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Questions :

Question :
What differentiates the E-PL9 from the E-PL8?

Answer:
The following table describes the differences:

E-PL9 E-PL8
Release Date March 2018 November 2017
Color White, Black, Brown
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Effective Pixels 16.05 million pixels
Image Sensor 4/3 Live MOS sensor
Image Processing TruePic VIII TruePic VII
Image Stabilizer Built-in image stabilizer
(Image sensor shift type, 3-axis)
Monitor 3.0 inches, Approx. 1.04 million dots
Adjustable, Tilt angle: 80°(up), 180°(down)
Touch Panel
Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) Not available
(Accessory Port 2 is not available)
Not available
(A separately sold EVF can be connected to Accessory Port 2.)
AF System High-speed imager AF
(Contrast AF)
AF Area, AF Target Setting AF area: 121 points
All target (121 points)
Group target (9 points)
Single target (1 point)
AF area: 81 points
All target (81 points)
Group target (9 points)
Single target (1 point)
Focusing Mode Single AF (S-AF), Continuous AF (C-AF),
Manual Focus (MF), S-AF+MF, AF tracking (C-AF+TR)
ISO Sensitivity Auto: ISO LOW (approx. 100) - 25600
(Default: ISO LOW - 6400)
Manual: ISO LOW, 200 - 25600
Auto: ISO LOW (approx. 100) - 25600
(Default: ISO LOW - 1600)
Manual: ISO LOW, 200 - 25600
Shutter Speed 1/4000 - 60 sec.
Bulb, Time shooting: Max. 30 min.
Live composite shooting: Max. 3 hours
Electronic first curtain shutter: 1/320 - 60 sec.
Electronic shutter: 1/16000 - 60 sec.
1/4000 - 60 sec.
Bulb, Time shooting: Max. 30 min.
Live composite shooting: Max. 3 hours
Electronic first curtain shutter: 1/320 - 60 sec.
Sequential Shooting Maximum Speed Sequential shooting H mode: approx. 8.6 fps
Sequential shooting L mode: approx. 4.8 fps
Sequential shooting H mode: approx. 8.5 fps
Sequential shooting L mode: approx. 3.7 fps
Shooting Modes on the Mode Dial AUTO, SCN (Scene), AP (Advanced Photo), ART (Art Filter), P (Program), A (Aperture Priority), S (Shutter Priority), M (Manual), Movie iAUTO, P (Program), A (Aperture Priority), S (Shutter Priority), M (Manual), Photo Story, SCN (Scene Select), ART (Art Filter), Movie
Scene Select AE AP (Advanced Photo): 9 modes
Live Composite, Live Time, Multiple Exposure, HDR Shooting, Silent Shooting, Panorama (*), Keystone Compensation, AE Bracketing, Focus Bracketing

SCN (Scene): 22 modes
Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night + Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Starlight, Fireworks, Light Trails, Panorama (*), Children, Sport, Panning, Sunset,Beach & Snow, Backlight HDR, Candlelight, Silent, Macro, Nature Macro, Documents, Multi Focus Shot

(* Panoramic image is combined in the camera.)
SCN: 25 modes
Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Hand-held Starlight, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama (*), Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye Conv., Wide Conv., Macro Conv., 3D, Panning

(* Panoramic image is combined on the computer.)
Art Filter 16 art filters:
Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Watercolor, Vintage, Partial Color, Bleach Bypass, Instant Film
14 art filters:
Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Watercolor, Vintage, Partial Color
Flash Built-in
(Hot shoe available)
Bundled with a dedicated external flash FL-LM1
*Connect the flash to the Hot Shoe or AP2 (Accessory Port 2)
Wireless RC Flash Available
Video Recording Format MOV (MPEG-4AVC/H.264) MOV (MPEG-4AVC/H.264),
AVI (Motion JPEG)
4K Videos Available Not available
Movie Effect One Shot Echo, Multi Eco, Art Fade, Old Film
Movie Tele-converter x4
Video Editing Function Trimming
(Trim from the Beginning or End)
Video image extraction
(Only for 4K videos)
Not available
Level Gauge 2-axis
Built-in Wi-Fi
(Smartphone Connection)
Available
Menu Language 34 languages (including Japanese and English)
Memory SD Memory Card
(SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible, Eye-Fi card compatible)
Connectivity
  • USB micro B
  • HDMI micro connector (TypeD)
  • USB micro B
  • HDMI micro connector (TypeD)
Battery BLS-50 (included)
Number of Storable Shots Approx. 350 shots
(using BLS-50 and 32G TOSHIBA SDHC UHS-I EXCERIA™Type1 card)
Dust-proof,
Splash-proof
Not available
Weight Approx. 380 g
(with battery and memory card)
Approx. 332 g
(body only)
Approx. 374 g
(with battery and memory card)
Approx. 326 g
(body only)
Dimensions
(excluding protrusions)
117.1 mm (W) x 68 mm (H) x 39 mm (D) / 4.6" (W) x 2.7" (H) x 1.5" (D) 117.1 mm (W) x 68.3 mm (H) x 38.4 mm (D) / 4.6" (W) x 2.7" (H) x 1.5" (D)
Refer to the Product's Page E-PL9 E-PL8

