Olympus PEN: In 1959, Olympus introduced the PEN, a camera with the
photographic optics of an SLR (single-lens reflex) camera with the size and
simplicity of a point-and-shoot camera. The PEN was re-introduced in 2009 as the
fully digital E-P1 with interchangeable lenses and multimedia capabilities with
simple controls. The new PEN E-PL6 features a 3" Touch Screen monitor and fast 8 fps
sequential shooting. This kit includes the E-PL6 body and the
M. Zuiko 14-42mm zoom lens.
M. Zuiko Digital Lens: The included M. Zuiko 14-42mm
f/3.5-5.6 II R lens fits the camera's Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Other Micro
Four Thirds lenses are available for the E-PL6, including prime lenses (12mm,
75mm) and zoom lenses (9-18mm,
75-300mm). With the optional
MMF-3 adapter, it is possible to mount any existing Four Thirds lens on this Micro
Four Thirds digital camera.
Image Pickup Device: The PEN E-PL6 uses a 4/3" Live MOS sensor with
approximately 17,200,000 total pixels and 16,050,000 effective pixels. The
Live MOS sensor is complimented by Olympus' TruePic VI Image Processor for clear,
Dust Reduction System: The E-PL6's built-in Dust Reduction System helps
to eliminate unwanted spots on your images. When you turn on the camera, the
patented Supersonic Wave Filter silently vibrates, shaking off and collecting
dust particles that may accumulate on the sensor.
3" Tilting LCD: You can use the camera's 3" Tilting LCD
monitor for framing your shots and viewing your digital pictures and videos. The
LCD has approximately 460,000 dots, and can tilt upward to 170° and downward to
65°. It also
features an anti-reflective coating. You can
adjust the brightness and color balance from -7 to +7. Touch controls include:
Touch Shutter Release, Touch Enlargement, Touch Live Guide, AF Area Selection,
AF Area Enlargement, Touch Super Control Panel, Touch Art Filter selection, and
Frame Playback forward/backward.
Optional Electronic Viewfinder: The PEN E-PL6 has a rear-mounted
accessory port that allows you to add an optional Electronic Viewfinder, such as
the VF-2 or VF-3. Because an optional EVF uses the camera's hot shoe, the
included external flash cannot be used at the same time.
Live Guide: The easy-to-use Live Guide control allows you to
see the effect of various adjustments on your shot before you take it. In the
iAuto mode, the Live Guide lets you change color saturation, color image,
brightness, blur background, and express motions, and see how the adjustments
affect the outcome of your picture. The Live Guide also gives you framing tips,
and tips for photographing children, pets, flowers, and food.
Image Recording Formats: The E-PL6 records digital still images in JPEG
format, as well as RAW uncompressed images. RAW images can be processed into
JPEG files in the camera or using the supplied software. You can record audio with still
images in WAV format. Movies are recorded in AVI Motion JPEG with 16-bit PCM
stereo audio at a 44.1 kHz sampling rate.
Still Image File Sizes: The PEN E-PL6 allows you to shoot still images in
sizes (Small, Middle, Large) with your choice of 4 compression modes: Super Fine (1/2.7 compression), Fine
(1/4), Normal (1/8), and Basic (1/12). RAW images can be recorded only in 4608 x
3456 resolution with loss-less compression (approximately 1/1.5 compression).
