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Since I’ve been a blogger, never before has a camera caused such a stir as the Olympus Pen EP-7. Hailed as the “Blogger Essential” it was released at the very moment I realised, I simply couldn’t lug my 5D around anymore when travelling or to events. Not only does that camera make you a target it also weighs a tonne and if I broke it I’d just never forgive myself.

So I looked around and noticed quite a few bloggers were test driving the Olympus. The moment I heard it linked with your iPhone I called my nearest store, reserved one and picked it up the next day. I hadn’t even tried the damn thing out but I had a vibe, and whether it’s about people, shoes, cars or cameras – my vibes are rarely wrong. I had no idea of the impact this little camera was going to have on my life as a blogger. I never thought it would be possible to get images to the same standard as I have on my blog from such a little compact camera. But sure enough the little Olympus Pen now proudly plays a fundamental part in the content production of my blog and social media.

Once you switch the camera on it starts up with ease and you can instantly begin snapping great quality pictures on Auto. But learn to play around with the camera and it’s settings on Manual and you will really bring your images to life. It’s great for snapping beautiful Parisian buildings as well as capturing the froth of your cappuccino perfectly thanks to the F-stop dropping down to a nice 3.5. The Pen then links seamlessly with your iPhone via the Olympus app, enabling you to scroll and pick out the perfect pictures to edit and share across channels, or even blog on the go. But not only that, the app enables you to turn your phone into a remote control with a built in screen making group shots possible without fussy timers.

The Pen had been my trusted companion for the last 4 months when running round London and snapping flat lays. But whilst the kit lens produced exceptional quality images, when it came to outfit photos the depth of field was about as deep as a puddle so the Canon 5D and it’s nifty fifty were never far behind. That was until last week.

Olympus and Topshop decided to take myself and Leanne for a trip to Paris (more on that tomorrow) to test drive their new 45mm lens and how it shaped up taking outfit photos, once again my world was rocked. With the addition of this lens to my camera kit they have single handedly revolutionised how I blog on the go. The camera and additional lens fit easily into my array of handbags meaning trips to London for meetings can be the perfect opportunity to snap outfit pictures as the change of a lens whilst I’m there, without lugging a full frame DSLR on my poor little shoulder.

Why am I telling you all this? I mean I’m effectively giving away my photography secrets. Well the fact is, I was once very eager to learn how to take beautiful pictures but I didn’t know where to start. I longed for the beautiful blurry backgrounds and vivid colours yet whenever I asked or questioned others about where to start, I was met with silence. I’m by no means a professional photographer now but I have devoted time and money to doing my best and I’d like to help others too because I know how it feels to have all the passion in the world, but not a clue how to start. I’d say the Olympus is a great place to start. You don’t need to go and spend thousands on a 5D but a little investment goes a long way and if you’re truly passionate about learning, you can sacrifice a few pairs of shoes this month.

This week I’m going to be sharing some posts using the two different lenses to show you the kind of images you can expect to get from both, so don’t forget to check back in tomorrow for a first hand look at the standard of images produced with the Olympus Pancake kit lens.



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Olympus Pen E-PL7      Olympus 45mm 1.8 lens


  1. Rachel 27th April 2015 / 10:33 am

    I’ve heard such good things about this little camera. It’s always such a blogger issue – taking a massive camera around with you. Lovely to know there are other options out there.

    Rachel | http://www.currentlyrachel.com

  2. Claudia 27th April 2015 / 1:06 pm

    I was lent this camera to test at Clothes Show Live last year and I did really like it. It’s a shame the screen doesn’t flip all the way around completely but it’s a great vlogging camera! 🙂

  3. elisa 27th April 2015 / 1:14 pm

    I heard great things about this camera before too, and i love the idea it connects to an iPhone. Hope you had fun in Paris 🙂

    El |zekalin.com

  4. Beth Norton 27th April 2015 / 1:37 pm

    I’ve seen this camera all over my social media channels and have been desperate to get my hands on one. This post just confirmed how much I need one in my life …

    Thanks for the review Lydia!

    Beth xox.


  5. Esther 27th April 2015 / 2:18 pm


    I have been following you since almost the start of your blogging life, when I discovered you on LookBook. Posts like this are why I will always follow you. You are sincere, open with your readers, and not snooty at all. It is true what you say about some bloggers acting like their camera tips are some divinci code top secret. First time poster, long time reader. Keep being you.


