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The latest model in Olympus’s legendary PEN series wraps powerful photographic performance in an elegant skin. Leather and brushed metal accents draw inspiration from timeless Olympus designs, but features like ergonomic controls and a clever downward-opening monitor – for the best selfies ever – address the needs of thoroughly modern photographers.



The E-PL7 is a compact, interchangeable lens camera with a modern twist. Built-in Wi-Fi and the upgraded OI.Share app let you control the camera remotely and post images instantly, while spectacular image quality, a selfie-centric touch screen interface and numerous creative tools make this the perfect choice for aspiring photographers.



Can such a small camera handle 15 different lenses? It can when it’s the E-PL7. Build your system from an impressive assortment of M.Zuiko Micro Four Thirds fast primes, wide-angle and telephoto zooms, and macros, all with the unmatched digital-specific optics and premium build quality that set Olympus glass apart.


Genuine leather body jackets and lens covers. An add-on electronic viewfinder. A variety of external flashes (most with wireless remote control). A compact underwater housing compatible with five M.Zuiko wide-angle and macro lenses. Add style and functionality to your E-PL7 with a wide array of premium accessories.

Lens cap fits with the optional
M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ lens.



The same advanced core image processing technology – 16MP Live MOS CMOS sensor, TruePic VII™ image processor and in-body three-axis image stabilization – found in Olympus’ critically acclaimed OM-D E-M10 lives inside the E-PL7. Every nuance of your subjects will be captured at a level of detail that will astound you.



Life moves fast – but the E-PL7 is faster. Its lightning-quick autofocus system facilitates high-speed sequential shooting – up to 8 frames per second. The 81-point AF grid covers the entire frame so you can zero in on any area. Improved AF tracking makes panning on a moving subject easier than ever, and Focus Peaking improves your accuracy in manual focus mode.


A Smarter Connection

Turn your smartphone into a photographic accessory with the E-PL7. Its built-in WiFi allows you to control the camera remotely, which is great for selfies, tripod shooting and – new to the E-PL7 – video recording. The camera’s unique QR code lets you instantly connect your smart device and camera using the newly improved OI.Share app.
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The E-PL7’s array of fun and inventive in-camera creative tools includes 14 Art Filters (new: Vintage and Partial Color options), 7 Art Effects (new: Shade Effect), 5 Photo Story layouts and built-in HDR. Photo & Movie Capture lets you shoot full-res stills and HD video simultaneously, while the new Old Film Effect adds scratches and dust marks to give your videos a vintage look.


Product Type

Product type

Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera


SD Memory Card*1 (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible, Eye-Fi Card compatible*2 )


*1: Class 6 or higher is recommended for Movie shooting.


*2: Not compatible with Endless Memory.

Screen size

17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)

Lens mount

Micro Four Thirds Mount

Image Pickup

Product type

4/3 Live MOS Sensor

Number of pixels / Aspect ratio

Number of effective pixels : Approx. 16.1 million pixels


Total number of pixels : Approx. 17.2 million pixels


Aspect ratio : 1.33 (4:3)

Dust reduction

Supersonic Wave Filter (image sensor dust reduction system)

Recording (Still)

Recording format

DCF, DPOF compatible / Exif, PRINT Image Matching III, MPO compatible

File format

RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO(3D still)

Recording image size

[RAW] 4608 x 3456 pixels


[JPEG] 4608 x 3456 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels

File size

RAW: 4608(H)x3456(V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 17MB


Set1(LF): 4608(H)x3456(V) (1/4 compressed) Approx. 7.5MB


Set2(LN): 4608(H)x3456(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 3.5MB


Set3(MN): 3200(H)x2400(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.7MB


Set4(SN): 1280(H)x960(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.4MB

Image Stabilization System


Built-in (Image sensor shift type for movie & still, 3-axis* image stabilization) *yaw/pitch/roll


4 modes (S-I.S.AUTO, S-I.S.1, S-I.S.2, S-I.S.3), OFF

IS for Live View image

Available (by half-pressing the shutter button or enlarging operation)

Focal length setting


Available manual focal length setting

Input focal length : 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000

Stabilization performance

3.5 EV*


*Based on CIPA measurement conditions.


