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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 Jan 2016
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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24 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The reviewer at PC Mag thought that this MILC digital camera was excellent and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

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

Good Brand

Based on 1,714 owner and expert reviews, Olympus has good ratings for its digital cameras. Olympus also has good ratings specifically within its MILC cameras range.

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.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on digital cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus PEN E-PL6 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the PEN E-PL6 also support Full HD video.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Canon EOS M10, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G70, or the Sony Alpha A7 (£35.99) 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 typical of many cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might want to look at include the X-T1 (£620.00), or the X-T1 (£620.00) both from Fujifilm which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth considering include the Sony Alpha A5000 (£279.98) (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Olympus PEN E-PL6 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector type found on digital cameras of this age and spec.

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800 Auto Focus (AF) Pointss

800 auto Focus (AF) pointss

Most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than a year only have between 35 and 799 auto Focus (AF) pointss, however the PEN E-PL6 has 800 auto Focus (AF) pointss.

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Supports Three Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the PEN E-PL6 is more than most digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Olympus camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the PEN E-PL6. The image formats supporteds "MPO" and "RAW" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Fairly Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The shortest slowest camera shutter speed of cameras of this age and type is 0.25s, the longest is 60s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 36s. At 60 seconds, the Olympus PEN E-PL6 has a quite long slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other comparable spec 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 PEN E-PL6 has a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than most digital cameras of this type and age. Most cameras that were released around the same time as it have a ±2EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction. This camera also have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction. The flash exposure correction of all cameras of this age and spec ranges from ±3EV (1/3 EV step) to ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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Has Eight White Balances

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

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Supports Three ISO Sensitivitys

The Olympus PEN E-PL6 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 6,400, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO sensitivitys 200, 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 MILC cameras that have been around for more than a year. 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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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports Four Camera File Systems

The Olympus PEN E-PL6 has a greater number of camera file systems than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most frequently supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this camera. The camera file systems DCF, DPOF, Exif 2.2 and PRINT Image Matching III are also supported by this digital camera.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The PEN E-PL6 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Olympus camera has an Aperture priority AE light exposure modes, which is the most frequently found light exposure modes found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. The light exposure modess "Auto", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Ten Flash Guide Numbers

The PEN E-PL6 is a ten flash guide number digital camera. Most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PL6 have between 5 and 10 flash guide numbers.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Olympus PEN E-PL6 does not support wi-Fi, unlike most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than a year which support wi-Fi.

Alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might want to consider include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G70 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The PEN E-PL6 does not have a built-in flash, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the PEN E-PL6 also do not have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other cameras which also have a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Canon EOS M10 is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PL6 do not support video capability. The PEN E-PL6 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

We compared all the other cameras which also support video capability to this camera and we think the Sony Alpha A5000 (£279.98), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 (£319.00) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of this age and type, the Olympus PEN E-PL6 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most digital cameras of a similar age and spec 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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Not 3D

Like most of the other cameras of this spec and age, the PEN E-PL6 is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Olympus PEN E-PL6 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other cameras of this age and type also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the PEN E-PL6 is more than most cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on MILC cameras that are a similar 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 Olympus camera.

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Very Small Maximum Memory Card Size

The average maximum memory card size of digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PEN E-PL6 is 87GB, and the maximum memory card sizes range from 8GB to 260GB. At 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 one year ago.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PEN E-PL6 is 100,000 pixels, the highest is 1,700,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 870,000 pixels. At only 460,000 pixels, the PEN E-PL6 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were released one year ago.

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

At 200, the Olympus PEN E-PL6 has a quite big ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PL6. Cameras of this age and type have ISO sensitivity (min)s of between 50 and 1,600.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Olympus PEN E-PL6

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Olympus released the PEN E-PL6.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the PEN E-PL6 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X-T1 (£620.00), the Nikon 1 V3 (£483.00), and the Samsung NX3000 (£129.99) is also worth considering.

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Average Megapixel

The Olympus PEN E-PL6 has a relatively average megapixel (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a higher megapixel then you might also want to look at the Fujifilm X-T1 (£620.00) (16.3MP and higher rated), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G70 (16.4MP and higher rated).

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Average Weight

The PEN E-PL6 has a relatively typical weight (279 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for more than a year.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable spec and age 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
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
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
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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