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Olympus E-PL9 Digital Camera White Body Only Ex-Display

Olympus EC98036
0000017490| Olympus E-PL9 Digital Camera White Body Only Ex-Display
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Versatile Range of Expressions

Features on the Olympus PEN E-PL9 such as Art Filter and Advanced Photo Mode deliver a versatile range of photographic expressions that are easy to create.

Art Filter lets you easily create impressive photos

Using smartphone-like touch operations, create an impressive photo simply by selecting an Art Filter and releasing the shutter. You can confirm the effect of the Art Filter on the rear monitor before you shoot. The E-PL9 introduces the Instant Film Art Filter, which gives a nostalgic feel to your photo.

Advanced Photo Mode makes difficult shooting methods easy

Advanced Photo Mode makes difficult techniques, such as overlapping images for a multi-exposure photo, easy. Simply set the mode dial to AP and select a shooting method.
Live Composite: Perfect for capturing light trails of stars or automobile lamps without the risk of overexposure.
Live Time: Captures faint light sources in dark locations. Light trails can also be captured. You can confirm your image as it is being recorded.
Multi Exposure: Capture light trails of stars in the sky or of moving cars. You can confirm your progress on the rear monitor as you record.
HDR: Captures photos with minimal highlight blowout and loss of shadow detail.
Silent: Turns off the shutter sound, autofocus sound (electronic sounds) and light from the camera. This mode is useful for situations where sounds is inappropriate.
Panorama: Moving the camera horizontally/vertically while shooting creates a wide/tall panoramic shot.
Keystone Compensation: Adjusts for trapezoidal distortion which often occurs in photography of buildings or structures. Effects can be confirmed on the rear monitor prior to shooting.
AE Bracketing: Captures multiple photos of differing brightness so you can select your favourite.
Focus Bracketing: When focusing is difficult, this mode shifts the focal position and captures multiple shots. You can select your favourite shot after shooting.

Touch Selfie delivers natural compositions

The flip-down LCD monitor on the E-PL9 makes it possible to use the Touch Shutter for selfies without getting your hand in the shot. This feature delivers defocusing effects for self portraits with a natural composition only possible with an interchangeable lens camera. You can also select the self timer for changing poses while shooting and e-Portrait for smoother skin tones in photos. A playback button appears on the screen so you can immediately check your photos.

View useful tips on your smartphone

The Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) smartphone app features a Camera How To section which lets you access tutorial video content which you can view while you are on the go, useful when you happen to forget certain operations of the camera.

Easy Sharing

The Olympus PEN E-PL9 can communicate with your smartphone via Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi®. Importing images to your smartphone is now easier than ever before.

View and import images operating only your smartphone

Even when the camera is in your bag, you can use the Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) smartphone app to view and import images on the camera.
  • * When background communication is on.

Automatically import images with Share Order

Simply use the Share Order feature to automatically import your favorite images to your smartphone. All you need to do is tap the Share Order icon on images you want to import. Afterward, simply turn off the camera and the selected images will automatically be imported to your smartphone.
  • * In the case of iOS, if the smartphone is connected to a home Wi-Fi router or other access point it will not automatically connect to the camera via Wi-Fi and connection settings will not be completed. Open Wi-Fi Settings on your smartphone to manually select your camera as the connection source.
  • * On iOS devices, OI.Share must be launched first.
  • * When the smartphone OS version is Android 6.0 or later, images are not transferred automatically when the smartphone display is in sleep mode. Make sure the display is active.
  • * Please enable the camera background process.

QR code scan for easy initial setup

Initial settings for connecting to a smartphone is completed simply by scanning the QR code displayed on the camera. Complete settings with one simple step.
  • * The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Olympus is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
  • * Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of Wi-Fi Alliance.
  • * Pictures are for illustrative purposes only.
  • * Screen captures in the monitor are composite images.

Refined Design with Excellent Operability

This model features sophisticated Olympus PEN design with a focus on operability. A variety of accessories are also available to make your PEN experience even more stylish.

A simple, sophisticated design that doesn’t get old

Providing a comfortable hold, the simulated leather material used on the camera is placed across the exterior in a way that presents both a traditional and modern feel. Its simple, timeless design lets it fit in with any fashion ensemble, making it never feel as if it is getting old. A shiny textured coating and attention to detail in every component enhance the classy design.

