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Olympus PEN E-PL7 Digital Camera

£429.00
MILC 16.1MP Live MOS 14x Oct 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Seven industry awards
Unacceptable noise level
Underwhelming video capture
77 Reviews + 7 Awards
Camera Labs Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Recommended Ephotozine Editor's Choice Pocket Lint Recommended
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Reviews

Seven Industry Awards

This Olympus digital camera is one of the most highly awarded by expert review sites of all the medium megapixel cameras that have been available for more than two years.

The authors at three expert review sites all concluded that they would endorse this digital camera. PhotographyBlog.com, Camera Labs and Pocket Lint all gave this camera a "Recommended" award.

The editors of websites Ephotozine and Reviewed.com both concluded that this camera was outstanding and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

This medium megapixel digital camera was given a "Highly Recommended" award by review sites Gadgetspeak.com who wrote that this camera was great.

This camera received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com.

Good Expert Reviews

Based on thirty expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Trusted Reviews the average expert rating of this medium megapixel digital camera is 81%. If all the digital cameras of this age and type are ranked by average expert review score then this camera is in the top 14%.

User Reviews Are Excellent

Owners have rated this medium megapixel digital camera on average 90%. Over 86% of 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 4,467 expert and owner reviews (including 627 verified purchases), Olympus has good reviews for its digital cameras. Olympus also has good reviews specifically within its medium megapixel cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 89% of those that bought a Olympus digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Price

Price Has Gone Up by £130 (30%)

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Good Value for Money

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good value for money. Website Bhphotovideo.com scored it 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “Good value” in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PL7. The Gimprider mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “In Micro 4/3 the cheap 14-42 Olympus and the new 7-14mm Pro zoom plus Lumix 40-200 zoom”.


Features

Good Technical Features

Five people who bought the product thought it had good features. Three years ago expert website Photoreview.com.au 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” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com rated it 5 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera “With fun features such as a "selfie screen", pared down controls”. Two years ago Mike H. wrote “I can set the camera up for my wife's PNS preference or fully utilize the advanced, creative features myself”.


Power

Good Battery Life

Two people who reviewed the product said that it had a good battery life. Dustball mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “It is light and easy to carry, has great battery life” in their review of this digital camera.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Olympus camera has been on the market since October 2014.


Lens System

Quite Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of cameras of this age and spec range from 1x to 120x, and the average digital zoom is 6.6x. The PEN E-PL7 has a quite big digital zoom (14 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera also support Wi-Fi.

There are a number of other cameras which support Wi-Fi currently available that you might want to look at including because of its better review score, the Panasonic DMC-GH3EC-K.

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Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

Three owners agreed that the product was noisy. Two years ago website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Excessive noise” although they still gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5. Nick wrote in his review of this digital camera “Even at iso 150 (the best this camera has) the noise removes most details” and rated the product 1 stars out of 5. Dan said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “I wanted faster focusing & also less noise in low light conditions” but even so he gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5.

Features Noise Reduction

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

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Has a Wind Filter

The PEN E-PL7 has a wind filter. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also have a wind filter.

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Features Voice Recording

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 features voice recording. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago 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 cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Noisy

Three owners agreed that the product was noisy. Two years ago website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Excessive noise” although they still gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5.

Nick wrote in his review of this digital camera “Even at iso 150 (the best this camera has) the noise removes most details” and rated the product 1 stars out of 5. Dan said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “I wanted faster focusing & also less noise in low light conditions” but even so he gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5.

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Other Features

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 digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider including the Sony NEX-F3D which has better reviews.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the PEN E-PL7 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Other 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider include because of its better review score, the Nikon Coolpix D7000 (£755.58).

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the Leica T (£820.67) (3.7").

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Has a Touchscreen

The PEN E-PL7 has a touchscreen, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera do not have a touchscreen.

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolutions (numeric) of digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 430,000 pixels. The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a very high display resolution (numeric) (1,037,000 pixel) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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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 age and spec.

Alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to look at include because of its 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 most medium megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. Most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 3200 x 2400 and 1280 x 960. Digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera still image resolution(s) range 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 comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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16.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16.1 megapixels camera.

If this camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the Leica T (£820.67) (16.3MP).

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a self-timer, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Camera

Features Saturation Adjustment

The PEN E-PL7 features saturation adjustment. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also feature saturation adjustment.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 features contrast adjustment. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also feature contrast adjustment.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The PEN E-PL7 features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Supports Live View

The PEN E-PL7 supports live view, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a tripod mountable. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera also have a tripod mountable.

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Features Histogram

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 features histogram, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The PEN E-PL7 has an HDMI. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also have an HDMI.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The PEN E-PL7 has a battery charger included. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 has a batteries included. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have a batteries included.

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Battery

350 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The PEN E-PL7 is a camera that takes 350 shots battery life (CIPA standard).

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Light Exposure

Supports Three ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the PEN E-PL7 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Olympus camera. The ISO sensitivities 200, 1600 and 25600 are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Olympus digital 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 camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera.

Across comparable types of camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The PEN E-PL7 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution across all cameras that came out more than two years ago.

The worst video resolution amongst comparable types of camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

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

Other digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Samsung Camera (£34.99) (300g), or the Nikon 1 AW1 (£549) (313g).

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Good Size

Thirteen people reckoned that the Olympus PEN E-PL7 was compact. Three years ago expert website Techradar.com said “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”. Expert website Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The Olympus E-PL7 (also known as the Olympus PEN Lite) is a new mid-range compact system camera” and scored this digital camera 80 out of 100. Expert website Pcmag.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a compact Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera that hits a lot of the right notes.”.

Three people wrote in their reviews that the product was a good body shape. Steves-Digicams.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert website 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”. Dan mentioned “I like the size & impressive weight of this body also” in his review of this digital camera and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Two people said in their reviews that the product was good structurally.

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Design

Charming Retro Design

Seven customers said that it was good looking. Expert review site T3.com wrote “This is still a stylishly constructed 16 megapix”. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The E-PL7 scores particularly highly for speed and style”. Expert website Digitalversus.com wrote in their review of this digital camera three years ago “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”.

Four customers who purchased it thought it was well designed. Trusted Reviews said “Charming retro design”. Website Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote “Metal frame with stylish design”. Ephotozine.com gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Ephotozine three years ago “An updated and more stylish design”.

Two customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was retro. Website T3.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Classic retro styling”. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk rated this digital camera 80 out of 100 and said “There's an air of sophisticated retro chic” in their review of this digital camera.

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Robust

Eight people wrote in their reviews that it was well made. Expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera three years ago “The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL7 offers a number of improvements over the previous versions (the E-PL5 and E-PL6), with a new 3-axis image stabilisation sensor, built in Wi-Fi” . Expert review site Tomsguide.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “With its flip-down selfie LCD and built in Wi”. Pocket-Lint.com scored it a maximum of 5 stars and said on expert website Pocket Lint two years ago “That makes it a solid bit of kit, especial” in their review of this digital camera.

Three customers wrote in their reviews that the product was strong and durable. Expertreviews.co.uk said on expert website Expert Reviews “The sturdy metal shell and dials inspire confidence” in their review of this digital camera. Mike H. gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Mine goes with me bicycling and on rugged hikes”. The Gimprider gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Also feels much more rugged”.

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All the Pen Cameras, from the E 1 Onwards, Have Been a Joy to Behold and a Pleasure to Use

Eleven customers who purchased it thought it was easy to use. Website Amateurphotographer.co.uk said three years ago “All the Pen cameras, from the E 1 onwards, have been a joy to behold and a pleasure to use” in their review of this digital camera. 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”. Two years ago John said in his review of this digital camera “Easy to use in the manual mode”.

Three people wrote in their reviews that the Olympus PEN E-PL7 was easy to handle. Pocket-Lint.com mentioned on expert review site Pocket Lint “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 expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The touch screen is brilliant (One of Olympus's best overall features, I think) as it makes handling/shooting/focusing really precise” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. Pete the Shepherd mentioned “I have changed the original grip into optional grip (MCG-2) on my E-p3 and it improved handling very much” in his review of this digital camera.

