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Olympus PEN E-PL7
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Olympus PEN E-PL7 Digital Camera

MILC 16.1MP Live MOS Oct 2014
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26 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Olympus MILC cameras have good ratings on average and across all digital cameras Olympus is one of the superior manufacturers.

Supports WiFi Connectivity

The PEN E-PL7 supports WiFi connectivity, unlike most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PEN E-PL7 which do not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available including the Sony ILCE-5000[plb_2109568_price] which is cheaper; or the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price], or the Leica T (Typ 701)[plb_2550905_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PEN E-PL7 has a built-in flash. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including a cheaper digital camera such as the Sony ILCE-5000[plb_2109568_price] or you might consider a higher rated digital camera such as the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price], or the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The PEN E-PL7 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PEN E-PL7.

Alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might also want to look at include a cheaper camera such as the Sony ILCE-5000[plb_2109568_price] or you might consider a higher scoring camera such as the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price], or the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price].

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

At 14 times zoom factor, the Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years. Comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-PL7 have digital zooms of between 2x and 150x, and the average digital zoom is 11x.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on MILC cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think the PEN E-P5[pl_2032029_price], and the PEN E-P5[pl_2032029_price] both from Olympus which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this MILC digital camera is too bad for you then you might want to look at the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PEN E-PL7. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is more than most MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most frequently found HDMI connector is Mini, but this HDMI connector is not found on this camera. The HDMI connectors Micro are also found on this digital camera.

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±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The PEN E-PL7 has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than the ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction found on most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it.

This digital camera's light exposure correction (±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)) is actually the best light exposure correction across all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the PEN E-PL7.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst light exposure correction is ± 2EV (1/3EV step).

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on cameras of this type and age.

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Quite Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The shortest maximum camera shutter speed of digital cameras of a similar type and age to the PEN E-PL7 is 0.25s, the longest is 240s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 40s. The PEN E-PL7 has a quite long maximum camera shutter speed (60 seconds) compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PEN E-PL7.

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Features Six Flash Modes

The PEN E-PL7 has a greater number of flash modes than most similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PEN E-PL7. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Has Nine White Balance Modes

The PEN E-PL7 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Olympus digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of this type and age. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade", "Sunny", "Tungsten" and "Underwater" are also found on this camera.

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±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than the ±1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction found on most MILC cameras that were released around the same time as it. In addition, this digital camera have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction.

This camera's flash exposure correction (±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)) is in fact the best flash exposure correction amongst all cameras of a similar age and type to the PEN E-PL7.

The worst flash exposure correction amongst comparable types of camera is ±1EV (1/3 EV step).

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Supports Two Audio Formats

The number of audio formats supported by the PEN E-PL7 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats PCM and WAV are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a greater number of photo effects than most MILC cameras that are a similar age to it. This digital camera has a Vivid photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PEN E-PL7. The photo effects "Black&White" and "Sepia" are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution found on most digital cameras of this spec and age. This Olympus camera also have a still image resolution of 3200 x 2400 and 1280 x 960. The worst still image resolution of all digital cameras of this age and spec is 1024 x 768 and the best is 12416 x 1856.

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Quite High Display Resolution

The display resolutions of digital cameras that came out more than two years ago range from 33 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. At 1,037,000 pixel, the PEN E-PL7 has a quite high display resolution compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PL7.

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Supports Three ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is more than most MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Olympus camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-PL7. The ISO speeds "1600" and "25600" are also supported by this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is more than most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Olympus digital camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PEN E-PL7. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Supports Four Camera File Systems

The PEN E-PL7 has a greater number of camera file systems than most cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most frequently supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this camera. The camera file systems DCF, DPOF, Exif 2.2 and PRINT Image Matching III are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Three Aspheric Elements

The PEN E-PL7 is a three aspheric element digital camera.

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Ten Flash Guides

The PEN E-PL7 is a ten flash guide camera. Most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PL7 have between 4 and 10 flash guides.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many digital cameras of this type and age.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

The PEN E-PL7 does not support video recording, although keep in mind that most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PEN E-PL7 also do not support video recording.

Alternative cameras which also support video recording that you might also want to look at include the Olympus PEN E-PM2[plb_1666935_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

Most MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than two years are not 3D compatible. The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Digital cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the PEN E-PL7, the PEN E-PL7 does not have a GPS.

It is worth considering alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS including the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the PEN E-PL7 are not waterproof. The PEN E-PL7 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 does not have an image stabiliser, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PEN E-PL7 also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Only Has Four Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the PEN E-PL7 is more than most cameras that are a similar age to it. This Olympus digital camera has a Manual shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on cameras of this age and type. The shooting modes "Auto", "Movie" and "Scene" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Very Big Minimum ISO Speed

Across all the MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago the minimum ISO speed range from 50 to 200. When compared to other cameras of this age and type that we have checked, the PEN E-PL7's minimum ISO speed of 200 is one of the biggest.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus PEN E-PL7

Released Over Two Years Ago

Olympus released the PEN E-PL7 over two years ago.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the PEN E-PL7 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-PL7.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen cameras currently available including the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price], or the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a larger screen size then you might want to consider the Leica T (Typ 701)[plb_2550905_price] (3.7") which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel Count

The PEN E-PL7 has a pretty average megapixel count (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the PEN E-PL7.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 16.1MP digital cameras currently available including the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price], or the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a digital camera with a higher megapixel count then you might also want to look at the Leica T (Typ 701)[plb_2550905_price] (16.3MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 309 grams, the PEN E-PL7 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PEN E-PL7.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Olympus PEN E-PM2[plb_1666935_price] (269g).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus Points Selection
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Networking
Other Features
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

19 July 2015

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Forward facing 3 2 touchscreen
Self shot modes
Wifi with smartphone remote control
3axis inbody stabilisation
Looks great, excellent touchscreen, improved handling
Poor quality kit lens judging from two samples
Screen can't flip forwards when tripodmounted
Lack of touch buttons for changing selfie settings
Incremental improvements for the series, detail lacks at highISO settings
Auto ISO has limited use

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 4 August 2015 by GaryC
GaryC would recommend the Olympus Pen Lite E-PL7 (Verified Purchase)

I really like the PEN like from Olympus as I think it is the most true in size and form factor for the Micro 4/3rds line. I also have the flagship OM-D EM1, however so I'm a bit spoiled by the... Read more…

Easy to Use
Fast Shutter Speed
Great Resolution
Large Clear LCD
Small Compact
Viewfinder
Complicated Controls
No Viewfinder
A Few Small Controls
Huge Menu

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