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Olympus PEN E-PL9 16 MP Compact System Camera with Electric Zoom, 4K Movies, 3-Inch Display, Wi-Fi and 14 - 42 mm Pancake Lens - Black
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- Bluetooth and WIFI connectivity foe Quick & Easy connection to your smartphone allowing you to share images and control the camera.
- Excellent image quality thanks to 16 megapixel CMOS sensor with large dynamic range and powerful TruePic VIII image processor
- Perfect for Selfies: High-resolution, flip-down 3 inch touch LCD for direct access to the creative functions.
- Timeless, stylish design in a compact and lightweight body
- Olympus Pen E-PL9 Camera, Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm EZ Pancake Lens, BLS‑50 Lithium‑Ion Battery, BCS‑5 Battery Charger, Micro Four Thirds body cap
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|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches|
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|Max Focal Length||42||—||42||17 mm||32||84 mm|
|Min Focal Length||14||—||14||17 mm||12||8 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||17.2 megapixels||16 megapixels||16 megapixels||—||16.84 megapixels||17.2 megapixels|
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Colour Name: Black | Style Name: Pancake Electronic Zoom Lens
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A beautiful camera for breathtaking photos. Discover a new way of photography with the Olympus PEN E-PL9 and easily send your best pictures via Wi-Fi to your smartphone so you can share them on-line and with friends. Now it's your turn: Don't take snapshots. Take pictures!
Olympus Pen E-PL9 Camera, Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm EZ Pancake Lens, BLS‑50 Lithium‑Ion Battery, BCS‑5 Battery Charger, Micro Four Thirds body cap (BC‑2) Shoulder Strap, CB‑USB6 USB Cable, Olympus Viewer Software, Operating Instructions, Warranty Card
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Beautiful from inside and outside
The E-PL9 is a fashion accessory on its own and you will never grow tired of its clean, sophisticated look. The leather feel materials have been moulded to the camera in real harmony, giving the classic simple design a modern touch.
Easy access to complex functions
What used to be buried in menus are now a touch away thanks to AP (Advanced Photo) mode that lets you create images from complex lighting situations. Use advanced photography methods like Multi Exposure, HDR, Bracketing and more you may never have tried before.
Fast for followers
Thanks to the built-in WiFi it is easier than ever to share your life on social media. You can even retrieve images from the camera when it is in your bag and post them via the free App or use the Share Order Function to import photos automatically after turning the camera off.
A little camera shake in low light can cause blur – the built-in class 3-Axis Image Stabilisation (IS) keeps your shots blur free when the lights go down. Combined with the latest image processor TruePicVIII from the E-M1Mark II flagship model the E-PL9 provides high image quality in challenging conditions.
Press to impress
Select different Art Filters with just a touch on the screen and see the filter effect live to help match the scene. The new Instant Film filter creates a nostalgic but modern feel and adds impact and style to flash photographs of people.
Up your game with added lenses
Learn to love lenses and do things with your camera your phone can only dream about. Achieve more professional results by adding extra lenses because the right lens makes all the difference. Capture tiny details with close up lenses or create beautiful portraits with outstanding bokeh.
Bucket Bag – Into The Blue
Manufactured from suede and with all the advantages of an ordinary camera bag this padded Bucket Bag is the stylish fusion of fashion and photography. It offers enough space for a camera, a lens and a smartphone.
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The camera body is much weightier than I expected. Fully assembled it weighs in at a touch over 1lb, so despite its small size it’s no lightweight – still, the metal body gives it a quality feel and, for the most part it seems well-constructed. The lens attachment is quite stiff and needed a little more force than I expected to lock it in place. The lens cap is tiny, with fiddly little buttons to press to release it. Switching the camera on pushes out the motorised lens.
The first page of The Instruction Manual suggests downloading a manual and software for ‘viewing, editing, and managing images.’ To get the download, you, of course, have to sign up, and even if you take the easy route and click the facebook option you are still forced to supply a nickname – even if you haven’t got one and don’t want one.
The supplied 298 page manual tells me how to install the battery and SD card in 32 more languages than I speak, with just enough info to get going and be familiar with the function mode dial.
