Olympus PEN E-PL9 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black)

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Olympus PEN E-PL9 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black)
Key Features
  • 16.1MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VIII Image Processor
  • UHD 4K Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot 180° Flip Touchscreen
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Sleek and stylish, the PEN E-PL9 from Olympus is a Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera defined by its versatile imaging capabilities and variety of in-camera creative controls. Using a 16.1MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic VIII image processor, a quick continuous shooting rate of 8.6 fps benefits working with moving subjects while a top sensitivity of ISO 25600 suits working in low-light conditions. Beyond stills shooting, UHD 4K30p video recording is also supported along with high-speed HD 720p120 recording for slow-motion playback. Benefitting both photo and movie applications, a 121-area FAST autofocus system is both quick and accurate, and works in conjunction with the rear touchscreen for touch-to-focus control. Additionally, 3-axis sensor-shift image stabilization is also featured to reduce the appearance of camera shake by 3.5 stops for sharper handheld shooting.
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Olympus E-PL9 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 216.1MP Live MOS Sensor and TruePic VII Image Processor
  • 3FAST Autofocus System
  • 43-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
  • 5Body Design and Wireless Connectivity
  • 6M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ Lens
  • 7Other Camera Features

Sleek and stylish, the PEN E-PL9 from Olympus is a Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera defined by its versatile imaging capabilities and variety of in-camera creative controls. Using a 16.1MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic VIII image processor, a quick continuous shooting rate of 8.6 fps benefits working with moving subjects while a top sensitivity of ISO 25600 suits working in low-light conditions. Beyond stills shooting, UHD 4K30p video recording is also supported along with high-speed HD 720p120 recording for slow-motion playback. Benefitting both photo and movie applications, a 121-area FAST autofocus system is both quick and accurate, and works in conjunction with the rear touchscreen for touch-to-focus control. Additionally, 3-axis sensor-shift image stabilization is also featured to reduce the appearance of camera shake by 3.5 stops for sharper handheld shooting.

Beyond the imaging capabilities, the E-PL9 also distinguishes itself through its stylish exterior, which integrates a compact right hand grip, clean lines, a comfortable black leatherette wrap, and a foil stamped Olympus logo on the front. Matching intent of the opulent exterior, the camera is also configured for the selfie enthusiasts out there, with the inclusion of a 3.0" 1.04m-dot 180° tilting touchscreen LCD. For easier control when making front-facing portraits, Touch Shutter lets you simply tap to focus and shoot and a variety of in-camera Art Filters can also be applied to creatively enhance the look of your images. Additionally, the camera is also fitted with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless image sharing and remote camera control from a linked smartphone or tablet.

16.1MP Live MOS Sensor and TruePic VII Image Processor

Featuring a 16.1MP Live MOS sensor, along with the same TruePic VIII image processor featured in the flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II, the E-PL9 is capable of recording high-resolution stills and UHD 4K30p video with sensitivities up to ISO 25600. The processing speed also avails a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 8.6 fps, a 4.3 fps shooting rate when working with the anti-shock electronic first curtain shutter, and a 14.1 fps rate when working in silent sequential mode.

FAST Autofocus System

Benefitting both stills and video, a contrast-detection focusing method employs 121 AF areas across the entire sensor to quickly and accurately acquire focus. Aptly named, FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) is able to home in on subjects using single-shot or continuous focusing methods, as well as AF tracking to benefit working with moving subjects. In addition, there is Face Detection/Eye Detection AF which prioritizes focus on a subject's face and eyes.

When working with manual focus, focus peaking is available to simplify attaining precise sharpness, which is especially useful when using selective focus or shallow depth of field techniques.

3-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization

In-body sensor-shift image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 3.5 stops with any lens in use. Furthermore, this unique image stabilization system works across three axes and compensates for vertical and horizontal shifts (yaw and pitch) as well as camera shake along the optical axis (roll). This range of detected movements suits both stills and video recording, and electronic image stabilization can also be used to further benefit video recording.

Body Design and Wireless Connectivity

  • A large 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD is available for intuitive control over image composition, settings, and playback, and the screen also has an 80° upward, 180° downward tilting design for making front-facing selfies, or just working from a variety of angles.
  • The touchscreen enables the Touch Shutter function for simply tapping on the screen to both focus and release the shutter.
  • The exterior of the camera body is wrapped in a black leatherette for a traditional feel and the Olympus PEN logo has been foil stamped on the front of the camera body.
  • Built-in pop-up flash provides additional illumination when working in low-light conditions. A hot shoe can also accommodate an optional external flash.
  • The included BLS-50 rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides approximately 350 shots per charge.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth permit seamlessly connecting a smartphone or tablet to the camera, which then enables you to wirelessly share imagery and remotely control the camera.

