Olympus PEN E-PL9 vs Sony NEX 7 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Mirrorless cameras.

PEN E-PL9 vs NEX 7 - Side by side

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Olympus PEN E-PL9 vs Sony NEX 7 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

NEX 7

  • Introduced in August 2011
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 24 megapixel
  • 10 frames/second
  • 100 - 16000 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount E Mount
  • No WiFi
  • 120 x 67 x 43mm³ (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7")
  • 400g (12.9 oz.)

All specs: Main page for NEX 7

PEN E-PL9 vs NEX 7 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 7 sensor area comparisonAdvantage: Sony NEX 7

Olympus PEN E-PL9 VS Sony NEX 7 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Olympus PEN E-PL9 a better choice

PEN E-PL9

NEX 7

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)1.040.92
Touch screen (2)
Better Video (2)3840 x 21601920 x 1080
More portable (2)311cm³
(20 cu.in.)
346cm³
(22 cu.in.)
WiFi (2)

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

The PEN E-PL9 scores 24 points.

Otherwise why to choose Sony NEX 7

PEN E-PL9

NEX 7

Larger sensor (5)Four ThirdsAPS-C
Wider resolution (5, megapixel)16.1024.20
Higher speed (4, frames/second)810
Longer battery life (3, photos)350430

Conclusion: Advantages of the NEX 7 are the larger sensor, the higher resolution and that the camera is faster. Additional pros for the Sony are that the battery has more stamina.

Yields 17 points for the NEX 7.

Common Specs for both cameras compared

PEN E-PL9

NEX 7

Sensor cleaning
Built-in flash
Articulated screen
Similar weight380g400g
Olympus PEN E-PL9 VS Sony NEX 7 Dimensions

Look at front view of the PEN E-PL9 and NEX 7

PEN E-PL9 und NEX 7, front viewPEN E-PL9 und NEX 7, front view

Top view of cameras

PEN E-PL9 und NEX 7, view from abovePEN E-PL9 und NEX 7, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Olympus PEN E-PL9

Sony NEX 7

24
17

We recommend Olympus PEN E-PL9 as better choice.

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