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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL9

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Battery life
Longer battery life
350 shots vs 220 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The PEN E-PL9's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$599.00 vs $898.00
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The best price we've seen is $299 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA

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Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
24 fps vs 8.6 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,228k dots vs 1,040k dots
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Around 20% higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
20 MP vs 15.9 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Size
Slightly smaller
102×58×41 mm vs 117×68×39 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
315 vs 121
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Lighter
299 g vs 380 g
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More than 20% lighter
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similarities

Compared to recent digital cameras

Common Strengths
Size Fairly small Help
PEN E-PL9117×68×39 mm
Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA102×58×41 mm
Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
Great for movies
Thickness Thin Help
PEN E-PL91.5"
Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA1.6"
Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
External flash not needed
Common Weaknesses
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic

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