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.
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
- 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