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Olympus PEN E-PL7 Digital Camera

MILC 16.1MP Live MOS Oct 2014
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24 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

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

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this digital camera is Full HD, which is typical of many cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The PEN E-PL7 supports WiFi connectivity, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age which do not support WiFi connectivity.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available including the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price], the Samsung NX1100[plb_2088336_price], or the Fujifilm X-M1[plb_2032322_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

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

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price], the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price], and the Samsung NX1100[plb_2088336_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

The PEN E-PL7 supports Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price], the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price], or the Samsung NX1100[plb_2088336_price].

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Very Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 14 times zoom factor, the PEN E-PL7 has a very big digital zoom compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The smallest digital zoom of cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1x, the biggest is 14x, and the average digital zoom is 6x.

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SD Memory Card

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

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the Q10[pl_1399120_price], or the Q10[pl_1399120_price] both from Pentax.

If you are looking for a camera with a better memory card type 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 digital camera has a Live MOS sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The PEN E-PL7 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This Olympus camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector found on MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PL7.

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Supports Two Image Formats

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

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

The Olympus 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 MILC digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

This digital camera's light exposure correction (±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)) is actually the best light exposure correction amongst all digital cameras of this age and spec.

Amongst 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 frequently found camera shutter on MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture

The average maximum aperture of MILC digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PEN E-PL7 is 14, and the maximum apertures range from 1 to 36. At 22, the PEN E-PL7 has a fairly small maximum aperture compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has Nine White Balance Modes

The PEN E-PL7 has a greater number of white balance modes than most MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PL7. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade", "Sunny", "Tungsten" and "Underwater" are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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

The PEN E-PL7 has a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than most MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. Most digital cameras of this age and spec have a ±2EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction. In addition, this Olympus digital camera have a ±3EV (1/2, 1/3 and 1 EV step) flash exposure correction. Across all cameras of this age and spec the flash exposure correction ranges from ±1EV (1/3 EV step) to ±3EV (1/2; 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 a similar age and spec to it. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this Olympus digital camera. The audio formats PCM and WAV are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution, whereas most similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution. This Olympus camera also have a still image resolution of 3200 x 2400 and 1280 x 960. The still image resolution of all MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-PL7 ranges from 1024 x 768 (worst) to 12416 x 1856 (best).

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Fairly High Display Resolution

Across all the cameras that are a comparable age to the PEN E-PL7 the display resolutions range from 33 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 740,000 pixels. At 1,037,000 pixel, the PEN E-PL7 has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PEN E-PL7.

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Supports Three ISO Speeds

The PEN E-PL7 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by MILC digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PEN E-PL7. The ISO speeds "1600" and "25600" are also supported by this Olympus 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 typical of many MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. 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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Three Aspheric Elements

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a three aspheric element camera. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age have between one and three aspheric elements.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the PEN E-PL7 is more than most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. The most commonly featured auto focus is Continuous Auto Focus, but this auto focus is not featured on this camera. The auto focus Face detection, Single Auto Focus and Tracking Auto Focus are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Supports One Power Source

The PEN E-PL7 has a greater number of power sources than most MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most commonly supported power source supported by MILC digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PEN E-PL7.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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8 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 digital cameras of this age and type also do not support video recording.

It is worth considering other digital cameras which also support video recording including the Samsung NX1100[plb_2088336_price], or the Nikon 1 S1[plb_1857662_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PEN E-PL7, the PEN E-PL7 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 Samsung NX1100[plb_2088336_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The PEN E-PL7 does not have a GPS. Most of the other MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PL7 also do 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], the Samsung NX1100[plb_2088336_price], or the Nikon 1 AW1[plb_2020636_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The PEN E-PL7 is not waterproof. Most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PEN E-PL7 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

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

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Only Features Six Flash Modes

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

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Only Has Four Shooting Modes

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

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Fairly Big Minimum ISO Speed

The PEN E-PL7 has a quite big minimum ISO speed (200) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The average minimum ISO speed of MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to the PEN E-PL7 is 140.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Olympus PEN E-PL7

£8.00 Price Increase

In the last couple of weeks the PEN E-PL7 has increased in price by £8.00.

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this MILC camera was released.

Average Screen Size

The PEN E-PL7 has a pretty typical screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen cameras and we think the Pentax Q10[plb_1399120_price], and the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Average Megapixel Count

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

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 16.1MP cameras currently available including the Sony NEX-3[plb_1611376_price], or the Olympus PEN E-P5[plb_2032029_price] which has better reviews.

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Average Weight

The PEN E-PL7 has a fairly standard weight (309 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the PEN E-PL7.

Other digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Fujifilm X-M1[plb_2032322_price] (280g), the Nikon 1 AW1[plb_2020636_price] (313g), or the Samsung NX300M[plb_2205970_price] (310g) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
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
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Auto Focus Point
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
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
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Wind Filter
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Noise Reduction
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
Camera File System
Live View
Tripod Mount
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
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
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Technical Details
Self-Timer
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Certificates
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Special Features

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

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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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