The simple fact that smartphone camera is actually pushing the entry-level cameras to the edge is pushing the innovation for camera makers. Olympus as a leading camera brand is aware of this. They know that Facebook-busy generation wants to capture impressive images and share them in real time without any professional expertise. This requires more simplified photo-shooting experience with DSLRs, and that is precisely what is offered through the all-new Olympus E-PL9 camera. This new camera simplifies the photo shooting with the promise of grabbing quality snaps.
The Olympus PEN E-PL9 is going to be available for the market from mid-March with an impressive price tag of £579.99 for the body or at a bit higher £649.99 when the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ Pancake lens included. The prices for the US and Australia are still not revealed.
Do you want to develop your photographic skills with a DSLR with least learning curve? Or, do you want to shoot great images with a DSLR camera that helps you with a smooth transition from smartphone to professional grade cameras? Well, this new Olympus camera can just fit the bill. Let us explain here 5 important things you need to know about the new Olympus Pen E-PL9 camera.
1. It offers a small form factor with cute design
Let us begin with the design excellence that this low footprint cute camera achieved. Olympus PEN E-PL9 looks cute with a small form factor. Olympus doesn’t intend to hide its intention to grab the attention of young photographers with good looks and sharp design. It is a camera that you can carry along everywhere with a lightweight built weighing just 332g and measuring 117 x 68 x 39mm for the body. It is quite a handy size to carry in a small side bag. For regular touring around, it is just perfectly sized.
2. Touchscreen for manoeuvring the settings
What remains intimidating for most casual photographers who are more comfortable with smartphones than a standalone DSLR is the uneasiness and learning curve they need to beat with a plethora of buttons and controls in a professional grade camera. Olympus being aware of this, introduced smart touchscreen control to allow users manoeuvring with the settings and controls. For someone new to photography being able to control the camera modes and settings right through a touchscreen interface is a great help.
The screen can also be tilted at different angles while snapping images from various positions. The screen can also be used to choose between various scene modes and for adding a range of art filters as preferred by the user. It can also be dropped in its regular position in the rear side for shooting great selfies.
The touchscreen interface really comes handy when manoeuvring various photo modes that this camera is equipped with. The Olympus Pen E-PL9 offers various photo modes for mastering different photography techniques. There is a user-friendly Advanced Photo (AP) mode that lacks together several professional grade features like multiple exposures, HDR, sweep panorama and focus bracketing.
3. Built-in filters and flash
Thanks to the popularity of social media image sharing most casual and amateur smartphones photographers show an uncanny knack for snapping with flashes on. This casual breed of photographers also downloads a lot of apps to add effects and custom filters to their photos. To address this popular need of using filters and effects, the new Olympus Pen E-PL9 offers an array of Art Filters built in. To use any of these filters, the users need to compare the effects right in the screen before snapping the photo.
The inbuilt features of the PEN E-PL8 get further boost with the detachable FL‑LM1 built-in flash. It can add a little bulk when you want to slip the cute camera within your small bag. But it comes useful when the purpose dominates over your style.
4. Unperturbed connectivity for real-time sharing
For smartphone photographers, it is quite easy to transfer their images in real time. Keeping this in mind, Olympus Pen E-PL9 offers a powerful connectivity package by combining Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi connectivity together. Moreover, thanks to this robust connectivity waking up the phone remotely through a PEN E-PL9 OI.Share app has now become easier than ever before. This allows you to share and transfers the images right from the camera without needing to switch on the camera.
5. High-end features
Lastly, coming to the capability of the PEN E-PL9, there are several really impressive features. It offers five-axis image stabilization and a 121-point AF system. It also sports 4K video with up to 30fps along with the flexibility of extracting still images from the video. To give a further boost to its abilities, more than 20 M.Zuiko Olympus lenses and several third party lenses are compatible with the camera. It is also loaded with the latest TruePic VIII image processor for crisp and sharp photographic output.
In a nutshell
Olympus Pen E-PL9 typically represents a nice fusion of some sought-after smartphone camera abilities along with professional grade features. For amateur photographers who want to avoid the learning curve of professional DSLRs, it offers a nice solution.