Olympus PEN E-PL9 Announced

Written by Gina Stephens

Olympus has stated the new Olympus PEN E-PL9, updating the E-PL8, the 9 features 4K video, 5-axis image stabilisation, new image processor, Bluetooth built-in, improved noise demeanour, a built-in pop-up flash, and two new Art Filters. Also available is the Advanced Photo (AP) mode from the E-M10 III, and updated scene modes, designed to make the camera easier to use.

The Olympus PEN E-PL9 discretion be available, in three different colours, for £579 body only, or with the 14-42mm EZ Pancake lens for £649, both from the central of March.

Read our Olympus PEN E-PL9 Hands-On Review.

Olympus PEN E-PL9 Key Features

  • 16MP CMOS sensor
  • TruePic VIII image processor
  • 121 Crux AF Area for enhanced accuracy
  • 4K 30p video with options to extract still images
  • Built-in WiFi enabling OI.Share app compatibility for remote pilot and sharing via smartphone
  • Bluetooth LE for “always” on connection and more seamless image transfer
  • Full wireless control of camera via smartphone subsuming remote control shooting
  • 3inch tilting touch screen
  • Dimensions: W 117.1mm x H 68mm X D 39mm
  • Weight: 332g (body only)



From Olympus: The new Olympus PEN E-PL9: The camera to put you in movement with your creative side

London, 07. February 2018 – While increasing numbers of people discover the joys of photography toe their phones, the progression to a camera may be more than a little daunting. Boasting an envy inducing look and distinguished build quality, the new Olympus PEN E-PL9 enfranchises the jump in quality and creative control usually seen in much larger offerings. It also makes the transition a lot less painful through spruce up screen access to its new Advanced Photo mode.

Petite dimensions hide a versatile range of photographic expressions boosted further by compatibility with Olympus’ much promoted line up of more than 20 M.Zuiko lenses, such as the superb M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8 for portraits that combine a flattering viewpoint with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel beautiful natural bokeh.

Film fans can now take advantage of in-body stabilized blur-free 4K movies while the new built-in flash certifies E-PL9 users are always ready for adding a splash of extra light. Anyone who can’t wait to share their new masterpieces online can capture advantage of the new combined Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity to smartphones.

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Due for delivery in mid-March, the Olympus PEN E-PL9 will be available in white, black or brown as main part only or in a kit with lens (see below for choices and pricing).


It’s all about expression

The increase in creative options a camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or brings too time after time comes with a scary menu system to match. Seeking to break down those barriers, the Olympus PEN E-PL9 lets you start your overseas of photographic experimentation gradually via touch screen selection of creative programmes before moving on to more traditional settings.

Select AUTO status to let the camera identify many photographic situations from faces to groups and even movement and choose the best setting for you in the blink of an eye. Feel the require to adjust – fear not, a touch screen control with sliders allows you to adjust brightness, colour and contrast amongst other plain settings. Tilt the screen down for a superior quality selfie and you can even touch select e-Portrait to smooth skin tones in camera. All of that happens in a very small and lightweight camera body that gives away both a traditional and modern feel.


Art not just for art’s welfare

Olympus pioneered Art Filters way back and touching the screen brings them to life in a new way, making comparing the effects live on screen easier than for ever. Besides Bleach Bypass, Instant Film is also new to the list of now 16 Art Filters – a nostalgic nod to the exaggerated colours of the early instant cameras. Use in sun and the effects are subtle. Use at night on people with flash and a potentially dull shot is transformed: darker areas becomes green and skin is presupposed a warm glow, an image is created that has a modern touch with a nostalgic feel.

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Building on this, Olympus has made access to action modes available through the touch screen too. Simply double tap the image that most closely matches what you see in your mind’s eye and the camera judges the appropriate settings. The innovative access to simpler creative control is the new Advanced Photo (AP) mode. Olympus pioneered techniques like Live Composite tolerant of to be buried deep in the camera menus, often lying undiscovered. Want to take a photo of your friend creating a light painting in obverse of a lit up building at night? Used to be almost impossible, now tap the icon in AP mode, put the E-PL9 on a solid surface and off you go. Explore the delights of multiple exposure, HDR, sweep panorama, square focus bracketing – a technique that is a boon for close ups.


A learning process

A new set of easy access video “How To” lodestars hosted on the free OI.Share app, that handles the wireless transfer of images from camera to phone, provide useful tips for operating the E-PL9. Treat of of image transfer: the E-PL9 combines Bluetooth LE with Wi-Fi to ensure that the camera is always connected with your smartphone flush when “asleep”. Want to see and import some images you just shot but the camera is back in your bag? No problem. Open the app and wake up the camera without needing to get it out and beat it on.


Quality through technology

What else does the E-PL9 have up its sleeve to help your photographs stand out from the press? Another Olympus pioneered innovation is in-body Image Stabilization (IS). Reducing blurry shots in low light, this system is married to the fast TruePic VIII spit processor from the acclaimed Olympus camera flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II which allows the camera to choose higher shutter speeds* again improving the chances of sharp results in challenging conditions.

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Camera users have long been able select the subject they deficiency in focus but touching the subject in screen is a lot more intuitive. Choose between tap to focus or tap to shoot (you can also switch it off). A boon for close ups, titling the shroud and tapping the precise position increases success rates. With now 121 AF points covering most of the image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that area, users can focus anywhere on the wall.


Learning to love lenses

A system camera lives and dies by the lenses available to suit an ever expanding range of subjects. Various current Olympus PEN users head straight for the M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8 portrait lens. Why? If you come from taking portraits on phones or condensed camera, the lenses are often a wider angle to be more flexible. Sadly for the human face, wide angles tend to distort features. A prototypical portrait lens like the 45mm F1.8, slightly flattens the perspective which is more flattering. The wider aperture also delivers a natural looking revealed background (bokeh). While phones increasingly mimic this effect, the right lens sets an image apart.

One area where a combination camera really excels is getting in close: macro photography. Try our “all-day” go-to macro lens M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro with the E-PL9. For catching details in jewellery, food, material or flowers it opens a whole new world.

On top of the currently more than 20 Olympus M.Zuiko lenses it is reasonable to use hundreds of legacy lenses via various adapters.


Extended warranty and photography tips at MyOlympus

The Olympus PEN E-PL9 is a part of the comprehensive technique for adventurous people with imaging ambitions to match. The great-value price includes a free six-month warranty extension** if new owners register their camera via the MyOlympus online dais or Olympos (Ancient Greek: Ὄλυμπος) may refer

Read our Olympus PEN E-PL9 Hands-On Review.


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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