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Olympus PEN E-PL7 Digital Camera

MILC 16.1MP Live MOS 14x Oct 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Seven industry awards
Unacceptable noise level
No support for 60fps video
78 Reviews + 7 Awards
Camera Labs Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Recommended Ephotozine Editor's Choice Pocket Lint Recommended

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Reviews

Seven Industry Awards

Experts rave about this Olympus camera and have given it seven awards.

The editors of three expert review sites all concluded that they would recommend this camera. PhotographyBlog.com, Camera Labs and Pocket Lint all gave this Olympus camera a "Recommended" award.

This medium megapixel camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by both review sites Ephotozine and Reviewed.com, both of which said that this digital camera was outstanding.

The author at review websites Gadgetspeak.com said that this camera was great and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

01net.com gave this Olympus camera a "4 Star" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on thirty expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Trusted Reviews this camera has an overall expert rating of 81%. The digital camera expert review sites think this medium megapixel camera is one of the better digital cameras of this spec and age.

Good User Reviews

This camera has an average user rating of 89 out of 100 based on 24 user reviews. 15 reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 88% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

Based on 4,447 owner and expert reviews (including 623 verified purchases), Olympus has good reviews for its cameras. Olympus also has good reviews specifically within its medium megapixel digital cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 88% of those that bought a Olympus camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Camera

Features Saturation Adjustment

The PEN E-PL7 features saturation adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

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Supports Live View

The PEN E-PL7 supports live view, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The PEN E-PL7 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera also feature brightness adjustment.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Features Histogram

The PEN E-PL7 features histogram, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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3axis Inbody Stabilisation

Six people who bought it agreed that it had a good image stabiliser. Camera Labs said “3axis inbody stabilisation” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag wrote “In-body image stabilization” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago expert review site Cameralabs.com mentioned “It has 16 Megapixels, built-in stabilization that works with any lens you attach, Wifi”.

Six owners said in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Fastaccurate auto-focus”. The Gimprider said in their Olympus PEN E-PL7 review on Bhphotovideo.com “Focus is much faster” and scored this digital camera 7 stars.

Five people who reviewed it wrote that it had a good lens. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Micro Four Thirds lens system”. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Great Lens Choices”. Zebra gave it a score of 8 stars and mentioned “Lens is exceptional”.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good zoom. Zebra said “Simple to use and great zoom capacity”.

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Great Sensor Performance

Seventeen people who purchased it considered that it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com said “However, experienced photographers can find plenty of depth to keep their interest, with eno” and gave the Olympus PEN E-PL7 a score of 6 stars. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk said in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PL7 “It is capable of producing some superb images and its video is respectable for a camera of its p”. Evilsprmn said last year “I ended up returning b/c my eyes much preferred the pictures from my Sony point” in their Olympus PEN E-PL7 review.

Six people who purchased this digital camera agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Photographyblog.com mentioned on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com three years ago “The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a Wi-Fi enabled, 16-megapixel compact system camera with a 180-degree downward tilting touchscreen, 8fps continuous shooting, 1080p H” and gave it a rating of 7 stars. Rjenson mentioned “The high and low angle shooting is great!) Best feature of course compatibility with all my Micro Four Thirds lenses” in their review of this digital camera. Polaroidian-Voyeur scored the product 7 stars and mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “It's darn fast! I was shooting a model”.

Five customers considered that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Three years ago Amateurphotographer.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “16.1-million-pixel Live MOS sensor”. Ephotozine said also three years ago “Respected sensor and processor combination” . Trusted Reviews mentioned in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PL7 “Great sensor performance” however despite that they only scored the product 18.8 out of 100.

Three customers who reviewed it considered that it was good in low light. Armadillo mentioned “Low light performance is outstanding for a less than full-frame camera” and scored it 8 stars. Vivavi said in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PL7 on Bhphotovideo.com “Just be sure in low light you hold the camera steady, not shaking it! Compact, so I can put it in my purse for casual photos”.

Two owners said in their reviews that the product had a good ISO range. Ephotozine wrote in their Olympus PEN E-PL7 review “Sehr gute Bildqualitt bis ISO 1.600, gute bis ISO 3.200”.

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Tilting Touch-Screen Display

Eight customers said in their reviews that it had a good screen. Cnet.com wrote on CNET.com “With its flexible display, great set of controls”. Pocket Lint mentioned in their review of this digital camera “WiFi works a treat, selfie screen if you fancy it”. Three years ago Pc Mag wrote in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag “Tilting touch-screen display”.

Four owners who purchased it agreed that it was mirrorless. Dpreview.com mentioned in their Olympus PEN E-PL7 review on expert review site DP Review “Entry-level mirrorless cameras provide a nice middle ground between fixed-lens point-and-shoots”. Reviewed.com wrote three years ago “While the jury is still out on the long-term viability of mirrorless cameras, that's not slowing Olympus down” . Also three years ago Pcmag.com scored it 5 stars and mentioned on expert review site PC Mag “The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a compact Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera that hits a lot of the right notes.”.

