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GENERAL
Model Olympus PEN E-PL9 Olympus PEN E-PL8 Olympus PEN E-PL7 Olympus PEN E-PL6 Olympus PEN E-PL5
Release Date 2018-02-08 2016-09-19 2014-09-01 2014-08-01 2012-09-17
Camera Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Current Price $599.00 $549.00 $499.00 $299.99 $399.99
SENSOR COMPARISON
Sensor Resolution
16

Megapixel

16

Megapixel

16

Megapixel

16

Megapixel

16

Megapixel

Max Image Dimensions 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS CMOS CMOS CMOS
Sensor Size Four Thirds Four Thirds Four Thirds Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor Dimensions 17.3 x 13 mm 17.3 x 13 mm 17.3 x 13 mm 17.3 x 13 mm 17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area
224mm2
224mm2
224mm2
224mm2
224mm2
Max ISO

6400

25600

25600

25600

25600

Min ISO

200

200

100

100

200

RAW Support
SHOOTING FEATURES COMPARISON
Model Olympus PEN E-PL9 Olympus PEN E-PL8 Olympus PEN E-PL7 Olympus PEN E-PL6 Olympus PEN E-PL5
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec 1/4000 sec 1/4000 sec 1/4000 sec 1/4000 sec
Min Shutter Speed 60 sec 60 sec 60 sec 60 sec 60 sec
Continuous Shooting 8.6 fps 8.0 fps 8 fps 8 fps 8 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure
Exposure Compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps) ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps) ±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps) ±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
Exposure Metering
  • MultiCenter-weightedHighlight-weightedSpot
  • MultiCenter-weightedSpot
  • MultiCenter-weightedSpot
  • MultiCenter-weightedSpot
  • MultiCenter-weightedSpot
Auto Exposure Bracketing 5 (3, 5 frames at 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps) ±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps) 5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps) (2, 3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps) (2, 3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilizer Sensor-shift Sensor-shift Sensor-shift Sensor-shift Sensor-shift
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 7.60 m (at ISO 200) no built-in flash no built-in flash 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1) 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1)
Max Flash Sync n/a no built-in flash no built-in flash no built-in flash 1/250s
Flash Modes Auto, manual, redeye reduction, slow sync w/redeye reduction, slow sync , slow sync 2nd-curtain, fill-in, off no built-in flash no built-in flash Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)
External Flash
AE Bracketing
WB Bracketing
VIEWFINDER COMPARISON
Viewfinder Type None None Electronic (optional) Electronic (optional) Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder no electronic viewfinder no electronic viewfinder no electronic viewfinder no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Viewfinder Magnification n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
LCD DISPLAY COMPARISON
Display Type Tilting Tilting Tilting Tilting Tilting
Technology n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Screen Size
3″
3″
3″
3″
3″
Resolution 1,040k dots 1,037k dots 1,037k dots 460k dots 460k dots
Live View
Touch Screen
VIDEO COMPARISON
Model Olympus PEN E-PL9 Olympus PEN E-PL8 Olympus PEN E-PL7 Olympus PEN E-PL6 Olympus PEN E-PL5
Video Resolution 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Video File Format
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
  • H.264
  • Motion JPEG
  • H.264
  • Motion JPEG
  • MPEG-4
  • Motion JPEG
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
  • Motion JPEG
Microphone Type Yes No Stereo Stereo Stereo
Speaker Type Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono
External Microphone Port
External Headphone Port
PHYSICAL SPECS COMPARISON
Weight 380 g 357 g 357 g 325 g 325 g
Dimensions 117 x 68 x 39 mm 115 x 67 x 38 mm 115 x 67 x 38 mm 111 x 64 x 38 mm 111 x 64 x 38 mm
Body Sealing No No No No No
BATTERY and STORAGE
Battery Type Battery Pack Battery Pack Battery Pack Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Life

350 Shots

350 Shots

350 Shots

360 Shots

360 Shots

Storage Media SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
CONNECTIVITY COMPARISON
Wireless Connectivity Built-In Built-In Built-In Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
LENS COMPARISON
Model Olympus PEN E-PL9 Olympus PEN E-PL8 Olympus PEN E-PL7 Olympus PEN E-PL6 Olympus PEN E-PL5
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Focal Range(35mm) No Lens No Lens No Lens No Lens No Lens
Focal Length Multiplier 2x 2x 2
Optical Zoom No Lens No Lens No Lens No Lens No Lens
Max Aperture No Lens No Lens No Lens No Lens No Lens
Macro Focus Range No Lens No Lens No Lens No Lens No Lens
Manual Focus
AUTOFOCUS COMPARISON
Number of Focus Points 121 81 81 35 35
Contrast Detection
Phase Detection
AF Modes
  • AF Touch
  • AF Continuous
  • AF Single
  • AF Tracking
  • AF Selective
  • AF Center
  • AF Multi Area
  • AF Live View
  • Face Detection
  • AF Touch
  • AF Continuous
  • AF Single
  • AF Tracking
  • AF Selective
  • AF Center
  • AF Multi Area
  • AF Live View
  • Face Detection
  • AF Touch
  • AF Continuous
  • AF Single
  • AF Tracking
  • AF Selective
  • AF Center
  • AF Multi Area
  • AF Live View
  • Face Detection
  • AF Touch
  • AF Continuous
  • AF Single
  • AF Tracking
  • AF Selective
  • AF Multi Area
  • AF Live View
  • Face Detection
  • AF Touch
  • AF Continuous
  • AF Single
  • AF Tracking
  • AF Selective
  • AF Multi Area
  • AF Live View
  • Face Detection
Current Price $599.00 $549.00 $499.00 $299.99 $399.99