E-PL7 vs E-M10

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by doogie, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. doogie

    doogie Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 9, 2016
    I assume these are essentially the same camera?

    I have an E-PL7, and a VF4 which I use occasionally. I like the idea of not having to carry a seperate flash and EVF.

    Thinking of swapping over to an E-M10 Mk1, funds won't stretch to a Mk2.

    Any other benefits apart from the flash and EVF?
  2. cptobvious

    cptobvious Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 8, 2013
    The second control dial is the biggest addition for me, moreso than the EVF. There's the grip option on the E-M10 which works well for larger lenses. On the other hand, the E-PL7 has the screen that swivels in both directions. Other than that they are basically the same camera.

    I own both and think it's worth keeping the E-PL7 if you can. It's the smallest camera I've owned with usable IBIS and pairs a bit better with the small primes.
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  3. doogie

    doogie Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 9, 2016
    I've got Olympys 25mm and 45mm primes, plus two standard Panasonic Zooms.

    Thanks for the feedback I may pickup an E-M10 and then decide which one to keep.
  4. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
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    If you keep both you can mount two primes and switch cameras out of your bag. A zoom could do this but for some reason I prefer this instead.
  5. Ramsey

    Ramsey Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2013
    Zagreb, Croatia
    To add to what @cptobvious@cptobvious wrote, i think the e-pl7 has a 24p video mode which the e-m10 doesn't. To me, e-pl7 is great but i am also looking to trade due to evf, second control wheel, and (the biggest reason) the possibility to add an external grip. With medium to larger lenses, it's a hassle. Also, shooting for longer than 30minutes, even my girlish hands start to cramp.
  6. Nathanael

    Nathanael Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 12, 2015
    The Fotodiox grip for the em10 is excellent in my opinion. And cheaper than the Oly one.
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  7. SVENS1

    SVENS1 Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 11, 2013
    I had the same decision to make upgrade to the E-PL7 or the M10 (not the II). I took the advice of many who said M10.
    Amazing camera, glad I chose it. The extra dial on top, makes adjustments really fast and easy. The viewfinder works great and doesn't seem much higher
    than the E-PL5 I had without the VF2 in place. The attached pop-up flash comes in handy when you need it in a pinch. The camera still feels pretty small
    and still portable. And most important it takes better pictures than my E-PL5 did.
  8. grcolts

    grcolts Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 1, 2010
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    I have both the EPL-7 and the M10 and find myself using the EPL-7 most of the time. Why? It fits my hands better and I hate the location of the on/off switch on the OM10.
    The built-in EVF is useful, but to be honest, I have not had much problem focusing in bright light with the EPL-7 since I can tilt the LCD to avoid glare. My suggestion would be to purchase the newer OM10ii if funds permit as the updates I think would be worth it.
  9. doogie

    doogie Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 9, 2016
    The VF4 is so good it's a difficult decision.

    I'm not convinced the E-PL7 has 24p, it's mentioned in the specs but not the manual.

    Olympus are known to make mistakes, apparently the E-PL6 had 3-axis IBIS which wasn't true.

    The EM10 would be cheaper than the EPL7 and VF4.
  10. TVAkevin

    TVAkevin Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 28, 2016
    Winfield, IL
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    I'm curious about this, too. Can anyone either confirm or deny that the E-PL7 has a 24p mode?

    Source on this?
  11. doogie

    doogie Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 9, 2016
  12. TVAkevin

    TVAkevin Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 28, 2016
    Winfield, IL
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    Well... I can say first hand that there is a HUGE difference in the IBIS between the E-PL6 and E-PL7. I just got the E-PL7 and it handles much, much better. After doing some reading, it seems that though the E-PL6 does have IBIS, it's likely 2 axis, not 3, as they somehow advertise.

    More info in this thread. Sorry if this is common knowledge. I wasn't aware as a E-PL6 owner. For anyone considering the E-PL6 over the E-PL7, they should know there's a major improvement to IBIS in the E-PL7.
  13. djtaylor7

    djtaylor7 Mu-43 Rookie

    Mar 2, 2013
    I had a E-PL5 before I got my E-M5 Mkii. Sold the VF-4 but kept the PL-5 as it is good sometimes to carry a camera which does not look like an SLR.

    Sent from my Lenovo TAB 2 A10-70F using Mu-43 app
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  14. doogie

    doogie Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 9, 2016
    Yes the extra top dial is much easier to use.

    I now have a brand new E-PL7 in black, which I prefer to my silver one. Also I think the black VF4 looks much better on the black body.

    I've even warmed to the 14-42mm PZ lens which I might keep, handy not having to unlock the lens

    I'm not in a rush to get an E-M10 yet.
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