• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Olympus E-PL7 advantages over Panasonic GF7

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 1.1 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 350 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    84 mm vs 64 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/50 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Less shutter lag
    0.16 vs 0.24 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    24 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Panasonic GF7 advantages over Olympus E-PL7

  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    342g vs 469g
    Lighter weight
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 8.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality for its class including very good ISO performance; Improved performance and ergonomics over the E-PL5; LCD tilts 180 degree downward for easier selfies; Upgraded 3-axis IS system.

  • No built-in flash (but a small add-on flash is included); No built-in EVF; Default colors somewhat muted; Somewhat quirky menu system.

  • Very good image quality for its size; Fast AF for its class; 10fps burst mode with electronic shutter; Lightweight, yet well-built, compact design; Great value for the money.

  • Continuous AF is not reliable; Shallow buffer with RAW; Below average battery life; No EVF; Maximum mechanical shutter speed of only 1/500s.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic GF6

Olympus E-PL7
Panasonic GF6
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic GF7
Panasonic GF6
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Newer
  • $400
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • NFC

Compared to Olympus E-P5

Olympus E-PL7
Olympus E-P5
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $469
  • 4/3
  • Internal flash
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Panasonic GF7
Olympus E-P5
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $469
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Panasonic GM5

Olympus E-PL7
Panasonic GM5
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic GF7
Panasonic GM5
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $898
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Olympus E-PL8

Olympus E-PL7
Olympus E-PL8
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
Panasonic GF7
Olympus E-PL8
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Internal flash
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Panasonic GX850

Olympus E-PL7
Panasonic GX850
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup
  • $548
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic GF7
Panasonic GX850
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $548
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Newer
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