Colour variation

Four colour variations including white, black, brown, and blue are available to match your style.

Accessories that bring out your personality

A rich lineup of functional and highly fashionable optional accessories are also available for protecting and dressing up your camera.

Compact and lightweight body for high portability

The compact, lightweight body of the E-PL9 fits in the palm of your hand, making it highly portable.

Secure grip and easy-to-use mode dial

The grip is designed so that you can get a comfortable, steady hold on the camera while shooting. The mode dial is large and highly visible so you can quickly switch shooting modes.

Touch AF Shutter for intuitive control

With Touch AF Shutter, simply touch the subject you want to capture to focus and activate the shutter. This feature delivers intuitive control for quick shooting.

Image Stabilisation and Other Advanced Features

The Olympus PEN E-PL9 features in-body image stabilisation for capturing beautiful photos and movies with minimal blurring. It also has excellent basic features including autofocus and high-speed sequential shooting.

Blur-free high image quality

The E-PL9 features top class[*] in-body image stabilisation (IS) performance. Combined with the same TruePic VIII image processor as used in the top-of-the-line OM-D E-M1 Mark II, this feature makes it possible to capture beautiful photos with minimal noise even in dark conditions.

In-body IS provides confident stabilisation for all lenses[*]

Since the IS system is in the camera body rather than in the lenses, stability is achieved no matter what lens[*] you use, and even compensates for roll blur which tends to occur in dark locations.
  • *Micro Four Thirds or Four Thirds lenses

Shoot beautiful handheld 4K video

Powerful in-body IS makes it possible to capture beautiful 4K video even when shooting handheld. It is also possible to extract and save still images from recorded 4K movies.

Auto Mode makes taking beautiful photos easy

Use Auto Mode and leave detailed settings up to the camera so you can easily capture beautiful photos simply by activating the shutter. The camera detects subjects' faces, eyes, brightness, colour, and movement, and automatically selects the optimal settings.

Simply select a subject for optimal settings

Scene Mode features six themes including People, Nightscapes, and Scenery. Choose one and simply touch the icon that most closely matches the type of scene you want to shoot to capture images using the perfect settings.

Built-in flash useful in many occasions

The E-PL9 is equipped with a built-in flash that can be used anytime, anywhere to capture images of appropriate brightness and minimal blurring. With it you can light up subjects that tend to be dark in backlit conditions or against nightscapes.

Quick and accurate autofocus

This model is equipped with a 121-point FAST AF (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology Autofocus) for comprehensive coverage of a wide area. It quickly and accurately focuses on the subject of your choice. It is also compatible with C-AF for continuous focusing on moving subjects, 9-point group target, and Face Detection/Eye Detection AF which focuses on faces and eyes.

Up to 8.6-fps high-speed sequential shooting

The PEN E-PL9 features high-speed sequential shooting with a maximum speed of 8.6 frames per second. This makes it possible to capture split-second expressions on fast-moving subjects.

Product Type

Type Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera
Memory SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I, Eye-Fi Card)
Screen size 17.3 mm x 13.0 mm
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Mount

Image sensor

Product Type 4/3 Live MOS Sensor
Number of pixels / Aspect ratio Number of effective pixels: Approx. 16.1 million pixels (Total number of pixels: Approx. 17.2 million pixels)
Aspect ratio: 1.33 (4:3)
Dust reduction Supersonic Wave Filter (image sensor dust reduction system)

Still Photo Recording

Recording format DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3
File format RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Recording image size [RAW] 4608 x 3456 pixels
[JPEG] 4608 x 3456 pixels - 1280 x 960 pixels

Image Stabilisation System

Type Built-in 3-axis sensor-shift image stabilisation for video and still photos (compensates for yaw, pitch, roll)
Stabilisation performance 3.5 EV[*]
  • * Based on CIPA measurement conditions. When using M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ (focal length= 42mm (35mm equivalent: 84mm))

Live View

Preview Live View preview
Live View Face detection preview (up to 8 faces)
Magnification display (x3 / x5 / x7 / x10 / x14)


Monitor type 3.0-inch tilting monitor: approx. 1040k dots (3:2), electrostatic capacitance touch panel
Touch control Available
Tilting capability Upward tilting angle: up to 80 degrees
Downward tilting angle: up to 180 degrees
  • * Mirror display when monitor is in selfie position
Brightness / Colour temperature control ±7 levels / ±7 levels


