As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Olympus PEN E-PL9 is also often compared to boutiques, pro digicams and travel zooms. 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 supports an external flash.

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, users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and is less popular.

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

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 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 interchangeable lenses, has a built-in flash and supports an external flash.

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs optical) and slightly shorter exposures (60 seconds vs 1800 seconds).

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
  • Significantly thicker: 2.5" vs 1.5"

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)

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

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

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL9 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it significantly 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 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), users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and has slightly fewer focus points (121 vs 315).

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15)
1 year older

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15) (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15) (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • None found

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15) and PEN E-PL9

  • None found

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 interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (8.6 fps vs 24 fps), users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection), 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

  • Have touch screens
  • 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
  • Have touch screens

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI

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3 months newer
$1,198

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

  • Shoots much faster: 24 fps vs 8.6 fps
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

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

  • Built-in lens only
  • Much shorter battery life: 240 shots vs 350 shots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

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

  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 15.9 MP
  • Have touch screens

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX95

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6 months newer
$514

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX95 (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-HX95 (vs the PEN E-PL9)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX95 and PEN E-PL9

  • None found