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Olympus PEN E-PL7 specifications

Price
MSRP$599 (body only), $699 (with 12-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R lens)
Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialComposite
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions3200 x 2400, 1280 x 960
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorTruePic VII
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 200 - 25600
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notes3.5 stops
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsSuper fine, fine, normal, basic)
File format
  • JPEG
  • Raw (ORF)
  • 3D (MPO)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points81
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier2×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots1,037,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • iAuto
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
  • Bulb
  • Time
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • e-Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Landscape + Portrait
  • Sport
  • Hand-held Starlight
  • Night scene
  • Night + Portrait
  • Children
  • High Key
  • Low Key
  • DIS mode
  • Macro
  • Nature Macro
  • Candle
  • Sunset
  • Documents
  • Panorama
  • Fireworks
  • Beach & Snow
  • Fisheye Conv.
  • Wide Conv.
  • Macro Conv.
  • Panning,
  • 3D
Built-in flashNo (small external flash included)
External flashYes (GN7 @ ISO 100)
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous (H, L)
  • Self-timer (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Continuous drive8.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in 2/4/6 stops in A-B/G-M axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatH.264, Motion JPEG
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n
Remote controlYes (wired or via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionBLS-50 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)350
Weight (inc. batteries)357 g (0.79 lb / 12.59 oz)
Dimensions115 x 67 x 38 mm (4.53 x 2.64 x 1.5)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone
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Comments

Total comments: 435
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John Driggers
By John Driggers (10 min ago)

WTF is wifi remote control in the specs? Is it remote release or is it really remote control (as in more or less "tethered", but wireless)?

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davidjohnson87
By davidjohnson87 (5 days ago)

nice products, but one question can it be connect to my HDTV.

0 upvotes
tedolf
By tedolf (4 days ago)

yes.

Tedolph

0 upvotes
LaFonte
By LaFonte (6 days ago)

Hopefully it is build a bit better than other PLs. My PL-2 lost its shutter button after a week. Fortunately I did found it and then superglue it back, but seriously...

0 upvotes
Alan2dpreview
By Alan2dpreview (1 week ago)

I have an E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens and VF-2. Will this lens and viewfinder work on the PL7?

Comment edited 13 seconds after posting
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JYC2
By JYC2 (1 week ago)

Yes, of course.

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tedolf
By tedolf (1 week ago)

yes.

Tedolph

0 upvotes
tedolf
By tedolf (1 week ago)

Does anybody know what the shutter sounds like on this thing? I was very impressed with how quiet the shutter is on the EM-5. Very Leica like. Not so impressed with the way the shutter sounded on the EM-10.

Tedolph

1 upvote
Len_Gee
By Len_Gee (1 week ago)

I think it will be a great camera for taking selfies. :)

Out of curiosity how many of you "serious" photographers take selfies?

2 upvotes
Len_Gee
By Len_Gee (1 week ago)

Because some reviewers or pros get loaned samples before the actual release date to your ,pubic , and. Then have to return the product back.

Comment edited 3 times, last edit 3 minutes after posting
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j b cooper
By j b cooper (1 week ago)

I was wondering how someone can already have had this camera? as it isn't released yet!

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Sam Spark
By Sam Spark (1 week ago)

Essentially, much of the E-PL7 is carried over from the E-M10, which runs about $100 more -- as a result, you're essentially paying that for the viewfinder and more physical controls.

Compared to similarly priced models, it's competitive for the money, but not a slam-dunk; Olympus generally doesn't deliver terrific video quality and I find the larger APS-C sensors still eke out better photo quality than their consumer Micro Four Thirds peers. But the flip-down LCD sounds like it might be a useful feature to have if you take a lot of self-portraits.

1 upvote
datiswous
By datiswous (1 week ago)

Nice upgrade for my E-p3, when the price drops..

I'm just curious about the size of the grip on the E-pl7, I think it's a lot smaller than the optional larger grip I have on my E-P3. This is also the issue on the E-p5.

0 upvotes
declan79
By declan79 (1 week ago)

same with me, nice upgrade from E-PL2, in terms of better handling and grip i'll using the half case

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eddr
By eddr (1 week ago)

Thanks for the review

it would be nice to have a comparison to the competitors in the same price-range
Also, can't you call Olympus and tell them to fix that? it sounds funny, but isn't there anyway that actually listens?

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (1 week ago)

For better IQ in the same price-range or even better price , go for APS-C sensor, and here is a list of most of people are buying:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/electronics/3109924011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_e_1_4_last

Comment edited 58 seconds after posting
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Eugene232
By Eugene232 (2 weeks ago)

I had an EPL5, it is a nice camera,
but for legacy lenses Sony NEX is much better.
for native lenses I'd take.. also NEX

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tedolf
By tedolf (2 weeks ago)

I can't understand this. Oly has IBIS which is huge for legacy lens use.

Tedolph

2 upvotes
Eugene232
By Eugene232 (1 week ago)

- Focus peaking!! it is a great for legacy lenses
- crop factor
- grip
- VF
- IQ, yes, tried the same lens. IQ on nex is better

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tedolf
By tedolf (1 week ago)

Oly has focus peaking too. Anyway, I don't like it on Sony, Oly, or Fuji. I think it is a gimic. As for crop factor, I think this is in u4/3 favor. A "nifty fifty" becomes a fantastic 100mm f/1.8 on u 4/3. On Nex it is a so so 75mm lens.

Lots of grips for m4/3 cameras. The VF-2/VF-4 are as good as anything NEX has. IQ is better but only about ISO 3200 and I don't shoot there. With IBIS you don't have to.

And again, no IBIS

TEdolph

4 upvotes
kaktlak
By kaktlak (1 week ago)

IBIS is a very good thing for legacy lenses, but there are other factors even more important as focus peaking (fortunately this is available on new Olympuses) and built-in EVF, which stabilizes the camera better than IBIS, and allows you to set focus in sunlight.
As for crop factor, if you take into account that new APS-C cameras have larger sensor and greater pixel density, 4/3 clearly lags behind. APS-C gives you wider field of view and cropped allows you to see more details than 16MPix 4/3.

