• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Olympus E-PL9 advantages over Ricoh GR III

  • Less expensive
    $499 vs $897
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 350 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.6 fps vs 4.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    8.6 fps vs 4.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    14 vs 9 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Ricoh GR III advantages over Olympus E-PL9

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Longer exposure
    1200 vs 60 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • 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
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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Compared to Olympus PEN-F

Olympus E-PL9
Olympus PEN-F
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Ricoh GR III
Olympus PEN-F
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Olympus E-PL9
Panasonic GX85
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
Ricoh GR III
Panasonic GX85
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive

Compared to Olympus E-PL8

Olympus E-PL9
Olympus E-PL8
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $255
  • 4/3
Ricoh GR III
Olympus E-PL8
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $255
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Olympus E-M10 III

Olympus E-PL9
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
Ricoh GR III
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus E-PL10

Olympus E-PL9
Olympus E-PL10
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Newer
Ricoh GR III
Olympus E-PL10
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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