Olympus PEN E-P7 Camera Kit, 20 MP Sensor, 5-axis image stabilisation, tilt HD LCD, 4K, Wi-Fi, color and monochrome profile control, silver incl. M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm EZ black

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Olympus PEN E-P7 Camera Kit, 20 MP Sensor, 5-axis image stabilisation, tilt HD LCD, 4K, Wi-Fi, color and monochrome profile control, silver incl. M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm EZ black

Olympus PEN E-P7 Camera Kit, 20 MP Sensor, 5-axis image stabilisation, tilt HD LCD, 4K, Wi-Fi, color and monochrome profile control, silver incl. M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm EZ black

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The camera includes a mechanical shutter with shutter speeds ranging from 60s to 1/4000s, plus a bulb mode. An electronic shutter is also available, with shutter speeds ranging from 60s to 1/16,000s. If we look under the skin however, there is nothing new. All the technology found inside comes from other Olympus cameras, and it’s the kind of technology we’ve seen time and time again. The camera is basically an E-M10 IV without the EVF, but with the Colour Profile switch. Most image stabilization systems compensate for camera shake by correcting yaw and pitch. Olympus's image stabilization mechanism additionally corrects for horizontal shift, vertical shift and rotary motion (rolling) for both still images and movies. The PEN E-P7 offers 4.5-stops of compensation complete with auto panning detection. If you care about small (I DO) this camera is better than the GX9. If you must have an EVF then GX9 wins by default.

Unfortunately the PEN E-P7 doesn't combine the shots either in-camera or in the supplied Olympus software, so you'll need to use Photoshop or a specialized software program like Helicon Focus to combine all of the shots into one image.Paired with the M. Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 (effective focal length 34mm) or the M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ (effectively 28-84mm), the Pen E-P7 makes a neat little camera that won’t take up much room in your bag or weigh you down. It weighs just 337g with a battery and card, and adding the ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ lens takes it to 430g. While both Olympus and Panasonic share the same lens mount, they take different approaches to stabilisation. Panasonic requires lenses with built-in optical stabilisation, while Olympus builds stabilisation into the actual camera bodies. The benefit of the Olympus approach is enjoying stabilization with any lens you attach, whereas on a Panasonic body you’ll only have stabilization on lenses which support it. Panasonic does, however, equip most of its zooms with optical stabilization, including of course the common kit options. Like Panasonic, Samsung’s NX series offers stabilised lenses rather than building stabilisaton into its bodies.

The good news is that the camera can be charged via USB (micro USB), so you can give it power bursts on the go if necessary (though it should be noted, it can’t be used while it’s being powered). Image and video quality While the PEN E-P series has been dormant since 2013, the PEN E-PL ("PEN Lite") line has been a disappointing rinse and refresh for the past few years. Indeed, the Olympus PEN E-PL10 and Olympus PEN E-PL9 were both lumbered with the outdated 16MP image sensor and 3-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS) that were holdovers from the original, 7-year-old OM-D E-M10. The camera offers 8.7fps continuous shooting when using the mechanical shutter, and up to 15fps when using the electronic shutter with fixed focus, at the full 20MP resolution. This drops down to 5fps when using the camera’s image stabilisation system, or when using continuous AF. The E-PL7 features built-in Wifi which you can use to connect to a smartphone for picture sharing, GPS tagging and remote control. To use the Wifi you’ll need the Olympus Image Share app which is currently available for Android and iOS devices, I tested it with my iPhone 4S.

You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags. Olympus PEN Lite E-PL7 Verdict

This test compares the amount of random noise generated by the camera at different ISO settings as a proportion of the actual image information (the 'signal'). Higher values are better and we expect to see the signal to ratio fall as the ISO is increased.

Keep up the fantastic work on your blog. Your passion for photography shines through in your writing, and I look forward to reading more of your articles Latest Olympus Cameras in the future. Wishing you many exciting adventures and beautiful shots with the Olympus E-P7!

Again, this camera's main feature is the 4k video, IBIS, great color options and output,and at 337g. It only disappoints for me in build (which is also the reason it's 337g) and extremely low shutter speeds (1/15s and lower). The problem is, and always has been, that Olympus seems reluctant to make more of the touch screen to access and change camera settings, confining it more or less to focus, touch shooting and a few other limited roles. This is frustrating on other PEN models, but the E-PL7’s forward facing screen provides an opportunity to really make the most of the touch screen, unfortunately it’s an opportunity Olympus has failed to make the most of. The E-P7 and E-M10 IV have more controls with the twin dials on top (the E-PL10 has one) and a few extra buttons. E-M10 IV E-P7 E-PL10 Although it doesn’t have a viewfinder built-in, nor the ability to accept an external viewfinder, the Olympus Pen E-P7 has a tilting screen that can be angled up through 90° to make it easier to see from above and down to so it can be seen from below. It can also tilted down through 180° so that it’s visible from in front of the camera, which is useful for selfies and vlogging. However, even with the Live View boost on, it’s hard to see fine details or assess the exposure and colour in bright conditions. Shooting modes include Aperture priority, Art Filter, Manual, Program and Shutter priority, while one-shot echo and multiecho effects can be added to movies.

To test the PEN E-PL7’s continuous shooting performance I fitted it with a freshly formatted UHS-1 SD card, turned the stabilisation off, and selected 1/500 at 200 ISO. In the fastest Sequential H mode it fired off 16 Large Fine JPEGs at a rate of 8.5fps before slowing to a slightly erratic 2fps or so. So in actual fact there’s not much change from the earlier model’s continuous shooting capabilities. Except that on the E-PL7 the buffer clears with a second or two, so you can shoot another 16-frame burst almost immediately. Unless you already own lots of Micro Four Thirds lenses, it certainly makes sense to buy the E-P7 with the bundled 14-42mm kit lens. A good walk-around lens, primarily because of its ability to retract into itself to save space, it's part of a system that gives you access to a huge range of additional optics. silverfoxey: there's a wide range of Olympus and Panasonic lenses (plus some from Tamron, Tokina and Sigma) that will fit on this camera and work fully, plus adapters for the original, larger Four Thirds mount (those lenses will retain their full functionality, but will seem large and slow compared with the Micro Four Thirds lenses intended for this). There are also official (Olympus and Panasonic) adapters for Olympus OM lenses and Leica R (and M) mount lenses respectively - less functionality with those, obviously, and after-market adapters to physically mount practically any older lens too (obviously their mechanical connections don't interface with the electronic ones on the camera in this latter case). Usefully, the Olympus in-body stabiliser can be made to work with any such lenses, just by telling the camera the focal length - this step is automaticaly done on the native lenses with all-electronic connections. The E-P7’s in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) also works in video mode and it does a great job of making hand-held footage watchable. It takes out the fine tremor so that the footage looks smooth. Olympus Pen E-P7 video quality



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