*This is not a sponsored post. I was not paid by Olympus to write this review, and all opinions are entirely my own. I was not gifted or loaned this camera, I paid for it myself.
After many requests, here is my review of the nifty little camera that changed the way I blog, the Olympus Pen E-PL7
You may have spotted on my instagram and facebook that I recently switched up my photography kit. For the past year or so, I’ve been using a Canon 600D (with a 55mm lens) but I was getting a bit uninspired by my photography, and I wanted to switch things up a bit. After reading lots of reviews, I decided to purchase the much-hyped Olympus Pen E-PL7. There is so much buzz about the E-PL7 being the ultimate blogger camera, and I was dying to try it out for myself.
I’ve been using the camera steadily for the past month or so, and I can honestly say that I love it, and it has revolutionised the way I blog. Rather than go on a long tangent about the specs and technical stuff, here are some of the main reasons why I love it. I’ve also included some photos I took with the camera, and for more examples of outfit shots, check out my recent style diaries here, here and here.
- It’s so compact! The main reason I went for a smaller camera, was how easy it would be to take everywhere with me. Full frame DSLR cameras are not only large but very heavy and expensive-looking (which can make you a target for thieves) so I prefer to have my Pen neatly tucked away when I’m not using it.
- Its easy to use. I find the Pen very easy to use. I started by shooting on auto, but I’m (slowly!) learning some of the manual settings which make this camera so special.
- Interchangeable lenses. Even though it’s so small, you can still switch up the lenses, which is a game changer for me. I am currently using the kit lens for everyday photos (flatlays, travel photos, instagram shots) and the 45mm lens for shooting outfits photos with that beautiful bokeh or “blurry background” that all us bloggers want.
- Reasonable price. The Olympus is a lot cheaper than most DSLR cameras out there, which can cost €1,500 – €2,000 and up. You can pick up the EPL-7 kit for well under €500 from eBay (which is where I bought mine) and the extra 45mm lens, the 17mm lens and the 75mm lenses are also available there, but they vary in price.
- Aesthetic. It’s obviously not the most important thing about the camera, but it’s by far the prettiest and most “instagram-able” camera on the market right now. I went for the cream/white colour, and I love how it looks in pictures and flat-lays, it’s just so cute! Every time I take it out with me, I’m asked questions about it. People often think its an old film camera, which is gas.
- HD Video I haven’t gotten the chance to fully test out it’s video mode yet, but happy to know that it shoots in HD, perfect for any vloggers or youtubers out there. I will be testing out it’s video capabilities in some upcoming projects soon, which I’m excited about. It also comes with an additional flash that clips on the top, but I haven’t used that much either (yet!) as I only really shoot in daylight.
- Great WiFi. The wifi on this camera is the best I’ve experienced. It works seamlessly with a downloadable Olympus smartphone app, and at at the touch of a button you can view all the photos on your camera, on your iPhone, and select which ones to download to your phone. It’s great for instagramming and sharing photos on the go.
- Remote shooting. The Olympus app can also be used for remote shooting, a handy little trick for when there’s no one around to take your photos. Just pop your camera on a flat, steady surface, jump in front of it, and away you go.
- Selfie-Mode. It has a flip down screen, which is perfect for selfies and filming.
The only con:
Given the smaller size, this camera feels significantly more delicate than my previous SLR, which was much bulkier. The flip screen on the Pen, while amazing, is always exposed, which increases danger of it cracking or breaking. To prevent any damages, I have purchased a case on eBay, which does the trick! The warranty does cover for any damage or problems initially, but I will probably insure mine with some sort or gadget insurance, just in case anything happens to it.
Olympus claim to have designed the E PL-7 with bloggers in mind, and I really believe it. It’s perfect for my needs as a fashion blogger, and I couldn’t imagine being without it now. I’m so impressed with the quality of the photos from such a compact camera, and the addition of the 45mm lens lets you achieve that beautiful background blur (bokeh) that you’d usually need a more expensive camera to achieve. I’ll be taking my trusty Pen with on a few different adventures and trips I have coming up over the next few weeks, so be sure to stay tuned to see how I get on with it!
If you’re still asking yourself “should I buy the Olympus Pen, or invest in a more advanced, DSLR camera?” then here is my final advice to you:
Overall, I think that if you want to have the best possible photography for your fashion blog, and your willing to invest the money (€1,500- €3,000+) into a full frame DSLR with all the latest specs and lenses, as well as dedicating the time to learning how to operate, shoot and edit your photos like a professional photographer, then by all means, do it. You will ultimately get the best photos possible this way, no doubt about it.
But, if you are someone who tends to switch their camera on auto (guilty!) before handing it to their boyfriend/sister/blogger friend/patient stranger to take their photo, then maybe an super advanced/expensive camera isn’t for you. Why spend thousands on something if you’re never going to learn how to use properly in the first place?
For me Olympus Pen E-PL7 is absolutely perfect. It takes great, great professional-looking photos for my website and social pages, and it’s so compact, that I can take it literally anywhere. I’m so happy I invested in it, and I would strongly recommend it to any bloggers out there looking for the same.
As I learn how to get the most out of this camera, I might do an updated tutorial series showing you guys exactly how I use it. If that’s something you’d be interested in, let me know in the comments below!
Have any of you bought or used the Olympus Pen EPL-7? If so, what did you think of it?