The available image sizes for each aspect ratio are as follows:
| ||4:3 ||16:9 ||3:2 ||1:1 ||3:4 |
|RAW ||4608 x 3456 ||4608 x 3456 ||4608 x 3456 ||4608 x 3456 ||4608 x 3456 |
|Large ||4608 x 3456 ||4608 x 2542 ||4608 x 3072 ||3456 x 3456 ||2592 x 3456 |
|Middle ||2560 x 1920 ||2560 x 1440 ||2544 x 1696 ||1920 x 1920 ||1440 x 1920 |
|Small ||1280 x 960 ||1280 x 720 ||1296 x 864 ||960 x 960 ||720 x 960 |
Movie Modes: Movies can be recorded in two formats: MOV and
AVI. MOV format movies feature MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video at 30 fps with stereo PCM
audio, while AVI format movies feature Motion JPEG video at 30 fps with stereo
PCM audio. The following recording modes are available:
|Record Mode ||Pixel Count ||File Format ||Application |
|Full HD Fine |
|1920 x 1080 ||MPEG-4 AVC/H.164 ||Display on TVs and other devices |
|Full HD Normal |
|1920 x 1080 |
|HD Fine |
|1280 x 720 |
|HD Normal |
|1280 x 720 |
|HD ||1280 x 720 ||Motion JPEG ||For computer playback or editing |
|SD ||640 x 480 |
Recording Media: Still images and movies with sound are recorded on SD,
and SDXC memory cards. (Class 6 cards or above are recommended for movie recording.)
Eye-Fi and FlashAir cards, with built-in wireless LAN functionality, are also
Image Stabilization: The E-PL6 utilizes mechanical (sensor shift-type) image
stabilization to automatically compensate for camera shake in low-light
situations or when using a telephoto lens. With image stabilization on, the
effect is equivalent to 3 EV steps (Olympus in-house measurements). You can choose from the following
- Off: Image stabilizer is off.
- S-IS1 (Auto): Image stabilizer on (still images)
- S-IS2 (Vertical IS): Image stabilization applies only to vertical
camera shake. Use when panning horizontally. (still images)
- S-IS3 (Horizontal IS): Image stabilization applies only to horizontal
camera shake. Use when panning the camera horizontally with the camera held
in portrait orientation. (still images)
- M-IS1 (Movie-I.S): In addition to Auto image stabilization,
camera shake that occurs when shooting while walking is also reduced.
- M-IS2 (Auto): Image stabilization applies to camera shake in all
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can choose from
the following shooting modes:
- iAuto: A full auto mode in which the camera automatically optimizes
settings for the current scene. The Live Guide lets you make creative
adjustments, and view them on the monitor before you take the shot.
- Program Shooting: Shoot using an aperture and shutter speed
that the camera sets.
- Aperture Priority: Set the aperture manually, and the camera
sets the shutter speed automatically.
- Shutter Priority: Set the shutter speed manually between
1/4000 to 60 seconds, and the
camera sets the aperture automatically.
- Manual: Set the shutter speed and aperture manually.
- Art Filter: You can select from the following Art Filters:
Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin
Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line,
Watercolor, and Art Bracketing
- Scene Modes: You can select from the following Scene Modes:
Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Night
Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro,
Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, and Beach &
- Movie Shooting Modes: While shooting movies, you can
add effects, such as Multi-Echo, One-shot Echo, Art Fade, and Movie
Picture Modes (Processing Options): The camera lets you select image tones to
create unique image effects. For each picture mode, you can fine-adjust the
image parameters, such as contrast and sharpness. The Picture Modes include:
- iEnhance: produces more impressive-looking pictures matched to
the scene mode
- Vivid: produces vivid colors
- Natural: produces natural colors
- Muted: produces flat tones
- Portrait: produces beautiful skin tones
- Monotone: produces black and white tones
- Custom: lets you select one of the above modes, set the
parameters, and register the setting.
- Art Filter: choose an art filter (listed above in Shooting Modes)
to obtain the desired effect
Focus Modes: The PEN E-PL6 uses automatic focusing and manual focusing. You
can select Single-AF (when shutter pressed halfway), Continuous-AF (always
focusing), or Manual (turning the focus ring). You can also fine-adjust the
focus manually by turning the focus ring after AF is performed in the S-AF mode
If you have a moving subject, you can use the AF Tracking feature (C-AF+TR). In this mode,
the camera will track and maintain focus on the subject while the shutter button
is held halfway.
Auto-Focus Target: The camera has 35 Auto-Focus targets (7
vertical columns x 5 horizontal rows) for focusing
on the subject. In the All-Target AF mode, the camera automatically chooses from
the full set of 35
AF targets. In the Single-Target AF mode, you can manually select one AF target for
accurately focusing on the subject after composing the shot. In the Group Target
mode, the camera automatically chooses from the targets in the selected group.