When using M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ (focal length =42mm (35mm equivalent with 84mm))

Lens IS priority


Shutter speed range

60 - 1/4000 sec. (Not available when Bulb or Time is selected.)




AF system

High-speed imager AF

Focus mode

Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF)* / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR) *


*C-AF and AF tracking are not available with non-mFTS lenses. It works as S-AF in C-AF mode.

Full-time AF


Magnified frame AF

Selectable from over 800 AF points


Magnification x5, x7, x10(Default), x14 selectable


Super Spot AF: Selectable from center of enlarge view(0.02% - 0.16% in view image)


Enlarged view focus point check by magnify button*


*: Available with old lenses without data communication

Face detection AF / Eye detection AF

Available / Available


Eye Detection AF mode : Off / Nearer-eye priority / Right-eye priority / Left-eye priority

Focusing point / Focusing point selection mode

81-area multiple AF
/ All target, Group target area (9-area), Single target,(normal) Single target(small)

Peaking function

Available on Fn button or Manual Focus


Type : White edge, Black edge

AF illuminator


Manual focus assist * Customize function

Focus ring rotation activates Live View image magnification and/or focus peaking. (when in S-AF+MF or MF mode)


Shutter type

Electronic focal-plane shutter

Shutter speed

1/4000 - 60 sec., with selectable EV adjustment steps (1/3, 1/2, 1)


Bulb/Time: selectable exposure time (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min.), with 8-min. default setting

Exposure Control (Still)

Metering system
(TTL Image sensor metering)

Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), Center weighted average metering, Spot metering, Spot metering with highlight control, Spot metering with shadow control

Metering range

EV -2 - 20 (using 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)

Exposure mode

*0 - 20 EV when the frame ratio is set at high speed.

Scene select AE

iAuto, P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed), A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter priority AE, M: Manual, Bulb, Time, Scene select AE, Art Filter,


Underwater wide / macro* , My Set


*Selectable from menu as a function on Fn button


*My set can be set to mode dial function


Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Hand-held Starlight*1, Night scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye Conv., Wide Conv., Macro Conv.,Panning, 3D*2,


*1 8 images automatically shot and combined into a single image composite


*2 For 3D lens(H-FT012 by Panasonic) only, still photo only

ISO sensitivity

AUTO ISO : LOW(approx. 100) ‐25600 (customizable, Default: LOW-1600)


Manual ISO : LOW(approx.100), 200 - 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable

Exposure compensation

Still photo ±5 EV, movie ±3 EV, with selectable EV adjustment steps (1/3, 1/2, 1)


*Movie shooting, monitor and EVF displays only up to ±3 EV.

AE lock

Locks at 1st release of shutter button (can be set to Fn1/Rec button)

White Balance

White balance mode

Auto WB, 7 Preset WBs, 4 Capture WBs, Custom WB(Kelvin setting)

White balance compensation

±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis * Except for Custom WB

Preset white balance

7 preset WBs (3000K - 7500K):


Sunny (5300K), Shadow (7500K), Cloudy (6000K), Incandescent (3000K), Fluorescent (4000K), Underwater, WB Flash (5500K)

Color Mode

Color matrix

sRGB, Adobe RGB

Picture Mode


i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, e Portrait, Art Filters


Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key (except Art Filters)


Sequential shooting maximum speed

Sequential shooting H mode: Approx 8.0 fps (Focus and exposure are fixed at the values for the first shot)


Sequential shooting L mode: Approx 3.7 fps (When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-6.3 EZ)

Max. recordable pictures

RAW: Max. 20 frames (in 3.7 seq. shooting L) Max. 16 frames (in 8 seq. shooting H)

on sequential shooting *

JPEG: Max. ∞ frames (in 3.7 seq. shooting L) Max. 36 frames (in 8 seq. shooting H)


* When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ




Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec., custom (Wait time: 1-30sec., Shot interval: 0.5/1/2/3sec., Number of shots: 1-10, Every time AF: ON/OFF)



Wi-Fi Function

GPS info. Function

Available (by using Smartphone GPS data)

Wireless Shooting

Live View, Rec View, Wireless Touch AF shutter*, Self Timer (w/Countdown guidance, Sequential shooting, Short movie recording capability), Wireless Release, Power Off


*Selectable from iAuto / ART / PASM (Live Bulb, Live Time)


*Control settings for aperture, shutter speed, exposure, ISO sensitivity, white balance and Drive Mode.

