… Wasn’t exactly love at first sight.

But you’re gonna learn more about the Olympus E-PL7 after this post, as well as stand a chance to win it! More information to come later, but let me finish my story first, ok?

Let’s go back to the time when I started attending events with Yina, about 3-4 years back! I found a camera-tech geek friend in Yina, and we would always spend time discussing about new camera, lenses, mostly me asking her questions really, but who cares? hahaha.

As we attended events together and you know, take the same photos and all, I started to realise that my camera (we both had micro four-thirds, just of different brands) wasn’t functioning quite as well as hers. She sold and bought a few cameras, but there was this one which she kept using (from 2013 till now!), and impressed me every single time she brought it out.

It had a flip screen for selfies (one of the first at that time).

It lets you transfer images from your camera to your phone via a compatible WiFi SD card.

The pictures were brilliant, sharp and most important of all, the lens she paired it with gave incredibly nice, smooth and creamy depth of field and bokeh!

That was the Olympus PEN E-PL5, ladies.

Fast forward 2 years later – practically every other blogger I meet at events are carrying the Olympus PEN camera, be it the E-PL5 or E-PL6 – I had no doubt that was the effect of Yina Goh’s fabulous photos as I saw for myself the queries she got at events and as well as on her blog/IG/ask.fm!

When it was time for me to change my camera, I spent countless nights comparing cameras. Good camera, no flip screen. I need it for my blogging. Flip screen, but lousy specs. And then suddenly someone asked if I’d considered the PEN E-PL7, when it’s released?

At that point of time, it wasn’t even on the market yet – there were just specs floating around, but after checking out what the E-PL7 offers, I was completely SOLD! It met ALL of my criteria for a new camera!

1. Flip screen (downwards instead of upwards for a more natural viewpoint)
2. In-built Wifi Function (no more wireless SD cards which suck up battery life!)
3. Semi-pro, micro four thirds format
4. You can change lenses for different types of situations
5. It isn’t too heavy (but of course, that also depends on the lenses you’re using)
6. Great in low light situations
7. Manually adjust functions and modes (P-mode, S, A, M)
8. IT LOOKS DAMN NICE.

So when it came out on pre-order, I immediately paid for one, and since the day I’ve gotten it, it’s been everywhere with me. To events, to weddings, birthdays, meet ups, and to plenty of holiday trips! It makes me regret not bringing a better camera to Norway for the Northern Lights!

Because that one camera has to be able to capture all the moments I want to remember by, and capture it well.

I can say that the Olympus cameras I’ve tried did it all, and more – You have no idea how much easier it was to take selfies with a flip screen, especially for a blogger!!

Me in Club Med Phuket with my Olympus E-PL7!

Me in Club Med Phuket with my Olympus E-PL7!

I’ve gotten a lot of comments on the camera since it was in my possession – I have random people I meet for the first time praising my choice of camera, people saying that my camera looks professional – even the random guy hawking BBQ-ed seafood at Tsukiji market pointed to my camera and said “Olympus! Ichiban!” : o

I was already advocating the Olympus E-PL7 before they approached us to be their ambassadors – and you know what? They only approached us because we were EXISTING users of Olympus cameras and because we love it so! And yes, we were more than happy to take on the roles because we do love, and recommend this camera to all our blogger friends!

It was in our plans to hold a workshop and share our knowledge about the Olympus cameras because we so often get questions about our cameras – like how to take pictures with a blurry background, how to adjust white balance, and I have to agree, for a person with no prior knowledge about cameras, you’ll find it hard to even begin on your research on buying one unless someone points you in the right direction!

The beauty of the internet and social media, is that you can see the results instantly and just ask them what cameras they are using. : p And that’s why we had a full turnout for our workshop held in conjunction with Olympus, for the ladies who are interested to know more about the Olympus PEN E-PL7, and how to use it / pair it with certain lenses for certain effects!

BFF Style with Olympus PEN Workshop

The event was held at Food For Thought, Botanic Gardens which had a great set up and such huge space for us!

The event was held at Food For Thought, Botanic Gardens which had a great set up and such huge space for us!

We were there to teach people what we do every other day – TAKE OOTDS, and SELFIES!

And since there's Yina Goh, there's also The Velvet Dolls! Yina brought down some of her new and unreleased pieces for her loyal TVD fans, and also to teach them how to grab that angle, as well as what lens to use with the camera to achieve a better depth of field (often mistakenly referred to as Bokeh instead)

And since there’s Yina Goh, there’s also The Velvet Dolls! Yina brought down some of her new and unreleased pieces for her loyal TVD fans, and also to teach them how to grab that angle, as well as what lens to use with the camera to achieve a better depth of field (often mistakenly referred to as Bokeh instead)

Yina and I with Chanel, one of TVD's resident models!

Yina and I with the gorgeous Chanel, one of TVD’s resident models!

And since we have fashion, how can we not have beauty too, since it’s such an integral part of our blogging lives?

Meet the beauties from MAC, which I so love! Can you guess which was the most popular shade? XD

Meet the beauties from MAC, which I so love! Can you guess which was the most popular shade? XD

We ran out to take a quick OOTD before the event began for our demonstration purposes : p

We ran out to take a quick OOTD before the event began for our demonstration purposes : p

And so the event commences!