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tedolf
By tedolf (1 week ago)

All the Oly's have either a built in EVF or an EVF option. A nice thing about the external add on EVF' is that the tip up for macro work.

As for crop factor it cuts two ways. If you are shooting landscapes and displaying on a 9x16 monitor the 3:2 aspect ratio is an advantage. If you are shooting portraits and printing, the 4:3 aspect ratio is an advantage.

TEdolph

Tedolph

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pkosewski
By pkosewski (2 weeks ago)

I'm tried the PL5 body a while ago and thought: if only it had a dial for aperture.

PL7 seems great, but the price is simply to high. M10 is only $100. If PL7 had a better sensor, this might be somehow attractive.
With the same sensor it is just a bit smaller, a bit cheaper, but a seriously inferior camera.

With DSLRs, we pay a lot for features (eg. D3300 vs D7100).
With Olympus the base price for getting into the system is very high, but a very serious "prosumer" body (M5) is not even twice as expensive as a basic PL5/7. But if Olympus manages to earn money this way, then this is what they should do.

4 upvotes
tedolf
By tedolf (2 weeks ago)

In what way is it "seriously inferior"? Compared to the M10: same sensor, same JPEG engine, same screen, same battery, same IBIS, same shutter, etc.

It doesn't have the VF-2 built in and the flash (included) is removable.

How is it "seriously inferior"?

Tedolph

2 upvotes
pkosewski
By pkosewski (2 weeks ago)

And what about everything else?

Manual cameras had the same "sensor", the same JPEG engine (in a basement), no IBIS, no screen. Many had no battery at all and the shutters were mostly pathetic (compared to expensive cameras then and all cameras today).

Still, some people preferred to spend few times more on a better body.

Keywords: handling, buttons/dials, built quality.

For me PL5 was totally unacceptable even though it had the same sensor and very good IS, JPEGs and battery. The dial in PL7 makes it a usable camera, but at this price I'd easily put in another $100 and get the M10.

That said, PL models usually get a lot cheaper over time (OM's don't), so maybe I'll find a PL7 under $500 in a year or so. Maybe....

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tedolf
By tedolf (2 weeks ago)

You are not going to be able to fit twin EM-10 style dials on the top plate, right side of the hot shoe E-pl7. The body is too short. The build quality seems similar. So there are your differences. If you want the smaller body you are going to have to give up one of the top plate control dials.

Now, there is a lot of real estate unused on the other side of the hot shoe. That was used in the pl5 for buttons but not on the pl7.

I wonder why?

Tedolph

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pkosewski
By pkosewski (2 weeks ago)

Product positioning. 2 dials would be to much in this segment. It's just like with cheaper DSLRs - they have 1 dial even though there is place for the second one (and a few more for that matter...).

Earlier PM and PL were rather similar and OM was much more advanced.

They pushed PL slightly upward with specs and price, which is a good move, because people like me (possibly switching from a DSLR, expecting decent and swift operation) will at least consider buying the camera.

That said, for me this camera is to expensive. I don't mind the slightly bigger size of M10 - especially when this size really comes from features (EVF, dials/buttons, grip), not from poor design. I would get the M.

That said, maybe Oly justs wants PL to be to M10 what P is to higher M's: smaller, stylish and simpler alternative. Possibly a good idea. Again, I'd choose M5 over P5. :)

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tedolf
By tedolf (2 weeks ago)

Not if you already had an EVF.

tedolph

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pkosewski
By pkosewski (1 week ago)

You can't buy better ergonomics, more dials (some cameras offer this) and performance.
M10 is a joy to use. I'm really looking forward to trying the PL7. Let's hope the quality will match the price.

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Dimitris Servis
By Dimitris Servis (4 days ago)

E-PL5 has an aperture dial...

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tedolf
By tedolf (4 days ago)

Ok, I'll bite.

Where?

And don't tell me it is the fiddly dial on the back.

Tedolph

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Dimitris Servis
By Dimitris Servis (4 days ago)

Absolutely. Which works great and you can compensate exposure in A/S quite easily by just tilting upwards. For me it is ideal both with the LCD and VF-4.

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tedolf
By tedolf (4 days ago)

I hate that little dial.

tedolph

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Dimitris Servis
By Dimitris Servis (3 days ago)

So far it has proven surprisingly robust (as the whole camera) plus I cannot understand the ergonomics of having a primarily LCD based camera with the dial elsewhere than the back. As I said, I really wish all cameras could make it that easy to change aperture and compensate in one dial.

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pkosewski
By pkosewski (3 days ago)

For me the dial in PL5 is unacceptable.

Of course it's very nice when you try it in a shop. Or if you live in California, south Italy or Australia.

It isn't so nice when you're wearing gloves (4 months per year where I live). So it's also not that great for high mountains, skiing and so on.
That said, while the dial might be hard to use with gloves, the touchscreen is unusable. And you can't really use this camera without the LCD interface.

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Dimitris Servis
By Dimitris Servis (3 days ago)

I wear gloves for 4 months and carry around the E-PL5 on snowy mountains and sandy beaches.

http://www.amazon.com/Agloves-Touchscreen-Gloves-iPhone-Texting/dp/B005G5SPGK

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pkosewski
By pkosewski (3 days ago)

Sweet.
You wear them in -10*C or to the opera? ;)

Seriously, lets not make a joke from a serious matter.
I'm sure there will be a solution and proper gloves (made by all manufacturers - from Marmot to Versace) will work with touchscreens. But it isn't here yet.
There are different types of gloves for different occasions: cycling, skiing, mountaineering, working, elegant etc. They won't work with a touchscreen, but they might work with dials and buttons. Simple as that.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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s_grins
By s_grins (3 weeks ago)

This camera does not worth to read review. Just check price tag with kit lens and without. Nothing more to say.

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darngooddesign
By darngooddesign (3 weeks ago)

That says more about the len's value than the body's.

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Chris62
By Chris62 (3 weeks ago)

Nothing special.

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datiswous
By datiswous (2 weeks ago)

So what is special?

