Olympus PEN Lite (E-PL7) sensor review: Solid perfomer

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday February 04 2015

Sensor Review
Olympus PEN E-PL7: Good results for the sensor format | Olympus PEN E-PL7 vs Olympus OM-D E-M10 vs Olympus PEN E-PL5: Related sensors | Olympus PEN E-PL7 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5: vs Sony A5100: Solid performer for a 4:3 sensor | Conclusion | Introduction

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Compared to the firm’s recently-introduced OM-D E-M10 and the previous iteration (the PEN E-PL5 — the E-PL6 varied only by software), it’s quite clear from the composite scores that the E-PL7 is using a related sensor (if not the same one). While that’s perhaps not a surprise, given the somewhat limited choice of sensor fabricants available, what it means is that there is no performance increase over the previous iteration. On the other hand, it also means that the E-PL7 is on par with the pricier E-M10. Color depth and dynamic range for this sensor are both good, very good actually, but the physically small size (in terms of surface area) does limit low-light performance compared to larger sensors.

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All three models share related sensors