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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

The editor of PC Mag concluded that this camera was terrific and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

This camera received a score of 80 out of 100 from digital camera expert review site PC Mag.

Olympus Cameras Have Good Reviews

Olympus is one of the better rated digital camera manufacturers according to average reviews from users and experts, and Olympus also has good ratings for its MILC digital cameras.

Reasonably Priced

Some Olympus PEN E-PL6 owners wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money. Pcmag.com said in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PL6 on expert review site PC Mag “The Olympus PEN E-PL6 is a solid camera at an amazing price, earning Editors' Choice honors in the budget mirrorless category”. Pc Mag rated the Olympus PEN E-PL6 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag in October last year “Extremely affordable”.

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. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the PEN E-PL6 do not support video recording.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras which support video recording currently available including the Lumix DMC-GF7[pl_2775892_price], or the Lumix DMC-G7[pl_2913114_price] both from Panasonic or the Samsung NX500[plb_2747846_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The PEN E-PL6 supports WiFi connectivity. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the PEN E-PL6 also support WiFi connectivity.

Alternative digital cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Samsung NX500[plb_2747846_price], the Canon M3[plb_3907199_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PL6, the PEN E-PL6 supports Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including a cheaper digital camera such as the Nikon 1 J4[plb_2510399_price] or you might consider a better rated digital camera such as the Samsung NX500[plb_2747846_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price].

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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 of a comparable age and type to it.

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Supports Three Image Formats

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

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800 Auto Focus Points

800 auto focus points

The Olympus PEN E-PL6 has more auto focus points than most of the digital cameras of a similar type and age to the PEN E-PL6. Most of the MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PL6 only have between 35 and 799 auto focus points, however this camera has 800 auto focus points.

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Quite Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The maximum camera shutter speeds of MILC digital cameras that have been around for more than a year range from 0.25s to 60s. The PEN E-PL6 has a quite long maximum camera shutter speed (60 seconds) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PL6.

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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 most cameras that came out more than a year ago. Most cameras that came out around the same time as it have a ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. In addition, this camera have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction. The worst flash exposure correction of all cameras of a similar spec and age to the PEN E-PL6 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 PEN E-PL6 has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PEN E-PL6. The white balance modes "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade", "Sunny", "Tungsten" and "Underwater" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Supports Three ISO Speeds

The PEN E-PL6 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most MILC digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera supports 25 and 600 ISO speeds, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PL6. The ISO speeds "200" and "1600" are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital 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 digital cameras of this type and age. 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 MILC digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. The most commonly supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this digital camera. The camera file systems DCF, DPOF, Exif 2.2 and PRINT Image Matching III are also supported by this camera.

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Ten Flash Guides

The PEN E-PL6 is a ten flash guide camera. Most of the other cameras of this age and type have between 5 and 10 flash guides.

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Narrow

With a width of only 110.5 millimeters, the PEN E-PL6 is quite narrow compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. Comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PL6 have widths of between 98mm and 140mm.

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Very Short

With a height of only 63.7 millimeters, the PEN E-PL6 is one of the shorter digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PL6 amongst MILC digital cameras of this age. Cameras of this spec and age have heights of between 58mm and 110mm.

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LCD Display

This camera has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on digital cameras that came out more than a year ago. LCD is the most common display type used in digital cameras. LCD displays are relatively cheap to manufacture but their limitations lie in narrow viewing angles and the displays do not perform well in direct sunlight.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

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

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Nikon 1 J4[plb_2510399_price]; or the Samsung NX500[plb_2747846_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price].

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Not Waterproof

Most cameras of this age and spec are not waterproof. The 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 digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PEN E-PL6, the PEN E-PL6 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most digital cameras of this age and spec are not 3D compatible. The PEN E-PL6 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7[plb_2913114_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PL6, the PEN E-PL6 does not have a GPS.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

Across all the digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PL6 the megapixel counts range from 12MP to 43MP. 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 MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-PL6.

Cameras with a higher megapixel count that might also be worth considering include the Canon M3[plb_3907199_price] (24.2MP and higher rated), or the Samsung NX500[plb_2747846_price] (28.2MP and higher rated); or the Nikon 1 J4[plb_2510399_price] (18.4MP and cheaper).

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Only Features Six Flash Modes

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

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Very Small Maximum Memory Card Size

Across all the digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PEN E-PL6 the maximum memory card sizes range from 8GB to 64GB. The Olympus PEN E-PL6 has one of the smaller maximum memory card sizes (only 8 gigabytes) amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture

The biggest maximum aperture of MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PL6 is 4.5, the smallest is 38, and the average maximum aperture is 17. The Olympus PEN E-PL6 has one of the bigger maximum apertures (only 5.6) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The lowest display resolution of cameras of this type and age is 460,000 pixels and the highest is 1,300,000 pixels. At only 460,000 pixels, the PEN E-PL6 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released one year ago.

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Very Low JPEG Frame Rate

The average JPEG frame rate of MILC digital cameras that have been around for more than a year is 41fps. The PEN E-PL6 has one of the lower JPEG frame rates (only 30 frames per second) amongst MILC digital cameras of this age.

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Fairly Big Minimum ISO Speed

The PEN E-PL6 has a quite big minimum ISO speed (200) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PL6. The minimum ISO speed of MILC digital cameras that were released one year ago range from 50 to 1,600.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus PEN E-PL6

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Olympus camera has been on the market for over two years.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the PEN E-PL6 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-PL6.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider including the Nikon 1 J4[plb_2510399_price] which is cheaper; or the Sony Alpha A6000[plb_2165999_price], or the Samsung NX500[plb_2747846_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the NX500[pl_2747846_price], or the NX500[pl_2747846_price] both from Samsung or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price].

If the memory card type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Sony Alpha A6000[plb_2165999_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

The PEN E-PL6 has a fairly average weight (279 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than a year ago.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
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
Focal Length Range
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Technical Details
Housing Material
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Special Features

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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