If you’re in the market for a new digital camera, Olympus might have you covered. The company has recently announced the Olympus PEN E-PL9 which is the PEN E-PL8 launched back in 2016, which means that the camera is almost two years old and is probably due for a hardware refresh.
For those unfamiliar, the E-PL8 was launched as an entry-level mirrorless camera and it looks like its successor will be following in its footsteps, except that it will come with some hardware upgrades to make it more suitable for modern day photography and videography. For starters, the camera will pack a 16MP Live MOS sensor and the TruePic VIII processor which is also used in the Olympus E-M10 Mark III.
It will also come with in-body image stabilization (IBIS), which means that users won’t have to be dependent on lenses for image stabilization. However its IBIS comes with 3-axis instead of 5-axis, so maybe it won’t be as stable compared to other cameras, but it should still be good enough to get the job done.
The camera will also pack 4K video recording at 30fps, Bluetooth, and will be bundled with a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 “EZ” power zoom lens which will cost €699/£649 for the whole package. However if you’d rather not use the kit lens, the camera will be priced at €549/£579 for the body-only and is expected to be released mid-March.