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Olympus PEN E-PL7 vs Sony Alpha A6000

Olympus PEN E-PL7 vs Sony Alpha A6000

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Olympus PEN E-PL7
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Reasons For

2 Reasons For
Significantly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a digital zoom of 14x, whereas the Sony Alpha A6000 is only a 4x digital zoom digital camera (10x smaller). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

12% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a display resolution (numeric) of 1,037,000 pixels, however the Sony Alpha A6000 is only a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera (115,400 pixels lower).
6 Reasons For
A lot higher megapixel Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 has a megapixel of 24.3MP, whereas the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is only a 16.1MP digital camera (8.2MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Lighter Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 is a 285g digital camera. That's 24g lighter than the Olympus PEN E-PL7 (285g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Ten more battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard) on the Sony Alpha A6000 is 360.00, but the Olympus PEN E-PL7 only takes 350.00 battery life (CIPA standard). Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

One more awards
The Sony Alpha A6000 has 8 awards, whereas the Olympus PEN E-PL7 has 7 awards.
Expert reviews are better
The Sony Alpha A6000 has an average expert review score of 87%, however the Olympus PEN E-PL7 has an average rating of 81% (based on 56 reviews).
User reviews are a bit better
The Sony Alpha A6000 has an average user review score of 93%, however the Olympus PEN E-PL7 has an average rating of 89% (based on 22 reviews).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
8.2MP lower megapixel Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a megapixel of 16.1MP, but the Sony Alpha A6000 is a 24.3MP digital camera (8.2MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

8% heavier Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a 309g digital camera. That's 24g heavier than the Sony Alpha A6000 (285g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Ten less battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 takes 350.00 battery life (CIPA standard), however the Sony Alpha A6000 only takes 360.00 battery life (CIPA standard). Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

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Over one year older
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is older than the Sony Alpha A6000 by 20 months.
Fewer awards
Whilst the Olympus PEN E-PL7 has received 7 awards, the Sony Alpha A6000 has received 8 awards.
Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is 81%, whereas the average expert rating of the Sony Alpha A6000 is 87% (based on 39 reviews).
Slightly Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is 89%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony Alpha A6000 is 93% (based on 907 reviews).
2 Reasons Against
10x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 has a digital zoom of 4x, however the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a 14x digital zoom digital camera (10x bigger). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Sony Alpha A6000 is only 921,600 pixels display resolution, but the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a 1,037,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (115,400 pixels higher).

Awards

7 Awards
01net.com: 4 Star
Camera Labs: Recommended
Ephotozine: Editor's Choice
gadgetspeak.com: Highly Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended
Pocket Lint: Recommended
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
8 Awards
Camera Labs: Recommended
focus-numerique.fr: Recommended
letsgodigital.org/nl/: Recommended
Lydogbilde.no: Best in Test
M3.idg.se: Recommended
Pocket Lint: Recommended
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
What Digital Camera: Gold

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

32 months Ago 12 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel
16.1MP 24.3MP
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4608 x 3456
 3200 x 2400
 1280 x 960
 6000 x 4000
 6000 x 3376
 4240 x 2832
 4240 x 2400
 3008 x 2000
 3008 x 1688
 4608 x 3456
 3200 x 2400
 1280 x 960
 6000 x 4000
 6000 x 3376
 4240 x 2832
 4240 x 2400
 3008 x 2000
 3008 x 1688
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6000 x 4000
 6000 x 4000
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
BEST
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
17.3 x 13 23.5 x 15.6
Total Megapixels
17.2MP 24.7MP
BEST
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 3:4
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 3:4
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 4/3
BEST
 4/3

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Material
 Metal
 Metal

Lens System

Digital Zoom
14x
BEST
4x
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 continuous
 contrast detection
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 continuous
 contrast detection
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.3 - 3
Auto Focus (AF) Points
81 179
BEST
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Auto
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Smile Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smile detection
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Sensitivity
 160
 200
 1600
 25600
 25
 64
 80
 100
 320
 400
 640
 800
 3200
 6400
 12800
 51200
 160
 200
 1600
 25600
 25
 64
 80
 100
 320
 400
 640
 800
 3200
 6400
 12800
 51200
ISO Sensitivity (max)
25,600 51,200
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
200 100
BEST
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
60s
BEST
30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Flash on
 Auto
 Manual
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Flash on
Flash Guide Number
10m Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Sync-Speed
1s 1s
External Flash Connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Pre-Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Pre-flash

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 M-JPEG
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MOV
 M-JPEG
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1440 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1440 x 1080
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
BEST
 1920x1080@30fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Wind Filter
 Wind filter
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio Formats Supported
 WAV
 PCM
BEST
 WAV
 PCM
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo
Noise Reduction
 Noise reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Field of View
100% 100%
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,037,000 pixels
BEST
921,600 pixels

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

White Balance
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Sunny
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Sunny
 Daylight
 Incandescent
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Neutral
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Neutral
Self-Timer Delay
2,12 2,10
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Camera File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 PRINT Image Matching III
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 PRINT Image Matching III
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
 Tripod mountable
Saturation Adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Built-In Processor
TruePic VII BIONZ X
Playback Modes
 Slideshow
 Slideshow
Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 3D Photography
 Beach
 Snow
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 3D Photography
Languages Support
 GRE
 EST
 SLV
 SER
 LAV
 UKR
 NOR
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 LIT
 ITA
 SLK
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 GRE
 EST
 SLV
 SER
 LAV
 UKR
 NOR
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 LIT
 ITA
 SLK
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
309g 285g
BEST
Height
67mm 66.9mm
Depth
38.4mm 45.1mm
Width
114.9mm 120mm
Weight (including Battery)
357g 344g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FW50
Battery Life (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.5h
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
350 shots 360 shots
BEST

Operational Conditions

Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
30 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature (T-T)
-20 - 60 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 USB
BEST
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
 Battery charger included
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash

Technical Details

Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
Magnifier
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Magnifier
Smartphone Remote Support
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smartphone remote support
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