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

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Differences

YI M1 advantages over Olympus E-PL9

  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens

Olympus E-PL9 advantages over YI M1

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/125 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    20 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.6 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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
  • 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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Cheap as chips (and with a kit lens!); Quality Sony Exmor Four Thirds sensor; Widely-supported Micro Four Thirds lens mount; Good image quality from raw files; Reasonable burst performance for price; 4K video capture.

  • Poor ergonomics; Controls too easily bumped; Frustrating user interface; Mediocre JPEG image quality; Heavy-handed noise reduction; Unreliable white balance; No raw+JPEG; Buffer is almost nonexistent; Focus confirmation beep happens while still focusing; AF is poor in low light; Laggy user interface in playback; Extreme crop for 4K video; Kit lenses feel cheap; No bundled flash.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GF7

YI M1
Panasonic GF7
  • $350
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Internal flash
Olympus E-PL9
Panasonic GF7
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Lighter weight
  • Wider angle kit lens

Compared to Canon EOS M10

YI M1
Canon EOS M10
  • $350
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus E-PL9
Canon EOS M10
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • NFC

Compared to Panasonic GX85

YI M1
Panasonic GX85
  • $350
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus E-PL9
Panasonic GX85
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus E-PL8

YI M1
Olympus E-PL8
  • $350
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $289
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus E-PL9
Olympus E-PL8
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $289
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic GX850

YI M1
Panasonic GX850
  • $350
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Internal flash
Olympus E-PL9
Panasonic GX850
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
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