There’s a lot to criticise about the E-PL9. No viewfinder, no USB charging and a relatively modest set of specs may have some sneering. But when you factor in the price – under £600, lest you forget – perhaps it’s time to reframe things.
Olympus is aiming this at first-time buyers of “proper” cameras, so people who have never used a viewfinder (smartphone users, for example) won’t miss it. Its small size and weight makes it great for those travelling light, while still allowing you to expand with additional lenses.
Beginners will also love the array of modes on offer – this is a really fun camera. There are some niggles, such as not allowing the user to shoot silently unless in a specific, automatic, “silent mode”, but otherwise it has a great set of options to work and play with.
Overall, this is a great little camera for those who are new to photography, or for those who have a little more experience but want something ultra-light and portable for their travels. It’s therefore very easy to recommend.