Question :
What differentiates the E-PL9 from the E-M10 Mark III?

Answer:
The following table describes the differences:
E-PL9 E-PL7
Release Date March 2018 September 2017
Color White, Black, Brown Silver, Black
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Effective Pixels 16.05 million pixels
Image Sensor 4/3 Live MOS sensor
Image Processing TruePic VIII
Image Stabilizer Built-in image stabilizer
(Image sensor shift type, 3-axis)
Built-in image stabilizer
(Image sensor shift type, 5-axis)
Monitor 3.0 inches, Approx. 1.04 million dots
Adjustable, Tilt angle: 80°(up), 180°(down)
Touch Panel
3.0 inches, 1.04 million dots
Adjustable, Tilt angle: 85°(up), 45°(down)
Touch Panel
Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) Not available
(Accessory Port 2 is not equipped)
Available
3.0 inches, 2.36 million dots, Field of view: 100%
Magnification: 1.23x
AF System High-speed imager AF
(Contrast AF)
AF Area,
AF Target Setting
AF area: 121 points
All target (121 points)
Single target (1 point)
Group target (9 points)
Focusing Mode Single AF (S-AF), Continuous AF (C-AF),
Manual Focus (MF), S-AF+MF, AF tracking (C-AF+TR)
ISO Sensitivity Auto: ISO LOW (approx. 100) - 25600
(Default: ISO LOW - 6400)
Manual: ISO LOW, 200 - 25600
Shutter Speed 1/4000 - 60 sec.
Bulb, Time shooting: Max. 30 min.
Live composite shooting: Max. 3 hours
Electronic first curtain shutter: 1/320 - 60 sec.
Electronic shutter: 1/16000 - 60 sec.
Sequential Shooting Maximum Speed Sequential shooting H mode: approx. 8.6 fps
Sequential shooting L mode: approx. 4.8 fps
Shooting Modes on the Mode Dial AUTO, SCN (Scene), AP (Advanced Photo), ART (Art Filter), P (Program), A (Aperture Priority), S (Shutter Priority), M (Manual), Movie
Scene Select AE AP (Advanced Photo): 9 modes
Live Composite, Live Time, Multiple Exposure, HDR Shooting, Silent Shooting, Panorama (*), Keystone Compensation, AE Bracketing, Focus Bracketing

SCN (Scene): 22 modes
Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night + Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Starlight, Fireworks, Light Trails, Panorama (*), Children, Sport, Panning, Sunset, Beach & Snow, Backlight HDR,
Candlelight, Silent, Macro, Nature Macro, Documents, Multi Focus Shot,Beach & Snow, Backlight HDR, Candlelight, Silent, Macro, Nature Macro, Documents, Multi Focus Shot

(* Panoramic image is combined in the camera.)
AP (Advanced Photo): 9 modes
Live Composite, Live Time, Multiple Exposure, HDR Shooting, Silent Shooting, Panorama (*), Keystone Compensation, AE Bracketing, Focus Bracketing

SCN (Scene): 21 modes
Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night + Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Starlight, Fireworks, Light Trails, Children, Sport, Panning, Sunset, Beach & Snow, Backlight HDR, Candlelight, Silent, Macro, Nature Macro, Documents, Multi Focus Shot

