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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
Camera Type Megapixel Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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19 Reasons For

Olympus Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 1,711 expert and owner reviews, Olympus has good ratings for its digital cameras. Olympus also has good ratings specifically for its MILC cameras compared to other brands.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PEN E-PL7, the PEN E-PL7 has a built-in flash.

There are a number of other cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the 1 S1[pl_1857662_price], or the 1 J5[pl_2830177_price] both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price].

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Supports Wi-Fi

Like most of the other MILC cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PL7, the PEN E-PL7 supports wi-Fi.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras which support wi-Fi currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price], the Nikon 1 J5[plb_2830177_price], or the Sony Alpha A5000[plb_2665971_price] which has better reviews.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

When compared to other comparable spec cameras that came out more than a year ago that we have checked the digital zoom of, the PEN E-PL7's digital zoom of 14 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. The average digital zoom of MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PEN E-PL7 is 5x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 14x.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago. This Olympus digital camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector type found on cameras of this age and type.

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

The PEN E-PL7 has a wider light exposure correction than most digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This camera has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction, whereas most comparable spec digital cameras that were released one year ago have a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

This digital camera's light exposure correction (±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)) is actually the best light exposure correction across all similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PEN E-PL7.

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

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The PEN E-PL7 has a greater number of supported image formats than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than a year. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PEN E-PL7. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this digital camera.

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Very Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

MILC cameras that were released more than a year ago have slowest camera shutter speeds of between 0.25s and 60s. When compared to other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PEN E-PL7 that we have assessed, the PEN E-PL7's slowest camera shutter speed of 60 seconds is one of the longest.

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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 most cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. Most similar spec cameras that were released one year ago have a ±2EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. In addition, this camera have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction. The worst flash exposure correction of all digital cameras of this type and age is ±3EV (1/3 EV step) and the best is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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Has Nine White Balances

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

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the PEN E-PL7 is more than most MILC cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Olympus camera has a Vivid photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. The photo effectss "Black&White" and "Sepia" are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The PEN E-PL7 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). This Olympus camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 3200 x 2400 and 1280 x 960.

This digital camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is actually the best still image resolution amongst all MILC cameras that came out more than a year ago.

Amongst comparable types of digital camera the worst still image resolution is 1920 x 1080.

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Supports Three ISO Sensitivitys

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivitys 200, 1600 and 25600 are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. 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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Supports Four Camera File Systems

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a greater number of camera file systems than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. The most commonly 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 digital camera.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the PEN E-PL7 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on digital cameras of this spec and age. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this digital camera.

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Ten Flash Guide Numbers

Most cameras of this spec and age have between 5 and 10 flash guide numbers, including the PEN E-PL7 which has ten flash guide numbers.

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Supports Two Audio Formats Supporteds

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

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PEN E-PL7 support Full HD video, however the PEN E-PL7 does not support Full HD video.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to look at including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price], the Nikon 1 J5[plb_2830177_price], or the Sony Alpha A5000[plb_2665971_price].

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 does not support video capability, although this is within the context that most of the other MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-PL7 also do not support video capability.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support video capability to this camera and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price], the Nikon 1 J5[plb_2830177_price], or the Sony Alpha A5000[plb_2665971_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most digital cameras of this age and spec are not waterproof. The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The PEN E-PL7 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than a year also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Not 3D

The PEN E-PL7 is not 3D. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PEN E-PL7 are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The PEN E-PL7 does not have a GPS (satellite), although this is within the context that most of the other MILC cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PL7 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The PEN E-PL7 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera features a Red-eye reduction flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the PEN E-PL7. The flash modess "Auto", "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Manual" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Only Has Four Shooting Modess

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

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Quite Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

With an ISO sensitivity (min) of 200, the PEN E-PL7 has one of the bigger ISO sensitivity (min)s amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The ISO sensitivity (min)s of MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than a year range from 50 to 1,600, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 160.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Olympus PEN E-PL7

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this MILC digital camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the PEN E-PL7 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PEN E-PL7.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen cameras currently available which you might want to consider including the Nikon 1 S1[plb_1857662_price], the Sony Alpha A5000[plb_2665971_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many MILC cameras that are a comparable age 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 cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think because of it's better review score, the 1 S1[pl_1857662_price], and the 1 S1[pl_1857662_price] both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price] is also worth considering.

If you want a camera with a better memory card type then you might want to look at the Sony Alpha A5000[plb_2665971_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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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16.1 megapixels, the PEN E-PL7 has a relatively typical megapixel compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth looking at include the Sony Alpha A5000[plb_2665971_price] (20.1MP), or the Nikon 1 J5[plb_2830177_price] (20.8MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 309 grams, the PEN E-PL7 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PEN E-PL7.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Nikon 1 S1[plb_1857662_price] (197g) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Guide Number
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Wind Filter
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Noise Reduction
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display Aspect Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Camera File System
Live View
Tripod Mountable
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Quick Start Guide
Networking
Wi-Fi
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB Connectivity
Technical Details
Self-Timer

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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus 6125816, olympus 4010690w, olympus promotion, olympus 8251600839
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