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Olympus PEN E-PL7 review
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Olympus PEN E-PL7 review. Since I got a lot of questions regarding my Olympus PEN E-PL7 in the past months here is a new and updated review. I’ve already talked to you about the design, lenses and selfies in my first review. As you can see, the little camera has been my daily companion and I carry it always with me in my bag. To be honest – I do not miss my DSLR at all!
Olympus PEN E-PL7 review
DAILY LIFE. The size of the camera is perfect for daily use. Moreover, I always used the ZUIKO 17mm 1.8f, which has the perfect wide-angle focal length and excellent depth-of-field. Photographing my breakfast each day has become ever so much easier and during the day I use it for quick snapshots. Its handling is super easy and you will quickly get familiar with it.
LENSES. I’ve already told you more about the lenses in my first review. As soon as I got the M.ZUIKO 17mm 1.8f, I was so happy to have found the perfect lens, which I use as standard lens. The quality is great and has a marvelous depth-of-field. The only drawback is its high price. CONCLUSION: I’d recommend buying the Olympus PEN E-PL7 body with a M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:1.8 Pancake lens – great for city photography, food pictures and product reviews. Moreover, a M.Zuiko Digital 45 mm 1:1.8f lens for outfitpictures.
PRICE. Standard package: Olympus PEN E-PL7 + 14-42 mm Pancake lens = ca. 600€
My recommendation: Olympus PEN E-PL7 body = around 400€ + M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:1.8 Pancake lens = (around. 400€) + around 520€ = totaling 920€ (+ M.Zuiko Digital 45 mm 1:1.8 lens = around 250€)
PHOTOQUALITY. Did you notice the difference to my old DSLR pictures? I don’t. My blogger colleagues were always impressed when I told them that I exclusively use my Olympus PEN E-PL7. For such a little camera the quality is indeed outstanding. While I’d recommended everyone to shoot their pictures ALWAYS in RAW, I shot all of my pictures in JPG and edited them like I used to with the Camera RAW Editor. The problem is that my older version of the Adobe Suite does not read the new RAW format. If you have a newer one – shoot in RAW in order to get the most out of it.
TOUCHSCREEN. By pure chance I found out that the PEN E-PL7 has a touchscreen. In the first review I’ve already told you that the shutter releases super fast but with the touchscreen it is so much easier. When you are used to shoot with a DSLR you know that you can fix your focal point, and that is also possible with the PEN E-PL7. As long as I have not known of its touchscreen feature I often missed my shooting object because I was too slow to change the point. The touchscreen makes it super easy as you only have to click onto the part you want to focus on and that’s it – so quick and so fast.
WHAT I MISSED. The only thing I really miss is the camera’s viewfinder. I feel you have the object you want to shoot a lot more under control.
All in all, I can only praise the little camera and recommend it to everyone who doesn’t want to lug around a heavy DSLR.
Wish you a wonderful day!