(* Panoramic image is combined on the computer.)
Art Filter 16 art filters:
Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Watercolor, Vintage, Partial Color, Bleach Bypass, Instant Film
15 art filters:
Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Watercolor, Vintage, Partial Color, Bleach Bypass
Flash Built-in (Hot shoe available)
Wireless RC Flash Available Not available
Video Recording Format MOV (MPEG-4AVC/H.264)
4K Video Available
Movie Effect One Shot Echo, Multi Eco, Art Fade, Old Film
Movie Tele-converter x4
Video Editing Function Trimming (Trim from the Beginning or End)
Video image extraction (Only for 4K videos)
Level Gauge 2-axis
Built-in Wi-Fi (Smartphone Connection) Available
Menu Language 34 languages (including Japanese and English)
Memory SD Memory Card
(SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible, Eye-Fi card compatible)
SD Memory Card
(SDHC, SDXC, UHS-II compatible, Eye-Fi card compatible)
Connectivity
  • USB micro B
  • HDMI micro connector (TypeD)
Battery BLS-50 (included)
Number of Storable Shots Approx. 350 shots
(using 32G TOSHIBA SDHC UHS-I EXCERIA™ Type1 card)
Approx. 330 shots
(using 32G TOSHIBA SDHC UHS-I EXCERIA™ Type1 card)
Dust-proof,
Splash-proof
Not available
Weight Approx. 380 g
(with battery and memory card)
Approx. 332 g
(body only)
Approx. 410 g
(with battery and memory card, excluding eyecup)
Approx. 362 g
(body only)
Dimensions
(excluding protrusions)
117.1 mm (W) x 68 mm (H) x 39 mm (D) / 4.6" (W) x 2.7" (H) x 1.5" (D) 121.5 mm (W) x 83.6 mm (H) x 49.5 mm (D) / 4.8" (W) x 3.3" (H) x 1.9" (D)
Refer to the Product's Page E-PL9 E-M10 Mark III

Question :
What types of shooting modes are available from the mode dial?

Answer:
Available shooting modes from the mode dial are icon (AUTO mode), icon (AP, Advanced Photo mode), SCN (Scene mode), ART (Art Filter), P (Program mode), A (Aperture Priority mode), S (Shutter Priority mode), M (Manual mode) and icon (Movie mode).
The shooting modes can be selected from the mode dial. You can select a sub mode on the monitor in AP mode, SCN mode and Movie mode.

Shooting Modes

(AUTO mode)
The camera automatically adjusts the settings best suited for the scene, which is convenient for beginners. Use the Live Guide to easily adjust color, brightness and background blurring.
Camera settings cannot be changed except some settings, because this is an automatic mode.

SCN(Scene mode)
This mode enables you to shoot in the appropriate settings by selecting a sub mode best suited to the subject or scene.
Select a general situation in sub mode 1, and then a more specific mode in sub mode 2. Camera settings are limited to maximize the effect of each Scene mode.

Refer to the following question for more information:
What kinds of SCN (Scene) modes are available?

Sub Mode 1
(Subject type)
Sub Mode 2 (Scene mode)
People Portrait, e-Portrait, Portrait + Landscape, Portrait + Nightscape, Children
Nightscapes Nightscape, Portrait + Nightscape, Handheld Starlight, Fireworks, Light Trails
Motion Sport, Children, Panning
Scenery Landscape, Sunset, Beach & Snow, Panorama, Backlight HDR
Indoors Candlelight, Silent, Portrait, e-Portrait, Children, Backlight HDR
Close-ups Macro, Nature Macro, Documents, Multi Focus Shot

AP mode (Advanced Photo mode)
This mode enables you to take creative photos unique to D-SLR cameras.
Advanced shooting modes like Live Composite, Multiple Exposure and Live Time can be set with a simple operation.

While SCN modes such as Silent, Panorama and Light Trails achieve effects that are similar to the Live Composite in AP mode, more advanced settings are possible in AP mode than in SCN mode.

Refer to the following question for more information:
What kinds of AP modes are available?



AP mode
Live Composite, Live Time, Multiple Exposure, HDR, Silent
Panorama, Keystone Compensation, AE Bracketing, Focus Bracketing

Art Filter
You can take creative pictures using art filters. The effects of art filters can be checked on the live view monitor before shooting, so you can select a desired art filter by checking the effects.



The following art filters are available:
Art filters
Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale&Light Color, Light Tone,
Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia,
Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Watercolor, Vintage,
Partial Color, Bleach Bypass, Instant Film
Some art filters have altered versions of the original art filter. (e.g. Pin Hole II, Pin Hole III) Color Filter and Monochrome Color options are available with some art filters.



P (Program mode)
The camera automatically adjusts the settings best suited for the scene. Camera menu settings such as white balance and exposure compensation can be changed.

Refer to the following question for more information:
What differentiates the AUTO mode from P (Program) mode?