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Acrill
By Acrill (2 weeks ago)

'Special' would be putting the full E-M1 focusing system in this camera.

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caver3d
By caver3d (1 week ago)

Oh, really , and at what price? Don't tell me - you want all the bells and whistles for $500, right? Another cheapskate.

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princecody
By princecody (3 weeks ago)

Selfie loaner program?

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marcphil
By marcphil (3 weeks ago)

The E-PL7 is being launched at a cost of $599 body only and $699 with the retractable 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 zoom. Sadly Olympus has not announced a kit with the retractable power zoom 14-42mm lens, which pairs well with the PL7's compact form factor.....
this is unclear to me, whether there is such a kit ($699) or there is not??

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (3 weeks ago)

Sorry about that. I've re-phrased that sentence to make it clearer.

In the US, at least, the camera is available body-only or with the manually retracting 14-42mm. There's no kit with the more compact power zoom lens.

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zarabo
By zarabo (3 weeks ago)

Question, Can you add the VF-4 AND the supplied flash to the camera? How would that work?

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declan79
By declan79 (3 weeks ago)

All VF can worked with PL7 and surely others flash can, just like others pen bodies

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zarabo
By zarabo (3 weeks ago)

I meant can you have both installed at the same time?

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tedolf
By tedolf (3 weeks ago)

No.

For that look to the P5.

Tedolph

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Cal22
By Cal22 (3 weeks ago)

If I'd go for an MFT camera I'd go for Olympus and I'd likely prefer the PL7 over the M10. Both of them are compact and capable of providing good IQ because of a comparatively big sensor. The M10 moreover has a built-in VF which is certainly welcomed by many a photographer. And yet - if you really like picture composing with a VF, you want the PL7 with the additional VF! The VF-4 is said to be great, and attached to the PL7 it's most likely a comfortable way to shoot with a compact. (Not only the left-eyers don't like pressing the face onto the rear screen of the M10 all the time)

Since the PL7 is more than a restyled PL5, it seems to be a package that's worth its price.

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LucasO
By LucasO (2 weeks ago)

Totally agree. I own the OM EM5 and EM1, and while I love those viewfinders I actually prefer the attached VF-2 on my EPL5 because I can get my eye so much closer. Call me crazy, but I've even attached the VF-2 to my EM5 - it just really makes for a personal up-close experience I've never appreciated with cameras before.

If you've never had the experience of using the VF-2 or VF-4 attached to a Pen or an XZ series compact, it really is a treat. The side-mounted Nex-6 and Panny GX7 viewfinders come close to this experience but still not as nice.

A separate point, but my EPL5 gets as much use as my OMs for day-to-day because of it's size and convenience. With the same sensor as my M5 I don't think I'm missing much IQ-wise. I'm sure you'll be happy with either the EPL7 or OM10, but might prefer one or the other depending on how you'll use it and the overall gear package.

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datiswous
By datiswous (2 weeks ago)

Vf2/Vf4 experience with XZ-2 isn't great because of low refresh rate included with XZ-2. With Pen this is not an issue.

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Eugene232
By Eugene232 (2 weeks ago)

" I've even attached the VF-2 to my EM5"

))

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pacnwhobbyist
By pacnwhobbyist (3 weeks ago)

Will someone please explain, objectively, why this camera is a better buy than the OMD-EM10? I just don't see the point.

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digifan
By digifan (3 weeks ago)

That's purely personal preference, like everything really is. The E-PL7 has a lower profile is a little smaller which could matter. But for someone else a built in flash and EVF could be important, so to each his/her own.

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tedolf
By tedolf (3 weeks ago)

cheaper, smaller.

That is it. But, for some that is enough.

Tedolph

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john Clinch
By john Clinch (3 weeks ago)

In the UK its £350 not £500 and I suspect that gap will frow

Its alot slimmer

We don't all like the same things

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datiswous
By datiswous (1 week ago)

The OMD-Em10 doesn't have an accessory-port, so this gives less creativity in this part, also it's bigger and heavier.

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Athonline
By Athonline (1 week ago)

It isn't a better buy; they are different categories imo.

This one is a cheaper and smaller camera; the E-M10 is more expensive and larger; making it better to use with bigger lenses and as a more "advance entry level" in my eyes.

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Marc J
By Marc J (3 weeks ago)

I am horribly appalled by the marketing of this thing, and by the accompanying change in the marketing of the whole PEN line. I was fairly proud of my E-PL5, but with the current marketing, I should feel embarrassed to ever pull it out. What happened to photography? Anyone want to tell me that those who like to match their cameras with their purses have any clue of, say, sensor size? Or of a difference between lenses? And that they actually want to know about it?

Comment edited 5 minutes after posting
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Marc J
By Marc J (3 weeks ago)

With a cooler head than yesterday, I am still bothered, and even worried. If I were in the market for a compact system camera today, the current marketing would quite likely turn me away from Olympus Pen; while the crowd this is being marketed to cannot tell the difference from a 20MP 1/2.3″. That does not necessarily mean PEN cannot be sold to them, but it still doesn’t feel right. It makes Olympus look utterly desperate for any sales. Not good. I’d like to know wherefrom came the idea to market PENs this silly way.

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xMichaelx
By xMichaelx (2 weeks ago)

"I was fairly proud of my E-PL5, but with the current marketing, I should feel embarrassed to ever pull it out."

I use my camera to take pictures. Why would I ever be embarrassed at the tools I choose?

If you really need your camera to be a fashion accessory that badly, either buy a Leica or just shoot with your iPhone.

And while you do that, I'll be busy taking pictures.

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digifan
By digifan (1 week ago)

Only wannabees would be embarrased at what they use.
Camera's are tools and there's almost always a flavour for everybody. I think you'd better buy a Canon or Nikon and join the lemmings :-).

My personal opinion is that forum members lay much to much emphasis on the dislike of how an LCD folds (selfy mode) there's much more to this camera. And yes it helps if more people buy it if that's obtained by marketing at the youngsters, more power to Olympus.

So get over you inferiority complex and look at the total package!

