Targeting a very specific niche, the E-PL7 has a quality 16.1-milllion-pixel, four thirds Live MOS sensor and an unconventional design feature that should see it stand out from the competition. But is it just a gimmick? Jon Devo finds out in this Olympus Pen E-PL7 Review

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Olympus Pen E-PL7

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Pros:

  • - Good-quality, 16.1-million-pixel Live MOS sensor
  • - Metal frame with stylish design
  • - Responsive touchscreen

Cons:

  • - Vulnerable and fiddly tilting screen
  • - Small and tightly packed controls
  • - No viewfinder

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Olympus Pen E-PL7 Review

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Price as reviewed:

£399.00 (Kit with 14-42mm zoom lens)
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Olympus Pen E-PL7 Review – Verdict

The Olympus Pen E-PL7 is a repackaged Olympus OM-D E-M10, and for that reason alone it enters a lower end of the enthusiast market from a great vantage point. It is capable of producing some superb images and its video is respectable for a camera of its price, although it is limited to full HD movies at 29.97fps – even some smartphones are capable of 60p video. That said, I don’t expect people interested in the E-PL7 to be too concerned by its video limitations.

I want to like this camera more than Olympus’s marketing tactics have allowed me to. The Pen series has struggled in comparison to the OM-D line despite being fundamentally good cameras, and I feel as though the E-PL7 has what it takes to pick up the slack. However, by marketing it solely at an imaginary, shop-a-holic, smartphone-using, city-hopping female blogger, they’re doing it a disservice. This camera could and should have much wider appeal than Olympus is apparently aiming for.

  1. 1. Olympus Pen E-PL7 Review - Features
  2. 2. Olympus Pen E-PL7 Review – Build and Handling
  3. 3. Olympus Pen E-PL7 Review – Performance
  4. 4. Olympus Pen E-PL7 Review – Image Quality
  5. 5. Olympus Pen E-PL7 Review – Verdict
  6. 6. Olympus Pen E-PL7 – Specification
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