A (Aperture Priority mode)
When the aperture value (F-number) is set manually, the camera sets the appropriate shutter speed automatically.
If a smaller aperture (F-number) is set, the focus range becomes narrower. You will get pictures of a subject with out-of-focus background. If a larger aperture (F-number) is set, the focus range becomes wider. Both the subject and the background come into focus.

S (Shutter Priority mode)
When the shutter speed is set manually, the camera sets the appropriate aperture automatically.

A fast shutter speed can freeze a fast-moving action without blurring. A slow shutter speed will blur a fast-moving action. This blurring will give the impression of dynamic motion.

M (Manual mode)
Both the aperture and the shutter speed can be set manually. You can also set the BULB (Bulb photography), LIVE TIME (Time photography) or LIVECOMP (Live composite photography).

(Movie mode)
This mode enables you to create movies. In addition to standard movies, you can shoot 4K movies (in 4K mode) or slow motion movies (in High-speed mode).


Question :
What kinds of AP modes are available?

Answer:
AP (Advanced Photo) mode enables you to shoot in advanced settings like Live Composite and Multiple Exposure with a simple operation.

While SCN modes such as Silent, Panorama and Light Trails achieve effects that are similar to the Live Composite in AP mode, more advanced settings are possible in AP mode than in SCN mode.
When the mode dial is already set to AP mode, press the icon (Shortcut) button to select other modes.


Note:
In order to maximize the effect of each mode, some of the function settings are disabled.

The following table shows the available AP modes:

AP mode Description

Live Composite

For recording light trails of stars and other objects while keeping the overall exposure constant. The results of each moment can be checked on the monitor while shooting.
Picture mode and White Balance can be changed, which is not possible in the SCN mode Light Trails.
  • It is recommended to stabilize the camera using a tripod to prevent camera shake and to shoot with remote control using the wireless remote mode via OI.Share.
  • The maximum recording time for one file is approximately 3 hours.
  • Advanced settings can be configured via Live Composite (LIVECOMP.) in M mode.

Live Time
For recording pictures in long time exposures without pressing the shutter button. The results of each moment can be checked on the monitor while shooting. The recording stops when you press the shutter button again or when the set time has elapsed.
  • It is recommended to stabilize the camera using a tripod to prevent camera shake and to shoot with remote control using the wireless remote mode via OI.Share.
  • Advanced settings can be configured via BULB / TIME in M mode.

Multiple Exposure
Combines two different images into a single shot.

After taking the first image by depressing the shutter button, the first image is displayed translucently on the monitor, so the second shot can be composed using the first image as a guide.

HDR
Captures details in both bright highlights and deep shadow areas. A series of four shots with different exposure are captured and combined into a single image.
  • Noise may be noticeable when taking photos in conditions where the shutter speed becomes slow.
  • For best results, stabilize the camera using a tripod.

Silent icon
Disable camera sounds and lights in situations in which they may be unwelcome. Electronic shutter is enabled in this mode.

Panorama
Takes a series of shots that are joined together to create a wide-angle photo (Panorama photo) only by following an on-screen guide. You can choose an angle of view of approximately double the normal shots, same as that of the Panorama in SCN mode, or approximately four times.

Keystone Compensation
Correct the effects of perspective in photos of buildings or landscapes.

You can correct the image using the control dial (Up, Down, Right, Left button) while looking at the image on the monitor.

AE Bracketing
Each time the shutter button is pressed, the camera takes a series of photos, varying exposure with each frame.
3 or 5 frames are taken once the shutter button is depressed.
  • 3f (3 frames):
    Takes 3 frames. The first at ±0.0 EV (optimal exposure), the second at -1.0 EV and the third at +1.0 EV.
  • 5f (5 frames):
    Takes 5 frames. The first at ±0.0 EV (optimal exposure), the second at -1.3 EV, the third at -0.7 EV, the fourth at +0.7 EV and the fifth at +1.3 EV.

Focus Bracketing
Each time the shutter button is pressed, the camera takes a series of eight photos, varying the focus distance with each shot. The camera takes pictures at the focus distance that is secured by pressing the shutter button halfway down, and at slightly different points shifting the focus from the foreground to the background.
You can choose the amount of focus distance changes from two modes:
icon(changes by a large amount) and icon (changes by a small amount).

Question :
What kinds of SCN (Scene) modes are available?

Answer:
In SCN (Scene) mode, you can shoot in an appropriate setting by selecting a subject or shooting scene.
Set the mode dial to SCN, and then select a sub mode from 22 modes.


