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THE OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7 CAMERA, MY NEWEST STYLE GEM BEST FRIEND

THE OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7 CAMERA, MY NEWEST STYLE GEM BESTFRIEND


Happy Easter Sunday everyone! I hope you're enjoying your easter long weekend so far! Today is a little bit different as I'm going to share to you a non-beauty favourite! I'm so happy that I can finally get to talk about my newest style gem, blogging best friend, probably the much hyped camera by bloggers the past 2 years. I had this for about a month now so I had a little time playing around with the features before doing this post. But if you’re looking for a more technical, in-depth review of this camera, I urge you to google it as I’m only sharing my thoughts as a blogger/Instagrammer obsessed/non pro photographer. You’ve probably seen this bad boy still floating around the bloggersphere, twitter and pretty much all over Instagram. Hailed as the "ultimate blogger camera". Before that, I'm going to let you know a little secret though. There's no such thing as the one-and-only best camera for bloggers. You can read recommendation after recommendation, but you won't find it because it doesn't exist. I truly believe good photography has everything to do with your knowledge of the craft and hardly anything to do with your equipment. I think once you’ve mastered whatever camera you have and know its limitations then you can invest in a body that performs much better. That’s just how I see it. And then I met this small yet mighty little gem that’s a great alternative for those of you who want to leave limitations of your phone behind without going full and sometimes intimidating route of the DSLR. 

Before blogging, I was a serial Instagrammer (and still am). I love Photography and take pictures of everything and anything. When I had my Nikon D90 and some kit lens probably 7 years ago (Gosh! That long?), I didn’t know anything about photography and literally no clue how to use the camera. Just set it up on auto mode and started shooting buttloads of stuff. I learned myself the basics of photography, googling and looking some inspirations in the net so I could understand how to master my camera and take better pictures. Over the years of photographing random stuff I’ve learned the 3 basic and most important settings : shutter speed, aperture and iso. I think if you know and master that, you can start shooting manual! So you can say that even though I’m not a pro, I do know about the basics and can spot a beautiful image.


THE OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7 CAMERA, MY NEWEST STYLE GEM BESTFRIEND
THE OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7 CAMERA, MY NEWEST STYLE GEM BESTFRIEND
THE OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7 CAMERA, MY NEWEST STYLE GEM BESTFRIEND
THE OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7 CAMERA, MY NEWEST STYLE GEM BESTFRIEND


I was really excited when I got this camera as I’ve been on the hunt for so long now for a more purse-friendly option. One that’s not too heavy and bulky like my trusted Nikon D90 when I’m out and about the whole day! And yes I’m definitely so in love with this little gem! With my PEN E-PL7 I received the standard lens kit (called M.ZUIKO 14-42mm II R lens) this includes the body, lens and flash attachment.  You can also choose the pancake zoom lens (M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14‑42mm 1:3.5‑5.6 EZ). You also receive the battery, information manual booklet & CD, plus your body strap for traveling with. So here are my top features that I love about this camera.

BEAUTIFUL IMAGE QUALITY
Number one priority when it comes to camera is image quality. Does it take sharp, non-pixelated, true-to-colour photos? YES it does! I was really impressed with the picture quality . The colours are bright and vivid, imagery is sharp and clear. It is worth noting that there is no viewfinder, all images are taken through the screen.

BUILT-IN WIFI AND REMOTE SHOOTING
The best feature that got me so excited about this camera is the fact that it creates its own WIFI hotspot, which can be paired with your iPhone or any smartphone and used to import images in seconds using the Olympus app. After downloading the Olympus share app to my iPhone and a quick play around with settings, I could snap away on my Olympus and share it straight to my iPhone within seconds. No more fiddly cable to upload or using a card reader, this really changed the game. I can Instagram high quality images instantly, straight from the camera to my iPhone. You can even change your aspect ratio- this is so useful because you can set your camera to square (1:1) to take shots for Instagram. Another insanely cool feature is the ‘remote’ function, I can tap the screen on my iPhone and it controls the shutter on the camera and takes a photo. Amazing and very useful features!

DESIGN
The camera is beautiful and really aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. It has a pretty design with a retro touch, which I love and that makes the camera very stylish. It’s smaller than my DSLR and won’t loose my arm off carrying it when I’m out in the city. I love taking the train off to London and just sight see or just go to exhibitions and events there. The camera fits perfectly in my handbag even with all my other treasured stuff, thanks to its slim design. Although indeed looks are not important  in choosing a camera, it’s  just a big plus that this one is just elegant and quite stylish. The Olympus Pen E-PL7 comes in white, black and silver design so there’s something for everyone whatever your style.

