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Olympus Announces PEN E-PL9 With 4K Video Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

7 February 2018

Olympus has introduced its PEN E-PL9, its latest compact Micro Four Thirds body featuring 4K video with an option to extract stills, 121-point contrast detection autofocus, built-in WiFi and always-on Bluetooth LE and 16 art filters.

Despite a few hands-on reviews, Olympus has not issued a news release on the E-PL9 and U.S. sellers do not list it for pre-ordering. Our brief report is culled from a collection of European news stories and subject to change.

It is, in short, one of the more bizarre product introductions we've witnessed in 20 years in this business. The explanation? The company had not yet made plans for the North American release.


Highlights of the E-PL9 include:

  • 16-Mp CMOS sensor
  • TruePIC VIII processing engine
  • Micro Four Thirds lens mount
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization
  • 121-point contrast-detection autofocus system
  • 3.0-inch tilting, touchsensitive LCD with 1.04 million dots
  • 4K video recording to 30p with option to extract still
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth LE (Low Energ)
  • 16 Art Filters, including Bleach Bypass and a new Instant Film mode

Note that in the illustration above you can see that there is no data connection below the hotshoe for an electronic viewfinder.


Specifications for the E-PL9 include:

Sensor 16-megapixel CMOS sensor
Aspect ratios: 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Bit Depth 12-bit
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
UHS-I/II and EyeFi compatible
Monitor 3.0-inch, 1.04m-dot tilting (80° up and 180° down) touchscreen LCD
Shutter Mechanical: 60 sec. to 1/4,000 sec.
Electronic: up to 1/16,000 sec
Image Stabilization 3-axis sensor stabilization
3.5 stops (CIPA)
Frame Rate 8.6 fps
ISO Auto, ISO 200 to 6400 (extended to 100, 12,800, 25,600)
Autofocus Yes
Live View Yes
Flash Built-in with 7.6m Guide Number
1/250 second sync
Hot shot
Movie 2160p at 30/25/24
1080p at 30/25/24
720p at 120 AVCHD
48Khz PCM stereo
Connectivity WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth LE
Power BLS-50 rechargeable lithium battery
Dimensions 4.6 x 2.7 x 1.5 inches
Weight 13.4 ounces


Olympus said the E-PL9 would ship in March for between $500 (which is what the E-PL8 is now selling for) and $700 (the euro price converted to dollars) in black, white or brown.

Neither Adorama nor B&H were accepting pre-orders when the E-PL9 was announced but both have after the North American release.

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