The Olympus Pen E-PL6, first announced in 2013 for the Asian market, is set to be introduced to the UK kitted with a pancake-style zoom lens a Wi-Fi memory card. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ zoom lens is a pancake design, which Olympus claims is the slimmest of its type in this class.

The 16.1 megapixel camera uses the same Live MOS sensor and TruePic VI processor as the 2012 PEN E-PL5 it replaces. It will retail in the UK for £429.99 from mid-July. Presumably as a substitute for built-in Wi-Fi, the camera has been made compatible with Toshiba's FlashAir Wi-Fi cards, which allow image transfer between the camera and a smartphone, as well as remote control live-view shooting via the Olympus Image Share app. Although Olympus says the E-PL6 will come packaged with a FlashAir SD card, the company doesn't mention the capacity of the card supplied. 

Key New Features:

  • All metal body finished in black or white
  • 12 Art Filters
  • 6 art effects
  • Dual axis level Gauge
  • Interval shooting for stop motion video
  • Small AF target Mode for small subjects - magnifies
  • Short Release Time Lag Mode - fast AF to reduce delays in fast moving subjects
  • 3-inch touch screen with Touch Shutter swivels for selfies
  • Low ISO equivalent to ISO100 (top sensitivity unchanged at 25600)

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A super-slim zoom lens and FlashAir* card give  the new PEN E-PL6 the creative edge

Freedom of expression, at full speed ahead

London, July 9, 2014 - Cameras with interchangeable lenses don't get any slimmer** or cooler than the new PEN E-PL6. Or better equipped for posting superior shots on the Web. The latest PEN comes supplied with a WiFi-capable FlashAir SD card and a class-best, super-slim, electronic pancake zoom lens; just two of the reasons for calling this package the ‘Expression Kit'. The E-PL6 is also packed with technologies inherited from Olympus' flagship OM-D series, so it has everything needed to capture stylish, stand-out images - any time, anywhere and on the fly. 

P for Personality.

For anyone who likes to express themselves and their own sense of style, the Expression Kit is the camera-lens-card combination of choice. The all-metal E-PL6 has the feel-cool factor that comes from the PEN's world renowned trademark design, thus adding a contemporary design icon to any outfit. Like every PEN, it's built to feel great - and look beautiful - in your hands. For a camera of this calibre, it's also light and compact, so it will fit easily in most handbags, even with the supplied lens attached. In fact, the lens is exactly what makes this the most portable PEN yet.

Enhancing your creative options are 12 striking Art Filters and 6 Art Effects to choose from ensuring the E-PL6 has the potential to spread some serious envy online, with one-touch, one-of-a-kind movie clips and shots.

E for Excellence. 

The E-PL6 is compatible with a wide range of Micro Four Thirds specialist lenses made by the M.ZUIKO experts, and the Expression Kit includes one of their latest achievements; the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm*** 1:3.5-5.6 EZ pancake zoom lens, the world's slimmest in this category. The M.ZUIKO signature is unmistakeable - in the startling size of the lens, the quiet motor, and the quality of the images it captures.

Speed, power and portability are key to spontaneous, individual and stylish photography - and the PEN E-PL6 has all three in abundance. In combination with any Micro Four Thirds lens and the powerful TruePic VI image processor, super-quick start-up and autofocus mean the camera reacts as fast as you think, even in low light. It delivers 16.1-Megapixel stills and 1080 Full HD movies with the consistently rich gradation, low noise and wide dynamic range that compacts and smartphones can't hope to achieve. When these images are shared, the difference in quality is even more striking: Post a picture of a moving subject shot in poor light on a smartphone, then count the likes. There's no better argument for the PEN and its versatile ISO settings.

The E-PL6 has a raft of new PEN features to help you quickly adjust settings, frame your shot, and capture a remarkable image. For example, Level Gauge overlays a grid on the LCD when there's no horizon as a reference. Interval shooting for stills stitches together stop-motion videos while Small AF Target Mode makes it easy to focus on tiny parts of the subject, then magnify these for more precise focusing. Short Release Time Lag Mode combines with Fast AF to reduce the delay that can otherwise make it difficult to accurately capture fast-moving subjects.

N for Network.

The E-PL6 is all about shooting and showing, and that includes posting your personal imagery online. The supplied FlashAir WiFi card lets you quickly transfer photos and videos to your smartphone via the free Olympus Image Share app, then effortlessly on to social media sites. The large,tiltable 3-inch monitor swivels up and right round so it's visible from the front of the camera, giving you the flexibility to frame a whole new class of selfie - or other shots from unusual angles..

The PEN E-PL6 comes in a choice of black or white and is compatible with a variety of accessories that customise the look. For example, a matching grip. Together with the FlashAir card and pancake lens, it will be available in beautifully designed packaging from mid-July 2014, for £429.99

E-PL6 Key Features:

  • Exquisitely designed, small and lightweight system camera with  an all-metal finish
  • Supplied with the world's slimmest** pancake zoom lens for go-anywhere creativity
  • FlashAir** WiFi card included for posting via a compatible smartphone and the free Olympus Image Share app
  • Outstanding image quality thanks to the 16.1 Megapixel Live MOS sensor and TruePic VI image processor
  • Large, tilt and swivel high-res LCD touchscreen for framing selfies and other shots at original angles
  • Fast AF and fast start-up 

Additional Features:

  • 18 creative filters for adding impressive effects to Full HD movies or stills on-camera
  • ISO settings as high as 25600 for great performance in low light
  • Short Release Time Lag for filming fast-moving subjects
  • Still interval shooting for creating stop-motion videos
  • Compatible with Micro Four Thirds lenses and accessories

*FlashAir is a trademark of Toshiba Corporation.
** The world's shortest distance between the mount and the front end of the lens, when retracted. 3x standard zoom lens for mirrorless cameras. According to Olympus research, as of Jan 29, 2014.
*** 35mm equivalent.

Olympus PEN E-PL6 specifications

Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions2560 x 1920, 1024 x 768
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorTruePic VI
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
ISOAuto (200 - 1600), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000, 20000, 25600
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
White balance presets8
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File format
  • RAW (Olympus ARW)
  • JPEG
  • MPO (3D still)
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points35
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier2×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • iAUTO
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
  • Bulb/Time
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • e-Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Landscape + Portrait
  • Sport, Night
  • Night + Portrait
  • Children
  • High Key
  • Low Key
  • DIS mode
  • Macro
  • Nature Macro
  • Candle
  • Sunset
  • Documents
  • Panorama
  • Fireworks
  • Beach & Snow
  • Fisheye Conv.
  • Wide Conv.
  • Macro Conv.
  • 3D
Built-in flashNo (bundled external flash)
Flash range7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1)
External flashYes (Clip-on FL-LM1 included, Hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Drive modes
  • Single frame
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive8.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (2, 3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, Motion JPEG
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini HDMI type-C)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Wireless notesFlashAir compatible
Remote controlYes (Optional RM-UC1)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionBLS-5 lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)360
Weight (inc. batteries)325 g (0.72 lb / 11.46 oz)
Dimensions111 x 64 x 38 mm (4.37 x 2.52 x 1.5)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo