Olympus E-PL7 summary
Olympus E-PL7 is Olympus's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera originally released on September of 2014. The camera has a 16MP, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
Olympus introduced this model in an effort to replace the earlier Olympus E-PL6 (Read Full Comparison) and then brought out the more recent Olympus E-PL8 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to update this camera.
The E-PL7 is rated #33 out of 112 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and overall #219 out of 1436 for digital cameras in our database. Please check our Advanced camera finder to get camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.
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Olympus E-PL7 history
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Olympus E-PL7 Gallery
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Olympus E-PL7 Pros and Cons
Below is a checklist of good and bad points of the Olympus E-PL7 based on factors that are generally regarded as useful in a digital camera.
Olympus E-PL7 Sensor specifications
The Olympus E-PL7 features the TruePic VII processor. The specification of the sensor in the Olympus E-PL7 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor can capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter may produce cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 100 - 25600. RAW photos are saved which means that the user has wider room to maneuver in post.
The graphic below displays the E-PL7's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The E-PL7 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is shown in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Olympus E-PL7 dimensions
Olympus E-PL7 weighs in at 0.79 pounds (357g / 12.59 ounces) and features outer proportions of 115mm x 67mm x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5"). The weight of average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 325g so the Olympus E-PL7 is similar compared to its rivals.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Listed below is a pic of the Olympus E-PL7 with a soda to help you to have a sense of its scale.
The top view below will provide the button design on the E-PL7.
Olympus E-PL7 Lens specifications
The E-PL7 works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses on the market today. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the E-PL7.
Olympus E-PL7 Connectivity
The E-PL7 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can send files and at times change camera settings without connecting directly to the camera.
Many applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external screen. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.
Olympus E-PL7 Video specifications
The highest possible video quality in the Olympus E-PL7 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in H.264 and Motion JPEG file format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance for video quality and file sizes but 1080p is not going to give you much room to crop. The camera does not offer a mic and / or headphone jack which means you get little control over your sound. It is perhaps best to consider an alternative camera should you need decent sound in your videos.
Olympus E-PL7 Weather Sealing
Olympus E-PL7 does not include environment sealing so damp conditions could ruin the camera.
Olympus E-PL7 Screen and Viewfinder
The Olympus E-PL7 has a 3 inch tilting screen supporting a resolution of 1,037 thousand dots.
It includes a selfie friendly screen to get self portraits and group shots when necessary. Moreover the screen is touch friendly which means that you will be able to set focus point and change settings using your fingertips.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The ViewFinder details regarding Olympus E-PL7 are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic (optional)
Viewfinders can be really helpful for bright outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.
Olympus E-PL7 Shutter specifications
Olympus E-PL7 continuous shooting speed is 8.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.
Olympus E-PL7 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Olympus E-PL7 includes external flash support but is lacking built-in flash.
Olympus E-PL7 Autofocus specifications
Olympus E-PL7 includes just Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & precise when compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera has Face detection making it handy for portraits.
The Sensor has 81 focus points to choose from. Olympus E-PL7 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to switch where you focus. It also features Tracking Auto Focus for subjects on the move. Olympus E-PL7 has got manual focusing in case it is needed for low light scenarios or you need more exact focusing control.
Olympus E-PL7 Battery life
The battery life (BLS-50) for the Olympus E-PL7 is built to last for 350 clicks as per the CIPA requirements which is comparable with its competitors. The average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 338. Samsung NX mini offers the best (650) battery life for this category of cameras.
Listed below is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras with the highest battery life:
Olympus E-PL7 for different styles of photography
The following graph provides a rundown of the Olympus E-PL7 for different styles of photography. To learn more, have a look at the specific section below.
Olympus E-PL7 Portrait photography details
The Olympus E-PL7 has a score of 73 which is above average, meaning that it is a good pick for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support & option to work with external flash.
Street photography with Olympus E-PL7
With a brilliant points tally of 84, the Olympus E-PL7 is a fantastic choice to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Olympus E-PL7 Sports photography features
A nice sports photography score of 67 suggests the Olympus E-PL7 is a good option for photographing sports. A camera should have great autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Olympus E-PL7 Travel photography details
Size is pretty important when picking a camera for travel. In general, the Olympus E-PL7 gets a outstanding 85 as a travel camera which is a brilliant fit to take with you on your vacations.
Landscape photography with Olympus E-PL7
For anybody who is planning to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus E-PL7 with it's terrific score of 80 for a landscape camera is a fantastic fit among it's competitors.
Olympus E-PL7 Vlogging highlights
A camera for vlogging really should posses a moving screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering all the details, the Olympus E-PL7 is a terrific pick as a vlog camera as it delivers a great rating of 78.
Olympus E-PL7 Alternatives
If you are shopping for replacements to the E-PL7, below is a range of the top placed cameras that fall within the category of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The graph below will give you a bird's eye view of the E-PL7 vs it's top rated competitors listed earlier.
Following are additional cameras you may see as alternate options. To read through a thorough comparison, visit the "compare" link.