Just as autumn begins, Olympus announces a new iteration of its most popular camera: The Olympus Pen E-PL7. The Pen is a small system first introduced in 1959 by the Japanese imaging camera. The main features were portability and good image quality. In the digital era Olympus only first made a mark in 2009 with its digital Olympus Pen E-P1 – one of the first micro four thirds camera. After the success with the camera they quickly released updated versions and “lite” versions – that’s where the L in E-PL7 comes from. The Olympus Pen E-PL7 includes the following features:
- 16 Megapixels.
- ISO ranging from 200-25600.
- Micro four thirds mount (compatible with Panasonic and other mtf lenses).
- Compact design with a slight vintage touch.
- Articulated screen that can turn 180 degree for selfies – it’s a feature heavily advertised by Olympus.
- Wi-Fi for remote shooting and file transfer.
The Olympus Pen E-PL7 comes in 3 colours: Silver, White and Black. It comes as a standalone camera body or bundled with the 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. The lens has a neat feature that tucks its nose inside, so it’s more compact when not in use, but it looks much like a cheap point and shoot when you extend it. Olympus and Panasonic have produced a few pancake lenses that are great for most purposes which really complement the compact design well. If you like this camera for its vintage compact style, I recommend these lenses.
The sensor is image stabilized and the processor can achieve 8 frames per second. The still imaging frame rate is an impressive feature for such a user friendly camera. In terms of quality, Olympus hasn’t disappointed so far – small, light, sturdy cameras, the Olympus Pen E-PL7 falls into the same description. It lacks a built-in flash, but a very compact one can be purchased separately. The range of accessories is more than anyone could wish for. Besides the Olympus lenses, you can use a large variety of micro four thirds lenses from different manufacturers like Panasonic and Voigtlander. You can also mount basically any film camera lens onto it with dedicated adapters. The focus peaking (for manual focus accuracy) is a huge advantage as well. It’s lite, smart and now takes selfies. The Olympus Pen E-PL7 is a hot new camera for the fall.