Center Valley, PA—The just-announced Olympus PEN E-PL9 is a compact, lightweight interchangeable-lens camera with features and a design aimed at today’s photo hobbyist. The PEN E-PL9 combines Olympus’s latest touch-screen controls with an array of interchangeable-lens options to go beyond smartphone photography.
The mirrorless camera sports aluminum accents, metal dials and leather grain that complement each of its color options to match a shooter’s personal style. The E-PL9 is offered in pearl white, onyx black and also honey brown.
Moreover, its 180º flip-touch LCD monitor is engineered to simplify selfie stills and videos. Its interface automatically switches the camera to selfie mode when the monitor is flipped downward to its front-facing position. And the touch-AF shutter function also makes self-portraits easy; touch the LCD monitor to focus and trip the shutter in a single step. Furthermore, in selfie mode, e-Portrait, the shutter, video recording, playback and the custom self-timer can all be operated using touch operations.
In addition, in-body image stabilization is incorporated to aid in delivering sharp images and smooth 4K video—even in low light or when using a telephoto lens. Furthermore, the camera employs the latest Olympus TruePic VIII image processor. This is the same processor in the flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera, to improve image quality and responsiveness. As a result, the camera is capable of sequential shooting at a maximum speed of 8.6 frames per second.
Also, the camera provides built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. Along with the camera’s share order button and the Olympus Share app, this allows users to connect the PEN E-PL9 to a smartphone and wirelessly transfer images to upload to social media platforms.
And for the step-up photographer, the camera’s auto mode instantly detects a scene and chooses the best settings. Scene modes also let users choose from preset scenarios like people, motion, indoors, nightscapes, scenery or close-ups for easy setting customization. In addition, advanced photo modes are available using the touch LCD monitor to facilitate high-end photo techniques. These include nighttime live composite and multi-exposure shooting.
PEN E-PL9 Creative Features
To add a creative flair, the camera features 16 art filters as well as the new instant film filter. This filter that gives a modern effect to images while maintaining a nostalgic feel.
And, of course, Olympus Micro Four Thirds lenses are available to deliver a range of expression and image quality only achievable with an interchangeable-lens camera. Benefits include the ability to make portraits come alive with artistic background defocusing effects.
Another feature is the camera’s built-in flash, which can be used to reduce blurring even when shooting at night.
Olympus PEN E-PL9 Availability
The PEN E-PL9 is available now for a suggested retail price of $599.99 for the camera body. It also comes in a one-lens kit for $699.99. The kit includes the PEN E-PL9 camera body, an M.Zuiko 14–42mm f/3.5–5.6 EZ lens, a custom camera bag and strap, a 16GB memory card, a quick-tip card and a start guide. Moreover, a limited edition blue body will begin shipping in late May/early June.
PEN E-PL9 Optional Accessories
To complement the PEN E-PL9, Olympus also introduced optional accessories.
The compact CS-52 lens case stores interchangeable lenses. It features antique-style metal clasps as well as a mounting bracket that can be hung on the handle of a camera bag. The case’s hand strap can be looped over a wrist to keep both hands free when changing lenses. The case has an SRP of $49.99.
Compatible lenses that can be stored in the case include the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14–42mm f/3.5–5.6 EZ kit lens, the M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.8, M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8, M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40–150mm f/4.0–5.6 R.
Also available is the CS-45B genuine leather body jacket. The jacket is designed to protect the camera body from scratches. In addition, it can be paired with the PEN E-PL7 and PEN E-PL8. The jacket is available in white, black, brown and light brown for $59.99. Moreover, it can be coordinated with the currently available genuine leather shoulder strap CSS-S109LL II ($49.99) and genuine leather lens cover LC-60.5GL ($44.99). olympusamerica.com