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.
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:
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!
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!
But… we’re getting there!
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.
Have you used the Olympus Pen E-PL7 or a similar mirrorless compact camera? Do you prefer them above other cameras?