Olympus PEN E-PL7

Replacing the E-PL6, the Olympus E-PL7 is a retro-styled mid-range 16MP Compact System Camera that sits below the O-MD E-M10 in the Olympus line-up. Boasting a slender, all-metal glossy body with a leather-style finish on the front, and a screen that flips 180° for shooting selfies, the camera is clearly aimed at style-conscious photographers, with maybe more of a feminine slant.

Olympus PEN E-PL7

Olympus PEN E-PL7

£399.00

But the E-PL7 has plenty more to shout about than just its stylish exterior. It also boasts 81 focus points that cover the whole frame, 8fps shooting for fast-moving subjects (up to 20 consecutive RAWs), and a high quality 3in 1037k-dot touch/tilt LCD. The camera’s sensor is a Four Thirds Live MOS, and as Olympus shares an identical lens mount with Panasonic, lenses from either brand can be used on this camera, so there are around 40 options to choose from in total. The 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R kit lens (28-84mm full-frame equivalent) that comes with the camera has image stabilisation for shooting without a tripod in low light. There’s also a very large ISO range of 200-25,600 for when there isn’t much light to work with.

Handling is impressive, with small grips on the front and rear of the camera, and a metal mode dial and finger dial on the top-plate. The buttons on the back are quite small and fiddly, and there’s no button for ISO. The battery life is very impressive at 350 shots.

Verdict

This camera is a well-built, stylish and well-specced camera with very fast focusing and impressive image quality. It is perhaps styled more towards the female photographer, but the black or silver/black versions are likely to appeal to all.

Specification

  • Kit price: £399 (As of June 2016)
  • Effective resolution: 16.1MP
  • Sensor: 17.3x13mm Live MOS
  • Kit lens: 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R
  • Autofocus: 81-point contrast
  • ISO range: 200-25,600
  • LCD: 3in 1037k-dot touch & tilt
  • Hotshoe/flash: Hotshoe
  • Shooting speed: 8fps
  • Video: Full HD (1080p) @ 30fps
  • Battery life: 350 shots
  • Card type: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Size (body only): 115x67x38mm
  • Weight: 472g
  • Visit: www.olympus.co.uk

This review was first published in the March 2015 issue of Practical Photography - download back issues here.