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Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus SZ-11

Portability
86
Imaging
54
Features
81
Overall
64
Olympus PEN E-PL7 front
 
Olympus SZ-11 front
Portability
89
Imaging
37
Features
37
Overall
37

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus SZ-11 Key Specs

Olympus E-PL7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 357g - 115 x 67 x 38mm
  • Introduced September 2014
  • Superseded the Olympus E-PL6
  • Later Model is Olympus E-PL8
Olympus SZ-11
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 226g - 106 x 69 x 40mm
  • Introduced July 2011
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Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus SZ-11 Overview

Its time to look a little more closely at the Olympus E-PL7 and Olympus SZ-11, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are produced by Olympus. The resolution of the E-PL7 (16MP) and the SZ-11 (14MP) is very well matched but the E-PL7 (Four Thirds) and SZ-11 (1/2.3") have totally different sensor measurements.

Photography Glossary

The E-PL7 was unveiled 3 years after the SZ-11 which is quite a large difference as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras have different body design with the Olympus E-PL7 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus SZ-11 being a Compact camera.

Before delving straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a concise introduction of how the E-PL7 matches up versus the SZ-11 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL7 over the Olympus SZ-11

 E-PL7 SZ-11 
IntroducedSeptember 2014July 2011Newer by 38 months
Focus manually Very precise focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1037k460kClearer display (+577k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-11 over the Olympus E-PL7

 SZ-11 E-PL7 

Common features in the Olympus E-PL7 and Olympus SZ-11

 E-PL7 SZ-11 
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurements

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus SZ-11 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you'll need to think about its weight and proportions. The Olympus E-PL7 has outer measurements of 115mm x 67mm x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5") with a weight of 357 grams (0.79 lbs) while the Olympus SZ-11 has measurements of 106mm x 69mm x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") accompanied by a weight of 226 grams (0.50 lbs).

Check out the Olympus E-PL7 and Olympus SZ-11 in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you select at that moment. Underneath is a front view over all size comparison of the E-PL7 and the SZ-11.

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus SZ-11 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the E-PL7 and SZ-11 is 86 and 89 respectively.

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus SZ-11 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus SZ-11 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be difficult to see the gap between sensor dimensions just by reading through specifications. The picture here will offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the E-PL7 and SZ-11.

To sum up, each of the cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The E-PL7 having a larger sensor will make achieving shallower DOF easier and the Olympus E-PL7 will give extra detail having an extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop photos more aggressively. The newer E-PL7 is going to have a benefit in sensor tech.

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus SZ-11 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus SZ-11 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus SZ-11 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL7
Portrait photography with Olympus SZ-11
72
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
33
good megapixels (14MP)
comes with face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 as a Street photography camera
Olympus SZ-11 as a Street photography camera
84
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
comes with touch focus
great high ISO (25,600)
60
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others (226 grams)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-PL7
Sports photography with Olympus SZ-11
67
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
43
amazing zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (14MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery life (200 per charge)
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-PL7
Travel photography with Olympus SZ-11
85
comes with touch focus
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
selfie friendly display
65
lighter than others (226 grams)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
very long reach (500mm)
no Time Lapse mode
bad battery life (200 per charge)
display is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus SZ-11 as a Landscape photography camera
80
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (16MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
great high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
40
relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (14MP)
lack of manual focus
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
lack of manual mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
bad battery life (200 shots)
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 Vlogging advice
Olympus SZ-11 Vlogging advice
78
selfie friendly display
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
missing mic support
31
relatively wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection focusing
lighter than others (226 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
display is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external mic support
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Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus SZ-11 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL7 and Olympus SZ-11
 Olympus PEN E-PL7Olympus SZ-11
General Information
Make Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus PEN E-PL7 Olympus SZ-11
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2014-09-01 2011-07-27
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VII TruePic III+
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 4288 x 3216
Max native ISO 25600 1600
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 81 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 25-500mm (20.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.0-6.9
Macro focusing range - 1cm
Number of lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,037 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 8.0 frames/s 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 9.30 m (@ ISO 1600)
Flash modes no built-in flash Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30, 15fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format H.264, Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 357 gr (0.79 pounds) 226 gr (0.50 pounds)
Physical dimensions 115 x 67 x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5") 106 x 69 x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 72 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.4 not tested
DXO Low light rating 873 not tested
Other
Battery life 350 images 200 images
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-50 LI-50B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $499 $253