November 22, 2017 Update: This post was originally titled, “Olympus Pen E-PL7: the Ultimate Camera for Traveling and Blogging”. However, I had to change the title because after trying out the Olympus Pen E-PL7 for some time, I ended up buying the Sony A6000 (Amazon affiliate link). I like the quality of the photos from the Sony A6000 much better. It also feels like a real camera whereas the Olympus Pen almost felt toyish in comparison to the Sony A6000. Lastly, the Sony A6000 takes really great photo in low lighting situations such as inside restaurants or nighttime photos.
As such, I recommend buying the Sony A6000 over the Olympus Pen E-PL7. I like it for the same reasons I first liked the Olympus Pen E-PL7 so I would continue reading this post to get an idea of why the Sony A6000 is a great camera for traveling and blogging.
You can buy the camera by itself with the kit lens (what I have), or get this bundle on Amazon for not much more. It comes with a 64gb memory card, which is normally $30 in itself, extra batteries, cleaning items, and more. I had bought most of the stuff that this bundle comes with separately and wish I had paid attention to other listings besides the main Sony A6000 product so I could’ve saved myself money on all these accessories.
For the past six months, I’ve been stuck in endless review holes to find the perfect camera for traveling AND blogging.
The perfect camera has to be light and easy to toss in my bag (unlike my current Nikon D90, which weighs about 2lbs with the lens). Also, the perfect camera can’t compromise quality just because it’s a smaller.
Well, after hours of research, I’ve found the ultimate camera for traveling and blogging– the Olympus PEN E-PL7. Read on to find out why it’s great for both traveling and blogging, or at the very least, scroll down to see some photos!
Pros of the Olympus PEN E-PL7
The best part about the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is that it’s lightweight. With the battery and kit lens, it weighs 16.5 ounces (469 grams), which makes it quite easy to carry around all day when traveling.
The camera size is quite compact so I don’t have to bring a second camera bag out in addition to my daypack or purse when traveling. This is a must since traveling minimally is important to me.
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is so compact that it fits into this gray leather wristlet I have. You can see in the picture how it compares in size to my sunglasses and make up too!
Even though the Olympus is smaller than my Nikon, it doesn’t compromise in quality. It has really great image quality at 16MP for its resolution and even does great in low lit places such as restaurants where I love taking photos of food.
Screen for Selfies
The LCD screen can tilt 180 degrees, which is great for selfies. I’ve found that the selfie is a bit unflattering since the camera is so close to my face, but I do tilt the screen 90 degrees so I can get an overhead shot of my restaurant table shots.
It makes it much easier than having to stand up on my tippy toes and look down at the camera. I can now hold my camera up and look at the tilted screen instead.
I love the wireless capabilities that this camera has. When your phone and camera are connected to the same network, you can take photos from your camera through your phone!
This is great for taking photos of yourself in your home without having to set a timer or constantly checking your camera on the tripod to see if it focused on you properly. This feature isn’t exactly for travel bloggers, but it’s great for lifestyle bloggers.
Also, you can transfer photos from your camera to the phone asap so you can eliminate the step of having to transfer photos to your computer, then your phone for Instagram candy!
Cons of the Olympus PEN E-PL7
Overall, the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is no DSLR. If you’re going to get this camera, you are either a beginner photographer, using this as a second camera like I am, or wanting something that fits your needs for traveling and blogging. With that mindset, here are a couple of cons I found from using the Olympus PEN E-PL7.
One thing I don’t like about the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is that the sensor size is smaller than what I’m used to with the Nikon D90. The Nikon D90 has a APS-C sensor size while the Olympus has a 4/3 sensor.
However, this is bound to happen with a camera as small as Olympus PEN E-PL7 (sensor size tends to decrease with the size of a camera). For landscape photos, I quickly adjusted to this sensor size and embraced the difference by taking photos a bit further back than I would normally stand– easy fix! As for food or lifestyle photos, the sensor size didn’t impact my photos enough for me to notice.
To learn more about how sensor sizes affect your photos, read this helpful post by Photoseek.
There is no manual viewfinder on this camera, which is unlike my Nikon D90 but similar to my iPhone so it wasn’t too hard to adjust to.
Photos Taken with the Olympus Pen E-PL7
Here are a couple of photos taken of me at Rue Cremieux in Paris. It’s a charming little street!
So you can get a well-rounded view of the types of photos that the Olympus PEN E-PL7 excels at, check out these photos from Instagrammers.
What do you think of the Olympus PEN E-PL7? Do you own one or would you consider buying one? Would love to hear your thoughts!
Thanks for stopping by! xo.
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