Olympus has just announced its latest mirrorless camera for the mass consumer in the form of PEN E-PL9. It is the latest in the long line of E-PL line and the new model now features several new features including 4K recording as well as Bluetooth connectivity for continuous image transfer.
Underneath the classic design, the E-PL9 comes standard with a 16MP Live MOS sensor, and TruePic VIII image processor, alongside 121-point contrast-detect AutoFocus (AF) with face and eye detection. All of them are the same features found on the previously released E-M10 Mark III.
However, the E-PL9 comes with 3-axis stabilisation instead of 5-axis. The new camera is also equipped with a built-in flash but at the same time, no longer feature accessory port which means that the E-PL9 not able to support add-on electronic viewfinders or other accessories that utilize the said port.
As mentioned earlier, among the biggest addition to the E-PL line is 4K recording at 30fps. Olympus also has introduced Bluetooth LE, which works in conjunction with the camera’s built-in WiFi that allows automated image transfer to any connected smart device even when the camera is powered down.
Other additions include new Art Filters called Instant Film and Bleach Bypass, a simpler creative control mode called Advanced Photo mode, a Sweep Panorama mode and a better scene selection option. The camera’s 3-inch touchscreen can also be flipped up to help capture those selfie shots.
Available in either brown, black or white, Olympus is bundling the camera with the 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ‘EZ’ power zoom lens although customers can choose to have its body alone. Global availability will be starting from March, with the kit-lens set retailing for €699 (RM 3,365) or €549 (RM 2,643) for the body only.