While not weather sealed like Olympus’s higher-end cameras, the E-PL9 is still well made. Again, our concern with its longevity is more about who you are as a photographer: You will quickly outgrow this camera if you plan to learn and use manual exposure. If you’re okay sticking with automatic, the E-PL9 is probably your best bet for a camera that you might actually use in place of your phone.
Should you buy it?
For casual photography, the E-PL9 is a great choice, but aspiring enthusiasts should look elsewhere. This camera excels in ease of use for beginners, but, somewhat ironically, that same simplicity is what makes it painfully frustrating for advanced users. If you just want a no-nonsense camera to leave in automatic 90-percent of the time, then you’ll be happy with the E-PL9.