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Olympus PEN E-PL9 officially announced with 4K and Bluetooth

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Olympus has announced the PEN E-PL9 entry-level mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Aimed at smartphone users Olympus PEN E-PL9 improves upon its predecessor in terms of design and features

The PEN E-PL9 offers a touchscreen interface, 5-axis in-body stabilized blur-free 4K movies, a new built-in flash, 121 AF points covering most of the image area. Micro Four Thirds shooter also combines Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi connectivity, new Advanced Photo (AP) mode, and the TruePic VIII image processor from the flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera.

The PEN E-PL9 will come bundled with the 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ‘EZ’ power zoom lens. It will be available from mid-March including colors with black, brown, white and a limited edition blue. The camera will be available outside of North America for €699 with the kit lens. Pricing and availability in North America will be announced later.

Olympus PEN E-PL9 officially announced

The camera has a more pronounced grip and larger mode dial, and its faux leather wraps around the body. The E-PL9 finally has a built-in flash, so you no longer need to tote around the small external flash that came with earlier models.

Olympus PEN E-PL9 officially announced with 4K and Bluetooth

The PEN E-PL9 uses the 16MP Live MOS sensor as well as the same TruePic VIII processor found on the E-M10 Mark III. The two cameras share the same 121-point contrast-detect AF system with face and eye detection.

The most significant new features are 4K video capture (at 30p) and Bluetooth. The camera records 4K video at 30/25/24fps, and the 5-axis image stabilisation will help keep videos steady and smooth. Stereo microphones are built-in.

A gallery of full-size sample images taken with the Olympus E-PL9 compact system camera can be found at Photographyblog. website

Key Features

  • 16.1MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VIII Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot 180° Flip Touchscreen
  • 4K Video Recording at 30/25/24fps
  • FullHD video recording at 60p, stereo sound
  • ISO100 to ISO25600 (extended)
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 121-Area FAST AF with Small Target AF
  • Up to 8.5 fps Shooting
  • 5-Axis In-Body VCM Image Stabilization
  • Enhanced Selfie Modes and Controls
  • HDR, Focus Peaking
  • Two new art filters
  • Built-in Popup Flash
  • Updated Grip
  • Available in black/silver, white/silver, and brown/silver
  • M.Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens

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