alpha 5000 Dimensions

Look at front view of the PEN E-PL9 and Alpha 5000

PEN E-PL9 und Alpha 5000, front viewPEN E-PL9 und Alpha 5000, front view

Top view of cameras

PEN E-PL9 und Alpha 5000, view from abovePEN E-PL9 und Alpha 5000, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Olympus PEN E-PL9

Sony Alpha 5000


We recommend Olympus PEN E-PL9 as better choice.

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