Olympus PEN E-PL7 vs Sony Alpha A7S II

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Olympus PEN E-PL7
Sony Alpha A7S II

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Reasons For

8 Reasons For
3.9MP higher megapixel Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a megapixel of 16.1MP, whereas the Sony Alpha A7S II is only a 12.2MP digital camera (3.9MP 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.

A lot more total megapixels Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a total megapixels of 17.2MP, but the Sony Alpha A7S II is only a 12.4MP digital camera (4.8MP less).
10x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a digital zoom of 14x, however the Sony Alpha A7S II 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.

30s longer slowest camera shutter speed Edit
Olympus PEN E-PL7 is 60s maximum shutter speed, but the Sony Alpha A7S II is only a 30s maximum shutter speed digital camera (30s shorter). Read more

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

0.05" larger display diagonal Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a 3" screen digital camera, whereas the Sony Alpha A7S II is only a 2.95" screen digital camera (0.05" smaller). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Touchscreen Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a touchscreen, however the Sony Alpha A7S II does not have a touchscreen.
Lighter Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a 309g digital camera. That's 275g lighter than the Sony Alpha A7S II (584g). 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.

£1,041 cheaper
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 costs £1,040.99 less than the Sony Alpha A7S II.
6 Reasons For
Eighty-eight more auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has 169.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss, however the Olympus PEN E-PL7 only has 81.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
Hugely higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Sony Alpha A7S II is 409,600 maximum ISO speed, but the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is only a 25,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera (384,000 lower).
Significantly smaller ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II is a 50 minimum ISO speed digital camera, whereas the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a 200 minimum ISO speed digital camera (150 bigger).
191,800 pixels higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II is a 1,228,800 pixels display resolution digital camera, whereas the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is only a 1,037,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (191,800 pixels lower).
Twenty more battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II is a digital camera that takes 370.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas 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.

Available from 11 shops
The more stores stock this digital camera, the greater competition amongst stores to keep prices low.

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
Eighty-eight less auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is an 81.00 auto Focus (AF) points digital camera, whereas the Sony Alpha A7S II only has 169.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
Vastly lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 25,600, however the Sony Alpha A7S II is a 409,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera (384,000 higher).
Hugely bigger ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
Olympus PEN E-PL7 is 200 minimum ISO speed, but the Sony Alpha A7S II is a 50 minimum ISO speed digital camera (150 smaller).
Lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Olympus PEN E-PL7 is only 1,037,000 pixels display resolution, but the Sony Alpha A7S II is a 1,228,800 pixels display resolution digital camera (191,800 pixels higher).
Twenty less battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is 350.00, but the Sony Alpha A7S II only takes 370.00 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.

Less retailers
Only 3 sellers sells the Olympus PEN E-PL7, whereas 14 sellers sell the Sony Alpha A7S II. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Over one year older
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is older than the Sony Alpha A7S II by 13 months.
8 Reasons Against
A lot lower megapixel Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a megapixel of 12.2MP, however the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a 16.1MP digital camera (3.9MP 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.

A lot less total megapixels Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a total megapixels of 12.4MP, whereas the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a 17.2MP digital camera (4.8MP more).
Three times smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a digital zoom of 4x, but 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.

30s shorter slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II is a 30s maximum shutter speed digital camera, whereas the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a 60s maximum shutter speed digital camera (30s longer). Read more

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

0.05" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a display diagonal of 2.95", however the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a 3" screen digital camera (0.05" larger). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Does not have a touchscreen Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II does not have a touchscreen, whereas the Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a touchscreen.
Heavier Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II is a 584g digital camera. That's 275g heavier than the Olympus PEN E-PL7 (584g). 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.

£1,041 more expensive
The Sony Alpha A7S II is more expensive than the Olympus PEN E-PL7 by £1,040.99.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel
16.1MP
BEST
12.2MP
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4608 x 3456
 3200 x 2400
 1280 x 960
 4240 x 2832
BEST
 4608 x 3456
 3200 x 2400
 1280 x 960
 4240 x 2832
Maximum Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
BEST
 4608 x 3456
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
17.3 x 13 35.6 x 23.8
Total Megapixels
17.2MP
BEST
12.4MP
Image Stabilizer Location
 Body
 Body
Sensor Format
 Full-frame
 Full-frame
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
Extra/Smart Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 2x
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
Auto Focus (AF) Points
81 169
BEST
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
 50
 80
 100
 400
 800
 12800
 409600
 102400
 160
 200
 1600
 25600
 25
 50
 80
 100
 400
 800
 12800
 409600
 102400
ISO Sensitivity (max)
25,600 409,600
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
200 50
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)
 ±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
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Manual
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
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 Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
Shoe Mounting Point
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoe mounting point

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 M-JPEG
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 XAVC-I
 MOV
 M-JPEG
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 XAVC-I
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 3840 x 2160
BEST
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@120fps
 3840x2160@25fps
 3840x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@120fps
 3840x2160@25fps
 3840x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@25fps
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 4K Ultra 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
 LPCM
 AC3
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
 WAV
 PCM
 LPCM
 AC3
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
 Voice recording
Noise Reduction
 Noise reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
Memory Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Display

Display Diagonal
3"
BEST
2.95"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
BEST
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,037,000 pixels 1,228,800 pixels
BEST
Second Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Second display

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5"
Magnification
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.78x
Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
Headphone Outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone outputs
USB Connector
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB

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
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Manual
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Neutral
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Neutral
Self-Timer Delay
2,12 2,5,10
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Dioptre Correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Dioptre correction
Anti-Dust Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Anti-dust function
Camera File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 PRINT Image Matching III
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 MPF
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 PRINT Image Matching III
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 MPF
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Highlights
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Highlights
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
Saturation Adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
TruePic VII BIONZ X
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
Unknown - Click to provide data -4 - 3
Eye Relief
Unknown - Click to provide data 23mm
Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 3D Photography
 Twilight
 Beach
 Snow
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 3D Photography
 Twilight
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
BEST
584g
Height
67mm 95.7mm
Depth
38.4mm 60.3mm
Width
114.9mm 126.9mm
Weight (including Battery)
357g
BEST
627g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FW50
Battery Life (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1h
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
350 shots 370 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

AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 Micro-USB
 USB
 Micro-USB
BEST
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
 Battery charger included
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Other Features

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

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
 Self-timer
Memory Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Memory function
Video Capture Resolution (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 3840 x 2160
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