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Olympus PEN E-PL9

Olympus PEN E-PL9
alaScore 91

19 reviews

Sep, 2023

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL9. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and usability. The portability and performance also get good reviews. Views are divided on the screen. The sensor and viewfinder get negative reviews.

design, performance, portability, usability, price

viewfinder, sensor

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus PEN E-PL9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Daven Mathies (

Olympus PEN E-PL9 review


Great design ; Articulating touchscreen ; Fast performance ; Built-in stabilization ; Ideal for beginners

Poor manual controls ; Some confusing operation

With the PEN E-PL9, Olympus has made the best possible camera for the smartphone generation, other than an actual smartphone. It’s pretty, compact, fast, and simple to operate — great for someone ready to jump into the world of interchangeable lens...

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (

Olympus PEN E-PL9


The Olympus PEN E-PL9 is, for the most part, the same mirrorless camera as the E-PL8, but adds a built-in flash and 4K video.

Snappy autofocus. 8.5fps burst shooting. In-body image stabilization. 4K video. Slim, attractive design. Tilting touch LCD. Built-in flash. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Aging 16MP image sensor. No EVF or add-on option. 4K video not easily accessible. Small Raw shooting buffer.

I'm being a bit kinder to the E-PL9 than I was to the E-M10 Mark III, which I reviewed earlier this year and gave a lower rating. Price is one factor, as the E-M10 is $50 more. Market is another; the PEN's appeal is to entry-level shooters, while the...

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Michelle Rae Uy (

Olympus PEN E-PL9


The Good. Olympus's latest compact oozes not only style but also smart little features that beginner photographers, bloggers, and selfie shooters will appreciate. The Olympus Pen E-PL9, released earlier in 2018, is a big, if beginner, camera in a...

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Mike Tomkins (

Olympus E-PL9 Review


So who's the PL9 for? Like every preceding model in the line, the Olympus PL9 is an extremely affordable camera aimed at the budget-minded photographer who nevertheless wants interchangeable-lens, mirrorless camera versatility, from bloggers and...

As we noted at the outset, the Olympus PL9 has thus far been announced only outside of the US market. Pricing in the UK market is set at £580 or thereabouts when sold body-only (that's roughly US$670 before tax, at current exchange rates). The PL9 is...

Feb, 2018

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (

Olympus PEN E-PL9 Mirrorless Camera Review: Inexpensive and Versatile


Competition remains fierce in the mirrorless-camera market, which is good news for consumers, since cameras like the E-PL9 will offer a lot of value for the money. It shoots very good stills and videos, although it's challenged in low light and the...

Thin, nicely designed 3x optical zoom lens ; Shoots 4K-resolution video ; Relatively inexpensive ; Includes a built-in flash and hot shoe ; App comes with basic, but useful how-to videos

No electronic viewfinder ; Wi-Fi setup was a bit confusing ; Touch-screen LCD doesn't swing out to side ; Small grip

The Olympus PEN E-PL9 is a good mirrorless camera for those graduating from smartphone photography.

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Michael Topham (

Olympus PEN E-PL9 first look


The Olympus PEN E-PL9 is aimed at beginners and bloggers after a stylish and fashionable interchangeable lens camera that's superior to a smartphone.

Feb, 2018

Expert review by : Rod Lawton (

Olympus PEN E-PL9 review


Olympus updates its stylish entry-level mirrorless camera

Size and portability ; Attractive design ; Easy to use ; Image quality and effects ; 4K video and Clips modes

No viewfinder ; No accessory port ; ISO limit is only 25,600 ; Only uses 3-axis IS system ; Modest sensor specs ; Relatively expensive

The PEN E-PL9 is perfect for first-time buyers who’ve outgrown a smartphone and just want a camera that reliably captures sharp, well-exposed images, fits in a bag and doesn’t look like a piece of military hardware. There are cheaper alternatives, but...

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Dave Stevenson (

Olympus E-PL9 review: A cheap and cheerful mirrorless perfect for travelling


This entry-level model from Olympus is pitched squarely at vloggers, bloggers and holiday snappers

Small size ; Tilting screen ; Attractive retro design ; Fun effects modes

No viewfinder ; No USB charging

Overall, this is a great little camera for those who are new to photography, or for those who have a little more experience but want something ultra-light and portable for their travels. It’s therefore very easy to recommend.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Joshua Waller (

Olympus PEN E-PL9 Expert Review


Read our full review of the new Olympus PEN E-PL9, with a 16mp sensor, 4K video, and numerous shooting modes.

The Olympus PEN E-PL9 continues to deliver the same high image quality of other Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras, giving excellent colour reproduction and great JPEG images straight from the camera. Noise performance is good, although doesn't quite...

May, 2018

Expert review by : Joshua Waller (

Olympus PEN E-PL9 Hands-On Review


We go hands-on with the new Olympus PEN E-PL9, and post sample photos and video with the new 16mp, 4K camera.

The Olympus PEN E-PL9 continues to deliver the same high image quality of other Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras, giving excellent colour reproduction and great JPEG images straight from the camera. Noise performance is good, although doesn't quite...

Feb, 2018

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