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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 Aug 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
Turn heads wherever you go with the stunning new PEN E-PL6 casually hanging from your shoulder. Beautifully built, this camera feels amazing to hold and it delivers stunning images that are sure... More
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25 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This camera received an "Editor's Choice" from PC Mag who decided that this Olympus digital camera was brilliant.

Good Expert Reviews

Camera expert review site PC Mag scored this MILC digital camera 80 out of 100.

Olympus Cameras Have Good Reviews

On average Olympus MILC cameras have good reviews as do all digital cameras built 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 Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the PEN E-PL6, the PEN E-PL6 supports Full HD video.

Other cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might want to consider include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 ($299.95), or the Nikon 1 J3 ($215.00) which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

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

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think because of it's better review score, the Lumix DMC-GM1 ($392.99), and the Lumix DMC-GF2 ($299.95) both from Panasonic is also worth considering.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth looking at include the Samsung 20 ($74.97) (SD| SDHC| SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Three Image Formats Supporteds

The Olympus PEN E-PL6 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Olympus digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PEN E-PL6. The image formats supporteds "MPO" and "RAW" are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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800 Auto Focus (AF) Pointss

800 auto Focus (AF) pointss

The PEN E-PL6 is an 800 auto Focus (AF) points digital camera.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the PEN E-PL6 is more than most cameras of this age and type. The most frequently found HDMI connector type is Mini, but this HDMI connector type is not found on this camera. The HDMI connector types Micro are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Stereo Audio System

This camera has a Stereo audio system, which is typical of many cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Quite Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

At 60 seconds, the Olympus PEN E-PL6 has a fairly long slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. Across all the digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PEN E-PL6 the slowest camera shutter speeds range from 4s to 240s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 42s.

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Has Eight White Balances

The PEN E-PL6 has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on cameras of this age and spec. The white balances "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade", "Sunny", "Tungsten" and "Underwater" are also found on this camera.

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

The Olympus PEN E-PL6 has a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than the ±2EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction found on most digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. In addition, this Olympus camera have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction. The flash exposure correction of all MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PL6 ranges from ±1EV (1/3 EV step) (worst) to ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) (best).

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The PEN E-PL6 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s) found on most MILC cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 2560 x 1920 and 1024 x 768. Across all digital cameras of this spec and age the best still image resolution is 6000 x 4000 and the worst is 1024 x 768.

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Supports Three ISO Sensitivitys

The PEN E-PL6 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This Olympus camera supports a 200 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the PEN E-PL6. The ISO sensitivitys "1600" and "25600" are also supported by this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This digital camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on cameras that came out around the same time as 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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Ten Flash Guide Numbers

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

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Olympus PEN E-PL6 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera has a Vivid photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago. The photo effects "Muted" is also found on this Olympus camera.

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Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the PEN E-PL6 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. This camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-PL6. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Single Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the PEN E-PL6 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PL6.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The PEN E-PL6 does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PEN E-PL6 which have a built-in flash.

It is worth also looking at other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 ($299.95), or the Nikon 1 J3 ($215.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the PEN E-PL6 do not support wi-Fi. The PEN E-PL6 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

Other cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might want to consider include the Samsung 20 ($74.97).

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the PEN E-PL6 does not support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support video capability including the Lumix DMC-GF2 ($299.95), or the Lumix DMC-GF5 ($362.99) both from Panasonic.

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Not 3D

The Olympus PEN E-PL6 is not 3D. Most of the other MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-PL6 are also not 3D.

If you would prefer a camera that is 3D then you might want to look at the Lumix DMC-GF2 ($299.95), or the Lumix DMC-GF5 ($362.99) both from Panasonic which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The PEN E-PL6 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PEN E-PL6 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might want to look at including the 20 ($74.97), the NX ($189.99), or the NX300 ($599.95) all from Samsung.

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Not Waterproof

The Olympus PEN E-PL6 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the PEN E-PL6 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most cameras of a similar type and age to the PEN E-PL6 do not have an image stabilizer. The PEN E-PL6 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabilizer.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The Olympus PEN E-PL6 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras that are a similar age to it. This Olympus digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PL6. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Very Small Maximum Memory Card Size

The maximum memory card sizes of MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-PL6 range from 8GB to 130GB. With a maximum memory card size of only 8 gigabytes, the PEN E-PL6 has a fairly small maximum memory card size compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the MILC cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PEN E-PL6 the display resolution (numeric)s range from 33 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. At only 460,000 pixels, the Olympus PEN E-PL6 has a quite low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the PEN E-PL6.

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

With an ISO sensitivity (min) of 200, the PEN E-PL6 has one of the bigger ISO sensitivity (min)s amongst MILC cameras of this age. Digital cameras of a similar type and age to the PEN E-PL6 have ISO sensitivity (min)s of between 50 and 200.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Olympus PEN E-PL6

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Olympus released the PEN E-PL6.

Average Display Diagonal

The PEN E-PL6 has a fairly typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PEN E-PL6.

We compared all the other 3" screen digital cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 ($299.95), and the Sony Alpha A6000 ($548.00) is also worth considering.

If you want a digital camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Samsung NX300M (3.31") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel

The PEN E-PL6 has a pretty standard megapixel (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the PEN E-PL6.

We compared all the other 16.1MP digital cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm, and the Sony NEX-5 ($346.95) is also worth considering.

If this camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to look at the Fujifilm X-T1 ($600.00) (16.3MP), or the Nikon 1 V3 ($528.00) (18.4MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 279 grams, the PEN E-PL6 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 279g cameras currently available including the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm which has better reviews.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Guide Number
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display Aspect Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Camera File System
Live View
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Carrying Case
Other Features
USB Connectivity
Technical Details
Built-In Speaker(s)
Self-Timer
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

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Product Identifiers

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