As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Olympus PEN E-PL9 is also often compared to travel zooms, boutiques and pro digicams. The Olympus PEN E-PL9's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DC-GF10 (GF90) and the Lumix DC-ZS80 (Lumix DC-TZ95)) and Canon (such as the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) and the PowerShot SX740 HS)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL9 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it slightly more lenses available (108 lenses vs 13 lenses), is newer (february 2018 vs september 2016), is slightly smaller (mid size (117×68×39 mm) vs standard size (116×88×59 mm)), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs LIVEMOS) and is thinner (1.5" vs 2.3").

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (8.6 fps vs 60 fps), lacks and external mic jack and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Panasonic Lumix DC-GF10 (GF90)

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similar age

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-GF10 (GF90) (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-GF10 (GF90) (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • No external flash support
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/500 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the Lumix DC-GF10 (GF90) and PEN E-PL9

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Compact (107×65×33 mm) vs Mid size (117×68×39 mm)
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.5"

Canon EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M)

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similar age

Significant advantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Thicker: 2.3" vs 1.5"
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) and PEN E-PL9

  • Light weight: 390 g vs 380 g
  • Each has a built-in flash

Olympus OM-D E-M1X

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1 year newer
$2,999 (body only)
$3,798 12-40mm lens

Significant advantages of the OM-D E-M1X (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 8.6 fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much longer battery life: 870 shots vs 350 shots

Significant disadvantages of the OM-D E-M1X (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Much larger: Large (144×147×75 mm) vs Mid size (117×68×39 mm)
  • Much heavier: 997 g vs 380 g
  • Significantly thicker: 3" vs 1.5"

common strengths of the OM-D E-M1X and PEN E-PL9

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Olympus PEN E-PL8

Olympus PEN E-PL8
1 year older
$599 - $650 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the PEN E-PL8 (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the PEN E-PL8 (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the PEN E-PL8 and PEN E-PL9

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (115×67×38 mm) vs Mid size (117×68×39 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.5"

Olympus PEN E-PL7

Olympus PEN E-PL7
3 years older
$454 (body only)
$651 12-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

Significant advantages of the E-PL7 (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL7 (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs CMOS
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the E-PL7 and PEN E-PL9

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (115×67×38 mm) vs Mid size (117×68×39 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.5"

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
2 years older

Significant advantages of the E-M10 II (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the E-M10 II (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • None found

common strengths of the E-M10 II and PEN E-PL9

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Standard size (120×83×47 mm) vs Mid size (117×68×39 mm)
  • Thin: 1.9" vs 1.5"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL9 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (15.9 MP vs 9.7 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), has a touch screen, has a slightly longer battery life (350 shots vs 300 shots) and has slightly more focus points (121 vs 49).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), is older (february 2018 vs june 2018), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and is less popular.

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS80 (Lumix DC-TZ95)

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1 year newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-ZS80 (Lumix DC-TZ95) (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-ZS80 (Lumix DC-TZ95) (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 15.9 MP

common strengths of the Lumix DC-ZS80 (Lumix DC-TZ95) and PEN E-PL9

  • Great battery life: 380 shots vs 350 shots

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS

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5 months newer
$338 - $399

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX740 HS (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX740 HS (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the PowerShot SX740 HS and PEN E-PL9

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Leica C-Lux

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4 months newer
$999 - $1,050

Significant advantages of the C-Lux (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the C-Lux (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the C-Lux and PEN E-PL9

  • Extremely good maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 15.9 MP
  • Great battery life: 370 shots vs 350 shots

Nikon Coolpix A900

Nikon Coolpix A900
1 year older
$199 - $397

Significant advantages of the Coolpix A900 (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix A900 (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the Coolpix A900 and PEN E-PL9

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Nikon Coolpix A1000

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1 year newer
$477

Significant advantages of the Coolpix A1000 (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix A1000 (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 350 shots

common strengths of the Coolpix A1000 and PEN E-PL9

  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99

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6 months newer
$448

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 15.9 MP

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 and PEN E-PL9

  • None found

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL9 compared to boutique competitors include: it has a screen which flips out, has a slightly longer battery life (350 shots vs 250 shots), is thinner (1.5" vs 2.5"), has interchangeable lenses and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 102,400 ISO), lacks and external mic jack, users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and has slightly fewer focus points (121 vs 4,779).

Fujifilm X70

Fujifilm X70
2 years older
$1,365

Significant advantages of the X70 (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the X70 (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the X70 and PEN E-PL9

  • Fairly small: Mid size (113×64×44 mm) vs Mid size (117×68×39 mm)
  • Flip-out screens
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.5"

Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II

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6 months newer
$898

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-LX100 II (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much longer exposures: 1800 seconds vs 60 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-LX100 II (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the Lumix DC-LX100 II and PEN E-PL9

  • Fairly small: Standard size (115×66×64 mm) vs Mid size (117×68×39 mm)
  • Light weight: 392 g vs 380 g
  • Inexpensive: $897.99 vs $549.00

Fujifilm XF10

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5 months newer
$449

Significant advantages of the XF10 (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the XF10 (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the XF10 and PEN E-PL9

  • Fairly small: Mid size (113×64×41 mm) vs Mid size (117×68×39 mm)
  • Thin: 1.6" vs 1.5"
  • Light weight: 279 g vs 380 g

Ricoh GR III

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7 months newer
$900

Significant advantages of the GR III (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Has a viewfinder: Optical vs None

Significant disadvantages of the GR III (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the GR III and PEN E-PL9

  • Fairly small: Compact (109×62×33 mm) vs Mid size (117×68×39 mm)
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.5"
  • Light weight: 257 g vs 380 g

Canon EOS RP

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1 year newer
$1,299 - $1,699

Significant advantages of the EOS RP (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Many more focus points: 4,779 vs 121
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the EOS RP (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Larger: Prosumer size (133×85×70 mm) vs Mid size (117×68×39 mm)
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 350 shots

common strengths of the EOS RP and PEN E-PL9

  • Flip-out screens
  • Inexpensive: $1,299.00 vs $549.00

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL9 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it much higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), has a touch screen, has a screen which flips out, has a much longer battery life (350 shots vs 220 shots) and is newer (february 2018 vs january 2017).

However, on average it is significantly larger (mid size (117×68×39 mm) vs compact (98×58×31 mm)), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (15.9 MP vs 20 MP), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (8.6 fps vs 24 fps) and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA

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5 months newer
$998

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (102×58×41 mm) vs Mid size (117×68×39 mm)
  • Shoots significantly faster: 24 fps vs 8.6 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Much shorter battery life: 220 shots vs 350 shots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA and PEN E-PL9

  • Flip-out screens
  • Announced: July 2018 vs February 2018

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
1 year older
$369 - $429

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G9 X Mark II (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Much smaller: Compact (98×58×31 mm) vs Mid size (117×68×39 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much lighter: 206 g vs 380 g

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G9 X Mark II (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Much shorter battery life: 235 shots vs 350 shots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the PowerShot G9 X Mark II and PEN E-PL9

  • Have touch screens

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
1 year older
$998 - $1,010

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (102×58×41 mm) vs Mid size (117×68×39 mm)
  • Shoots significantly faster: 24 fps vs 8.6 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Much shorter battery life: 220 shots vs 350 shots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V and PEN E-PL9

  • Flip-out screens