ISO Settings: The sensitivity can be set automatically or manually.
You can set the default and upper limits for Auto ISO. The manual ISO
sensitivity ranges from ISO 200 to 25600 and Low, with selectable ISO steps of 1 EV or
White Balance: Color reproduction depends upon light conditions. You
can choose from 4 options for setting the white balance:
- Auto: For General Use, used for most light conditions
- Preset: You can choose from the following presets:
- 5300K: for shooting outdoors on a clear day, for
sunset/sunrise, or fireworks
- 7500K: for shooting outdoors in the shadows on a clear day
- 6000K: for shooting outdoors on a cloudy day
- 3000K: for shooting under a tungsten light
- 4000K: for shooting under fluorescent lighting
- 4500K: for shooting under a neutral white fluorescent lamp
- 5500K: for flash shooting
- Custom: Color temperature set in the custom white balance menu
(between 2000K and 14000K)
- One-Touch: Color temperature set by the one-touch WB method
Sequential Shooting: In addition to shooting single frames, the
can also shoot multiple images for as long as the shutter button is pressed.
When the camera is set to Sequential H, images are taken at about 8 frames per
second. In Sequential L mode, images are taken at about 3.5 fps. Focus and
exposure are fixed at the values for the first frame in each sequence.
Self-Timer: The Self-Timer lets you take pictures after a preset
amount of time. You can choose from 2 seconds or 12 seconds. Self-timer Custom
lets you set the number of frames to be shot (1-10), length of delay (1-30
seconds) and interval between shots (0.5, 1, 2, or 3 seconds).
Bulb/Time Shooting: The PEN E-PL6 can take extra long exposures with
Bulb and Time photography. When the camera is set to Bulb, the shutter remains open as long as
the shutter button stays pressed. When set to Time, the shutter opens when the
shutter release is pressed fully and closes when the shutter release is pressed
fully a second time. Use of a tripod and remote cable (RM-UC1) are recommended
for Bulb and Time Photography.
Interval Shooting: You can take a series of photos over a
period of time. You can shoot 1 to 99 shots at intervals of 1 second to 24
hours. You can convert the series of pictures into a time-lapse movie. The
maximum time-lapse movie length is 10 seconds for 99 shots.
Flash Modes: The E-PL6 does not have a built-in flash. It
includes an external flash unit (FL-M1) that attaches to the camera's hot shoe.
With the flash attached, you can select from
several flash modes: Auto, Fill in
flash, Red-eye reduction flash, Slow synchronization (1st curtain), Slow sync
(1st curtain) with Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization (2nd
curtain), Manual, and
Flash off. You can also manually set the intensity of the flash between -3.0EV
Optional Flash Units: Optional flash units that can be used with the
E-PL6 include FL-14, FL-600R, and FL-300R, as well as RF-11 Ring Flash, TF-22
Twin Flash, and FC-1 Macro Flash Controller.
Bracketing: To increase your chances of getting the perfect exposure
in difficult shooting conditions, you can set the camera to take a number of
photos at different exposure values for each frame. Frames are shot at optimum
exposure, plus pictures adjusted in the opposite directions of exposure. You can
perform bracketing in the following ways:
- AE Bracket: Two, three, five, or seven frames are shot using automatic exposure. You
can set the compensation value to 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV.
- WB Bracket: Three frames are shot using different white balances;
one at specified WB, one adjusted toward amber-blue color, and the other
toward green-magenta. You can set the bracketing adjustments in 2, 4, or 6
- FL Bracket: Three frames are shot with different flash intensity.
Compensation values can be set at 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV.
- ISO Bracket: Three images are taken, each with different ISO
sensitivity, with shutter speed and aperture fixed. Compensation values can
be set at 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV.
- Art Bracketing: Each time the shutter is released, the camera
records multiple images, each with a different Art Filter setting.
- HDR Bracketing: The camera records multiple images, each with a
different exposure for HDR imaging.
Metering Modes: There are 5 ways to measure the subject brightness:
- Digital ESP: Camera measures light levels and calculates the
differences in 324 separate areas of the image.