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Stylish Metal Body

Nine owners said in their reviews that the Olympus PEN E-PL7 was good quality. Three years ago Ephotozine wrote “Stylish metal body” in their review of this digital camera and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Website T3.com mentioned “Quality metal construction” in their review of this digital camera. Ephotozine also said “Great image quality” in their review.


Underwhelming Video Capture

Three customers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was not good for video recording. Trusted Reviews said three years ago “Underwhelming video capture” but even so they gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Highly Pixelated Video” nonetheless they still scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Two years ago Nick said “However video suffers the same terrible quality as the still images do” in his review of this digital camera and scored it 20 out of 100.

Good Flash

Two customers who bought it concluded that it had a good flash.

Good Screen

Six people said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good screen. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Articulating Touch Screen” in their Olympus PEN E-PL7 review. Pocket-Lint.com said on expert review site Pocket Lint “The Olympus Pen E-PL7 has an LCD screen that can be angled to sit beneath the camera”. Two years ago Gr said in their review of this digital camera “The tillable screen is very useful”.

Four owners who bought this digital camera concluded that it was mirrorless. Dpreview.com wrote on expert website DP Review “Entry-level mirrorless cameras provide a nice middle ground between fixed-lens point-and-shoots” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Reviewed.com said “While the jury is still out on the long-term viability of mirrorless cameras, that's not slowing Olympus down”. Zebra wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Great mirrorless camera” and gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5.

Three customers who bought the product agreed that it had a good viewfinder. Expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “The E-PL7 shares many of the features of the OM-D E-M10, minus a viewfinder and built-in flash”. Garyc said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Minus the built-in viewfinder and a second command dial”.

Three people reckoned that this digital camera had an electronic viewfinder. Website Bhphotovideo.com gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Evf Viewfinder”. They also wrote “Phenomenal Evf” in their review.

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Great Sensor Performance

Seventeen customers agreed that the product was able to produce good images. Two years ago Pocket-Lint.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Pocket Lint “However, experienced photographers can find plenty of depth to keep their interest, with eno”. Expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk said three years ago “It is capable of producing some superb images and its video is respectable for a camera of its p” . Zebra mentioned “This camera is lightweight with exceptional picture density”.

Six customers concluded that the product had a good picture resolution. Expert website Photographyblog.com wrote “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” in their review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera 4 stars out of 5. Polaroidian-Voyeur said two years ago “It's darn fast! I was shooting a model”. Rjenson scored it a maximum of 5 stars and 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.

Three customers who purchased the product considered that it had a good image sensor. Ephotozine said “Respected sensor and processor combination” . Trusted Reviews mentioned three years ago “Great sensor performance” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “This latest offering from Olympus features the 16.1-million-pixel sensor that has proved popular in the OM-D E-M5.”.

Three people who reviewed it reckoned that it was good in low light. Armadillo scored it 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “Low light performance is outstanding for a less than full-frame camera”. Vivavi mentioned “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”.

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Quick Focus

Eight people thought the product had a good autofocus. Two years ago website Bhphotovideo.com said “Fast focusing” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. They also wrote “Fastaccurate auto-focus” in their review. And also mentioned “Focusing Speedaccuracy”.

Five owners said that this digital camera had a good lens. Pc Mag said three years ago “Micro Four Thirds lens system” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Great Lens Choices”. Expert website Dpexpert.com.au wrote in their review of this digital camera “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” .

Five people wrote in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. Two years ago website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Good Image Stabilization”. Expert review site Cameralabs.com mentioned in their review of the Olympus PEN E-PL7 “It has 16 Megapixels, built-in stabilization that works with any lens you attach, Wifi”.

Three owners who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good zoom. Two years ago website Bhphotovideo.com said “28 300mm Zoom”. Zebra rated it 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com in the same month “Simple to use and great zoom capacity”.

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