• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Olympus E-PL6 advantages over Olympus E-M1

  • Less expensive
    $299 vs $1299
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    38 mm vs 63 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    325g vs 497g
    Lighter weight
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos

Olympus E-M1 advantages over Olympus E-PL6

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More dots on screen
    1037k vs 614k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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

Common Weaknesses

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Exceptional rugged, weather-proof, professional build; Lightning fast contrast-detect AF, and phase-detect AF that makes Four Thirds lenses far more responsive; Tons of useful physical controls with immense customizability; Arguably the best image quality of any Micro Four Thirds camera we've tested to date; Large, sharp, high-resolution electronic viewfinder; Advanced Wi-Fi capabilities, including remote control shooting in PASM exposure modes.

  • Bigger and heavier than many other compact system cameras; Most expensive Micro Four Thirds camera on the market to date; Menu system and customization options have a steep learning curve; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M5

Olympus E-PL6
Olympus E-M5
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
Olympus E-M1
Olympus E-M5
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic GF5

Olympus E-PL6
Panasonic GF5
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $360
  • 4/3
  • Bigger pixels
  • Internal flash
Olympus E-M1
Panasonic GF5
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $360
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic GH3

Olympus E-PL6
Panasonic GH3
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $823
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Olympus E-M1
Panasonic GH3
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $823
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Olympus E-PL5

Olympus E-PL6
Olympus E-PL5
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Higher-res screen
  • $329
  • 4/3
Olympus E-M1
Olympus E-PL5
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Olympus E-PM2

Olympus E-PL6
Olympus E-PM2
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Higher-res screen
  • $448
  • 4/3
Olympus E-M1
Olympus E-PM2
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Thinner
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