Now in its sixth generation, this latest addition to your PEN ‘Lite’ family, the E-PL7, continues Olympus’s efforts to achieve out to those who appreciate small, more refined design of the E-PL7’s range finder style, instead of the intentionally chunkier and retro (D)SLR-styled OM-D cameras which have stolen the show at Olympus in recent years. This latest offering features the 16.1-million-pixel sensor which includes proved popular in the OM-D E-M5, but plus the sensor, the E-PL7 shares many of the features from the OM-D E-M10, minus a viewfinder and built-in flash.
At first glance, the E-PL7 could be mistakenly written off as all style and no substance, described by Olympus itself as being wrapped in ‘an elegant skin’, and also the very inclusion of its flip-out-and-under ‘selfie’ screen will undoubtedly turn fully off some photographers looking for a model aesthetically befitting a lover with an increase of severe activities. However, this digital camera is powered by the current top-of-the range TruePic VII image processor with fine Detail II technology for Olympus lens-specific advanced aberration and distortion corrections, suggesting that its looks may very well be deceiving.
In the absence of an EVF and pop-up flash, the E-PL7 gains a control dial over its predecessor, the E-PL6, which was only released in the UK come early july. There was also a hot footwear and accessory slot to enable photographers to use the optional pop-up flash offered in the box, along with other additional kit. Aside from the inclusion of a physical control dial and processing unit, other feature improvements over the past model include an 81-point contrast-detection AF system and a higher-resolution 3in, 1.04-million dot capacitive LCD screen that is effective at being found in the maximum place for taking the best selfies ever, according to Olympus.
There is a full complement of manual and standard automatic modes as well as 25 scene modes and 14 art filters. As seen on the Clear and responsive 3in, 1.04-million-dot touchscreen E-PL6, its sensitivity range covers ISO 200-25,600, but an ISO Low (approximately ISO 100) establishing in 1/3 or 1 EV steps is also available. For keeping up with fast-moving subjects, Olympus has made the E-PL7 capable of shooting at 8fps, while three-axis image stabilization will make it easier to fully capture steadier shots in low light as well as during video recording.