Olympus E-PL7 vs Sony HX350

Olympus PEN E-PL7 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 front

Olympus E-PL7 vs Sony HX350 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  • Superseded the Olympus E-PL6
  • New Model is Olympus E-PL8
Sony HX350
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  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Bump to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F2.8-6.3) lens
  • 652g - 130 x 93 x 103mm
  • Introduced December 2016
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Olympus E-PL7 vs Sony HX350 Overview

In this article, we will be analyzing the Olympus E-PL7 and Sony HX350, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by manufacturers Olympus and Sony. The sensor resolution of the E-PL7 (16MP) and the HX350 (20MP) is relatively close but the E-PL7 (Four Thirds) and HX350 (1/2.3") use different sensor measurements.

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The E-PL7 was brought out 3 years before the HX350 which is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-PL7 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony HX350 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before going straight into a thorough comparison, below is a simple introduction of how the E-PL7 grades vs the HX350 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL7 over the Sony HX350

 E-PL7 HX350 
Screen resolution1037k922kCrisper screen (+115k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony HX350 over the Olympus E-PL7

 HX350 E-PL7 
IntroducedDecember 2016September 2014More modern by 28 months

Common features in the Olympus E-PL7 and Sony HX350

 E-PL7 HX350 
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurements

Olympus E-PL7 vs Sony HX350 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to carry around your camera often, you have to think about its weight and proportions. The Olympus E-PL7 provides exterior dimensions of 115mm x 67mm x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5") and a weight of 357 grams (0.79 lbs) and the Sony HX350 has measurements of 130mm x 93mm x 103mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1") with a weight of 652 grams (1.44 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are using at that time. Here is the front view dimension comparison of the E-PL7 compared to the HX350.

Olympus E-PL7 vs Sony HX350 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL7 and HX350 is 86 and 62 respectively.

Olympus E-PL7 vs Sony HX350 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL7 vs Sony HX350 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very tough to visualize the contrast in sensor sizes purely by researching a spec sheet. The picture underneath may offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the E-PL7 and HX350.

Clearly, each of these cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The E-PL7 due to its bigger sensor is going to make shooting bokeh simpler and the Sony HX350 will render more detail having its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also help you crop photographs a little more aggressively. The more aged E-PL7 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Olympus E-PL7 vs Sony HX350 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL7 vs Sony HX350 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL7 vs Sony HX350 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 Portrait photography features
Sony HX350 Portrait photography features
focusing manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
you can focus manually
MP count good (20 megapixels)
provides face detection autofocus
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 as a Street photography camera
Sony HX350 as a Street photography camera
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
includes touch to focus
great ISO range (25,600)
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Optical)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
more heavy than competitors (652 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 Sports photography highlights
Sony HX350 Sports photography highlights
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
lack of phase detect auto focus
great zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 Travel photography advice
Sony HX350 Travel photography advice
includes touch to focus
good resolution (16 megapixels)
screen is selfie friendly
MP count good (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
great reach (1200mm)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than competitors (652g)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 Landscape photography information
Sony HX350 Landscape photography information
focusing manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
great ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
you can focus manually
fairly wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL7 Vlogging information
Sony HX350 Vlogging information
screen is selfie friendly
touch screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detect focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
missing mic support
fairly wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
no external microphone port
more heavy than competitors (652g)
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Olympus E-PL7 vs Sony HX350 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL7 and Sony HX350
 Olympus PEN E-PL7Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus PEN E-PL7 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2014-09-01 2016-12-20
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic VII BIONZ X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 5184 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 25600 3200
Maximum boosted ISO - 12800
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW photos
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 81 -
Lens support Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-1200mm (50.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/2.8-6.3
Macro focusing distance - 1cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.8
Range of display Tilting Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,037 thousand dot 922 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 202 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 8.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 8.50 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings no built-in flash Off, auto, fill, slow sync, advanced, rear sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 357g (0.79 pounds) 652g (1.44 pounds)
Dimensions 115 x 67 x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5") 130 x 93 x 103mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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
Battery life 350 photographs 300 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-50 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots One One
Retail pricing $499 -