Olympus PEN E-PL7: the Ultimate Camera for Traveling and Blogging

Sep 6, 2016

Sarah Kim

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Olympus PEN E-PL7: the Ultimate Camera for Traveling and Blogging

Sep 6, 2016

Sarah Kim

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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!



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.

Touch Screen

The touch screen has many advantages when it comes to changing settings for a photo, but my favorite part of about the touch screen is that I can simply tap the screen where I want the lens to focus, and it automatically focuses on that part!

I don’t need to manually move the dial to the focus point I want, and with so many focus points on this camera, every picture of mine comes out with a precise focal point.

Wireless Capability

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!


At only $399, this camera excels in its price-to-quality ratio. You can buy this film looking camera on Amazon or Olympus’ website.

Tons of Features

The above points were my favorite parts about this camera, but if you’d like to find out more about how this camera can rock your travel and blog life, check out Olympus’ website.

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.

Sensor Size

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.

No Viewfinder

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.

About the Author

Sarah is a New Yorker living in Amsterdam. She’s been traveling the world since 2005 and has been to 19 countries and counting. She loves to travel for food and off the beaten path adventures. Check out her blog at https://www.talesfromafork.com, or at the very least, follow her adventures on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/talesfromafork. Article also published here and used with permission.

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9 responses to “Olympus PEN E-PL7: the Ultimate Camera for Traveling and Blogging”

  1. Niklas Möller Avatar
    Niklas Möller

    I decided for exactly that camera as my “always with me” camera for my one year trip last year. Also wrote about how and why I made that decision on my blog (warning: it’s in german :-D) – http://www.tripaphy.com/kaufentscheidung-spiegellose-systemkamera-fuer-die-weltreise/

  2. Fokke Hassel Avatar
    Fokke Hassel

    Got this cam, perfect for hiking and traveling!

  3. Michal Rosa Avatar
    Michal Rosa

    Even M3 beats this camera on every single “feature” and has a bigger sensor size as well.

    1. CinderedMonkey Avatar

      Err…except for worse AF (accuracy and speed), poor battery life, lack of native lenses, performance (buffer and burst rate)… Yeah, it has a bigger sensor, I’ll give you that…

      1. Michal Rosa Avatar
        Michal Rosa

        Perceived worse AF – haven’t noticed any real life significant differences, never had a problem with the battery life, we are talking about a blogger camera – what lenses do you need? The 22 mm f2 one is perfect. Buffer rate? In a blogger/travel camera? Just how important is that?

        Basically what you have just described is your impression of the camera and its perceived weaknesses, None of it is actually important in real life application. Stop reading the specs and start using the cameras you are talking about.

        1. CinderedMonkey Avatar

          So, I can assume you actually used the E-PL7 extensively? As for what lenses, the 22mm may be perfect for you, but it certainly isn’t perfect for everyone. It really depends on what you blog about. And for some, the lack of native lenses would be a problem. As for buffer rate, again, depends on what you blog about or what travelling situations you get into. Sure, if you don’t need it, it’s fine but there would be others who would want/need it. Pretty much the same goes for AF and battery. It really depends on what you blog about or what type of travel you are doing or what type of situation you get into while travelling. Just because the M3 is perfect for your uses or it’s weaknesses aren’t important to you doesn’t mean that all bloggers and travellers are the same so you can’t just ignore them when considering how others may use it.
          Now with all that said, I’m not saying that the M3 is terrible specially compared to the E-PL7. Heck, I don’t consider the E-PL7 the best blogging/travelling camera even in M43 land. All I’m saying is that there are numerous valid reasons where M3 is not better than E-PL7 on “every single feature”.

  4. Matthias Avatar

    I bought one of these a couple of years ago, “graduating” from an ageing point and shoot. Extremely happy.
    If you are into artsy landscape, studio portrait, astrophotography or intend to get top notch wildlife pictures in winter in Alaska, you will obviously want to look elsewhere. But then you may make the point that full frame SLR are not enough and only medium format is good enough…

    Now, if you want to have to opportunity to make quality pictures everywhere you go (and I do indeed take mine everywhere I go) along with the a good amount of functionality (I don’t like things like the RX-100 because you can’t swiftly correct exposure, select aperture, adjust ISO and the like) the E-PL7 is fairly hard to beat. With a fast lens it won’t let much to complain in low light either.

    Next time I buy a camera I’ll probably sacrifice a bit of portability and get something with a viewfinder like the E-M10 instead. Yet the E-PL7 is a damn sweet proposition. And if you can’t make a good pictures with it, let’s face it: buying a higher end camera is probably not going to fix this issue.


    1. mike Avatar

      Yeah, I have pretty much what you do and I am happy with it.

      My E-M10 is my “go to” camera, that I do most stuff with, but my old E-P3 (with a cracked screen that I epoxied back together) is still a great pocketable camera.

      The only think you need to do is get a good pancake lens and forgo the terrible 14-42 kit lens.

      My only real complaints about the E-M10 is the lack of an external audio jack, and the downright terrible autofocus (slow AND inaccurate) in anything other than bright daylight.

    2. CinderedMonkey Avatar

      If you go with the Panasonic GM line like the GM5, you wouldn’t need to compromise on portability (actually increases portability) or lack of EVF (albeit, it’s small and not the greatest) or IQ…Course, no idea what Panasonic’s plans are for the line in the future…