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Olympus Pen E-PL7

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


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



Price as Reviewed:

£399.00 (Kit with 14-42mm zoom lens)

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

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.

  • Price: £399
  • Sensor: 16.1-million-pixel, LIVE MOS sensor
  • Output size: 4608 x 3456 pixels
  • Lens mount: Micro four thirds
  • Shutter speeds: 60-1/4000sec + bulb to 30mins
  • ISO: Low (equiv ISO 100) - 25,600
  • Metering System: 324-zone multi-pattern TTL digital ESP, spot, centre-weighted, highlight, shadow
  • Exposure compensation: +3 to -3EV in 1/3EV steps
  • Drive mode: Up to 8fps, or 3.7fps with continuous AF
  • LCD: 3in, 1.04-million-dot tilting touchscreen
  • AF points: 81-point system, touch focus, face and eye detection
  • Video: full HD 1080p at 30p, mp4, H.264, MOV compression
  • Memory card: SD, SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I
  • Power: BLS-5 rechargeable Li-Ion (around 320 shots per charge)
  • Dimensions: 114.9 x 67 x 38.4mm
  • Weight: 357g (with battery and card)

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