    • lydia 27th April 2015 / 2:30 pm

      Oh Esther, that really did make me laugh! but its true and I remember feeling the same way, like it was some unwritten code and I wasn’t allowed to know but I had sooo much drive and want to know, it was so frustrating! and thank you for posting, it means a lot! x

  6. Kathleen 27th April 2015 / 8:47 pm

    I’ve been eyeing up getting a smaller camera for ages now, I want to make sure I chose the right one, this one looks fab…. decisions!

    Made In The 1990’s.

  7. Marijana 28th April 2015 / 7:01 am

    Lydia, thank you very much for sharing this info with us! I m also in trouble when it comes to finding a good camera. Love that this one can link with your iphone!!! Xoxo

  8. Taylor 28th April 2015 / 8:46 am

    I feel like you have really sold me this, I feel like I need to save up to buy this for my every day photos (my camera quality on my iPhone 5 has really gone downhill).


  9. Crissy 28th April 2015 / 11:56 am

    FINALLY!!!! Somebody who has given me the answer I have been waiting for. Thank you so much for this post. I am trying to start out as a blogger (it’s going slowly). One of my targets this year was to buy a decent camera. Although I have always wanted a canon, I have looked into the Olympus but just didn’t know enough about it. The fact that you can carry it around suits me perfectly and it’s so much more practical. This also gives me a little more time to save for the canon eventually. So again, thank you so much Lydia. xxx

  10. Alice @ Honestly Fitness 30th April 2015 / 6:03 pm

    Thank you for posting about this, Lydia! I have a really bulky 7D and like you said it makes me look like such a target if I lug it around. And bringing it out at night is out of the question!! Definitely going to look into the Olympus Pen.
    Alice x

  11. LAUREN CHEEK 5th May 2015 / 8:45 pm


    I love your blog & posts, and since I saw you talking about this camera in one of your youtube videos a while back, I have been on the hunt! Im a blogger in Beverly Hills, CA and having something this small and compact would be a dream! Do you know anywhere that sells to the US?? Everywhere I have looked is only selling this model in the UK (and basically everywhere else besides the US..Sigh) If you know any sites that sell here, would really appreciate the tip! NEED this camera! lol

    Much Appreciated!

    -Lauren, The Blondette.
    The Blonde & The Brunette

    • Dawn 9th May 2015 / 7:12 pm

      Lauren, the E-PL7 is sold by several retailers in the US. I live in Utah and bought mine at a local photography boutique in late January. If there are no retailers in Beverly Hills you can purchase through the ShopOlympus site. 2-day shipping is included with purchase and the camera is still discounted for Mother’s Day.


      • LAUREN CHEEK 11th May 2015 / 10:06 pm


        Thank you so much for your response.. I really have my heart set on the white one (shown above) and the Olympus site only seems to sell the black. I contacted Olympus personally and they told me it was a special Euro edition and they do not sell it to the US (sadddd!) Did you find the white one in a store?? I will continue the hunt!!


        • Dawn 14th May 2015 / 7:45 pm

          Hi Lauren,

          I do have the white one but only by luck; the one I bought was the owner’s personal camera being used as a store demo and he purchased it in Japan. All the stock cameras were black and silver. Might I suggest eBay? There are quite a few electronics shops selling the white E-PL7s through eBay.

          I didn’t notice this until yesterday but another advantage in the overseas version is that their kit includes the newer, sharper pancake zoom. The US version only includes the older 14-42 2R zoom. I wonder why they do us like that, lol.

          Good luck finding your white cam. They are so adorable and I love mine to bits 🙂

  12. Mikéla 14th May 2015 / 6:21 pm

    This camera looks so amazing! Definitely want to try it out because I hate taking my Canon 6D into large crowds all the time. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Sophie 6th January 2016 / 4:02 pm


    Thank you for your blog post it has been really helpful in choosing a camera for xmas! Could you please help me decide what kit to get! The 14-42mm or the 40-150mm please, I want to start blogging so would be mainly for outfit posts but I do want it to be clutch-friendly!

    Thank you 🙂 xx

  14. Patrcia 14th October 2016 / 2:30 pm

    Hey Lydia, really nice post ! Please write more about how you do the settings of you cam, how you get that brightness into your pictures =) That would be so great !! Best regards Patricia

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