Olympus E-PL7 16MP Mirrorless Digital Camera
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 looks similar to its predecessor, but has many changes underneath. Beneath the retro styling is an entirely modern camera offering a compelling package for casual shooters seeking a Micro Four Thirds camera. While this camera has a satisfying heft when in-hand, the grip is a bit small and the controls could use some improvement (although they’re reasonably easy to use).
The E-PL7 uses the same sensor and image processor as the higher end OM-D E-M10, resulting in very good image quality. The camera uses a 16-megapixel sensor, with updates having been made to the autofocus system and imaging engine, resulting in reasonably quick autofocus. However, this camera isn’t particularly suited to capturing moving subjects on a regular basis. Video capture is another relative weakness of this camera, although it is perfectly adequate if you are not looking for professional-quality video.
The LCD flips down and tilts, and several new features have been included such as some very nice filter effects while the included WiFi capability uses a QR code to initiate connections, making the process quick and easy. While the lack of a viewfinder does suggest that the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is intended primarily for more casual shooters, it’s a good choice for seeking their first interchangeable lens camera, or an alternative to traditional advanced compact cameras. With some of the technology shared with the OM-D models, this camera is a more affordable and smaller alternative, while maintaining a stylish design and good performance overall.