AF system High-speed imager AF
Focusing point 121-point contrast AF
Focusing point selection mode All target, group target (9-area), single target
Focus mode Single AF (S-AF), Continuous AF (C-AF)[*] / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR)[*]
  • * While the four-thirds lens is attached, only S-AF (single target) or MF for video are available.
Face priority AF / Eye priority AF With
Eye priority AF mode : off / nearer-eye priority
Manual focus assist Focus ring rotation activates Live View image magnification and/or focus peaking when in S-AF+MF or MF mode
Peaking function Activate with Fn button or focus ring
Change peaking settings using the Info button
Colour selection: white, black, red, yellow
Manual focus assist Focus ring rotation activates Live View image magnification and/or focus peaking when in S-AF+MF or MF mode
AF illuminator Yes

Exposure control (Still)

Metering system
(TTL Image sensor metering)
Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), centre-weighted average metering, spot metering, spot metering with highlight control, spot metering with shadow control
Metering range EV -2 - 20 (using f/2.8 lens, ISO 100)
Exposure mode / Shooting mode Auto (Live Guide can be used), P: Programme AE (programme shift can be performed), A: Aperture Priority AE, S: Shutter Priority AE, M: Manual (Live Bulb, Live Time and Live Composite are available), Scene Select AE, Advanced Photo AE, Art Filter
Scene select AE [Advanced Photo]
Live Composite, Live Time, Multiple Exposure, HDR Backlight[1], Silent, Panorama, Keystone Compensation, AE Bracketing, Focus Bracketing
Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape + Portrait, Night + Portrait, Children, Night scene, Hand-held Starlight[2], Fireworks, Light trails, Sport, Panning, Landscape, Sunset, Beach & Snow, Backlight HDR[1], Panorama, Candlelight, Silent, Macro, Nature Macro, Documents, Multi Focus Shot
  • * [1] 4 images automatically shot and combined into a single image composite
  • * [2] 8 images automatically shot and combined into a single image composite
Live Guide Saturation, Colour, Brightness, Background Blur, Expressing Motion, Shooting Tips (Multiple effects can be used simultaneously)
ISO sensitivity [AUTO ISO (default)]:
LOW (approx.100) ? 6400 with customisable upper limit (200 - 25600)
[Manual ISO]:
LOW (approx.100), 200 - 25600 (adjustable in 1/3 steps)
Exposure compensation ±5 EV, adjustable by 1/3 EV steps
  • * When shooting in HDR or in video, only adjustable up to ±3 EV steps
  • * Live View displays only up to ±3 EV steps


Shutter type Focal-plane shutter (mechanical and electronic shutter)
Shutter speed 1/4000 - 60 sec., with 1/3 EV adjustment steps
Bulb/Live Time: Max. 30 min. (selectable in menu settings, with 8-min. default setting)
Live composite: Max. 3 hours
Electronic first curtain shutter (Anti-shock mode) : 1/320 - 60 sec.
Electronic shutter (Silent mode): 1/16000 - 60 sec.


Sequential shooting maximum speed [Sequential shooting H mode] approx. 8.6 fps
[Sequential shooting L mode] approx. 4.8 fps
[Anti-shock sequential shooting L mode] approx. 4.3 fps
[Silent sequential shooting H] approx. 14.1 fps
[Silent sequential shooting L] approx. 6.1 fps
(Actual sequential shooting speeds may vary depending on lens attached, camera settings, and external shooting conditions)
Max. recordable pictures on sequential shooting [RAW] 14 frames. (in seq. shooting L), 13 frames (in seq. shooting H)
[JPEG; LN] ∞ frames (in seq. shooting L and in seq. shooting H)
Self-timer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec., custom (Wait time: 1-30sec., Shot interval: 0.5/1/2/3sec., Number of shots: 1-10)


Flash intensity control method TTL Auto, Auto[*], Manual, Super FP[*](FP-TTL AUTO, FP-MANUAL)
  • * Available on the external flash
Built-in flash TTL Flash, GN=5.4 (ISO100•m) / GN= 7.6 (ISO200•m)
Flash mode Redeye, Slow Sync.(1st curtain), Slow Sync.(2nd curtain), Red-eye Slow Sync.(1st curtain), Fill-in, Manual(1/1(FULL) ~1/64), Flash Off.
Flash intensity control Up to ±3 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R, FL-900R, STF-8