Two customers who purchased it reckoned that it had a good viewfinder. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera three years ago “The E-PL7 shares many of the features of the OM-D E-M10, minus a viewfinder and built-in flash” and gave it a score of 6 stars. Garyc wrote in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Minus the built-in viewfinder and a second command dial”.

One owner who purchased it concluded that it had an electronic viewfinder. Three years ago Pc Mag wrote in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag “Accessory port for optional EVF” yet they rated the product 18.8 out of 100.

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No Support for 60fps Video

Four owners reckoned that this digital camera was not good for video recording. Trusted Reviews wrote “Underwhelming video capture” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PL7 on PC Mag “No support for 60fps video”. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Highly Pixelated Video” in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PL7.

Lacks Built-In Flash

Three customers who reviewed this digital camera thought it did not have a good flash. T3.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “No eyelevel viewfinder, no builtin flash, tiny controls”. Pc Mag mentioned in their Olympus PEN E-PL7 review “Lacks built-in flash”. Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote in their Olympus PEN E-PL7 review “You can't use the optional viewfinder and a flash at the same time they both use the same accessory port” .


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Twelve people who reviewed the Olympus PEN E-PL7 considered that it was compact. Expert website Dpexpert.com.au said “We are passionate (biased?) about compact system cameras – not just from Olympus”. Dpexpert.com.au also said “This newest addition to the retro styled Pen series of 16mp compact interchangeable lens cameras comes as a kit with the 14-42mm retractable lens” in their review. Techradar.com scored the product 5 stars and said on expert review site Techradar “Olympus has received lots of praise for its OM-D series of compact system cameras, such as the OM-D E-M10, OM-D E-M5” in their review of this digital camera.

Three people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was a good body shape. Dan gave the product a rating of 6 stars and he said in April last year “I like the size & impressive weight of this body also” in his review of this digital camera.

One person who reviewed it concluded that it was good structurally. One owner reckoned that this digital camera was lightweight. Zebra said “This camera is lightweight with exceptional picture density”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was heavy and bulky. Peter he said on Bhphotovideo.com “I shopped for a camera to repace my OM-1, I required ease of use in winter (with heavy gloves on” in his review of the Olympus PEN E-PL7.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 309 grams, the PEN E-PL7 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera.

Other digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Samsung Camera ($45.99) (300g), or the Nikon 1 AW1 ($566.88) (313g).

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the PEN E-PL7 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by cameras that have been around for more than two years. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Olympus camera. This camera also supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. 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.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

The worst supported video resolution across comparable types of digital camera is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the PEN E-PL7 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best video resolution across all digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution across similar types of camera.

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Light Exposure

Supports Three ISO Sensitivities

The PEN E-PL7 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivities 200, 1600 and 25600 are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Battery

350 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a camera that takes 350 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera take between 105 and 1,499 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The PEN E-PL7 has a battery charger included, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The PEN E-PL7 has a batteries included, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The PEN E-PL7 has an HDMI. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have an HDMI.

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Display

Has a Touchscreen

The PEN E-PL7 has a touchscreen, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age which do not have a touchscreen.

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

At 1,037,000 pixel, the PEN E-PL7 has a very high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. The average display resolution (numeric) of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera is 430,000 pixels.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

If you want a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the Leica T ($1,115.77) (3.7").

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The PEN E-PL7 has a self-timer, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Support

Good Support

Three customers reckoned that it had good technical guidance. John wrote “Easy to use in the manual mode and easy to adjust exposure” in his Olympus PEN E-PL7 review and rated it 7 stars. The Gimprider rated this digital camera 7 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “I would love to see a fully manual digital from Olympus without all the buttons”. Peter rated it 9 stars and he said in his review of this digital camera “It has a Huge manual that comes with it”.


Audio

Has a Wind Filter

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a wind filter. Most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also have a wind filter.

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Features Noise Reduction

The PEN E-PL7 features noise reduction. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also feature noise reduction.

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Features Voice Recording

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 features voice recording. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Noisy

Three people who reviewed it concluded that it was noisy. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Excessive noise” .

In April last year Dan mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “I wanted faster focusing & also less noise in low light conditions”. Nick mentioned “Even at iso 150 (the best this camera has) the noise removes most details”.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

Three people who reviewed it concluded that it was noisy. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Excessive noise” . In April last year Dan mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “I wanted faster focusing & also less noise in low light conditions”. Nick mentioned “Even at iso 150 (the best this camera has) the noise removes most details”.


Design

Built in WiFi

Nine customers who purchased the Olympus PEN E-PL7 wrote that it was well made. What Digital Camera mentioned in their review of this digital camera “16MP sensor delivers solid results” . Three years ago Ephotozine wrote “Built in WiFi”. Pocket-Lint.com wrote on expert review site Pocket Lint “That makes it a solid bit of kit, especial” in their review of this digital camera.

