Review: Olympus PEN Lite E-PL6

Review: Olympus PEN Lite E-PL6

The E-PL6 sits between the flagship E-P5 and the entry-level E-PLM2 of Olympus' PEN Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera series. This is for those who want more control when taking pictures without breaking the bank.

Available in white, silver, black and red, the review unit was white with the standard 14-42mm (28-84mm due to the sensor's 2x crop factor) kit lens.

The body feels sturdy to hold without any cheap plastic vibes. It has a screw-on front grip, which you can choose not to install. But I think your fingers will probably thank you for installing the grip, as they will feel so much more comfortable with something to rest on.

On the downside, I found the grip to be a tad small with no space for my fourth finger and pinkie.

The button layout is great for handling. There is a handy Mode Dial on top besides the shutter release, a dedicated video recording button just above the thumb rest and a clickable rear dial allowing quick adjustment of settings.

While there is no built-in flash, there is a hot shoe for you to insert the bundled small flash, FL-LM1. You can also insert an electronic viewfinder on the hot shoe if you prefer to shoot through a viewfinder.

Or you can use the tiltable 3-inch display, which can be flipped up to 170 degrees, which allows you to take self-portraits comfortably. It can also pull downwards 65 degrees to compose an above-the-crowd shot.

Another new trick of this camera is that you can simply touch the display for autofocusing (AF) to start, lock on to a focus and take the shot. If you prefer otherwise, you can turn off this Touch AF Shutter function with a simple tap of a virtual button.

Personally, I still prefer half-pressing the shutter release as using the Touch AF Shutter function can sometimes result in blur images if you are not careful.

It starts up in a stunning 0.6sec, when the competitors usually do it in around 2sec. Shutting down is pretty quick as well, taking around 0.9sec. Shutter lag is negligible.

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