Olympus E-PL9 First Shots: Pitting the latest PEN against the A6300, GX850, RX100 V and T7i


posted Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7:27 AM EDT


We've just received a sample of the svelte Olympus PEN E-PL9 and didn't want to waste any time bringing you our trademark laboratory First Shots series of Still Life test target images. You seasoned readers know all about these, but for anyone new to our website, these allow you to not only investigate the camera's image quality across the available ISO range, but to also compare the images to any other camera we've tested in our renown Comparometer.

Availability for the E-PL9 has not yet been officially announced for North American markets, but Olympus Japan recognizes the global nature of our audience and sent us a test sample directly, for the sake of markets already expecting availability soon. Those of you in North America can also go ahead and get an early glimpse to whet your appetite, as we're hopeful the camera will become available to us at some point soon.

To get you started down the comparison road, we've pitted the E-PL9 against a few logical competitors below at ISO 3200, a gain setting that often begins to show its teeth for all but the highest-tier camera models. And how does this little PEN fare? We'll let the images do the talking for this first look, but I think it's safe to say that the E-PL9 deserves to hold its head high in these comparisons.

[Note that the difference in apparent size at the 1:1 comparisons below are due to the difference in sensor resolution between models.]

Olympus E-PL9 vs. Sony A6300

Olympus E-PL9                        ISO 3200                        Sony A6300

Olympus E-PL9 vs. Panasonic GX850

Olympus E-PL9                         ISO 3200                        Panasonic GX850

Olympus E-PL9 vs. Canon T7i

Olympus E-PL9                        ISO 3200                           Canon T7i

We'll end our initial comparisons here against a popular 1-inch sensored camera, the Sony RX100 Mark V.

Olympus E-PL9 vs. Sony RX100 V

Olympus E-PL9                        ISO 3200                         Sony RX100 V

Stay tuned for more to come from us on the Olympus E-PL9. And keep checking in as we'll be sure to let you know once we're alerted to the availability for models here in North America.

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