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 6 minutes after posting
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tedolf
By tedolf (3 weeks ago)

I have decided I will wait for the E-pm3.

Maybe it will have a 4:3 screen and buttons you can push with gloves on.

Tedolph

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Astrotripper
By Astrotripper (3 weeks ago)

I don't think that will ever come. The marketing campaign for E-PL7 suggests that Olympus is desperate to try and find a place in the market for PEN cameras. They haven't been selling well for a while, and lets not kid ourselves, PL7 won't win with iPhone as a selfie camera. I will be very surprised if PL7 succeeds in the market.

This is probably the last PEN camera we'll see. Unless Olympus can get their act together and reinvent the line (or replace it with something else).

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tedolf
By tedolf (3 weeks ago)

Sigh, maybe I should look at the Kodak Pixpro!

Tedolph

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Kevdog
By Kevdog (3 weeks ago)

The EPL5 actually sold quite well. It's the E-PM2 that didn't sell so well. So it is looking more like the EPL7 becomes the only PEN camera (unless there is an EP7 maybe) and the E-PM2 continues to be sold off at amazing prices (which make it a great buy really)!

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CNY_AP
By CNY_AP (3 weeks ago)

PM2 is out of stock now and even getting harder to find on ebay as cheap as it was a month ago. I like the size and IQ of the PM2..and price. newegg had it with kit lens for $200 (the white version) Seems white did not sell well. Everyone was dumping them a month ago.

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tedolf
By tedolf (3 weeks ago)

Amazon.com has them.

Grrrrr......if only Oly had put a mode dial on the PM2 (and a 4:3 screen) we wouldn't need the PL7!

Tedolph

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CNY_AP
By CNY_AP (3 weeks ago)

BTW, my first digicam was the 3MP (but had constant F2.8 lens) Oly C3000 (cheaper version of the C3030 but still paid around $600 for it is my recollection). I think that had to be back in 1999 (my son was a year old when I got it is my recollection). Only competitors were Nikon and Canon back then, and slightly less so, Kodak had a very good camera too (and fell behind not long after).
I think Steves-digicams (I preferred his site back then), dpreview, and imaging-resource were all around back then...started visiting the sites around a year earlier when I think they just started. Steve gave prizes if you got the 100,000 page hit, and 1m was a big deal back then - and it took awhile to hit 1m.

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47872Mike
By 47872Mike (2 weeks ago)

"if only Oly had put a mode dial on the PM2 (and a 4:3 screen) we wouldn't need the PL7!"

Obviously you're sort of right, but in practice I find it reasonably swift to change between modes using the touch screen. If I did it many times per shooting session, I'd find the lack of a dial more of an impediment. About the screen proportions, yes, I'd prefer a screen of the same proportions as my images...that was a pretty weird feature...

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tedolf
By tedolf (2 weeks ago)

I like to use the VF-2 and I don't want to take my eye away from the camera when I change modes. With a mode dial, I can do that by counting clicks of the dial as I turn it.

Tedolph

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47872Mike
By 47872Mike (1 week ago)

Ah yes, the VF-2. I used to like to use it very much, but have pretty much adapted to screens now, and am enjoying the new-found sleekness of my E-PM2!

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tedolf
By tedolf (1 week ago)

I shoot a lot with manual rangefinder lenses. The rear screen is not detailed enough for accurate focus without zooming. With the VF-2 I can manually focus without having to use the zoom feature. It is like using an old 35mm SLR except that the screen gains up if it gets dim. Also, it is more steady for really low hand held shutter speeds.

So, I can't give up the VF-2

I am really thinking about the E-pm2. The only thing leaning me towards the pl7 is that it can give a stabilized view for manual focusing with legacy lenses. Now that is a neat trick. Is it neat enough to justify another $300.00?

Tedolph

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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47872Mike
By 47872Mike (1 week ago)

Yes, I am shooting much less with MF lenses these days, which was part of the reason I sold the VF-2.

In my view the E-PM2 is so good that the other Olympus cameras cannot, for me, be worth the multiples of its price that they now cost. The E-PM2 is an incredible deal just now!

1 upvote
Alexis D
By Alexis D (3 weeks ago)

Another compact camera with nothing special. Just wait 9 months and it will be sold for $499 with 2 kit lenses.

Olympus is so dumb not to issue a compact with built-in EVF and built-in flash. This E-PL7 will go down fast, just like their last mistake, the E-P5.

5 upvotes
Macx
By Macx (3 weeks ago)

Isn't the E-M10 the camera you're looking for?

5 upvotes
zarabo
By zarabo (3 weeks ago)

E-M10 just needs a flip down or up screen, then it's perfect.

0 upvotes
datiswous
By datiswous (1 week ago)

The E-P5 was/is just totally overpriced, for the rest it's a nice camera.

1 upvote
Jim
By Jim (3 weeks ago)

IMHO, what a strange review. On one hand, the reviewer criticizes Olympus for producing a camera that is too point-and-shoot emphasized and then goes on to say that the camera can be customized to be very much acceptable to enthusiasts. I think he was a bit unfair by saying he was disappointed with his initial shooting experience without mentioning the customizing potential of the camera BEFOREmaking that statement.

Jim

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princecody
By princecody (3 weeks ago)

When is this shipping in US?

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zarabo
By zarabo (3 weeks ago)

Ok, if this is intended for beginners, why not have a built in flash, while the more serious EM10 has one? I know they provide an external flash, but doesn't that make the whole thing bulky? I don't get it.
Also, if you have the flash installed, that means you can't install an EVF since the flash uses the hot shoe and the port?

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tedolf
By tedolf (3 weeks ago)

Honestly, Oly lost their way with the PL series after the introduction of the PL2. Could we just have the PL2 (with a G.D. 4:3 screen) and the 16mp sensor?

That would be fine.

TEdolph

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Teru Kage
By Teru Kage (3 weeks ago)

I've been saying this for some time now: ever since the introduction of the OM-D line, Oly should have eliminated the E-PL series. The E-PM covers the entry level crowd and the E-P series covers those who want performance in a company PEN body. I'd rather Oly had released this as the E-P6 with a built-in flash.

