August 3, 2015

Olympus Pen E-PL7 Camera Review

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After months and months of debating whether to get myself a new camera or not, I’ve finally gone and done it. I am now officially part of the Olympus Pen club.

For the past year I’ve been using a Nikon D3100 which is a fantastic camera, but it’s a pretty weighty to haul around. So I decided that purchasing a compact camera before we jet off in November was a must.

I bought the package which includes the pancake 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, as it’s a great size for travel.

You can read about all about the camera spec here, but read on to see what I really think of the E-PL7.

Read more: The Perfect PEN Accessory – M.Zuiko 45mm Lens

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Olympus PEN E-PL7 Camera (White) with M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm EZ Pancake LensOlympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 Lens (Silver)

Olympus Pen E-PL7 design

I could go on for an eternity about how pretty it is, but you can all see that for yourselves. I went with the white version of the Olympus Pen E-PL7, and its leather-look design has the most gorgeous hint of gold too.

Going into a tad more detail, the menu/button section of the camera overall is a nice, spacious layout, though with some buttons being teeny tiny, those with perhaps slightly larger hands may find it trickier to navigate around. If it really is an issue, there’s always the touchscreen option.

The huge talking point for bloggers is the Pen’s flip down selfie screen. I can see why it’s such a God send for the vloggers out there!

Sadly there is no viewfinder, though you can buy one separately if need be, and whilst there’s also no integrated flash it does come with a detachable one that you can pop on and off as and when it suits you.

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Olympus Pen E-PL7 image quality

Of course the Olympus Pen isn’t going to be quite as good as a DSLR, but it’s still a fantastic mirrorless camera.

Thanks to the vast ISO range and 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, amongst other excellent qualities in the spec, you are able to get stunning, high quality photos even in harsh lights.

I’m not clued up enough just yet, but I’ve seen professional photographers using this camera and they can shoot some really exceptional shots.

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Lens options for the Olympus PEN E-PL7

Lens wise there are plenty to choose from, and apparently you can even use Panasonic lenses, but if you just want to stick with the kit lens, you won’t be disappointed. The 45mm lens in particular is great for portrait photography.

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Pros of the Olympus Pen E-PL7

WiFi: this feature is a huge factor in why I bought it. The idea of being able to snap away and upload the images immediately to my iPhone is fantastic, so I am really looking forward to keeping my family up to date with beautiful pictures when I’m abroad later this year!

3″ LCD selfie screen: whilst it’s not essential, this is a pretty fun feature that I’m definitely going to be experimenting with.

Camera size: this is small compact camera, so it’s ideal for someone like me who plans to use it mostly for travel.

Overall, I just love the look, feel and quality that the Olympus Pen provides.

Cons of the Olympus Pen E-PL7

Design fault: due to the selfie screen flipping down, this actually prevents you mounting it onto a tripod when filming/taking shots.

Camera weight: it’s a tad weighty in comparison to others that I tried in-store, thought that does make it feel somewhat better quality.

Complex menu: maybe it’s just me, but this menu has hell of a lot of options which isn’t a piece of cake for a beginner like me.

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What do I think of the Olympus Pen E-PL7?

Whilst I still love the DSLR, I will move over to this camera full time now. The Olympus Pen has absolutely revolutionised blogging and social media for me – being able to blog and upload high quality shots on the go is something I will be eternally grateful for!

Buy the Olympus Pen E-PL7 with the Pancake Lens here!

Olympus PEN E-PL7 Camera (White) with M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm EZ Pancake LensOlympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 Lens (Silver)

Have you used this camera before? What’s your go to piece of blogging tech?

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