Image Share

File Type: JPEG*, MOV


Connect to up to 4 devices simultaneously. Marking function for image share.


*Excluding MPO file.

Easy Connection

QR code setting


Monitor type

3.0-inch tilting monitor*


*Approx.1037k dots (3:2), electrostatic capacitance type touch panel

Touch control

Shutter release, Enlargement, AF area selection, AF area size adjustment, Frame forward/backward, Enlargement playback, Live Guide, Super Control Panel, Art Filter selection, Scene mode selection, Wi-Fi connection, Selfie shutter release

Tilting angle

Upward tilting angle: up to 80 degrees


Downward tilting angle: up to 180 degrees

Brightness / Color temperature control

±7 levels / ±7 levels

Color tone select

Vivid / Natural

Live View

Live View

Approx. 100% field of view,


Exposure compensation preview, WB adjustment preview,


Gradation auto preview, Face detection preview (up to 8 faces),


Grid line, Magnification display (x5/x7/x10/x14),


Display modes: Standard, Histogram, Highlight & shadow, Level Gauge, Off (Image Only)


Live Preview can be assigned to a custom preset button


*push once to activate and deactivate




Exposure bracketing

2, 3 or 5 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 0.3/0.7EV steps selectable


*AE-BKT can be programmed to the Fn-button.

ISO bracketing

3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable

White balance bracketing

3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.

Flash bracketing

3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV step selectable

Art Filter bracketing

i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters selectable

HDR function

HDR(Auto composite)

HDR1, HDR2 (painting-like)


※ISO sensitivity is fixed at 200, and maximum shutter speed setting is 1 sec.


※4 images automatically shot at different exposures and combined into a single high dynamic range image composite.

Bracketing for HDR post process

3 or 5 frames in 2.0/3.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 2.0EV steps selectable.


*This function does not execute HDR processing.


*HDR function can be programmed to the Fn-button.

Live Bulb / Live Time

Update interval time

0.5 sec - 60 sec

Live Composite

Update interval time / composite method

0.5 sec - 60 sec / Lighten Mode (Bright area prioritization)

Interval Mode

Interval Mode

Creates time-lapse movie automatically

Multi Exposure

Number of picture / Function

2 frames / Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture(RAW)

Multi Aspect

Aspect Ratio

4:3(Default) / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 3:4

Art Filter

Mode (Variation / Effect)

Pop Art (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.f.)


Soft Focus ( - / c.e.)


Pale & Light Color (I, II / a.b.c.d.f.)


Light Tone ( - / d.f.)


Grainy Film (I, II / b.c.d.g.h)


Pin Hole (I, II, III / d.)


Diorama ( - / d.)


Cross Process (I, II / b.c.d.f.)


Gentle Sepia ( - / a.b.c.d.f.)


Dramatic Tone (I / b.c.d.e.f.) (II/ b.c.d.e.f.g.h)


Key Line (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.)


WaterColor(I, II / a.b.c.d.)


Vintage (I, II, III / a.b.c.d.e.f.i)


Partial Color(I, II, III / a.b.c.d.e.f)

Art Effect

a. Soft Focus Effect


b. Pin-Hole Effect


c. White Edge Effect


d. Frame Effect


e. Star Light Effect


f. Blur Effect (Top & bottom, Left & Right)


g. B&W Effect (Yellow, Orange, Red, Green)


h. Pict. Tone (Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green)


i. Shade Effect (Top & bottom, Left & Right)

Color Ring (for partial color)

18 color selectable

Live Guide

Setting Menu

Color Saturation / Color Image / Brightness / Blur Background / Express Motions / Shooting Tips