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Tony8232
By Tony8232 (3 weeks ago)

Except if they do they will go bankrupt. The PEN line is their biggest seller.

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xMichaelx
By xMichaelx (2 weeks ago)

I never thought I'd agree with Tedolph, but he's right. The EPL2 was nearly perfect in form factor and features. Give it a modern sensor, better screen, fast focus, and 5-axis IBIS, and you have the best PEN camera available.

This EPL7 is a step down, as far as I'm concerned.

(Then again, I just bought an E-M10, so I guess I don't care all that much.)

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tedolf
By tedolf (2 weeks ago)

I am so disappointed I am actually looking at Fuji's. The sensor looks better at ISO 3200, but no IBIS for manual lenses and the xa-1 can't take an EVF!.

Sigh.

Oly has got me.

Tedolph

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LarryLatchkey
By LarryLatchkey (3 weeks ago)

it's really hilarious how the pl5–pl7 are marketed as fashion accessoirs while the p5 is marketed to semi pros. at least on the website. three girls with handbags and a artsy guy. with four different items representing one camera: champagne coloured high heels (pl7), a green purse (pl6), red sneakers (pl5) and a heavy silver watch (pl5) ^^
won't that mislead guys or girls who are interested in a pl model as a high quality photographic tool?

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LarryLatchkey
By LarryLatchkey (3 weeks ago)

for me the most remarkable change is the new control wheel around the shutter. it's new in this series if not mistaken.

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Teru Kage
By Teru Kage (3 weeks ago)

Based on the specs, the E-PL7 is basically the guts of the E-M10 stuffed into a PEN body, which is great news for us PEN users.

Have any tests been done on the focusing speed? The only reason why I considered upgrading from my E-PL5 to an E-M10 was because of the improved focusing speed. Also, I occasionally to studio shoot that require the hotshoe for the remote flash trigger, which means I can't use my EVF.

Also, I wonder if the E-PL7's LCD flips up? The problem with a down swiveling LCD is that it's useless on a tripod.

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Klabautermann
By Klabautermann (3 weeks ago)

Mount on a tripod you can use the self-timer for making selfies even w/o swivelling the display. I guess this mode is thought for the "real" selfies and maybe with less arm in the picture?

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john Clinch
By john Clinch (3 weeks ago)

I think it flips up 80 degrees. Which isn't perfect but would aid tripod work

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princecody
By princecody (3 weeks ago)

Does it have silent shutter mode?

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LucasO
By LucasO (3 weeks ago)

I've scoured the net for any reports that would indicate that the new shutter mechanism would allow it to be set to a silent mode. Can't find anything firm.

Would love to be able to use this discretely during live theater productions. Does anyone know if this is possible with the EPL-7?

I mean like the Panny GX-7 where there is no sound at all when taking a shot in silent mode. The GX-7 is hindered with ISO and shutter speed restrictions in silent mode, but at least it offers it. Wondering if the EPL-7 provides a better alternative.

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JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (3 weeks ago)

http://newcameranews.com/2014/08/30/olympus-introduces-new-camera-we-think/

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princecody
By princecody (3 weeks ago)

In reality this camera is aimed @ women in my opinion. Its small & marketed with the infamous selfie mode. In addition this is better than the Sony M3 (which is also $100 more) with its keen ability to change lenses, faster focus, & bigger sensor, & great JPEG output. On 2nd thought this would be a great point & shoot camera for random shots.

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Sean65
By Sean65 (3 weeks ago)

Yeah man, pink panty wearing woman or the larger beige Bridget Jones type?

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princecody
By princecody (3 weeks ago)

"Olympus are hoping that the E-PL7 will prove particularly alluring to women" via photographyblog

PS: Damn I'm good :)

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tedolf
By tedolf (3 weeks ago)

Beige Bridget Jones type?

Hubba Hubba!

Tedolph

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bill nu
By bill nu (3 weeks ago)

That is the most awkward place to put the screen for a selfie. It interferes with functionality. What if i wanted to put the camera on a tripod or table and use my phone or other remote device to take the photo? What if the camera slipped out of my hand and tapped my lap would not the screen be damage or wrapped?t?

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Marty4650
By Marty4650 (3 weeks ago)

This camera is pretty much just an improved EPL5, and it is selling at the same initial price as the EPL5 did. Wait six months, and it will be $100 cheaper.

If you want a bargain, then buy an EPL5, because the price should drop even more now when the EPL7 is available.

What do you get if you choose the EPL7:

* Fresh styling that might appeal to you
* Newer processing engine, which should be better
* Four aspect rations, rather than one
* "0-second anti shock system"
* Much better LCD screen
* 1,037,000 dot screen vs 460,000 dot screen
* Better screen articulation
* More focus points (81 vs 35)
* 3-axis IS vs 2-axis IS
* Built in WIFI

But what do you lose?

* Cost more
* Slightly bigger and heavier, but not by much

All things considered, it looks like a nice replacement for the EPL5 with everything improved except image quality. The IQ should be the same for both cameras. If you really are on a tight budget, then the EPM2 is probably your better choice.

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tedolf
By tedolf (3 weeks ago)

The more I look at this, the more I think I can't do it. Front-OK. Top plate-OK. But, look at the back of this thing. Look at those tiny buttons crammed together and that shiny, slippery ring thing. That is supposed to be a 4 way controller? How am I supposed to use this thing with gloves on? At least my humble E-pl1 has reasonably sized buttons. And what about all that real estate where the flash should be? Why not put some buttons there that you wouldn't use with the camera at eye level with an EVF (like delete) to free up some real estate for a larger controller, more buttons, etc.?

I don't care about the lens b/c I am going to buy it body only anyway. Besides, the regular kit lens is fine as kit lenses go.

Really, it looks like they designed this thing as a fashion accessory for a Japanese teen age girl!

TEdolph

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (3 weeks ago)

"Really, it looks like they designed this thing as a fashion accessory for a Japanese teen age girl!"..."I am going to buy it ... anyway."

Hmmmmm... Oly finally got a right product for the right people.