Three customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was strong and durable. Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned on expert website Expert Reviews “The sturdy metal shell and dials inspire confidence”. Two years ago Mike H. mentioned “Mine goes with me bicycling and on rugged hikes” and scored it very highly. The Gimprider mentioned in their Olympus PEN E-PL7 review on Bhphotovideo.com “Also feels much more rugged” and scored it 5 stars.

One customer concluded that it was good at resisting water ingress. Steves-Digicams.com rated it 4 stars and wrote on expert review site Steve's Digicams “Optional AccessoriesE-PL7 Genuine Leather Body Jacket (brown, black, or light brown) -- $59.9914-42 EZ Genuine Leather Lens JacketPT-EP12 Underwater Housing -- $749.99UFL-3 Underwater Flash -- $499.99Optional Accessories” in their review of this digital camera.

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Handliches Design

Seven owners who reviewed the product considered that it was good looking. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on expert review site Expert Reviews two years ago “The E-PL7 scores particularly highly for speed and style” and gave the product a rating of 6 stars. Dpreview.com wrote on expert review site DP Review “The PEN series has been somewhat overshadowed by the excellent OM-D cameras, whose DSLR-like styling has been better received than the rangefinder-esque PENs.” in their review of this digital camera. Digitalversus.com said on Digital Versus “Let's see if this little interchangeable-lens camera lives up to our expectations of style, elegance and excellent selfie-taking, all three promised by Olympus” in their Olympus PEN E-PL7 review.

Six customers wrote in their reviews that it was well designed. Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PL7 “Metal frame with stylish design”. Ephotozine said “Handliches Design”. Trusted Reviews mentioned “Charming retro design”.

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that it was retro. T3.com said three years ago “Classic retro styling”. Two years ago expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk wrote “There's an air of sophisticated retro chic” in their Olympus PEN E-PL7 review.

One owner who purchased it considered that it was smooth. Expert review site Gadgetspeak.com wrote two years ago “The lens it came with is a 14-42mm and the action is very smooth” in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PL7.

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Stylish Metal Body

Six customers who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it was good quality. T3.com said in their Olympus PEN E-PL7 review “Quality metal construction” although they only gave it a score of 1 stars. Ephotozine wrote “Great image quality” however they gave it a score of 1 stars. Ephotozine also mentioned “Stylish metal body” in their review.

Wifi With Smartphone Remote Control

Eleven customers wrote that the Olympus PEN E-PL7 was easy to use. Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “All the Pen cameras, from the E 1 onwards, have been a joy to behold and a pleasure to use” but they gave it a rating of 18.8 out of 100. Camera Labs wrote “Wifi with smartphone remote control”. Three years ago expert review site Dpexpert.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera “2 and an added control dial will appeal to those who like to be i”.

Four owners who reviewed the product wrote that it was easy to handle. Pocket Lint wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Looks great, excellent touchscreen, improved handling” . Expert website Pocket-Lint.com gave the product a rating of 8 stars and mentioned “The E-PL7 at first seems like a small series of steady improvements rolled into the one camera, with a more sophisticated autofocus system, better overall handling and Wi-Fi.”. Garyc said on Bhphotovideo.com “The touch screen is brilliant (One of Olympus's best overall features, I think) as it makes handling/shooting/focusing really precise” in their review of this digital camera.

One owner who bought the product mentioned that it was easy to use the menus. The Gimprider wrote in their Olympus PEN E-PL7 review on Bhphotovideo.com “I just miss the slow careful choose my own settings photography”.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PEN E-PL7 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Sony NEX-F3D which has better reviews.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The PEN E-PL7 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony NEX-F3D.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 3200 x 2400 and 1280 x 960. Across all cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 to 4928 x 3264.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on digital cameras of this type and age.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The PEN E-PL7 supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also support Wi-Fi.

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Lens System

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 cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera. The average digital zoom of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera is 6.6x.

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Power

Good Battery Life

One person who bought this digital camera concluded that it had a good battery life.


Features

Good Technical Features

Five people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it had good features. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com gave it a rating of 7 stars and said in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PL7 two years ago “With fun features such as a "selfie screen", pared down controls”. Photoreview.com.au gave it a score of 4 stars and wrote “The release of the PEN E-PL7 gives Olympus three models with features that will appeal to socially-active buyers who want compact cameras with premium styling”. Two years ago Mike H. mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “I can set the camera up for my wife's PNS preference or fully utilize the advanced, creative features myself”.


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Released Over Two Years Ago

Olympus released the PEN E-PL7 in April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus 8251600839, canon v205073we001, olympus promotion
Barcodes 00008251600839, 00014445458982, 00050332188211, 00781735804223, 04545350047153, 04545350047177, 04545350047191, 04545350047245, 04545350047252, 04545350047269, 04545350047276, 04545350047283, 04545350047290, 04545350047306, 04545350047313, 04545350047320

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