Multiple Effects can be used simultaneously


Type (Variation / Frame / Number of divided

Standard Ⅰ,Ⅱ,Ⅲ,Ⅳ/ a,b,c,d,e/A,B,C,D


Fun Frame Ⅰ,Ⅱ,Ⅲ /-/--


Speed ( -/ - /AEF


Zoom in / out Ⅰ,Ⅱ/a, c / A, G)


Layout Ⅰ,Ⅱ,Ⅲ,Ⅳ/ / -

Frame Effect

a. White Frame


b. White Frame & White Edge Effect


c. Black Frame


d. White Frame & Pin Hole Effect

Aspect & Window Pattern

A. 4:3, 2 frames


B. 4:3, 3 frames


C. 1:1. 2 frames


D. 1:1, 3 frames


E. 1:1, 4 frames


F. 16:9. 5 frames


G. 16:9, 2 frames

Level Gauge



One push Tele-converter






Recording format

MOV (MPEG-4AVC/H.264), AVI (Motion JPEG)

Movie Mode



Full HD: 1920(H)x1080(V), 30p (29.97fps) Recording


24Mbps (Fine) / 16Mbps (Normal): Aspect 16:9


HD: 1280(H)x720(V), 30p (29.97fps) Recording


12Mbps (Fine) / 8Mbps(Normal): Aspect 16:9”


AVI Motion JPEG:


HD: 1280(H) x 720(V), 30fps*, Aspect 16:9


SD: 640(H) x 480(V), 30fps*, Aspect 4:3


*Excluding some Art Filters

Maximum Recording Time



Full HD: Approx. 29min (Normal) / Approx. 22min (Fine)


HD: Approx. 29min (Normal) / Approx. 29min (Fine)




HD : Approx. 7min*


SD : Approx. 14min*


*Excluding some Art Filters

Movie Function

Movie Effect : One-shot echo / Multi-echo / Art Fade / Old Film


Art Filter Movie, Aperture-prioritized Movie, Shutter Speed-Prioritized Movie, Manually Shot Movie

One-push Movie Digital Converter

×4* Available on Movie effect mode

Time Lapse Movie

Available AVI Motion JPEG1280×720,10fps)

Image Stabilization for Movie

M-IS (Image sensor shift and electronic image stabilizer with multi motion IS), Off

AE Lock


Exposure control (Movie)

P: Program AE, A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter speed priority AE, M: Manual, Art Filter


* S mode and M mode : Shutter speed is limited in less than 1/30 sec

Compression ratio

Motion-JPEG Format : 1/12(HD), 1/8(SD)

File size

MOV Format : Max 4GB

Recording (Sound)

Recording format

Wave Format (Stereo linear PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48kHz)



Microphone function

Wind noise reduction, Recording volume, Microphone volume limiter


Audio dubbing possible for still pictures (up to 30 sec.)

Maximum Recording Time

Picture with Sound: 30sec.


Movie: depends on Movie Recording Time



Wireless Flash Control

Compatible external flash

FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R, FL600R

Control method

Triggered and controlled by bundled flash FL-LM1


(Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible)

External Flash intensity type

TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL


4 channels

Group No.

4 groups (External flash 3 groups + commander flash*)


*FL-LM1 / FL-600R


Playback mode

Single-frame, Information display, Index display (4/9/25/100 frames), Calendar, Enlargement (2x - 14x), Movie (with sound, FF/REW/Pause), Picture rotation (auto), Slideshow (with sound including BGM, Slide show effects, replaceable BGM), Light Box display

Information display

Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, OFF



34 languages selectable :


English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai

Reset & custom setting

My set

4 settings recordable / Available to set to mode dial.

Image Editing

Editing function

RAW data edit, Gradation auto, Monochrome, Sepia, Red-eye fix, Saturation, Resize (1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), Trimming, Aspect, e-Portrait, Image Overlay, Postrecording

RAW data edit

RAW data edit based on settings of the camera (including e-Portrat, Color Creator, Art Filter, ART-BKT).


2 programmable settings, preview capability.


Print function

Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)


USB/AV/Remote controller connector

Dedicated multi-connector [USB: USB2.0 Hi-Speed, Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 compatible.]