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tedolf
By tedolf (3 weeks ago)

Touche'!

Tedolph

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Adrian Van
By Adrian Van (3 weeks ago)

I have an Panasonic LX5 with tiny buttons for my medium-large hands and do not have problem clicking. Until you try the camera for a day, then you will know if it is a problem or not. I actually think the back design layout of EPL7 is bit better than the EPL5 which button layout looks more crammed.

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richteed
By richteed (3 weeks ago)

Apart from the control dial, it's not really offering me much more than my epl-3, which I love. Looks like I'll be waiting for the epl-8 or maybe getting a secondhand omd5. C'mon Olympus ... It's high time you started innovating again or I might just jump ship to panasonic or Sony.

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digifan
By digifan (3 weeks ago)

To be honest, The E-PL7 is way way better than an E-PL3, especially in your case, richteed. It has way faster and better AF, the sensor is a few notches up so IQ quality will be much better, it has WiFi, much better LCD screen, better handling (controls). The E-PL5 would already be a step up for you but the E-PL7 is a huge step up for you.

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john Clinch
By john Clinch (3 weeks ago)

And at last a control whell. What exactly will an epl8 have extra

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safeashouses
By safeashouses (3 weeks ago)

Please jump!

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Nokaoi
By Nokaoi (3 weeks ago)

I can't believe Olympus is selling this camera with the old 14-42 II R kit lens, at least in the US. Why aren't they selling it with the pancake 14-42 EZ? It would make much more sense, and make this camera a lot more desirable. Another site said that pre-sales of this camera are slow. I believe it. Olympus hasn't done enough to differentiate this from the previous PEN model. I'm glad they improved the control setup, but they really didn't do enough. Sorry, not interested.

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john Clinch
By john Clinch (3 weeks ago)

I can only assume that in the US that they consider the consumer for this type of camea is more price sensitive

In the uk its being sold with the pancake at a good price

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Adrian Van
By Adrian Van (4 weeks ago)

Anyone know what type of adaptor you need to plug in an external microphone with 1/8 plug slot. Is it possible? I cannont find a socket anywhere on body or the hot shoe area. Would this be an adaptor to the hot shoe and what is the product code of it. They finally have 1080 30P, but I prefer small external mic for clean sound.

Or would I have to consider another model with this feature.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (4 weeks ago)

That's a 3.5mm headphone-style socket?

Olympus sells an clip-on unit called the SEMA-1, which has a 3.5mm stereo mic jack.

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Adrian Van
By Adrian Van (3 weeks ago)

Perfect. Thanks for info.

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rube39
By rube39 (3 weeks ago)

Admiral (and others): the ELP7 is being sold in Japan with the 14-42EZ (pancake) zoom, which seems a much better choice than their regular expandable kit zoom. ¥78,000.

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aruk5
By aruk5 (4 weeks ago)

yet another 'pen' camera which records video at 30fps. when will they start releasing models with frame rates for countries which use pal instead of ntsc. the only major countries which use ntsc and pal are the US and Japan, but what about the European market where most use pal system?

and i doubt they cant do it quoting sensor restrictions for if it be so how come panasonic releases so many modesl with variable frame rates?

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Marty4650
By Marty4650 (4 weeks ago)

Should the lack of an accessory port be a negative for the EM10?

Ask yourself why the accessory port exists....

1. To attach a flash
2. To attach a Penpal WIFI connector
3. To attach a microphone

The EM10 has all three built right in, making the accessory port totally unnecessary. And by removing it, Olympus "toned down" the hump, which was actually makes the EM10 look more like an OM1 than the EM5 does.

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badi
By badi (4 weeks ago)

Well.... for both flash and mic, it is nice to be able to use external ones, as the "in body" are good only for the moments when they are the only option.

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SkiHound
By SkiHound (4 weeks ago)

You can still use external strobes. There is a hot shoe and the built in flash will work as a trigger to fire off camera strobes in RC mode. To my knowledge, the only flash that even uses the accessory port is the small flash that comes with the E-M1 and E-M5 (and probably with the P-L7).

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BarnET
By BarnET (4 weeks ago)

badi

Or to sync your audio that was recorded externally.
But let's face it Olympus isn't the best video system anyway.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (4 weeks ago)

Well said BarnET.

Aside of video, E-M5 is not a good still camera comparing to GH3, the Oly lenses are not good as well comparing to Pana as I tried in b&h photo when I was in New York last time. the weight is good on the hand.

I will be in New York next month, and I may spent an afternoon in b&h photo. I like b&h photo as they allow me to try cameras/lenses by using my own SD card. I never liked Sony, but I will try them this time as Sony release some new cameras since last time I was in New York.

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tedolf
By tedolf (4 weeks ago)

Say whaaaa?

"E-M5 is not a good still camera comparing (sic) to GH3".

How so?

TEdolph

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BarnET
By BarnET (4 weeks ago)

I don't understand it either.
It has the same sensor. same features for stills.
actually it has a very good IBIS system that the GH3 lacks totally.

The GH3 has a lot of video features that make it a better total package in my opinion.

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gmblack1910
By gmblack1910 (4 weeks ago)

Marty4650
How does this new PEN compare to the M-10 -- excluding all the video hype, external flash, wi-fi, etc.. Just to take still pictures. One thing I am looking for is to be able to shoot video and pick a still single photo from the video. Am I saying the right thing there? I am still looking-Obviously

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BarnET
By BarnET (4 weeks ago)

It's just a Epl-5 with some minor upgrades.
The top dial is nice and the updated processor helps to get better corrected Jpegs. But that's about it. Would save money and buy the old one.

if you want to take stills from video take a look somewhere else.
Like the GH4 or FZ1000 of panasonic. They shoot 4k video which allows you to take higher quality stills from the video.

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Mark Chan
By Mark Chan (3 weeks ago)

gmblack

If you are keen on video, PANA GX7 is probably a better choice. The EPL-7 is a rather boring update to the EPL-5/6. the 3 main things I see it providing are 1. quality build, 2. WIFI (remarkably useful if you go about a lot - not useful with video though) and 3. that 180 degree capable screen.

