Olympus PEN E-PL7 vs Sony Alpha A5000

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Olympus PEN E-PL7
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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
Image stabilizer Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has an image stabilizer, but the Sony Alpha A5000 does not. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

72% bigger digital zoom Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a 14x digital zoom digital camera. That's 10x bigger than the Sony Alpha A5000 (4x). 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.

Higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Olympus PEN E-PL7 is 25,600 maximum ISO speed. That's 9,600 higher than the Sony Alpha A5000 (16,000).
50% longer slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a 60s maximum shutter speed digital camera. That's 30s longer than the Sony Alpha A5000 (30s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a 1,037,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 576,200 pixels higher than the Sony Alpha A5000 (460,800 pixels).
Marginally better user reviews
The average user review score of the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is 93% based on 33 reviews, but the average rating of the Sony Alpha A5000 is 91% (based on 163 reviews).
7 Reasons For
4MP higher megapixel Edit
The Sony Alpha A5000 is a 20.1MP digital camera. That's 4MP higher than the Olympus PEN E-PL7 (20.1MP). 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.

More total megapixels Edit
The Sony Alpha A5000 is a 20.4MP digital camera. That's 3.2MP more than the Olympus PEN E-PL7 (20.4MP).
Smaller ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
Sony Alpha A5000 is 100 minimum ISO speed. That's 100 smaller than the Olympus PEN E-PL7 (100).
A lot lighter Edit
The Sony Alpha A5000 has a weight of 210g, but the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a 309g digital camera (99g heavier). 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.

420.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Sony Alpha A5000 is 420.00, but the Olympus PEN E-PL7 only takes 350.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

Cheaper by £19
The Sony Alpha A5000 costs £19.02 less than the Olympus PEN E-PL7.
10 shops are selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
25% lower megapixel Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a 16.1MP digital camera. That's 4MP lower than the Sony Alpha A5000 (20.1MP). 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.

3.2MP less total megapixels Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a 17.2MP digital camera. That's 3.2MP less than the Sony Alpha A5000 (20.4MP).
Bigger ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a 200 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 100 bigger than the Sony Alpha A5000 (100).
99g heavier Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a weight of 309g, whereas the Sony Alpha A5000 is a 210g digital camera (99g lighter). 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.

Only 350.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a digital camera that takes 350.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Sony Alpha A5000 only takes 420.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

More expensive by £19
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is £19.02 more expensive than the Sony Alpha A5000.
Not as many stockists
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is only stocked by 3 shops, however the Sony Alpha A5000 is stocked by 13 sellers. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Older by six months
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is six months older than the Sony Alpha A5000.
6 Reasons Against
Does not have an image stabilizer Edit
The Sony Alpha A5000 does not have an image stabilizer, but the Olympus PEN E-PL7 has an image stabilizer. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

3x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony Alpha A5000 is a 4x digital zoom digital camera. That's 10x smaller than the Olympus PEN E-PL7 (4x). 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.

60% lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Sony Alpha A5000 has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 16,000. That's 9,600 lower than the Olympus PEN E-PL7 (16,000).
Shorter slowest camera shutter speed Edit
Sony Alpha A5000 is only 30s maximum shutter speed. That's 30s shorter than the Olympus PEN E-PL7 (30s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

2x lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Sony Alpha A5000 is only 460,800 pixels display resolution. That's 576,200 pixels lower than the Olympus PEN E-PL7 (460,800 pixels).
User review Rating is moderately Worse
The Sony Alpha A5000's average user score is 91%, however the Olympus PEN E-PL7's is 93% (based on 33 reviews).

Awards

No awards found 7 Awards
Camera Labs: Recommended
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
vido.com.ua: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

28 months Ago 23 months Ago

Manufacturer's Warranty

No data 2 Years

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel
16.1MP 20.1MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4608 x 3456
 3200 x 2400
 1280 x 960
 5456 x 3632
 3872 x 2176
 2736 x 1824
 4608 x 3456
 3200 x 2400
 1280 x 960
 5456 x 3632
 3872 x 2176
 2736 x 1824
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5456 x 3632
 5456 x 3632
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
17.3 x 13 23.2 x 15.4
Total Megapixels
17.2MP 20.4MP
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 of Product
 Black
 Black
Material
 Metal
 Metal

Lens System

Digital Zoom
14x
BEST
4x
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 22
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 11
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 38mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 28.5mm
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Unknown - Click to provide data 8/6
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Sony E
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Unknown - Click to provide data 7
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 46mm
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 continuous
 spot
 flexible spot
 centre weighted
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 single
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 continuous
 spot
 flexible spot
 centre weighted
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted 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
Auto Focus (AF) Points
81 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
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
 100
 320
 3200
 160
 200
 1600
 25600
 25
 100
 320
 3200
ISO Sensitivity (max)
25,600
BEST
16,000
ISO Sensitivity (min)
200 100
BEST
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
 ±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
 Auto
 Manual
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Guide Number
10m Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Sync-Speed
1s Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Recharging Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 3s
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD 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
 MOV
 M-JPEG
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
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
 Noise reduction

Memory

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

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,037,000 pixels
BEST
460,800 pixels

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge
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
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Sunny
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Custom modes
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,12 2,10
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Camera File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 PRINT Image Matching III
 Exif
BEST
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 PRINT Image Matching III
 Exif
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Saturation Adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Built-In Processor
TruePic VII BIONZ X
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
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
309g 210g
BEST
Height
67mm 62.8mm
Depth
38.4mm 35.7mm
Width
114.9mm 109.6mm
Lens Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 160g
Lens Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 45.7mm
Lens Diameter
Unknown - Click to provide data 60.8mm
Weight (including Battery)
357g 269g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FW50
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,080mAh
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
350 shots 420 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 0 - 40

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
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

Video Capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video capability
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

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
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