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Olympus PEN E-PL6
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Olympus PEN E-PL6 Digital Camera

PC Mag Editor's Choice
MILC 16.1MP Live MOS Dec 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Count Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
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25 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by PC Mag who decided that this Olympus camera was terrific.

Good Expert Reviews

Digital camera expert review website PC Mag scored this camera 80 out of 100.

Good Brand

On average Olympus MILC cameras have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all digital cameras manufactured by Olympus.

Nice Design

One Olympus PEN E-PL6 reviewer who purchased the product concluded that it was smooth.

Good Product Quality

One Olympus PEN E-PL6 reviewer who reviewed the product concluded that it was good quality. Pc Mag mentioned in their Olympus PEN E-PL6 review “Image quality is great with sharp details, good dynamic range”.

Robust

One customer who reviewed the product thought it was well made.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Olympus PEN E-PL6 reviewer who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was noisy. Pc Mag said in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PL6 “While the images are devoid of noise artefacts up to ISO 400, they start to appear in ISO 800”.

Good Quality Pictures

One person who bought this digital camera concluded that it was able to produce good images.

Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The PEN E-PL6 supports video recording, unlike most of the other MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-PL6 which do not support video recording.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support video recording and we think because of it's better review score, the Lumix DMC-GF7[pl_2775892_price], and the Lumix DMC-G7[pl_2913114_price] both from Panasonic or the Nikon 1 J5[plb_2830177_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The PEN E-PL6 supports WiFi connectivity. Most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PL6 also support WiFi connectivity.

Other cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Olympus OM-D E-M10[plb_3280067_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price], or the Canon M3[plb_3907199_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The PEN E-PL6 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the PEN E-PL6 also support Full HD video.

Alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might want to look at include the Olympus OM-D E-M10[plb_3280067_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price] which has better reviews; or the Nikon 1 J4[plb_2510399_price] which is cheaper.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

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Stereo Audio System

This digital camera has a Stereo audio system, which is the most commonly found audio system on digital cameras of this type and age.

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Supports Three Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the PEN E-PL6 is more than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by MILC cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PEN E-PL6. The image formats "MPO" and "RAW" are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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800 Auto Focus Points

800 auto focus points

The PEN E-PL6 has more auto focus points than most of the cameras of this age and type. This Olympus digital camera is an 800 auto focus point digital camera compared to most of the comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PEN E-PL6 which only have between 11 and 799 auto focus points.

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Quite Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The shortest maximum camera shutter speed of digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PEN E-PL6 is 0.25s, the longest is 120s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 40s. The PEN E-PL6 has a fairly long maximum camera shutter speed (60 seconds) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PL6.

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±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The PEN E-PL6 has a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than the ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction found on most comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. In addition, this Olympus digital camera have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction. Across all cameras of a similar type and age to the PEN E-PL6 the worst flash exposure correction is ±3EV (1/3 EV step) and the best is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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Has Eight White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the PEN E-PL6 is more than most MILC cameras that came out more than a year ago. This Olympus digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PEN E-PL6. The white balance modes "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Outdoor", "Shade", "Sunny", "Tungsten" and "Underwater" are also found on this camera.

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Supports Three ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Olympus PEN E-PL6 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera supports 25 and 600 ISO speeds, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PEN E-PL6. The ISO speeds "200" and "1600" are also supported by this digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on MILC cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Supports Four Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Olympus PEN E-PL6 is more than most cameras of this age and type. The most frequently supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this camera. The camera file systems DCF, DPOF, Exif 2.2 and PRINT Image Matching III are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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Ten Flash Guides

The PEN E-PL6 is a ten flash guide digital camera.

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Narrow

Across all the similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PL6 the widths range from 98mm to 140mm, and the average width is 120mm. At only 110.5 millimeters, the PEN E-PL6 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PL6.

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Very Short

The heights of cameras of this spec and age range from 58mm to 110mm, and the average height is 76mm. At only 63.7 millimeters, the PEN E-PL6 is quite short compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were released one year ago.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the PEN E-PL6 do not have a built-in flash. The PEN E-PL6 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in flash.

Other cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to consider include the Nikon 1 J4[plb_2510399_price] or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price], or the Nikon 1 J5[plb_2830177_price].

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Not Waterproof

Most digital cameras of this spec and age are not waterproof. The Olympus PEN E-PL6 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other cameras of this type and age, the PEN E-PL6 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Olympus PEN E-PL6 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PL6 are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7[plb_2913114_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Olympus PEN E-PL6 does not have a GPS. Most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PL6 also do not have a GPS.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The megapixel counts of similar spec cameras that have been around for more than a year range from 12MP to 29MP, and the average megapixel count is 19MP. With a megapixel count of only 16.1 megapixels, the PEN E-PL6 has a quite low megapixel count compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PEN E-PL6.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a higher megapixel count then you might also want to consider the Nikon 1 J5[plb_2830177_price] (20.8MP and higher rated), or the Canon M3[plb_3907199_price] (24.2MP and higher rated) or the Nikon 1 J4[plb_2510399_price] (18.4MP and cheaper).

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Very Small Maximum Memory Card Size

The maximum memory card sizes of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PEN E-PL6 range from 8GB to 64GB. At only 8 gigabytes, the Olympus PEN E-PL6 has a quite small maximum memory card size compared to most of the other MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-PL6.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

Cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PEN E-PL6 have display resolutions of between 460,000 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels. At only 460,000 pixels, the Olympus PEN E-PL6 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PEN E-PL6.

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Fairly Big Minimum ISO Speed

Across all the MILC cameras that have been available for more than a year the minimum ISO speed range from 50 to 1,600, and the average minimum ISO speed is 190. At 200, the PEN E-PL6 has a fairly big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PL6.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus PEN E-PL6

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this Olympus camera was released.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Olympus PEN E-PL6 has a fairly standard screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PEN E-PL6.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think the Nikon 1 J4[plb_2510399_price] which is cheaper; or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price], and the Nikon 1 J5[plb_2830177_price] which has better reviews are also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared all the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this digital camera and we think the Lumix DMC-GF7[pl_2775892_price], the Lumix DMC-G7[pl_2913114_price], and the Lumix DMC-GF7[pl_2775892_price] all from Panasonic which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might want to consider the Olympus OM-D E-M10[plb_3280067_price] (SD,SDHC,SDXC and higher rated).

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Average Weight

The PEN E-PL6 has a fairly standard weight (279 grams) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PL6.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length Range
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Networking
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Technical Details
Housing Material

1 Award

PC Mag Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(1)
8 June 2015

The Olympus PEN E-PL6 is a solid camera at an amazing price, earning Editors' Choice honors in the budget mirrorless category...

PC Mag

Extremely affordable
Articulating touch-screen LCD
Support for add-on EVF
8.1fps burst shooting
In-camera art filters
Omits Wi-Fi
Default JPG output is a little over-sharpened
No built-in flash
While the images are devoid of noise artefacts up to ISO 400, they start to appear in ISO 800
But it is only until ISO 3 200 that the noise artefacts start to lead to loss of details

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 7 July 2015 by Aprest
Aprest would recommend the Olympus Pen Lite E-PL6 (Verified Purchase)

I bought this on a whim and love it. I have a Canon 5D Mark II and a bunch of lenses including the Canon 100-400mm zoom. This is a great setup but I wanted a lightweight camera for everyday use. I... Read more…

Easy to Use
Fast Shutter Speed
Great Resolution
Great Zoom
Large Clear LCD
Viewfinder
Complicated Controls
No Viewfinder
Poor Image Stabilization
Poor in Low Light

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

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