Today Olympus unveiled the successor to the E-PL8 in the form of the 4K-capable Olympus PEN E-PL9. This cameras has been announced in Europe and Asia but we expect the rest of the world to get it shortly.
The new Olympus PEN E-PL9 is based on the same 16 megapixels sensor as its predecessor and is still mounted on a 3-axis image-stabilization system good to 3.5 stops. The process has been upgrade to allow 4K Ultra-HD video capture at 30 FPS. With its new pipeline the E-PL9 can shoot JPEG images indefinitely at 8.6 FPS and up to 14 RAW images per burst.
While the interface has been refined, this new mirrorless is still very compact and identifiable as successor to the E-PL8. A deeper grip provides a better hold and there is now room for a built-in flash at the top. The wireless system has been upgraded to use both WiFi and Bluetooth LE to keep a longer connection while using less power.
Exceptionally for an entry-level mirrorless, Olympus gives their PEN series many advanced features. The E-PL9 in particular offers Live-Bulb, Live-Time, Time Lapse-Video, HDR, Multiple-Exposure and more, including 5 choice of metering modes.
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