I am a bit dissapointed OLY didn't put in that extra scroller as the EM-10 has.

Again, video is the letdown - UNLESS, OLY is waiting to announce that with the forthcoming firmware update for its OLY cameras (rumour).

Oh and to whoever mentioned OLY lens are 'worse' than PANA; I respectfully disagree; they are more optically perfect than most of the PANA lenses that require in-camera digital modification. My 25mm f1.4 has fringing that you won't see on PANA bodies. But use a 45mm f1.8 on a pana body produces the same quality - save for the image stabilization that PANA bodies don't (all) have yet.

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Sam Bennett
By Sam Bennett (4 weeks ago)

I love my GM1, but the build leaves a lot to be desired. Mine is starting to "warp", resulting in the battery door not closing correctly, etc. I'll likely replace it with something more sturdy, so the E-PL7 is definitely on my radar. Oh, and I never use the flash on the GM1.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (4 weeks ago)

"starting to "warp", resulting in the battery door not closing correctly".

In the other words, your GM1 is out of shape more than noticeably. Wow, that is not good.

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white shadow
By white shadow (4 weeks ago)

@ Sam Bennett

It would be good if you can be more specific how your GM1 start to warp, resulting in the battery door not closing correctly. Is it overheating as a result of heavy use or you happen to place the camera in a hot enviroment like the dashboard of a car when it is park in the sun?

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (3 weeks ago)

Right, it is good to know the causes.

Overheating may not be a cause because GM1 has mag-alloy die-casting frame, and it needs 200F to reduce the yield strength considerably.

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Sam Bennett
By Sam Bennett (6 days ago)

I don't know why it's warping, unfortunately. I wear my GM1 on my hip in a SpiderHolster, with the pin in the tripod hole. It tends to get knocked around, so over time the frame may just be deforming. My son also knocked it out of my hands onto asphalt, bending the corner where the flash pops up from. I'm hard on my gear, and unfortunately the GM1 hasn't held up as well as previous cameras that I used in the same way (GF1, GF2, E-M5). It's a shame since I love it otherwise.

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white shadow
By white shadow (6 days ago)

Most cameras, even the pro specified Canon 1DX, will not be the same if you drop it. Even if the external damage may appear minimal, the mirror box and other components may shift. I can say those cameras that you mentioned would not stand a chance if you drop them or bash them against a wall while walking. If there is no damage you are just lucky.

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Sam Bennett
By Sam Bennett (5 days ago)

That has not been my experience, and I've used many "pro" cameras including the Canon 1 Series and the Nikon 7xx series. Again, I've been using these cameras the same way for years. They've all taken similar spills, etc. but the GM1 seems to be particularly fragile. The material around the flash is particularly thin, so it's unsurprising that it bent as it did. I'm hoping that the GM5 will be stronger in this regard since there's no flash, just the EVF.

This is not a general slam on the GM1 - I love it, and I'm really pleased that Panasonic has it in its lineup. I wish Olympus had something similar in size in theirs. But people should be aware that just because a body is made out of "metal" doesn't mean that it's indestructible.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (4 weeks ago)

For point-and-shoot size M43 at this price, Panasonic GM1 is a much better camera with wider kit zoom and build in Flash, Also GM1 looks much nicer and smaller.

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BarnET
By BarnET (4 weeks ago)

The GM-1 is just different.
It had to make serious compromises to keep it's size and weight as low as it is.

The shutter is crippled and you can't mount any flash or viewfinder. These were well thought out compromises that make the camera smaller but not by definition better.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (4 weeks ago)

Yes, GM1 is totally different from GX7, and it is not only having no IBIS, but also the shutter assembly is different (not only in size).

"better" means the performers of the kit zoom is surprisingly good as it is wider (24mm) and smaller (with OIS) than most of its peers, and it shares the same sensor with GX7.

BTW, I'm not sure about your "The shutter is crippled and you can't mount any flash or viewfinder" as GM1 has no hot shoe.

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BarnET
By BarnET (4 weeks ago)

The shutter can't sync at anything above 1/50th of a second.
That means fill flash is out of the question.

Then the mechanical shutter only goes to 1/500th
After that it's electronic only. Which might silent and movement free. It can produce rolling shutter artifacts in stills.

Not having a hotshoe was the compromise. Since that eliminates the option to use any external flash or radio trigger. But the shutter limits it's strobe use anyway.

All these compromises do make sense since they all have a purpose in making the camera smaller. That Panasonic was able to make the 12-32 so good also helps making this a very good small camera. But you can't say it's better as this epl-7 since it isn't as a total package.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (4 weeks ago)

E-M5 is not a good still camera as I tried, and I 'm not sure E-M1 would be better than E-M5 even Oly replaced E-M5's Sony sensor to Panasonic's sensor for EM-1.

EM5/1 are Oly's top of the line. So, What's possibly epl-7 good about?

BTW, High speed mechanical shutter and/or fast sync ("can't mount any flash or viewfinder") have less impact to quality of images, if there is any.

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BarnET
By BarnET (4 weeks ago)

The mechanical shutter severely limits it's use.
And that means the photographer can't use certain techniques that will create better images.

What's wrong with the em-5/1/10 compared to the gm-1.
It uses a similarly capable sensor and it can use the same lenses.

It just has more features at the cost of size and weight

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (4 weeks ago)

Two questions:

1. What's the "severely limits it's use" from a 1/500th mechanical shutter?

2. What's "techniques that will create better images"?

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BarnET
By BarnET (4 weeks ago)

1. You can't shoot cars that move in the sun at all.
You can't shoot any kind of sport that involves high speed movement

2. A simple fill flash on a sunny day to limit shadows in someone's face.
And a bit more advanced low key strobist is impossible.

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Mark Chan
By Mark Chan (4 weeks ago)

Continuing from my post below

The EPL-7 is a boring update - and I hope the -EP-5 successor will have that viewfinder inbuilt, but I don't think one should complain about it being a disappointment when it is capable of striding the line between point and shoot upgrade - for those that just don't bother to do their homework, and as a serious compact alternative to large dslrs for those that need it with a bit of fiddling - for those that do their homework.
rant off

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (4 weeks ago)

You don't think it'd be better if people didn't have to put in so much homework?

