By no means would I consider myself an expert photographer, but as a travel blogger, it’s obviously important for me to capture the most eye-catching photos I can when describing a new destination to my readers.  Lackluster or blurry pictures aren’t going to cut it when I’m describing Annecy’s teal blue glacier lake, the view from my seaplane over the San Juan Islands or the most breathtaking snowy scenery in Banff.

So, What Type of Camera Do I Use?

One of the most frequent questions I get asked through this blog is, “What type of camera do you use?” My response is always the same:  “Which photo are you referring to?”  Even as a blogger (whose blog tries to showcase vibrant, exciting travel photos), I sometimes find myself sacrificing the quality of my photos for the sake of convenience.  Let’s be honest, it’s NOT convenient trekking around the temples of Angkor Wat dragging a big bulky SLR with multiple lenses around all day.  It’s circumstances like these where even I’m tempted to ditch my camera and simply shoot with my smartphone.  But, even though the cameras on smartphones have come a long way in recent years, there’s a way better option… enter the bridge camera.

You can get SLR quality photos without the bulk, weight and complication by using a bridge camera, a camera that “bridges the gap between an SLR and a simple point and shoot,” which I personally think is a MUCH  better option than your smartphone.  The vast majority of the photos you see on this website were shot using a bridge camera.   Truth be told, I’ve had a bridge camera for several years now, but have been in the market to purchase a new one with all the modern, updated bells and whistles.  So, when Olympus offered me the opportunity to try out their new PEN E-PL7, I was thrilled and jumped at the chance.


My initial thoughts on the Olympus PEN E-PL7?

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is really neat looking – it’s got a vintage appearance and a leather body.  Even with the 14-42mm II R lens attached to the camera body, it’s super small, compact and light – perfect for life on the go.

What kind of features does it have?

The camera may look vintage, but its features are definitely modern!  It has multiple interchangeable lenses options, built in wifi and social sharing technology so you can instantly post your photos to the internet, creative tools so you can edit your photos directly on the camera, and a flip touch screen interface which pops out 180° so you can take the perfect hi-res SELFIE (yes… you read that right)!


Okay, that’s all awesome, but how does it shoot?

A camera can have all the bells and whistles in the world, but if it doesn’t take great photos, who cares, right? I’m super impressed with the Olympus PEN E-PL7.  I think the photo quality is fantastic – crisp and clear.   All the photos in this post were taken with the camera using the attachable 14-42mm II R lens.


A couple weekends ago I wanted to get out and enjoy the beautiful early winter weather, so I headed to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia to a hike up to Amicalola Falls (and then rewarded myself with a wine tasting at Fainting Goat winery).  This was the PERFECT opportunity to try out my new camera.  I didn’t want to hike up the incline to the falls lugging my heavy SLR around my neck, but my smartphone probably wouldn’t have cut it to capture the waterfall’s movement.

To provide you with some additional insight, all the photos for this post, aside from the one of the camera itself, were taken on my first time using the camera while shooting on auto.  No fancy photography or travel blogging tricks here!  The photo of the camera was shot using my smartphone, quite the difference, no?


What features are most important to you when selecting a new camera?

*All photos, aside from the one of the camera itself, were shot by me using the Olympus PEN E-PL7 and M.ZUIKO14 – 42mm II R Black Lens.

Stay tuned for a post detailing all the camera equipment I use and recommend. Check out this post for the best vlogging cameras for YouTube

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