Olympus E-P7

Olympus PEN E-P7 front
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3.00" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 337g - 118 x 69 x 38mm
  • Released June 2021
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Olympus E-P7 summary

Olympus E-P7 is Olympus's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera first revealed on June of 2021. The camera includes a 20MP, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a full resolution of 5184 x 3888.

The E-P7 is scored #22 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & over-all #149 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please use our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your personalized criteria.

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Olympus E-P7 history

The Olympus E-P7 has a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can see all older and the latest models along with important features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Olympus-PEN-E-P7 front thumbnailOlympus E-P720MPFour Thirds8.7 fps2021
Olympus-OM-D-E-M10-IV front thumbnailOlympus E-M10 IV
E-P7 vs E-M10 IV
20MPFour Thirds8.7 fps2020
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Olympus-PEN-E-PL9 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL9
E-P7 vs E-PL9
16MPFour Thirds8.6 fps2018
Olympus-OM-D-E-M10-Mark-III front thumbnailOlympus E-M10 III
E-P7 vs E-M10 III
16MPFour Thirds8.6 fps2017
Olympus-PEN-E-PL8 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL8
E-P7 vs E-PL8
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
Olympus-OM-D-E-M10-II front thumbnailOlympus E-M10 II
E-P7 vs E-M10 II
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2015
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Olympus-PEN-E-PL7 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL7
E-P7 vs E-PL7
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
Olympus-PEN-E-PL6 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL6
E-P7 vs E-PL6
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
Olympus-OM-D-E-M10 front thumbnailOlympus E-M10
E-P7 vs E-M10
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
Olympus-PEN-E-P5 front thumbnailOlympus E-P5
E-P7 vs E-P5
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2013
Olympus-PEN-E-PM2 front thumbnailOlympus E-PM2
E-P7 vs E-PM2
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2013
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Olympus-PEN-E-PL5 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL5
E-P7 vs E-PL5
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2012
Olympus-PEN-E-PM1 front thumbnailOlympus E-PM1
E-P7 vs E-PM1
12MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-PL3 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL3
E-P7 vs E-PL3
12MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-P3 front thumbnailOlympus E-P3
E-P7 vs E-P3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-PL2 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL2
E-P7 vs E-PL2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-PL1s front thumbnailOlympus E-PL1s
E-P7 vs E-PL1s
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Olympus-PEN-E-PL1 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL1
E-P7 vs E-PL1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Olympus-PEN-E-P2 front thumbnailOlympus E-P2
E-P7 vs E-P2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
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Olympus-PEN-E-P1 front thumbnailOlympus E-P1
E-P7 vs E-P1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

Olympus E-P7 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of pluses and minuses of the Olympus E-P7 based on features that are usually regarded as useful in a digital camera.

above average ISO range (25,600)
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
connects via bluetooth
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
delivers RAW formats
display is selfie friendly
does not have anti-alias filter
flash built-in
has HDMI socket
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has manual focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
high resolution screen (1,040 thousand dots)
includes focus by touch
screen size is good (3.00")
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
supports face detection autofocus
supports tracking autofocus
tilting screen
touchscreen enabled
does not have phase detect autofocus
no external mic socket
no headphone socket
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Olympus E-P7 Sensor details

The specification of the sensor in the Olympus E-P7 is 17.4mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 226 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 5184 x 3888 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 20MP and features a standard ISO range of 200 - 25600. This ISO can be widened digitally to a minimum of 100. RAW files are supported therefore you have wider margin for error.

Olympus made the decision to skip the anti-alias filter inside the Olympus E-P7. This may result in more clear photos but can cause moire under certain circumstances.

The image below displays the E-P7's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The E-P7 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus E-P7 dimensions

Olympus E-P7 has a weight of 0.74 lb (337 gr / 11.89 ounces) & has exterior dimensions of 118mm x 69mm x 38mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5"). The weight of average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 gr so the Olympus E-P7 is similar as compared to other competitors.

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Listed below is a photo of the Olympus E-P7 with a softdrink so you're able to get a feel for its scale.

Olympus PEN E-P7 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will illustrate the button design on the E-P7.

