I have been after a new camera for ages. Until recently I was using a camera that my sister used to own about 6 years ago. It was old. It was a pink Sony Cybershot Digital Camera which was so old that the on/off button had faded down. To be honest, I didn't mind it. It was easy and hassle free but I really wanted a new camera. One that wasn't a hand-me-down! I actually bought myself a DSLR many years ago for a holiday to New York and it was perfect. The zoom was incredible and I was in love with it. But then the screen fell off so I took it back and the shop I bought it from exchanged it for a faulty one. Every photo I took came out grainy so in the end I left it in the box, where it has remained ever since.
My family asked what I wanted for Christmas and I immediately said the Olympus Pen E-PL7 camera. I first saw it on Lydia Elise Millen's blog and I thought "wow, what a pretty camera!" She had a discount code on her blog for 25% off the Olympus Pen Cameras and lenses so we took advantage of that and purchased the Olympus Pen E-PL7 with the Pancake Zoom Kit. In the future I would like to get an even more impressive lense but for now the M.Zuiko Digital Ed 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ Pancake works wonderfully well. The reason why I wanted the Pancake Zoom was due to it's compactness. It still ensures the camera is fairly slim with the lense in use rather than being bulky and a general nuisance to carry around and travel with.
I don't want to review this camera properly until I really know what I am doing with it and how to make the most of it but I absolutely adore this camera. Everything is so clear and crisp, you can use filters on images, the colour is vivid and you have the opportunity to achieve the bloggers dream - the blurred background. Yes, there is a setting for that! You can also change many of the settings whilst taking a photo so you don't have to mess around in Photoshop for hours trying to enhance it yourself which I adore. I am constantly changing the brightness and contrast with each photo I take to ensure I am getting the most out of it.
I also absolutely love that you can flip the screen down when taking photos which is great for when you are taking flatlays so you don't have to get up to see what you are doing. And perhaps my favourite part of it all, it has built in wifi. All you need to do is download the app to your phone, connect your phone to the wifi within the camera then you can instantly import photos from the camera to your phone. This is such an easy to use and wonderful idea. This is also probably the reason why many people buy this camera purely for Instagram and taking selfies!
Whilst I don't really have any real complaints about this camera, I do have a few niggles. It does not have a built in flash, meaning you have to connect the flash to the camera in order to use it which can be a little annoying but nothing too anger-inducing. Also, I find it can be slightly noisy. It makes a slight whirrling sound when trying to focus which I noticed to begin with when I first started using it but now I think I have started to block it out! Speaking of sounds, I really like the snapping sound it makes when you take a photo. It is rather satisfying.
Another very tiny little niggle I have found is that I do find it slightly hard to focus on a subject close up but I think it is all down to the angle I hold the camera at so again, I need more practice. One thing that did disappoint me with the Olympus Pen E-PL7 is that it doesn't come with instructions or a guide book as such. It tells you the basics like how to attach the lense, but not how to de-attach it. In the end I had to Google it as I was stumped at how to take it off. A really wonderful lady named Mel tweeted me a link to an online instruction manual which is incredibly handy as it tells you which settings to change if you want a photo with a blurred background or taking a photo of fireworks, for example. If only they included it in the box in the first place :)
Overall, is it possible for a person to be in love with a camera? I can't wait to test it out on subjects other than make-up products when I go on holiday next month. I really want to see how well the zoom really is for when I try and get a close up photo of the White House, after all, it is the closest I will ever get!
Do you have an Olympus Pen E-PL7? Do you have any tips?
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