When the mode dial is already set to SCN (Scene) mode, press the icon button to select other sub modes.

Note:
Camera settings are limited to maximize the effect of each Scene mode.

Available SCN (Scene) modes:

Sub mode 1 Sub mode 2 Description

People

Portrait
Suitable for portrait shooting.
Brings out skin texture.

e-Portrait
Smooths out skin tones and texture.
This mode is suitable when viewing images on a high-definition TV. The camera records two pictures: one with the effect applied and one without.

Portrait + Landscape
Suitable for portraits with a landscape in the background.
Blues, greens, and skin tones are captured beautifully.

Portrait + Nightscape
Suitable for portrait shooting against a background of night view.Raise the flash manually.
The use of a tripod and remote control via OI.Share is recommended.

Children
Suitable for photographs of children or other active subjects.

Nightscapes

Nightscape
Suitable for shooting of night scenes using a tripod to hold the camera steady. The camera uses a slower shutter speed than normal.The use of a tripod and remote control via OI.Share is recommended.

Portrait + Nightscape
Suitable for portrait shooting against a background of night view.Raise the flash manually.
The use of a tripod and remote control via OI.Share is recommended.

Handheld
Starlight
Suitable for shooting night scenes without using a tripod. Reduces blur when shooting low light/illuminated scenes.
The camera makes eight exposures and combines them into a single photograph.

Fireworks
Suitable for shooting fireworks at night.
The camera uses a slower shutter speed than normal.
The use of a tripod and remote control via OI.Share is recommended.

Light Trails
With normal long exposure, an image of light trace such as star trails with bright buildings tends to get too bright. Using Live Composite mode, you can capture such images without over exposure while checking the progress on the monitor.
Press the shutter button to start shooting. While the camera automatically shoots multiple images, you can view the changing result on the monitor. Press the shutter button again to end shooting once the desired result is achieved (maximum 3 hours).
The use of a tripod and remote control via OI.Share is recommended.

Motion

Sport
Suitable for fast action shooting.

Children
Suitable for photographs of children or other active subjects.

Panning
Suitable for photographs of moving subjects with a blurred background. The camera chooses the optimal shutter speed for panning shots based on camera motion.

Scenery

Landscape
Suitable for landscape shooting.

Sunset
Suitable for shooting the sunset.

Beach & Snow
Suitable for shooting at snow-capped mountains, seascapes in the sun, and other whitish scenes.

Panorama
You can shoot and combine multiple images to create an image with a wide angle of view (panoramic image), approximately double that of normal shots.

Backlight HDR
Suitable for high-contrast scenes.
Each time the shutter button is pressed, the camera takes four shots and subsequently merges them into one properly exposed image.

Indoors

Candlelight
Suitable for shots of candlelit scenes. Warm colors are preserved.

Silenticon
Disable camera sounds and lights in situations in which they may be unwelcome.

Portrait
Suitable for portrait shooting.

Brings out skin texture.

e-Portrait
Smooths out skin tones and texture.
This mode is suitable when viewing images on a high-definition TV. The camera records two pictures: one with the effect applied and one without.

Children
Suitable for photographs of children or other active subjects.

Backlight HDR
Suitable for high-contrast scenes.
Each time the shutter button is pressed, the camera takes four shots and subsequently merges them into one properly exposed image.

Close-ups

Macro
Suitable for close-ups.

Nature Macro
Suitable for vivid close-ups of flowers or insects.

Documents
Suitable for photos of timetables or other documents.
The camera heightens the contrast between the letters and background.

Multi Focus Shot
The camera takes up to eight images at once at different focus positions.

Question :
What differentiates the AUTO mode from P (Program shooting) mode?

Answer:
The followings describes the differences:

In AUTO mode, the camera determines the appropriate settings for the shooting conditions and subjects.
The camera automatically sets to the best suited shooting mode such as Landscape, Portrait, Portrait + Nightscape or Macro. AUTO mode is convenient for beginners.

Camera settings cannot be changed, except some menu options, because this is a fully automatic mode. Use the Live Guide to easily adjust color, brightness and background blurring.



P mode is for program shooting. The camera automatically sets the optimum aperture and shutter speed based on the lighting conditions. Shooting settings such as exposure compensation, white balance and sequential shooting can be changed.
After getting used to shooting with the camera using the AUTO mode, SCN mode or AP mode, we recommend you to use the P mode for changing to the desired settings manually.

Note:
In AUTO mode, the camera may not set to the desired shooting mode depending on the shooting condition.

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