Learning about my Olympus Pen E-PL7 DSLR Camera

I cottoned on pretty quickly from starting this blog that I was going to have to get better at photography. Good photographs make your posts look much more attractive, but it’s just not something I’ve really invested in before. It’s not that I don’t like photography. Not at all, but my goodness where do you start?! I really wanted to get a new camera for when I went to Hamburg but when the stars didn’t align for that one, I knew I needed one for Belgium.

I googled ‘the best DSLR for beginners’ and I still wasn’t sure with what I found. A lot of the Canons, the Nikons, the normal looking DSLR’s seemed suitable. And a lot were in my price range, but I realised that I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a ‘beginner’ camera. And when I did start to get better, I would upgrade and never use it again. Then I found the Olympus Pen E-PL7 Lite on World of Wanderlust’s blog. Since I got my camera Jayne from Girl Tweets World has also found the Olympus Pen E-PL7 great to use.

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Why the Olympus Pen E-Pl7??

The key points that made the camera stand out for me was the compactness and the style. I was happy with the idea that, if I did want to upgrade to a real fancy-shmancy camera that I wouldn’t neglect this one as it would still be my go-to camera for when I wanted something smaller. A less ‘in your face I’m a massive DSLR.’ I reckon sometimes I wouldn’t want to carry around a huge camera with lots of lenses. And the vintage celluloid-looking design is gorgeous, and much less invasive. And I can still change lenses if I want to!

Belgium looked much prettier with a proper camera…

Belgium was when I really got to try out the camera despite getting it nearly a month previously (oops!). I didn’t mess around with the settings much and I only used the auto setting for the whole trip. I know, photography suicide. It gives you much less control over your images but it still gives you pretty great pictures and I’m really pleased with how mine turned out. Especially when you compare them to my phone’s camera when the Olympus ran out of battery. (Hint: don’t leave the camera on for the entire day.) The quality is incomparable.

This photo was taken with my HTC One M8 camera:

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I’m most pleased with these pictures I took of Iola in Leopold Park next to the European Parliament. It of course helps when you have a flawlessly skinned and naturally blonde (yes, natural) subject like Iola, but I’m really pleased with them. Even though the lens must have been right in her face. She’s a good friend!

If you can't tell, she's trying to put a flower in her hair, aww...

Iola

Iola

The thing we didn’t quite manage to get a hold of was the selfie function on the camera. The viewfinder on the back of the camera can flip down so that you can take a picture of yourself and still see what you look like. Which is a great function. Even if it’s still a little awkward to hold the camera in this way. I think we needed a lens that could give us more depth because my arm just wasn’t long enough and our faces always seemed right near the lens. Or maybe it just wasn’t meant for two people!

Iola & I

No matter where the sun was, it was in Iola's eyes...
No matter where the sun was, it was in Iola’s eyes…

But… we’re getting there!

I think this is the one we were happy with? I think?
I think this is the one we were happy with? I think?

The best is yet to come…

The best thing about it though is the WiFi function. I was able to transfer images from my Olympus to my phone and upload them straight to instagram… it was SO easy.

If you want to learn more about the Olympus Pen E-PL7, I recommend looking up the functions on the website. I wouldn’t take photography advice from someone who still shoots in auto! I’ll do an update post once I’ve actually learned a few things.

Iola didn't do so bad on the photography front herself... She took a picture of me on a moving boat!
Iola didn’t do so bad on the photography front herself… She took a picture of me on a moving boat and I actually like how I look!

Have you used the Olympus Pen E-PL7 or a similar mirrorless compact camera? Do you prefer them above other cameras?

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2 thoughts on “Learning about my Olympus Pen E-PL7 DSLR Camera

  • June 24, 2015 at 11:27 pm
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    I confess I’m still using the camera in auto too – think I need to swot up on the fancy functions. I also agree the selfie screen can be hard to get used too – particularly if there are 2 of you. I find it best if you hold it with 2 hands and just capture yourself!

    • June 25, 2015 at 10:22 am
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      So do I but it’s not easy wrapping my brain around the best settings for a certain setting! I don’t take too many selfies so I think it’s going to take some getting used to anyway 🙂

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