Camera - - WHAT’S NEW -

LOVERS OF OLYM­PUS’S PEN se­ries of mir­ror­less cam­eras – which started the whole mir­ror­less thing, of course – will be pleased to know there’s a new E-PL model.

The PEN E-PL9 is avail­able in a choice of four colour schemes (black, white, brown and blue) and while it shares the same 17.2 megapix­els M43 sen­sor as the E-PL8, it has Olym­pus’s lat­est ‘TruePic VIII’ pro­ces­sor which al­lows for con­tinu- ous shoot­ing at up to 8.6 fps and also 4K video record­ing. Also new is Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity to sup­ple­ment the built-in WiFi and the lat­est Olym­pus Im­age Share (O.I. Share) app in­cludes tu­to­rial videos to as­sist first-time users.

As be­fore, Olym­pus is tar­get­ing this cam­era at smart­phone users who want to move up to a real cam­era, so the mon­i­tor screen tilts through 180 de­grees and switches to a mir­ror dis­play to al­low for self­ies. Touch­screen con­trols in­clude aut­o­fo­cus­ing points se­lec­tion and shut­ter re­lease. There’s also a built-in flash to fur­ther en­hance the E-PL9’s over­all con­ve­nience and the er­gonomic re­vi­sions in­clude a larger, re­shaped hand­grip and a big­ger main mode dial. A new ad­di­tion to the ‘Art Fil­ter’ spe­cial ef­fects – which now num­ber 16 – is called In­stant Film and, as you might guess, is de­signed to repli­cate the look of a clas­sic Po­laroid print.

Other no­table fea­tures in­clude three-axis, sen­sor-based im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, a mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure fa­cil­ity, multi-shot HDR cap­ture, in-cam­era panorama stitch­ing and fo­cus brack­et­ing. The con­trast-de­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus­ing sys­tem now has 121 mea­sur­ing points to give nearly full-frame cov­er­age, while ex­po­sure con­trol is based on the 324-seg­ment ‘Dig­i­tal ESP’ me­ter­ing used in the pre­vi­ous models. The shut­ter speed range is 60-1/4000 sec­ond with a sen­sor-based shut­ter en­abling a faster top speed of 1/16,000 sec­ond.

The Olym­pus PEN E-PL9 is priced at $1099 pack­aged with the com­pact M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ power zoom. All black, white and brown colour ver­sions are avail­able now, the blue cam­era comes in June. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.olym­pus.com.au

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