The downloadable PDF manual is 187 pages long and all in English. The downloadable manual has around a 100 fewer pages than the multi-lingual, and fairly useless, one supplied with the camera. Why isn’t the full manual in the box and the stupid one available as a download?
This camera’s Menus are neither intuitive nor easy to navigate. For example, to erase all images on the SD card, you have two choices. You can scroll through and delete them one at a time. With a full card this is going to be tedious. Alternatively, press Menu, scroll down to the Spanner (Firmware), select Card Setup (top function), select All Erase (top function), select Yes. There is nothing in the manual under ‘How to erase images’ that tells you that.
I have large hands, so this may not be an issue with the target audience for this camera (it seems to be as much a fashion accessory as a camera – judging by the colour options), but the thumb rest is too close to the edge of the body. My thumb also covers the video instant record button. On my first venture into the garden to try it out I found I’d shot three videos in the space of taking six still images, because it seems just holding the camera is enough to press this poorly positioned button - though it may be handy if you shoot a lot of video.
Surprisingly I found one feature quite useful when shooting at awkward angles and that is the press the screen to focus and shoot ability of this camera. This is the default, but can be turned off. Touching the screen will focus on that spot and fire the shutter without touching the shutter release itself. There is a setting that lets you touch to focus, but still use the shutter button. Both are useful features.
Although I’m sure most users of this model will be using jpeg as the file type, it does offer the option to create RAW images for further processing in software like Lightroom or Photoshop. This is a great feature if you want to use this camera as an entry into learning more about serious photography and photo editing. Adobe have updated Adobe Camera Raw to include this camera, but it may require an update (Help>Update) to the latest version. Unfortunately Owners of Adobe’s photo processing products prior to the Creative Cloud will find themselves unable to download an update that includes this camera. The way round this is to download the latest version of Adobe’s free DNG converter. Convert the Olympus RAW (.orf) files to .dng. Then open them in Lightroom or Photoshop. It’s a pain, but it works, and it’s down to Adobe rather than Olympus. My images with ‘RAW’ stamped on them are .dng conversions subsequently edited and cropped in Lightroom. The rest of the sample images are unedited jpgs as they came out of the camera just using the auto settings.
I’ve been playing around with this camera for around a month and I think it would be a quality upgrade from a smartphone. But after a lifetime of SLR use, I find aspects of it a little frustrating. The menu system is not intuitive and it is really difficult to not only find out how to do stuff, but to actually do it. I wanted to change the ISO and couldn’t figure it out on the camera so had to wait till I got home to look it up on the downloaded manual. (Turn camera on > press OK > press 4-way down > use left/right on 4-way button to select desired ISO from list at bottom of screen > press ok. Lowest ISO, by the way, is LOW (???) the lowest numbered value is 200, highest is 25,600.
Using the Aperture priority, and Shutter priority, modes, is however, as straightforward as on a dSLR. Select A, or S, on the top plate button, then rotate the button next door to it to select desired setting. Manual mode (M) is almost the same but changing aperture is another one of those what? moments. After selecting the desired shutter speed press the exposure compensation bit of the 4-way dial, this then allows the control wheel to change aperture rather than shutter speed. Since this is not something that will get a lot of use (off camera flash is when I tend to use manual mode) I think something a little more memorable might have been useful. But, let’s not forget this is a sophisticated point and shoot, so a lot of these features are more useful for adding to the list of what the camera can do, than being really beneficial to the buyer.
Just holding the camera to take a picture my thumb covers every button on the back of the camera, and I can press any of them, bar the bottom two, inadvertently.
There is no viewfinder, and unlike its predecessor, the PL8, no facility to add one. This makes photography in sunlight much more difficult than it needs to be because it’s almost impossible to see the viewscreen.
There is no case and that big screen needs some protection from abrasion in a pocket or a bag.
Abysmal. I took 83 shots, one deliberate movie clip (45 secs) and a couple of accidental ones and the battery was dead from a full charge. The problem is of course that the screen is on all the time and display screens eat through batteries. Admittedly I was trying out a lot of the functions and testing stuff out, so you should get a lot more shots than I did, but I seriously doubt that normal use will give you anything like the 350 shots that the makers claim. So if you decide to buy this then I would definitely think about buying a spare battery for it (£50 for the Olympus branded version, £10ish for non-Olympus equivalents).