It wasn't my intention to appear snarky - I just wanted it to be, out of the box, closer to the camera that it's capable of being.

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (4 weeks ago)

Very well said Richard Butler; "I just wanted it to be, out of the box, closer to the camera that it's capable of being.".

This is one of the reason that I like my LX7 - the "Intelligent Auto plus" mode, and it is the most capable auto mode comparing to all the [P&S] cameras that own/know, out of the box.

After I spent some time to read its 200+ page manual, I found out that LX7 features are as capable as my SLR if not more.

LX7's "Intelligent Auto [plus]" mode is "closer to the camera that it's capable of being". This is very valuable as not very one will and like to spent time to read the 200+ page manual, not mention that some of them may be very much get lost after reading 200+ page manual.

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mpix345
By mpix345 (4 weeks ago)

does the LX7 manual have over 200 pages?

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Mike FL
By Mike FL (4 weeks ago)

@mpix345,

For your records, Basic manual has 36 pages, and Advanced manual has 226 pages.

BTW: Some people prefer the $25 "Photographer's Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX7", but the OEM 226 pages manual is good enough for me.

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Mark Chan
By Mark Chan (4 weeks ago)

Richard,

I am saying it is good enough as it is for most people. It is also ready for people that have put in the work to understand the complexity it can go. I mean I don't think it's very clever to provide all options to a customer then have him call back 1-3 times complaining about a changed setting they don't realize they caused. And I am bein an adhoc customer service officer for oly helping the 6-7 friends around me that chose to buy oly on my advise here; some REALLY don't read much.

I absolutely agree that the SCP should be in the menu setting option with the 'format card' setup.

I do strongly feel the additional button press for exposure compensation is a moot argument - although frankly I did expect they would put in two dials aka the EM-10.

Anyway.

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Mark Chan
By Mark Chan (4 weeks ago)

Mike,

I don't see any reviewer discussing the auto mode of the oly cameras here; the discussion i am making is for the perceived inability of the camera to be capable.

Your comment makes for an interesting question: can dpreview attempt to compare the auto modes of all the majors lens changeable cameras to see which one is the 'most intelligent? Richard could you consider this as a review?'

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ambercool
By ambercool (3 weeks ago)

Why read the manual? Just go for it. That's the main joy of trying out new things. Besides, you can still take a photograph with the most basic functions.

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Mark Chan
By Mark Chan (4 weeks ago)

Richard,

From the start of your review, I have gotten this impression you wrote it in a 'snarky' mindset - negative from the start almost.

One answer I can think of to your lament for the exposure compensation is the situation of the GM1; each time you take it out the settings are changed.

I absolutely agree regarding the SCP that should really be set by default.

I actually find the OLY system structure very straight forward to use. Obviously, I would expect anyone worth their photo, to read up on the manual before working into their camera.

On this very point; I know a few people that just got a new OLY and keep asking me how to set this or do that, when all they are describing are in the manual.

A friend came complaining to me that OLY customer service broke his camera as the shutter was slow to move. It turns out he had fiddled with the antis hock settings.

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Black Box
By Black Box (4 weeks ago)

WHY no flash! There's SO much space on the top? Move the speaker and build in a flash!!! ARGH! :-((

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rt22306
By rt22306 (4 weeks ago)

Time to park the E-PL1 for good?

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tedolf
By tedolf (4 weeks ago)

Frieghtening idea, isn't it?

Tedolph

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bluevellet
By bluevellet (4 weeks ago)

Built-in flash with the good old epl1. Tiltable too. :P

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munchaussen
By munchaussen (4 weeks ago)

no viewfinder?

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Roman Korcek
By Roman Korcek (4 weeks ago)

http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/accessories/camera/vf-4-viewfinder.html
You are welcome.

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Beat Traveller
By Beat Traveller (4 weeks ago)

They have three other cameras with a viewfinder.

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T3
By T3 (4 weeks ago)

If you want a viewfinder, just add one of Oly's accessory viewfinders. I have one. And the nice thing about it is that you can transfer it from one Oly PEN to another as you upgrade the body.

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Henry Falkner
By Henry Falkner (4 weeks ago)

The PL7 looks like an attractive upgrade from my SH-50 and SH-1 pocket P&S jobs. I could do crops printed to 23x33 inch (now I must use the entire frame). The PL7 is small and light enough to be with me all the time. I find 3-axis IS adequate for stills, but for video I prefer 5-axis IS on both the SH-50 and SH-1. A larger battery capacity is always appreciated.
But why have they placed the video start/stop button right next to the menu button? A similar placement, above the display button on the SZ-30MR pocket P&S, led to mistakes on unrepeatable occasions! Olympus had the video button well spaced away from any others on the PL5 - so why re-invent the design failures of 2011?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (4 weeks ago)

I've shot a lot more video with the E-PL7 than I intended.

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Henry Falkner
By Henry Falkner (4 weeks ago)

That speaks well for the video QUALITY. Thanks for replying.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (4 weeks ago)

I'm afraid it doesn't - I was echoing your suspicion that the REC button is far too easy to hit.

I've got lots of snippets of video of my feet and of things I was intending to photograph. The soundtrack usually ends with me swearing.

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Henry Falkner
By Henry Falkner (4 weeks ago)

Off-Topic: As a work-around. on the SZ-30MR (2011) I put LOOKING at what buttons I was pressing on my brain's auto pilot.

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Alberto Battelli
By Alberto Battelli (4 weeks ago)

@ Richard Butler
That's why it's called "footage".

13 upvotes
G1Houston
By G1Houston (4 weeks ago)

Does it have an electronic level?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (4 weeks ago)

Yes. Two axes.

3 upvotes
intruder61
By intruder61 (4 weeks ago)

........................life goes on

0 upvotes
Mike FL
By Mike FL (4 weeks ago)

Oly gets some extended life after Sony invested $642 million in Olympus.

1 upvote
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