M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ Lens

Included with the camera is the versatile M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ Lens, which provides a 28-84mm equivalent focal length range in a compact, pancake style. Three aspherical elements have been incorporated into the lens' design to help reduce spherical aberrations throughout the zoom range and also contribute to high image sharpness and clarity. The lens is designated as MSC (Movie & Still Compatible), making it ideal for video recording due to its quick and near-silent focusing performance.

Other Camera Features

  • An anti-shock shooting mode lets you use an electronic first curtain shutter, in conjunction with a 60-1/320 sec shutter speed range, to reduce vibrations when shooting atop a tripod or other support.
  • Digital ESP metering uses a 324-area multi pattern metering area, along with center-weighted average and spot metering modes, for accurate exposure metering control.
  • Advanced Photo Modes: Live Composite, Live Time, Multiple Exposure, HDR Backlight, Silent, Panorama, Keystone Compensation, AE Bracketing, and Focus Bracketing
  • Scene Select AE modes: Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape + Portrait, Night + Portrait, Children, Night scene, Hand-Held Starlight, Fireworks, Light trails, Sport, Panning, Landscape, Sunset, Beach & Snow, Backlight HDR, Panorama, Candlelight, Silent, Macro, Nature Macro, Documents, and Multi Focus Shot.
  • Picture Modes: i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, e Portrait, Underwater, and Art Filters.
  • Photo Story mode lets you shoot a scene from different viewpoints, then compile these individual images into a single frame.
  • Live Composite Mode lets you record a long exposure, between 1/2 to 60 seconds, and watch the exposure build in real-time for more accurate long exposures.
  • Interval shooting is supported for up to 999 sequential frames with 1 second to 24 hour intervals. Finished shoots can then be automatically compiled into a time-lapse movie.
  • Multiple Exposure mode lets you record two sequential frames over one another with auto gain for a balanced overall exposure.
  • Movie Effects: One Shot Echo, Multi Echo, Art Fade, and Old Film.
  • Live Guide is a simple graphical menu for adjusting color saturation, color value, brightness, background blur, and how motion is portrayed, and can also display helpful shooting tips.
  • Art Filters: Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Watercolor, Vintage, Partial Color, Bleach Bypass, and Instant Film.

Olympus E-PL9 Specs

Imaging
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Camera FormatMicro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Sensor ResolutionActual: 17.2 Megapixel
Effective: 16.1 Megapixel
Maximum Resolution4608 x 3456
Aspect Ratio4:3
Sensor TypeMOS
Sensor Size17.3 x 13 mm
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth12-Bit
Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 3-Axis
Exposure Control
ISO SensitivityAuto, 200 to 25600 (Extended: 100 to 25600)
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/4000 to 60 Seconds
0 to 30 Minutes in Bulb Mode
Electronic Shutter
1/16000 to 60 Seconds
Metering MethodAverage, Center-Weighted Average, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Metering Range-2 to 20 EV
White BalanceAuto, Custom
Continuous ShootingUp to 8.6 fps at 16.1 MP for up to 13 Frames (Raw) / Unlimited Frames (JPEG)
Up to 4.8 fps at 16.1 MP for up to 14 Frames (Raw)
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/12-Second Delay
Video
Recording ModesMOV/H.264
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p [102 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [18 to 52 Mb/s]
MOV
HD (1280 x 720) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/119.88p [10 to 26 Mb/s]
Recording LimitUp to 29 Minutes
Video EncodingNTSC
Audio RecordingBuilt-In Microphone (Stereo)
Audio File FormatLinear PCM (Stereo), WAV
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus PointsContrast Detection: 121
Viewfinder and Monitor
Size3"
Resolution1,040,000 Dot
Display Type180° Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Flash
Built-In FlashYes
Flash ModesAuto, Fill Flash, First-Curtain Sync, Manual, Off, Red-Eye Reduction, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Guide Number17.72' / 5.4 m at ISO 100
Maximum Sync Speed1/250 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
ConnectivityHDMI D (Micro), USB Micro-B (USB 2.0)
WirelessWi-Fi
Bluetooth
GPSNo
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Operating Humidity30 to 90%
Physical
Battery1 x BLS-50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1175 mAh
Dimensions (W x H x D)4.6 x 2.7 x 1.5" / 117.1 x 68 x 39 mm
Weight13.4 oz / 380 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
Kit Lens
Focal Length14 to 42mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 28 to 84mm)
Maximum Aperturef/3.5 to 5.6
Minimum Aperturef/22
Angle of View75° to 29°
Maximum Magnification0.19x
Minimum Focus Distance7.87" / 19.99 cm
Optical Design8 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades5, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size37 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.4 x 0.9" / 6.1 x 2.3 cm
Weight3.99 oz / 113 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.135 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.4 x 10.35 x 7.75"
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