- Center-Weighted Average: Camera provides the average metering
between the subject and background lighting, placing more weight on the
subject in the center.
- Spot: Camera meters a very small area around the center of the
- Spot with Highlight Control: If overall background is bright, the
camera shifts toward over-exposure so white areas don't turn gray.
- Spot with Shadow Control: If overall background is dark, the
camera shifts toward under-exposure so black areas don't turn gray.
Face Detection: The camera will detect people's faces in the frame and
adjust the focus and metering automatically.
Multiple Exposures: The E-PL6 can overlay multiple frames and save the
result as a single image. You can overlay an image while taking a picture, or
overlay a recorded (RAW) image in playback mode.
Photo Playback: You can play back images one at a time, or in an index
display of 4, 9, 25, or 100. You can also display images recorded on the
memory card by date (calendar display). While in single image playback, the image can be magnified
to 2x, 3x, 5x, 7x, 10x, or 14x for a closer look.
Playback On TV: The PEN E-PL6 allows you to play back your still images or
movies on a TV. The camera has a Micro HDMI connector for playback on an HDTV
with an optional
Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable. You can set the HDMI output resolution to 1080i,
720p, or 480p (576p for PAL). The camera also offers a composite video output, using the supplied
A/V cable plugged into the camera's Multi-connector.
HDMI Control: When HDMI Control is set to "On", the camera
can be operated by a TV remote control when it is connected to the TV via HDMI.
The TV must support HDMI control. During single-frame playback, you can display
or hide the information display and the index display.
Capability: Using the supplied USB
cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer, regardless of
Power Options: The E-PL6 is powered by the supplied BLS-50 Lithium-Ion
rechargeable battery (7.2 volts, 1210mAh, 8.5Wh). The battery charges in approximately 3
hours 30 minutes in the supplied BCS-5 battery charger. The BLS-50 battery is
good for approximately 360 shots on a single charge.
Accessory Port Options: The rear-mounted Accessory Port can
be used for optional accessories such as the VF-2 or VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder,
or the Olympus Penpal (PP-1), which lets you wirelessly transfer images and
movies to your smartphone via Bluetooth.
Lens Overview: This PEN E-PL6 camera kit includes the 3x M.Zuiko Digital
14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R wide angle zoom lens with a Micro Four Thirds mount.
Designed for shooting movies, the lens features MSC technology, which gives you
virtually silent auto focusing and great sound, even during zooming. The lens
features the following specifications:
- Lens Mechanism: Inner focus with screw drive mechanism
- Lens Configuration: 8 lenses in 7 groups (including 3 Aspherical
- Focal Length: 14-42mm (28-84mm 35mm equivalent)
- Angle of View: 75° - 29°
- Closest Focusing Distance: 9.8 inches
- Maximum Image Magnification: 0.19x (35mm equiv: 0.38x)
- Number of Aperture Blades: 7 (circular aperture diaphragm for
natural background blurring)
- Maximum Aperture: f3.5 (14mm); f5.6 (42mm)
- Minimum Aperture: f22
- Filter Diameter: 37mm
- Dimensions: Diameter 2.214"; Length 2.16" (retracted),
- Weight: 4 ounces
Olympus Viewer 3 Software: The PEN E-PL6 includes Olympus Viewer
3 software on CD-ROM for Windows and Macintosh operating systems. The software lets you do the following:
- Import images and videos taken by the E-PL6 camera
- View, edit, and manage images and videos
- Organize images into folders, albums, people, and timelines
- Process and print images
- Assist you in selecting the best shot from a large number of images
using color marks, and selection and light boxes.
System Requirements: The Olympus Viewer 3
software is compatible with the following operating systems:
- Windows XP (Service Pack 3 or later), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7
(SP1), Windows 8, Windows 8.1
- Mac OS X v10.5 - v10.10
USB Mass Storage Class: The camera supports USB Mass Storage
Class, allowing you to transfer images to a computer with the provided USB
cable. The following operating systems are compatible with the USB connection:
- Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home Edition
- Mac OS X version 10.3 or later