Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus 7000

Olympus PEN E-PL6 front
Olympus Stylus 7000 front

Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus 7000 Key Specs

Olympus E-PL6
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 325g - 111 x 64 x 38mm
  • Announced August 2014
  • Replacement is Olympus E-PL7
Olympus 7000
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 50 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 37-260mm (F3.5-5.3) lens
  • 172g - 96 x 56 x 25mm
  • Revealed January 2009
  • Additionally Known as mju 7000
Photography Glossary

Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus 7000 Overview

Below is a in-depth review of the Olympus E-PL6 and Olympus 7000, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both are designed by Olympus. There is a significant difference among the image resolutions of the E-PL6 (16MP) and 7000 (12MP) and the E-PL6 (Four Thirds) and 7000 (1/2.3") come with totally different sensor measurements.

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The E-PL6 was revealed 5 years later than the 7000 and that is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-PL6 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus 7000 being a Compact camera.

Before going in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the E-PL6 scores vs the 7000 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL6 over the Olympus 7000

 E-PL6 7000 
RevealedAugust 2014January 2009More recent by 68 months
Manual focus Very precise focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Olympus 7000 over the Olympus E-PL6

 7000 E-PL6 

Common features in the Olympus E-PL6 and Olympus 7000

 E-PL6 7000 
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurements

Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus 7000 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to lug around your camera frequently, you're going to have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-PL6 enjoys outside measurements of 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") and a weight of 325 grams (0.72 lbs) whilst the Olympus 7000 has proportions of 96mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0") along with a weight of 172 grams (0.38 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Below is the front view overall size comparison of the E-PL6 and the 7000.

Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus 7000 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the E-PL6 and 7000 is 88 and 94 respectively.

Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus 7000 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus 7000 Sensor Comparison

Generally, its hard to see the gap in sensor measurements just by viewing specs. The visual underneath will help give you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the E-PL6 and 7000.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The E-PL6 using its bigger sensor will make getting bokeh simpler and the Olympus E-PL6 will provide you with more detail because of its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop photographs far more aggressively. The younger E-PL6 is going to have an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus 7000 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus 7000 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus 7000 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL6 Portrait photography factors
Olympus 7000 Portrait photography factors
you can focus manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes face detection focus
exports RAW files
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL6 Street photography advice
Olympus 7000 Street photography advice
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
includes touch to focus
very good ISO range (25,600)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL6 Sports photography advice
Olympus 7000 Sports photography advice
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes tracking autofocus
does not have phase detect auto focus
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-PL6
Travel photography with Olympus 7000
includes touch to focus
good resolution (16 megapixels)
selfie friendly display
has built in flash
very long zoom (260mm)
no Timelapse recording
low megapixels (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (37mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-PL6
Landscape photography with Olympus 7000
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
very good ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW files
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (37mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not available
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL6 Vlogging factors
Olympus 7000 Vlogging factors
selfie friendly display
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not have external microphone port
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
wide angle not great (37mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (640 x 480 resolution)
no external microphone socket
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Olympus E-PL6 vs Olympus 7000 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL6 and Olympus 7000
 Olympus PEN E-PL6Olympus Stylus 7000
General Information
Make Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus PEN E-PL6 Olympus Stylus 7000
Also Known as - mju 7000
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2014-08-01 2009-01-07
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VI -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 3968 x 2976
Highest native ISO 25600 1600
Minimum native ISO 100 50
RAW photos
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 35 -
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 37-260mm (7.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.5-5.3
Macro focus distance - 2cm
Number of lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 460k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Lowest shutter speed 60s 4s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 8.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1) 4.80 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video file format MPEG-4, Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 325 gr (0.72 pounds) 172 gr (0.38 pounds)
Dimensions 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") 96 x 56 x 25mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Battery life 360 shots -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery model BLS-5 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC xD Picture Card, microSD Card, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $300 $280