INTERCHANGEABLE LENSES , SELFIE & TOUCH SCREEN
One of the best thing about this camera is that you can change lenses, which is great for a camera for it’s size and weight. I opted for the standard lens kit for now and had a little play around with it before I invest on other lenses. I have my eyes on the 17 mm lenses, great for capturing crisp images with great depth of field but you don’t have to be standing so far away from the subject  and also  like if you really want that blurry back ground effect which is quite famous among us bloggers, you might want to invest on the 45mm Lens. I just wish the lenses were a little bit cheaper. LEL. But if you only have the standard kit, no worries, there is so much you can do with the lenses! I really find StyloNylon’s 15 Tips and Tricks for your Olympus PEN E-PL7 the most useful guide in  understanding your camera and what it can do.

Now let’s talk about another fave feature…The 3-inch LCD touch screen on the E-PL7 has a tilt mechanism that rotates 170 degrees. Yes, It flips two ways; firstly upwards. This way allows you to hold the camera lower and still see from above whats in frame. It also flips down and to the front. This angle is brilliant for selfies and you can happily look at the screen and check your in frame. Also if you flip the screen downwards but only slightly this works great for the  from where you stand photos and flat lays. The flip screen is super useful when taking selfies or needing to angle the screen display. I love that it opts for an underside position, instead of flipping over the top. So it isn’t getting in the way of buttons or even the detachable flash. Avid selfie takers would definitely love this camera. All the selfies! Also the touch screen also makes it easier to select functions and settings, as well as choosing the subject you want to focus on in your shot. 

GREAT QUALITY HD VIDEO
Quite impressed with the video quality of this camera! Compared to other small cameras, The Olympus pen actually produces a great quality video that really competes with my Nikon. It’s so perfect for vlogging or filming when you’re on the go because It’s lighter, smaller and easier to use. It’s one of the big reasons why I got this camera as I love doing videos when I’m travelling and planning to go back doing youtube vids in the future!

GET CREATIVE WITH ART FILTERS
You can take your creativity up a notch – with 9 Effects, including 14 Art Filters designed to turn your photos and movies into striking artworks in an instant on your camera screen. Just have a play around and you’ll be surprised just what visual masterpieces you can create from your photos!


THE OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7 CAMERA, MY NEWEST STYLE GEM BESTFRIEND
THE OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7 CAMERA, MY NEWEST STYLE GEM BESTFRIEND
THE OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7 CAMERA, MY NEWEST STYLE GEM BESTFRIEND
THE OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7 CAMERA, MY NEWEST STYLE GEM BESTFRIEND


MY VERDICT
The Olympus Pen E-PL7 is the perfect camera for those who are either looking for a companion for their bulky DSLRS, eager to get started on video blogging or those who want to step up their Instagram and blog photos game with beautiful DSLR-like image quality. With the built-in wifi that instantly connects to your smartphones via the Olympus app, this camera is now something I can't  leave the house without. Highly stylish and packed full of features besides the built-in wifi, the Olympus PEN E-PL7 compact system camera is brilliant whether you're expressing your creativity or taking simple snaps of you, your family or friends etc.  Featuring a tiltable LCD touch screen, a sensor that will let you take high resolution photos and Full HD video, the E-PL7 exudes sophistication. It’s definitely my newest style gem best friend! The only con I could think of is probably the white /cream camera version comes with the black strap. I’m not too keen on it so I bought this lovely adjustable  shoulder leather strap in tan ( as you can see the photos above) from the Olympus website here. Regarding the price, I think it was reasonable considering the features that I have just mentioned and the quality of the images especially. Does it replace my Nikon D90? Not really as we go way back you see haha. They do compliment each other real well! I love shooting with the Nikon when I'm doing indoor photos but I find myself using my pen quite a lot when I'm outdoors. The last 3 photos btw were taken using this camera. Can you believe it's from this tiny little beast of a camera?!

P.S I'd like to thank my friend Gayle for modelling for me while we were strolling around Oxford Street.!;D

WHERE TO BUY

At the moment, it’s retailed at very.co.uk for £499 with the PANCAKE LENS KIT here.
John Lewis  and Olympus website £499 here.

I really hope you find this helpful. Please let me know if you did!





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