IT ONLY LOOKS VINTAGE!
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.SEE FULL SPECS
CONNECT THE SHOTS
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.EXPLORE FEATURES
SO MANY LENSES. SO LITTLE TIME.
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.
CONNECT. CAPTURE. CREATE.
WiFi & OI.Share
Capturing Family Memories
See Why Bloggers Love the E-PL7
DANGER: SHARP IMAGES AHEAD
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.LEARN MORE
AUTOFOCUS THAT’S FAST AND FLEXIBLE
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.LEARN MORE
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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LICENSE TO CREATE
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.
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.
17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Micro Four Thirds Mount
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)
Supersonic Wave Filter (image sensor dust reduction system)
DCF, DPOF compatible / Exif, PRINT Image Matching III, MPO compatible
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
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
*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.)
AUTOFOCUS THAT’S FAST AND FLEXIBLE
High-speed imager AF
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.
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)
Available on Fn button or Manual Focus
Type : White edge, Black edge
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)
Electronic focal-plane shutter
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)
(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
EV -2 - 20 (using 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
*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
AUTO ISO : LOW(approx. 100) ‐25600 (customizable, Default: LOW-1600)
Manual ISO : LOW(approx.100), 200 - 25600, 1/3 or 1 EV steps selectable
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.
Locks at 1st release of shutter button (can be set to Fn1/Rec button)
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)
sRGB, Adobe RGB
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
* With TOSHIBA SDHC UHS-I R95/W90 EXCERIA
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)
A SMARTER CONNECTION
GPS info. Function
Available (by using Smartphone GPS data)
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.
File Type: JPEG*, MOV
Connect to up to 4 devices simultaneously. Marking function for image share.
*Excluding MPO file.
QR code setting
3.0-inch tilting monitor*
*Approx.1037k dots (3:2), electrostatic capacitance type touch panel
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
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
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
LICENSE TO CREATE
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.
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.
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
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
Update interval time / composite method
0.5 sec - 60 sec / Lighten Mode (Bright area prioritization)
Creates time-lapse movie automatically
Number of picture / Function
2 frames / Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture(RAW)
4:3(Default) / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 3:4
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)
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
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/ / -
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
One push Tele-converter
MOV (MPEG-4AVC/H.264), AVI (Motion JPEG)
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 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
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
Motion-JPEG Format : 1/12(HD), 1/8(SD)
MOV Format : Max 4GB
Wave Format (Stereo linear PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48kHz)
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
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 groups (External flash 3 groups + commander flash*)
*FL-LM1 / FL-600R
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
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
4 settings recordable / Available to set to mode dial.
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 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.]
Micro HDMI Type-D)
Accessory Port 2
Dedicated multi-connector [Available for VF-2/VF-3/VF-4, SEMA-1, MAL-1 and PP-1.]
Built-in IEEE 802.11b/g/n
HDMI (HD/Stereo Sound), conventional video-out (SD/Mono Sound)
BLS-50 Li-ion battery (included) or BLS-5 Li-ion battery
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
Approx. 357g [CIPA guideline compliant, with BLS-50 battery and Memory card]
10.9 ounces [without batttery and card]
0 ~ +40℃ (operation) / -20 ~ +60℃ (storage)
30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
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.
- Olympus PEN E-PL7 camera body
- M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ
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.
- Olympus PEN E-PL7 camera body
- M.Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R lens
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Customer Reviews of the PEN E-PL7
September 29, 2015
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.
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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