Trying not to be sucked in by the hype I avoided getting one for ages and stuck with my chunky (and slightly old) Nikon DSLR. But after getting constant backache from lugging it around in my handbag for days, and reading loads of rave reviews on the Olympus camera, I decided it was time to bite the bullet and splurge! So. What exactly is all the fuss about?....
The E-PL7 is the latest in the Olympus Pen E-PL series (released shortly before the PEN F). It may have a "vintage" style appearance but it is anything but that! Extremely high-tech, it boasts a built-in Wifi function which allows you to transfer photos directly to your phone (ideal for Instagramming) and use your phone as a remote control, where you can view the image on screen - perfect for outfit posts!
The camera itself is beautiful and comes with three choices of colours - white, silver and black. It is super slim and perfect for fitting in handbags.
It retails at around £400-£430 depending on where you buy it and which lens you opt for. The Pancake lens sits more flat against the camera body, making it more compact, while the kit lens is slightly chunkier - but cheaper! I bought my Olympus (standard lens) while it was on offer at Jessops for £299 - which is a bargain! I'm not sure how long the offer runs for but it was still on at the time of writing this post. I also managed to get a cashback deal through TopCashback. It is worth keeping an eye on cashback websites as well as Amazon and John Lewis for deals!
- Picture quality
- Aspect ratio
- 12 art filters and 7 art effects that can be added to images
- Flip down LCD screen
- Built in Wifi
- Price - for me the only slight negative is the hefty price tag but it is by far definitely worth it
Equipment and accessories
The kit comes with a flash and neck strap but it is worth buying a few additional accessories like a case. As I opted for the white camera I want to keep it as pristine as possible! Olympus does a great selection of camera bags and accessoies but I got a cheap leather case from eBay . I also got myself a pink leather hand strap from eBay to stop me dropping it! I have read a lot of reviews of the camera from other bloggers too and most have opted for a different lens. The lenses are interchangeable and the 45mm lens is highly recommended for creating lovely depth-of-field photos (with the blurry backgrounds).
Overall I am incredibly pleased with this camera and am looking forward to taking it out and about!