Olympus PEN E-PL7 – the new selfie aware micro four thirds camera

Olympus E-PL7Olympus has announced the PEN E-PL7, refreshing its entry-level mirrorless line. The camera packs in all the usual things you’d expect as well as an LCD screen which can be angled to sit beneath the camera making it the perfect selfie machine for those looking to upgrade their narcissism from a mere smartphone.

The PEN E-PL7 is loaded with a 16MP CMOS sensor, 3-axis image stabilisation system, as well as 8 fps (frames per second) continuous shooting and built-in Wi-Fi.

It appears that Olympus has especially considered the self-portrait-obsessed masses and endowed the E-PL7 with an articulated 3-inch touchscreen LCD which is capable of flipping 180 degrees downwards.

The selfie mode is automatically enabled when the LCD screen is tipped all the way down to face forward. In this mode you get a pared-down UI that lets you tap the screen to focus and shoot quickly. By flipping downward instead of upward, the hotshoe and control dials don’t obscure the lower portion of the screen, and it’ll let you frame those important duck-face and new clothes shots perfectly.

To help you get those vanity shots on your socials easier the E-PL7 also has built-in Wi-Fi.

The Olympus Image Share app for iOS and Android also lets you remotely control the camera from a smartphone. You get manual exposure controls, a remote live view, and zoom capabilities when you’re using a powered zoom lens with the camera.

Back to more photographic facts and figures – the 16-megapixel Micro Four-Thirds sensor with ISO settings up to 25,600 can capture snaps in 12-bit RAW and RAW+JPG.

The new camera’s continuous-shooting speed clocks at a swift 8fps without AF enabled. That autofocus system has been beefed up quite a bit too. The E-PL7 has an 81-point contrast-detection system that offers more coverage than the 35-point system of the previous E-PL5 iteration.

All of this tech is squeezed into a 115 x 67 x 38mm body that only weighs 357g.

Price-wise, the new PEN E-PL7 will slip just under £500 for the body only when it hits the shelves at the end of September.