The heart of the new E-PL7 is a 4/3 Live-MOS 16-Megapixel CMOS imaging sensor, TruePic VII processor, Micro Four Thirds lens mount, and a 3-axis image stabilization system built into the body. These are the same components that are found in the very popular E-M10, just in a slightly more compact body. It features classic styling with all of the great new features that Olympus has to offer.
The high-speed imager AF features 81 areas that cover the entire area of the frame, allowing you to easily focus on any part of the image. Face detection, Eye detection and AF tracking are all available, and in combination with the TruePic VII, the camera is able to capture up to 8fps in high-speed burst shooting mode.
Olympus provides one of the best lens selections for any compact mirrorless camera. The Micro Four Thirds lens mount keeps the camera compact and lightweight, and with an adapter, allows you to use any Four Thirds lens as well. With over 15 Micro Four Thirds lenses available from Olympus, you will be able to find a lens for any situation.
Above the camera is shown with the included M.Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R lens. This compact and lightweight lens provides a good zoom range for everyday photography. The lens locks into place for safe travel. Image Stabilization is built into the camera, which keeps the price of the lenses down.
For your low-light shooting situations, Olympus included a small external flash unit on the camera. This unit is very small and does not have its own power source, but charges itself from the camera's battery. While not incredibly powerful, it can come in handy if you keep the camera close to the subject. It is also used to control the camera's wireless flash capabilities when using one of Olympus's compatible external flash units.
Composing your images is accomplished with the 3.0-inch, 1,037,000 dot tilting LCD screen. This unique screen is spring-loaded in order to tilt a full 180° and clear the bottom of the camera. This allows the user to easily frame and capture "selfies" without having to shoot and hope that they come out. Adjustable levels of brightness allow the screen to be viewed easily in just about any lighting conditions.
Since this is a camera that has been designed for anyone to use, the top of the camera has been kept incredibly simple. From left to right you will find the Mode Dial, Shutter Release coupled by the command dial and then the power button. The command dial is used to select and change settings, which is easier than using the 4-way controller.
Controls on back: At the very top you will find the index and zoom buttons for control of your images in playback mode. In the bottom left corner of the thumb grip is the dedicated video recording button. Next is the Menu and Info buttons, followed by the 4-way controller, delete button and playback button. The 4-way controller allows you to navigate the camera menus as well as acting as a shortcut to the exposure compensation, flash, burst/self-timer and AF area settings.
On the right side of the camera you will find its input/output ports. On top is the high-speed USB 2.0 port, which allows you to copy images from the camera to your computer or connect directly to a photo printer. On the bottom is a HDMI output. With an optional HDMI cable, the camera can be connected to any HDTV to view your still images or HD movies.
The E-PL7 uses SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards to store its images. With the camera's terrific burst rates and Full 1080p HD video capabilities, we recommend using the fastest memory card you can, specifically with a UHS-1 rating for best results. The camera is shown here with the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1 8GB SDHC memory card that was used to test the camera.
Powering the E-PL7 is a 7.2V, 1210mAH rechargeable Li-Ion battery. Olympus claims the battery is enough to capture up to 350 images on a single charge, even while using the Image Stabilization system. Also included with the camera is portable charger shown above. This makes it easy to keep your battery, and a spare, charged and ready while on the go.