Olympus PEN E-P7 topview buttons dials

Olympus E-P7 Lens specs

The E-P7 uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses to select from. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the E-P7.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Panasonic-Lumix-G-25mm-F1.7-ASPH lensPanasonic Lumix G 25mm F1.7 ASPH25mmf/1.7 125g
Samyang-10mm-f2.8-ED-AS-NCS-CS-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 10mm f2.8 ED AS NCS CS10mmf/2.8 580g
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Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-45-150mm-F4-5.6-ASPH-Mega-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm F4-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS45-150mmf/4.0-5.6 200g
Panasonic-Leica-DG-Vario-Elmarit-12-60mm-F2.8-4.0-ASPH-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH Power OIS12-60mmf/2.8-4 320g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-17mm-F1.2-Pro lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 Pro17mmf/1.2390g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-12-40mm-f2.8-PRO lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO12-40mmf/2.8 382g
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Venus-Laowa-Argus-33mm-F0.95-CF-APO-FourThirds-Mount lensVenus Laowa Argus 33mm F0.95 CF APO33mmf/1590g
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Olympus E-P7 Connectivity

The E-P7 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily copy images and in some cases adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

Several applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Olympus E-P7 Video specs

The highest possible video quality in the Olympus E-P7 is 3840 x 2160 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 2160p provides a outstanding quality for video. You can crop to 1080p in order to get improved video. Beware of the huge file sizes and ensure you have got high quality SD cards that have fast write speeds. The camera does not offer a microphone and headphone socket which means that you get little control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to look at another camera should you require better sound for your videos.

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Olympus E-P7 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing on the Olympus E-P7 so you need to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.

Olympus E-P7 Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus E-P7 includes a 3.00 inch tilting display supporting a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.

It includes a selfie friendly screen to take self portraits and even group shots when needed. Moreover the display is touch friendly which means you can set focus point as well as change settings by using your fingertips.

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The ViewFinder details for Olympus E-P7 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be rather beneficial for bright outdoor conditions which will make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

Olympus E-P7 Shutter specs

Olympus E-P7 continuous shooting speed is 8.7 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec. The camera also provides silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 sec. Beware that the electronic shutter can produce "rolling shutter" under certain conditions.

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Olympus E-P7 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Olympus E-P7 features both built in flash together with external flash support.

Olympus E-P7 Autofocusing specs

Olympus E-P7 features just Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & exact when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera includes Face detection which makes it valuable for taking portraits of people.

The Sensor includes 121 focus points to select from. Olympus E-P7 has tap to focus. You can use your fingers in order to change focus. It also features Tracking Autofocus for moving objects. Olympus E-P7 comes with manual focusing in case it is needed for low light conditions or you require more precise control on focusing.

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Olympus E-P7 Battery life

The battery life (BLS-50) on the Olympus E-P7 is designed to last for 360 shots as per the CIPA measurements making it comparable with it's competition. The average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 offers the best (750) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Below is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that have the strongest battery life:

Olympus E-P7 for varying categories of photography

The following graph provides a outline of the Olympus E-P7 for varying categories of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Olympus E-P7 Portrait photography advice

The Olympus E-P7 gets a score of 77 which is impressive, meaning that it is a wonderful option for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support along with the potential to work with external flash.

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focusing manually
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detect focus
saves RAW files

Olympus E-P7 Street photography features

Coming in at a impressive score of 86, the Olympus E-P7 is a outstanding fit to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
boasts focus via touch
good ISO range (25,600)

Olympus E-P7 Sports photography factors

A very good sports photography rating of 73 indicates the Olympus E-P7 is a good fit for photographing sports. A camera needs to have great focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
doesn't have phase detect AF

Olympus E-P7 as a Travel photography camera

Size is pretty crucial in picking a camera for travel. On the whole, the Olympus E-P7 gets a great 87 for a travelling camera which makes it a wonderful fit for your trips.

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has bluetooth
boasts focus via touch
good MP (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen

Olympus E-P7 Landscape photography features

In case you're looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most essential factor is going to be image quality. The Olympus E-P7 with it's brilliant rating of 83 for a landscape camera is a terrific choice in the current marketplace.

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has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3.00 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (20MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
doesnt have low pass filter
very good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files

Vlogging with Olympus E-P7

A vlogging camera really should posses a moving screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Considering all the details, the Olympus E-P7 is a superb choice for vlogging as it delivers a impressive rating of 80.

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screen is selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detect autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
lack of microphone support

Olympus E-P7 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the E-P7, below is a collection of the top scored cameras which fall within the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The chart below offers you a summary of the E-P7 versus it's top scored rivals mentioned earlier.

Following are additional cameras you might take into account as alternate options. To read through a thorough comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Olympus PEN E-P7
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.4 x 13mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Highest Possible resolution
5184 x 3888
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Minimum enhanced ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
Lens support
Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Screen diagonal
Screen resolution
1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Fastest silent shutter speed
1/16000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
8.7 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
5.40 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes
Redeye, Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye Slow sync. (1st curtain), Slow sync. (1st curtain), Slow sync. (2nd curtain), Manual
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
BLS-50 lithium-ion battery & USB charger
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
337 grams (0.74 lb)
118 x 69 x 38mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5")
Battery life
360 photos
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported)
Card slots
Launch pricing