• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Olympus E-PL9 advantages over Sony A6600

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $549 vs $1798
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    39 mm vs 69 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Lighter weight
    473g vs 828g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 99 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony A6600 advantages over Olympus E-PL9

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C 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
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer video battery life
    250 vs 80 minutes
    Capture more video
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 810 vs 350 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    203 mm vs 84 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    Brand new vs 19 months old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.0 fps vs 8.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.0 fps vs 8.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    46 vs 14 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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

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The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Olympus E-PL9
Panasonic GX85
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $523
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A6600
Panasonic GX85
  • $1398
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • NFC
  • $523
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Fujifilm X-T2

Olympus E-PL9
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A6600
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $1398
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Olympus E-PL8

Olympus E-PL9
Olympus E-PL8
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $349
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
Sony A6600
Olympus E-PL8
  • $1398
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $349
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Olympus E-M10 III

Olympus E-PL9
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
Sony A6600
Olympus E-M10 III
  • $1398
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • NFC
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Fujifilm X-T3

Olympus E-PL9
Fujifilm X-T3
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A6600
Fujifilm X-T3
  • $1398
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • NFC
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Higher max flash sync
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