The Android app connected with the camera the first time I used it and then refused to notice it on subsequent occasions. I deleted the app, then re-installed. Couldn’t get the two to talk to each other.
The Good Stuff
On the plus side. The screen is touch sensitive and I love being able to just touch it to identify where I want the focus. There’s an electronic spirit level which makes level horizons so much easier. There’s a nifty little built in flash. And the screen rotates up 90 deg which makes low level photography much easier for me and means I don’t have to lie on the floor to get my eye to the viewfinder. The screen also rotates down 180 deg so the self-obsessed can take piccies of themselves. Screen resolution is excellent and there’s a hot shoe for an external flash gun. The zoom is motorised – twist the zoom ring to the left, and then wait while the lens zooms in. I also like the additional lens availability for quite reasonable prices. There is a 40-150mm for £160 and a 75-300mm for £350. It also has a metal tripod thread positioned on the central axis of the lens.
The micro four-thirds sensor is only a little smaller than the APS-C found on entry level dSLRs, and sensor size directly relates to picture quality. The crop factor is 2x so effective focal length of lenses is doubled – that 75-300mm I mentioned behaves like a 150-600mm lens on a professional dSLR.
I like this camera, despite its irritations. It is so much lighter and smaller than my dSLR and will prove very handy when I just want a camera with me but don’t want to be lugging a load of gear around. I might even get one or two additional lenses.
If you want something better than a smartphone, something light(ish) and easy to carry, or something compact to shoot high quality video then this camera is worthy of consideration – though there is no way to connect an external mic which means sound quality will always be relatively poor. If you want something to ‘get into’ photography then have a look at entry-level dSLRs. Canon’s 1300D is half the price of this camera. There are lots of gimmicky features on this Olympus, so the potential for hours of fun trying them out is also a consideration if you enjoy doing that. The art filters, for instance, make images stand out a the click of a button.
I’ve added several photographs taken with this camera and one movie clip. For movie making I found it very easy to hold steady. Apart from the RAW images, they are all as they came out of the camera with no attempt to improve composition by cropping. The Zoo images were all taken at the 42mm maximum zoom setting.
What you get
This camera arrives in a substantial and weighty box. Everything is very well packaged. The protection comes mostly from cardboard so great news for those who are concerned about wasteful plastic packaging.
In the box:
USB to micro-USB cable
Black shoulder strap
Charger cable (shaver type 2 pin plug)
Charger Cable (UK 3 pin plug)
77 page lens instruction manual (3 pages in English)
298 page camera instruction manual (11 pages in English)
Warranty Card (actually an A2 sheet paper folded lots)
It's even got a nice retro look and feel, taking a lot of design cues from older manufacturers such as Leica and others, but remains stylish, modern, and easy to operate no matter the skill level, it's a great introduction to the more professional style of photography... Even though extra lenses can be a little hard to come by, Amazon has them available as would your local specialist store.
After a few attempts, setting up the wi-fi transfer of pictures from the E-PL9 to smartphone was very easy, and this is a definite great feature of the camera.
I have played around with some of the built in filters - and they are a good addition - but more for heavy Instagram users who want a picture to post quickly, with minimal editing. I prefer to use filters post-photography, in Photoshop. But for bloggers / heavy social media users - the filters and the wi-fi transfer make this a better solution that smartphone use for your pictures.
The camera look wonderful - with a great retro look and feel. Its not too weighty - and easy to hold and grip when taking pictures.
I have not used for video recording yet, so cannot comment on that. As I mentioned earlier - I mostly take pictures without filters, and I am really impressed with the quality. I am a real novice - I want to be able to point and click, so this camera is perfect for me. I rarely take pictures with my phone now - I'm always reaching for my E-PL9 as the quality of picture is so much better.
The viewing screen is a good size, is touch-screen and tilts to allow selfies. There is also a pop-out flash, which is a nice touch, keeping the design clean.
If you want a quality camera that you can just pick up and play with - for use on blogs or social media, or to take family pictures, this is a great camera. I am removing one star from the review as for this price, I would expect a basic memory card and a carrying bag, neither of which is included with the E-PL9.
But for design, ease of use and quality of pictures, I heartily recommend the E-PL9. It's a lovely camera that I really enjoy using.