• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon 1DX Mark II advantages over Olympus E-PL9

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.58 vs 3.75 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1210 vs 350 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More dots on screen
    1620k vs 1037k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    14.0 fps vs 8.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    14.1 fps vs 8.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 14 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Olympus E-PL9 advantages over Canon 1DX Mark II

  • Less expensive
    $699 vs $6299
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    39 mm vs 82 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    7 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality, especially from RAWs; Fantastic high ISO performance; Fast autofocus with great tracking performance; 14fps burst rate; Amazing buffer capacity; 4K 60p video; Robust build quality.

  • Very heavy, bulky and expensive; Dual memory card slots use different formats; 29:59 continuous video recording limit; Touchscreen feels underutilized.

The Competition

Compared to Canon EOS-1D C

Canon 1DX Mark II
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in GPS
  • $6989
  • 35mm
Olympus E-PL9
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon D4S

Canon 1DX Mark II
Nikon D4S
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $6183
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
Olympus E-PL9
Nikon D4S
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $6183
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon D5

Canon 1DX Mark II
Nikon D5
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
Olympus E-PL9
Nikon D5
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Canon 1DX Mark II
Panasonic GX85
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Olympus E-PL9
Panasonic GX85
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus E-PL8

Canon 1DX Mark II
Olympus E-PL8
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Olympus E-PL9
Olympus E-PL8
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
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