And so the event commences!

It was a BFF event, so everyone came in a pair, and each pair of BFFs had one camera on the table for them to play with, to try and to get used to the camera!

It was a BFF event, so everyone came in a pair, and each pair of BFFs had one camera on the table for them to play with, to try and to get used to the camera!

I actually think that this was really important and I was happy that every one had one camera to play with – having hands on experience will greatly aid you when it comes to choosing a camera. How it fit in your hands, learning how to use the dials, seeing the flip screen in action and all!

They definitely wasted no time!

They definitely wasted no time!

So what happens after you’ve taken your dream photo? You upload it of course!

The built-in wifi means that I can ditch my Wifi SD-cards (just a year ago, they were the “in” thing!) as they do use up a significant amount of battery life too!

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Simply look for the “OI.Share” App on your Appstore (both Android Google Play & Apple Appstore) and download it!

You just need to link your camera to your phone once and for the other times, all you’ll have to do is simply fire up the app, and it will connect to your phone automatically!

Tip: If you’re on an existing Wifi network, you will need to manually select the camera’s wifi network before launching the app. 

This function has changed the blogging industry by quite a bit. We no longer have to wait till we “get home then send you the pictures”. Sometimes my phone automatically connects itself to Yina’s camera and her phone to my camera because we find it more convenient to download the images directly to our phones, rather than waiting for someone to send it over!

And you no longer have to take pictures with your phone for Instagram. It’s still quite instant if you manage to upload your picture and edit it in a flash! ; p

We also demonstrated how to download your images via the app, and shared some of our favorite apps for editing images at the workshop!

We also demonstrated how to download your images via the app, and shared some of our favorite apps for editing images at the workshop!

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 comes in 3 basic color models. I already found it super hard to choose between all 3 fabulous looking colors combos…

Screencap from my post back in 2014 as proof, hahaha!

Screencap from my post back in 2014 as proof, hahaha!

But wait, there’s more!

The PEN has always been about suiting your style – anyone remember the glass display boxes in Cineleisure?

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The Olympus Singapore showroom have always had a showcase of their selectively curated and compatible items for accessorising the the PEN – but now, they’ve launched the #MyPENMyStyle site – they’ve got a number of items you can choose and customize online (they will pack it all up, stick it nicely and send it to you!) when you purchase a PEN E-PL7 on Olympus Singapore’s website!

Now you can visualize the skins on your camera before buying it! THAT BLUE is such a pretty shade, isn't it?

Now you can visualize the skins on your camera before buying it! THAT BLUE is such a pretty shade, isn’t it?

Have you taken a look at the website, and drooled over how good looking your next camera purchase’s gonna be? Yes? Hehe.

We’re gonna give one of you
your DREAM CAMERA!

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All you need to do is:

  • Take a Selfie or OOTD (can be self-timed, or with your friends)
  • Upload it onto Instagram (if you account is private, we can’t see your posts!), and tell us what your favorite combination would be like!
    E.g. I love blue, and I think it’s gorgeous how the black Olympus E-PL7 looks with the Light Blue skin + adorable Navy Clover Strap! (or you could write something more interesting than that!)
  • Hashtag #OlympusXEvonnz #MyPENMyStyle

Best of luck, y’all! Hope I explained sufficiently about why I love this camera so! The contest will end on 19th August 2015 at 11:59pm, so you have 2 weeks from now to strike a pretty pose and upload away!

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And last but not least, I would like to thank all the beautiful ladies who came for the workshop and spent an afternoon while we babbled on! I hope you’ve all enjoyed yourselves like we did!

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And congrats to the 3 attentive ladies, who answered our seemingly difficult questions, and walked away with a Kandee Pouch with M.A.C lip loving items in it!

We had special gifts to give away to readers who

Packing MAC goodies in the Kandee pouches!

And for all who came, we hope you love the goodie bag by our beloved sponsors!

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Thank you so much,

Bioderma, Get Klarity x Graceous, Guerlain, Kandee Shoes, Salon Vim, Branche Singapore… and specially to L’Oreal Professional and Hada Labo, who were super generous and I’m sure all ladies are stoked to see your wonderful items in the goodie bag!

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And last but not least, Thank you, Olympus Singapore, for choosing us as your ambassadors and also having this workshop for us, to share about what we love!

I will be uploading another blogpost about the lenses I use with my E-PL7 soon. Stay tuned!

It's love. It's PEN. <3

It’s love. It’s PEN. <3

Join the discussion 5 Comments

  • Natasha says:

    Hi Evonne, love your posts! This one really makes me want to buy this camera, but I’m really a noob with cameras so hopefully it’s user friendly! Anyway, I live in Australia and the range of cameras here is really limited. Would I be able to buy this in store or do I have to order it online? (I will be passing through singapore next month) – thanks!

    • ling says:

      Natasha, I’m so sorry for the late reply! You can get this in stores, they have plenty in stock. You can also purchase it directly from Olympus’ office at Valley Point ; )

  • Xue Wei says:

    Hi Evonnz

    May I know when will the giveaway results be out? It’s been more than a month since the giveaway ended.

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