HDMI connector

Micro HDMI Type-D)

Flash attachment

Hot shoe

Accessory Port 2

Dedicated multi-connector [Available for VF-2/VF-3/VF-4, SEMA-1, MAL-1 and PP-1.]

Wireless LAN

Built-in IEEE 802.11b/g/n

PC interface

USB2.0 Hi-Speed

TV interface

HDMI (HD/Stereo Sound), conventional video-out (SD/Mono Sound)

Power Requirements


BLS-50 Li-ion battery (included) or BLS-5 Li-ion battery

Sleep mode

Available (1/3/5 min. off)

Number of recordable pictures

Approx. 350 shots (IS ON)

Dimensions / Weight


114.9mm W x 67mm H x 38.4mm D


4.5"w x 2.6"h x 1.5"d


[body only]


Approx. 357g [CIPA guideline compliant, with BLS-50 battery and Memory card]


Approx. 309g


10.9 ounces [without batttery and card]


[body only]

Operating Environment


0 ~ +40℃ (operation) / -20 ~ +60℃ (storage)


30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)

Box contents

Box contents

Body, Flash FL-LM1, Li-ion battery BLS-50, Li-ion battery charger BCS-5, USB cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Viewer 3 (CD-ROM), Instruction manual, Warranty card



E-PL7 Standard Kit

with M.Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ

The E-PL7 one lens kit includes everything you’ll need right out of the box to start shooting away. The included M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ lens provides an extremely portable 3X Electronic Zoom lens that will complement the compact design of the E-PL7. The Electronic Retraction feature automatically extends and retracts the lens when the camera is powered on/off. And the two-step variable Electronic Zoom mechanism delivers smooth consistent zooming control especially desirable when shooting HD movies.


Available Colors: Silver Black

E-PL7 Standard Kit

with M.Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R

The E-PL7 one lens kit includes everything you'll need right out of the box to start shooting away. The included M.Zuicko 14-42mm II R lens embodies high quality optics comprised of 8 elements in three groups included 3 Aspherical elements, and its collapsible compact and lightweight design perfectly complements the E-PL7 body.


Available Colors: Silver Black

E-PL7 Body Only

Available in Black or Silver, the PEN E-PL7 body is the perfect choice for the shooter who has already started a collection of Micro Four Thirds lenses or wants to custom build their own PEN system.


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Available Colors: Silver Black

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Customer Reviews of the PEN E-PL7

September 29, 2015


A beauty

My black PL-7 with the black 14-42 EZ pancake, black automatic lens hood, a brown leather half case with matching brown wrist strap is a very beautiful compact camera, which is not going to scare of the objects of your photographic passion. you rather going to face the challenges that people want have a closer look.
The only thing you are going to miss is a view finder - I have a VF-4 but this makes the camera much less compact - So maybe not the best camera for bright sunlight....

August 13, 2015


Loving for the WiFi

I have always had Olympus cameras since I bought my first camera when I was 11. This camera does not disappoint. I am loving this for its WiFi feature which makes it so easy to transfer photos. It takes great photos in most lighting situations, haven't used the flash attachment yet. Amazing photo quality and a lot of manual controls/ features for getting just the right settings. Super!

July 09, 2015


Great Camera to start with

After having this camera for the last 6 months I am upgrading to the Olympus OMD e-m5 ii. I have been so impressed with the shots that my Olympus e-pl7 has done and I have converted at least 100 people around me with the absolute great pictures it takes so effortlessly.

I would recommend this as a starting camera if you want to give Olympus a try. The lenses are all able to be used with the higher versions of the camera's.

The only reason I docked the camera is for the wifi connectivity with my cell phone. I couldn't get good connections without scanning it every time. I am not sure if it is my phone or not and I will see if the camera needs an update. All in all still a very good camera.

July 06, 2015


Old Photographer, New Camera

I've been a photographer for decades. As I grow older my cameras grow lighter. This Pen E-PL7 looked fun and interesting. Some of the controls are small and hard to read. But the camera is relatively fast and accurate. The weight is nice. I use off camera flash most of the time and this camera works well that way. There is more to learn, but it's fun. Love the prime lenses!

