Updated 26 Jun 2018

Olympus

PEN E-PL9 (with 14-42mm lens)

Snapshot: The Olympus PEN E-PL9 (with 14-42mm lens) compact system camera has an Micro Four Thirds Live CMOS sensor, can shoot 4k video, but no viewfinder. But how's the image quality?

PEN E-PL9 (with 14-42mm lens)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1191

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Test results

Overall score
68
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Screen
?/10
Video quality
?/10
Flash
?/10

Good points

  • Good image quality.
  • Very good screen.
  • OK video quality.
  • OK flash.
  • Has a high resolution articulated monitor.
  • Can shoot Full-HD video and manually focus.

But

No obvious bad points.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Image quality (40%): Unless otherwise stated the cameras are set to full automatic function – including exposure, white balance and focus – with maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG.
Ease of use (40%): An evaluation of the manual, viewfinder, monitor, data transfer, shutter delay, inserting/removing memory, changing settings, controls and batteries.
Screen (10%): A rating of image quality of the screen, and the difference between the height and width displayed and what is recorded on the final image.
Video quality (10%): A rating of the quality of short video clips.

Prices are from a June 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1191

Specifications

Battery type
Lithium-ion
Megapixels (MP)
16
Sensor
Micro Four Thirds Live CMOS
ISO range
200 - 25600
Optical zoom
n/a
Aperture range
3.5 - 5.6
Zoom range
29 - 87
Shutter range
1/16000 - 60
Dimensions (cm)
125 x 45 x 69
Weight (g)
432
Depth (mm)
n/a

Features

Water resistant
n/a
Raw support
Yes
GPS tagging
No
PASM modes
Yes
Manual focus option
n/a

Monitor

Size (inches)
2.9
Monitor pixels
1,040,000
Touchscreen
Yes
Articulated monitor
Yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
-
Viewfinder pixels
-

Video

Video
3840 x 2160
Microphone input
No

Memory

Memory card
SDHC, SDXC

Flash

Flash type
Switch on by hand
Connection for external flash
Yes

More info

Notes

Tested with a M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14‑42mm 1:3.5‑5.6 EZ lens. Optical zoom and closest focal distance varies, depending on the lens.