A few weeks ago I bought the Olympus Pen E-PL7 camera, and I have to say, it’s one of my favourite purchases in a really long time. I wanted a camera that was great quality, but one that I could navigate easily. I’ve noticed that since buying this camera, it’s made a real difference to my blog images and the types of shots I am able to take. I’ve seen this camera marketed all over the internet as the ultimate blogger camera and I have to say it really is. I was very keen to get my hands on one for myself and i’ve managed to put it to the test. Here is my review of the Olympus Pen E-PL7 camera –
First of all, I fell in love with the way this camera looked. It has a very retro style and is unlike any other camera i’ve come across. This camera is available in either black, silver or white – I personally loved the style of the white version and how modern the functions are despite it’s vintage look. It’s also very compact and perfect to take with you on the go, and because it’s a lot smaller than the usual DSLR cameras, it’s more easily concealed when you’re out and about.
Ease of use –
The Olympus Pen camera is so easy to navigate – you can either leave the settings on auto, or switch to the manual settings where you can control the aperture and shutter speed yourself. Having both options is great for when you can afford to take your time over the shot or when you want to take the shot quickly and conveniently. If you don’t want to take the photo with the usual button, you can simply touch the touchscreen on the camera to capture the shot. The camera’s lens is very easy to remove and interchange with another one which makes it very simple to adjust your photo without difficulty. You can also switch from a photo to a video simply by turning the dial on the top of the camera to video mode.
The Lens –
This camera also comes with the 14-42mm lens which has a very clear focus and great zoom. There are many more lenses that you can purchase for this camera including the Pancake Lens, but this one is great for starting off with. I’ve managed to take some really clear, crisp, beautiful shots with this lens so far. Here are some photos that i’ve taken –
As well as this camera being very easy to use, it also has some really great features. The screen can flip outwards so you can take the photo from low down but still see the screen. The screen can also flip downwards so you can see yourself below the camera. Some people may be turned off by the fact that Olympus created a camera designed to take selfies, but I think it’s a good feature and makes it a lot easier to take a photo of yourself and others without just guessing whether you’re all in the frame or in focus. The fact that this camera has this option makes it stand out as quite unique. It also has the option for art filters including vintage, sepia, partial colour, grainy film and more which gives so many variations and options for your images. The Olympus Pen E-PL7 also has an attachable flash, an included shoulder strap, and battery with a charger. The only thing that’s not included is a memory card that you’d need to buy separately.
WiFi and Olympus App –
Another great feature on this camera is the built in WiFi which you can activate by pressing the WiFi icon on the touchscreen. You can then connect the camera with your phone and share your images on social media straight away. There’s also an app called ‘Olympus Image Share’ from the app store which you can download – this app gives you the option to import images to your phone, edit photos, add a Geotag, or use Live View to take photos straight from your phone. This feature is really handy for taking a hands-free shot from a distance.
Overall, I really love this camera and think it’s great for blogging and on the go. It’s not overly pricey compared to comparable DSLR’s and is compact, easy to navigate and fun to use. Not to mention I think that it’s very attractive for a camera. The only down side might be that because the screen can flip down, this means that it might be easier to damage. I’d really recommend purchasing a case to protect the camera and keep it safe. I think the Olympus Pen E-PL7 is perfect if you don’t want an overly expensive and complicated device, but still want to take quality images and videos that you can immediately share to social media. I’m very happy that i’ve invested in this camera and am excited to take it with me on all of my adventures.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks for reading!