So the big news in the photography world is that the new Olympus Pen E-PL7, launched this month, is now available to buy. So what do you need to know about this little guy?
I’ve been using the E-PL7 for nearly just over a month now and absolutely love it! I use it interchangeably with its bigger brother, the E-P5 – a pretty life-changing experience for me in terms of photography – and now often find myself reaching for it as it’s even smaller and lighter.
First up, if you’re not familiar with the Olympus cameras the Pen is what’s known as a micro four thirds camera, which relates to the sensor size and is why the cameras are so wonderfully small. In the older days, the MFT sensor wasn’t considered up to scratch by serious photographers, but in recent years has come on so well, mainly down to Olympus, that all the nay-sayers are now changing their tune (see some mind-blowing MFT photography over at mu-43.com).
One of the best thing about these cameras is that you can change lenses; there are a wide range of MFT lenses to choose from, from Olympus and Panasonic and you can also use adapters with Canon & Nikon lenses. The flexibility of this system is incredible and means you can get all kinds of stunning results.
The E-PL7 is the latest of the E-PL– series. It has a better build quality than the previous models and boasts the brilliant built-in Wifi function which allows you to transfer photos direct to your phone (perfect for Instagramming) and use your phone or iPad as a remote control with viewing on screen – insanely useful for doing your own outfit posts. Basically this E-PL is the closest to the E-P5.
Performance wise, and also like its bigger brother the E-P5, the E-PL7 has the same core performance and capabilities of the much-feted (although much more functional looking, IMHO) Olympus OMD range; essentially the guts of these cameras are the same with 16MP sensor and 3-axis image stabilisation.
There’s also a handy, retro-looking dial on top (again, taking it closer to the E-P5) which you can set to alter ISO or exposure or whatever you like. Like the E-P5 there is no built-in viewfinder, although you can always get an add-on if this is a must for you (or if a built-in is non-negotiable you’d want to look at the OMDs, but I quite like the add-on one.) Plus the screen flips out in all sorts of angles – even all the way round for enabling selfies – and there are a couple of new art filters built-in as well.
- You can touch the screen to focus and take photos. The Wifi allows you to connect with other people’s phones (if they download the app) so you can send them a photo immediately or you can just email from your own phone! I love the immediacy of this.
- You can buy beautiful old Olympus manual lenses from eBay with wide apertures for beautiful bokeh.
- You can buy adapters for around £10-£20 for other lenses you might like to use.
- Everyone will stop and ask if you’re using a film camera and coo. A lot. Especially if you choose the silver & black, although the white is going down extremely well – I saw quite a few at LFW.)
And some suspended shots just to show you this little beauty in all its glory… also Sail camera strap from notonthehighstreet.com
The E-PL7 comes in at £499, with the non-power zoom lens version at £399. I have a few 35% discount codes to giveaway, first come, first serve – so leave me a comment if you’re interested! And keep an eye out for a fun little photography tutorial I’m planning…
Anyway, I hope this little intro was of use – please comment or email me if you have any specific question (I love talking cameras!).
Stylonylon is one of the Olympus UK brand ambassadors and, as you can see, completely obsessed with the Pen system!