Wireless Flash Control

Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R, FL-600R, FL-900R
Control method Olympus Wireless RC Flash system (light-triggered)
Commander flash: FL-900R, FL-600R, STF-8

White Balance

White balance mode Auto WB, 6 Preset WBs, 4 Capture WBs, Custom WB (Kelvin setting)

Picture Mode

Mode i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, e-Portrait, colour creator, Art Filters
Gradation Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key

Art Filter

Art Filter Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Colour, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Watercolour, Vintage, Partial Colour, Bleach Bypass, Instant Film

Colour Creator

Colour creator Adjustable colour hues: 0 to 29 / Adjustable saturation: -4 to +3


Exposure bracketing Available as AE Bracketing in Advanced Photo mode.
3 frames in 1.0 EV steps, 5 frames in 0.7 EV steps.
Focus bracketing Available as Multi Focus Shot in Scene mode and Focus Bracketing in Advanced Photo mode. Shoots 8 frames.
When in Advanced Photo mode, focus steps can be adjusted in increments of 5 or 10 levels.
Compatible with Micro Four Thirds lenses only.

HDR function

HDR (Auto composite) Available as Backlight HDR in Scene mode and HDR in Advanced Photo mode. ISO sensitivity is fixed at 200, and maximum shutter speed setting is 4 seconds.
HDR1 is available in both modes. HDR2 (painting-like) is available in Advanced Photo mode only. Exposure compensation can be performed in Advanced Photo mode only.

Keystone Compensation

Keystone Compensation Yes (can be confirmed in Live View)
  • * Horizontal and vertical compensation can be performed simultaneously by ±20 steps

Anti-shock Mode

Shutter Type / Shutter Speed Electronic first curtain shutter / 1/320[*] - 60sec.
  • * For speeds over 1/320 sec., mechanical shutter will automatically be selected.

Silent Mode

Shutter Type / Shutter Speed Electronic shutter / 1/16000 - 60 sec.
Available as "Silent" in Scene mode and Advanced photo mode.

Live Bulb / Live Time

Update interval time 0.5 sec. - 60 sec.

Live Composite

Update interval time / composite method 0.5 sec. - 60 sec. / Lighten Mode (Bright area prioritisation)

Interval Mode

Interval Mode Interval Time 1sec. - 24 Hours, Max. 999 frames.
Available on making Time-lapse movie automatically

Multi Exposure

Number of picture 2 frames

Multiple Aspect

Aspect Ratio 4:3 (default) / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 3:4

One-push Tele-converter

Magnification x2

Level Gauge

Detection 2-axis

Video Recording 

Recording format MOV (MPEG-4AVC/H.264)
Mode / frame rate / compression method [MOV]
3840 x 2160 (4K) / 30p, 25p, 24p / IPB (approx. 102 Mbps)
1920 x 1080 (FHD) / 30p, 25p, 24p / IPB (SF, F, N)
1920 x 1080 (FHD) / 60p, 50p / IPB (SF, F, N)
1280 x 720 (HD) / 30p, 25p, 24p / IPB (SF, F, N)
60p: 59.94 fps, 50p: 50.00 fps, 30p: 29.97 fps, 25p: 25.00 fps, 24p: 23.98 fps
FHD IPB (SF: Super Fine / approx. 52 Mbps, F: Fine / approx. 30 Mbps, N: Normal / approx. 18 Mbps)
HD IPB(SF: Super Fine / approx. 26Mbps, F: Fine / approx.14Mbps?N: Normal / approx.10Mbps)
  • * Frame rates may drop when particular Art Filters and Movie Effects are used.
  • * Class 10 or higher SD card is recommended for shooting video.
  • * UHS-I U3 card is recommended for 4K shooting.
Maximum recording time [MOV] Approx. 29min
Art Filter Movie Yes (Frame rates may drop when certain Art Filters are used)
Movie Effect One-shot Echo / Multi-echo / Art Fade / Old Film
One-push Movie Digital Converter Approx. 4x (enlarges view of touched area)
  • * Available in Movie Effect
Time Lapse Movie [MOV]
3840 x 2160 (4K) / 5 fps
1920 x 1080 (FHD) / 5 fps, 10 fps, 15 fps
1280 x 720 (HD) / 5 fps, 10 fps, 15 fps, 30 fps
Clips 1, 2, 4, 8 sec. (Further continued shooting possible up to 16 seconds by pressing video record button again)
High speed movie 120 fps (1280 x 720, MOV)
Image Stabilisation for Movie M-IS1(Image sensor shift and electronic image stabiliser with multi motion IS),
M-IS2(Image sensor shift with multi motion IS),
  • * While using M-IS1, field of view may be affected. 
Grid line / focus peaking 5 types of grid lines / 4 colours for focus peaking
Live view output via HDMI Monitor Mode (outputs video and info display to a connected monitor)[*]
  • * Camera display is turned off when connected by HDMI
Exposure Control Programme AE, aperture priority AE, shutter priority AE, manual
AE Lock Yes

