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Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus XZ-10

Portability
86
Imaging
54
Features
81
Overall
64
Olympus PEN E-PL7 front
 
Olympus Stylus XZ-10 front
Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
57
Overall
44

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus XZ-10 Key Specs

Olympus E-PL7
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 357g - 115 x 67 x 38mm
  • Introduced September 2014
  • Old Model is Olympus E-PL6
  • Successor is Olympus E-PL8
Olympus XZ-10
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-130mm (F1.8-2.7) lens
  • 221g - 102 x 61 x 34mm
  • Introduced January 2013
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Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus XZ-10 Overview

Below, we are reviewing the Olympus E-PL7 and Olympus XZ-10, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Small Sensor Compact and both of them are offered by Olympus. There exists a crucial gap among the resolutions of the E-PL7 (16MP) and XZ-10 (12MP) and the E-PL7 (Four Thirds) and XZ-10 (1/2.3") enjoy different sensor dimensions.

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The E-PL7 was manufactured 20 months after the XZ-10 making the cameras a generation away from one another. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-PL7 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus XZ-10 being a Compact camera.

Before going straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a simple view of how the E-PL7 scores against the XZ-10 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL7 over the Olympus XZ-10

 E-PL7 XZ-10 
IntroducedSeptember 2014January 2013Newer by 20 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1037k920kSharper display (+117k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-10 over the Olympus E-PL7

 XZ-10 E-PL7 

Common features in the Olympus E-PL7 and Olympus XZ-10

 E-PL7 XZ-10 
Manual focus Very precise focusing
Display dimension3"3"Identical display sizing
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus XZ-10 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to travel with your camera, you'll have to consider its weight and volume. The Olympus E-PL7 provides exterior measurements of 115mm x 67mm x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5") and a weight of 357 grams (0.79 lbs) while the Olympus XZ-10 has sizing of 102mm x 61mm x 34mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 1.3") having a weight of 221 grams (0.49 lbs).

Check the Olympus E-PL7 and Olympus XZ-10 in the all new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Following is the front view over all size comparison of the E-PL7 and the XZ-10.

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus XZ-10 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL7 and XZ-10 is 86 and 91 respectively.

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus XZ-10 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus XZ-10 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be difficult to imagine the contrast in sensor dimensions purely by looking through specs. The pic underneath will help offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the E-PL7 and XZ-10.

As you can plainly see, the two cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The E-PL7 featuring a larger sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF less difficult and the Olympus E-PL7 will provide you with more detail due to its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop images somewhat more aggressively. The more modern E-PL7 provides a benefit when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus XZ-10 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus XZ-10 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus XZ-10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 Portrait photography info
Olympus XZ-10 Portrait photography info
72
has manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect focusing
supports RAW files
45
has manual focus
offers face detect focus
delivers RAW files
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 as a Street photography camera
Olympus XZ-10 as a Street photography camera
84
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
features touch focus
great high ISO (25,600)
61
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW files
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
heavier than others (221 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus XZ-10 as a Sports photography camera
67
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
lack of phase detect AF
34
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers tracking focus
low fps (5.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
OM System OM-1 Set to Enhance Autofocus

Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus XZ-10 as a Travel photography camera
85
features touch focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
selfie friendly screen
60
flash built-in
reasonably wide (26mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
no Time Lapse function
heavier than others (221g)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-PL7
Landscape photography with Olympus XZ-10
80
has manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
great high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
53
has manual focus
reasonably wide (26mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus XZ-10 as a Vlogging camera
78
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not have mic support
35
reasonably wide (26mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detect focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
no mic support
heavier than others (221g)
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Olympus E-PL7 vs Olympus XZ-10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL7 and Olympus XZ-10
 Olympus PEN E-PL7Olympus Stylus XZ-10
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus PEN E-PL7 Olympus Stylus XZ-10
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2014-09-01 2013-01-30
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VII -
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
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 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 3968 x 2976
Max native ISO 25600 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 81 35
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 26-130mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture - f/1.8-2.7
Macro focus range - 1cm
Total lenses 107 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 1,037 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 8.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash -
Flash settings no built-in flash Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps, 18Mbps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps, 9Mbps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 357g (0.79 pounds) 221g (0.49 pounds)
Dimensions 115 x 67 x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5") 102 x 61 x 34mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 72 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.4 not tested
DXO Low light score 873 not tested
Other
Battery life 350 pictures 240 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-50 Li-50B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Price at release $499 $428