Olympus E-PL7: Great Imaging Guts, Now With a Slick Selfie Redesign

By Mario Aguilar on at

Olympus interchangeable-lens cameras are some of the best out there, and that doesn't change with the new E-PL7. As with the E-PL5, you get amazing imaging tech inside. I just never expected a selfie-friendly LCD screen to be so well conceived—or to be the defining feature of a new camera from such a storied pedigree.

Many of the Olympus mirrorless cameras share guts, and the E-PL7 follows that trend. The E-PL7 inherits its 16-megapixel micro four thirds sensor andTruePic VII image processor from the dope OM-D line, and while the three-axis image stabilisation isn't the finest vibration control the company makes, it's way ahead of other cameras at this price point, letting you shoot at slow shutter speeds as if time didn't exist. In terms of basic shooting specs, though, not much has changed from the last generation of the camera, the E-PL5.

We're not used to being impressed by a camera's 180-degree tiling LCD designed for selfies. The feature has been making its way to every consumer camera out there. But it's actually really smart that the Olympus screen flips downwards. As the company points out, it leads to lower angle selfies that look more natural. Clever! Although, as the defining new trait of a camera, it's maybe disappointing.

The Olympus E-PL7 will be available for $600 (roughly £360) for the body alone or $700 (around £420) bundled with a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6.