Recording (Sound)

Recording format Wave Format (Stereo linear PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48 kHz)
Microphone / Speaker Built-in stereo microphone / built-in mono speaker
Microphone function Wind noise reduction, recording volume (audio quality may be affected)
  • * Audio dubbing possible for still pictures (up to 30 sec.)

Wi-Fi function

Wireless Shooting Live View, rec view, wireless touch AF shutter, self-timer (w/ countdown guidance, sequential shooting, video recording capability), wireless release, video recording, power off
Image Share Automatic transfer is possible via Share Order.
On Android devices, 4K videos will be resized and saved as Full HD videos.
On iPhone 5(iPhone 5C) or earlier iOS devices, 4K videos cannot be imported.
File Type: JPEG, MOV
Easy Connection QR code setting


Playback mode Single-frame, information display, index display (4 / 9 / 25 / 100 frames), Clips, calendar, enlargement (2x-14x), video (with sound, FF / REW / Pause, Touch operation), picture rotation (auto), slideshow (with sound and music), alternate music options, dubbed audio playback
Information display Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight / Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, OFF


Video editing function Trimming (beginning / end) / in-video image extraction (4K only)
Editing function RAW data edit, Gradation auto, Monochrome, Sepia, Red-eye fix, Saturation, Resize (1280 x 960, 640 x 480, 320 x 240), Trimming, Aspect, e-Portrait, Image Overlay, Post recording
RAW data edit RAW data edit based on settings of the camera (including e-Portrait, Colour Creator, Art Filter, ART-BKT). Preview capability.


Dial customisation Dial functionality is customisable for both dials
Button customisation Can select from 12 functions to assign to buttons


USB connector USB Micro-B
HDMI connector Micro HDMI (Type-D)
Flash attachment Hot shoe
Wireless LAN Built-in (IEEE 802.11b/g/n)
Bluetooth Built-in (Bluetooth Ver.4.0)


Battery BLS-50 Li-ion battery (included)
Number of recordable pictures Approx.350 shots
Battery life for movie shooting Approx. 80 minutes[*] (under standard JEITA testing)
Approx. 140 minutes[*] (when zoom and other operational functions are not used)
  • * When repeatedly recording at the maximum time of 29 minutes, 4K video shooting. 

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions 117.1 mm (W) x 68.0 mm (H) x 39.0 mm (D)
Weight Approx. 380 g (with BLS-50 battery and memory card, based on CIPA standards)
Approx. 332 g (body only)

Operating Environment

Temperature 0°C - +40°C (when in operation) / -20 - +60°C (when stored)
Humidity 30% - 90% (when in operation) / 10% - 90% (when stored)

Box Contents

Box contents Body, USB cable, shoulder strap, instruction manual, warranty card, BLS-50 Li-ion battery, BCS-5 Li-ion battery charger
  • * Measured values shown conform to CIPA testing standards. Measured values not listed in CIPA testing standards are based on Olympus testing methods.
  • * The lens and card used to be measured are M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42 mm F 3.5-5.6 EZ and Toshiba SDHC UHS-I card.
  • * The terms HDMI and HDMI High-Definition Multimedia Interface, and the HDMI Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
  • * Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of Wi-Fi Alliance.
  • * The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Logo is a certification mark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
  • * Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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