Olympus PEN E-PL9 vs Sony NEX 3N Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Mirrorless cameras.

PEN E-PL9 vs NEX 3N - Side by side

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Olympus PEN E-PL9 vs Sony NEX 3N 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


  • Introduced in February 2013
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 16 megapixel
  • 3 frames/second
  • 200 - 16000 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount E Mount
  • No WiFi
  • 109.6 x 62.0 x 35.7mm³ (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.4")
  • 210g (6.8 oz.)

All specs: Main page for NEX 3N

PEN E-PL9 vs NEX 3N 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 NEX 3N sensor area comparisonAdvantage: Sony NEX 3N

Olympus PEN E-PL9 VS Sony NEX 3N Other Specs Comparison

Why is Olympus PEN E-PL9 a better choice



Sensor cleaning (3)
Higher speed (4, frames/second)83
Auto Focus points (4)12125
Better sensibility (4)200 - 25600 ISO200 - 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
WiFi (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the PEN E-PL9 are built-in automatic sensor cleaning, that the camera is faster and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Olympus are the larger sensitivity, the larger selection of lenses and the optical image stabilizer. A nice touch is that the display has a higher resolution, the rather comfortable touch screen and the superior video recording. A recommendation of the PEN E-PL9 is made easy by the built-in wifi that permits remote shooting and image transfer without the need for a cable connection.

The PEN E-PL9 scores 29 points.

Otherwise why to choose Sony NEX 3N



Larger sensor (5)Four ThirdsAPS-C
Longer battery life (3, photos)350400
Weighs less (2)380g
(12.3 oz.)
(6.8 oz.)
More portable (2)311cm³
(20 cu.in.)
(15 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the NEX 3N are the larger sensor, that the battery has more stamina and the lower weight than the PEN E-PL9. Another advantage over the PEN E-PL9: the more compact size.

Yields 12 points for the NEX 3N.

Common Specs for both cameras compared



Resolution (megapixel)16.1016.10
Built-in flash
Articulated screen
Olympus PEN E-PL9 VS Sony NEX 3N Dimensions

Look at front view of the PEN E-PL9 and NEX 3N

PEN E-PL9 und NEX 3N, front viewPEN E-PL9 und NEX 3N, front view

Top view of cameras

PEN E-PL9 und NEX 3N, view from abovePEN E-PL9 und NEX 3N, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Olympus PEN E-PL9

Sony NEX 3N


We recommend Olympus PEN E-PL9 as better choice.

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