June 02, 2015


First time Photographer

I Have been Looking for a camera for first time Photographers. I came across the the Pen E-PL7 and had a good review for people who want to just start / learn photography. I have a friend the has a different model and say's he loves his camera as well take's it every where he goes. I have now had mine for a month and love it! I have been very happy with the quality of photo's it has taken. The touch screen it easy to use and I so far have no problem navigating it to get the results I want. I purchased the kit (body and lens). Thank you Olympus for a great Camera and I would do it again if I had too!

April 03, 2015


Best PEN Lite to date!

The E-PL7 builds on the previous PEN models. I currently own two E-PM1s and one E-PM2. I enjoy carrying a Mini when I'm out with friends and the E-M5 or E-M1 would be too large to fit in a small bag or to hang from my wrist. The E-PL7 gives me the same ease portability, with an articulating screen, onboard Wifi, and more advanced image processing features. The E-PL7 brings the TruPic 7 image processor, which gives you access to many of the same features as the E-M10 or E-M1. My favorites being Live Composite and Partial Color. The 3-axis image stabilization is noticeably better than previous image stabilization features in the Mini and Lite models.

In several days of shooting (a few hundred frames) I haven't encountered an instance of "shutter shock." The improved shutter seems to have eliminated that particular issue.

A nice touch is that the VF-4 evf will automatically switch to the evf when you bring it to your eye, unlike on the previous PEN Lite and Mini.

The design of the E-PL7 has more retro touches than the previous PEN Lites, and is a very stylish camera in the silver and black model, especially when it's sporting the 17mm/f1.8.

The buttons give adequate tactile feedback. The mode dial has good resistance, and the finely knurled surface gives secure purchase to a fingertip. I like the control dial moving from the back to the top when shooting with the evf. Another nice touch is the tripod socket is aligned with sensor axis, though it isn't aligned with the focal plane.

The front and rear grips give adequate support with normal zooms.

The LCD is gorgeous, and the tilt mechanism feels sturdy. I like the 3:2 aspect of the screen, which means screen protectors designed for the OM-D series will fit the E-PL7.

The E-PL7 is an affordable ILC in a classic rangefinder style with both fun features and some advanced capabilities found in the OM-D series. Best PEN Lite to date.

January 13, 2015


A very good camera

It's hard to summarize a whole camera in a few paragraphs, so I'll just start with the conclusion that this is not an exciting product for many, but it is still a great one that does things my E-M1 cannot.

I picked this camera up after using my E-M1 for as much as I could, but found that I needed a secondary body that was more portable when the situation wasn't as demanding. Also with a set of small primes mostly collecting dust after getting the 12-40mm pro zoom, I really wanted a smaller body to really take advantage of those lenses, and not a higher end point and shoot.

I also firmly wanted in-body-image-stabilization, so that led me to the Olympus PEN line. At first the E-P5 seemed to be the thing, since it shares the same battery and IBIS with the E-M1 and E-M5, but I dismissed it because of one big thing.

Group selfies.

Seriously, as a photographer, I find that no matter my gear and skill, I never seem to get into any of my pictures with my family, and it's really quite sad. It's like I don't exist in any of the albums we have. It's like being the world's best barber being unable to cut his own hair. The E-PL7 gave me that, and all the new stuff like WiFi geo-tagging with my phone. I seriously hope the next OMDs come with the same level of screen articulation and software functions to do a bit of selfie taking. The E-PL5’s implementation isn’t quite as refined, so I passed on that camera as well.

So I love this new capability that I have now. Camera is a lot smaller, friendlier to camera adverse people, looks classy, works and feels great (the body is part metallic construction). The functions on this camera are quite extensive, and not at all crippled like some other brands where they often over-simplify on models like this. So I haven’t lost much power or control over my E-M1, just some speed.

It’s much more fun to shoot now, as I don’t feel the same level of seriousness and pressure I get from the E-M1. Selfies sure sound really uncool, but I don’t care--it’s fun, and that’s mainly why I love photography. E-PL7 helps me in that regard, and more. It’s a great camera in my eyes.

P.S. You can disable that video button (red dot button) if you keep accidentally hitting it with your thumb. Hasn’t happened to me yet, but I’ve heard some concerns about it.

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