Olympus recently announced a new interchangeable lens camera. Check out what you can expect.
Along with the recent unveiling of the new M.Zuiko 8-25mm f/4 Pro lens, this new camera is leaping from the Olympus stables at the end of the month.
The original Olympus PEN was introduced in the 1950s, back when design was still considered important alongside functionality. The PEN E-P7 continues that legacy with both good-looking and functional design. This camera is aimed at photographers who don't want to carry a DSLR or larger mirrorless camera around, but want something that is easy to use, compact, stylish, and more versatile than smartphone cameras.
Not to be confused with the old E-PL7, the E-P7 carries across some advanced tech from the likes of the E-M1 Mark III, such as its 5-axis image stabilization, which is great for low-light and close-up shooting. It has both Bluetooth LE, so it will automatically upload images to the phone in your pocket or bag, and wireless for connecting with the Olympus Image Share app, which allows its operation remotely from your smartphone. It has USB charging too, negating the need to carry a separate charger.
One nice addition is a switch on the front that changes the image picture mode from color to black and white. As well as auto and scene modes, it still has Manual, Aperture, and Shutter priority, plus Program, Movie, and Bulb modes as you would find in a more advanced camera system, giving you full control over your images. It has a built-in level gauge to help you get your horizons straight and a pop-up flash as well as a hot shoe.
Measuring just 118.3mm (4.6 inches) wide, 68.5mm (2.7 inches) tall, and 38.1mm (1.5 inches) deep, it weighs only 337g (11.9 ounces) including the battery and memory card. But the PEN E-P7 is no lightweight when it comes to performance. Featuring the same 5-axis image stabilization as in the pro-end models, it also has a 4/3” 20.3 megapixel sensor and the same TruePic VIII processor as is in the OM-D E-M1 Mark II.
The camera includes Olympus' unique Live Time and Live Composite Modes too. Live Time allows you to watch a long exposure gradually build up on the screen, while Live Composite creates a single frame, just adding new light (e.g. lightning, light painting, car headlights, etc.) to the image as it appears.
The camera has 121 focus points, with face and eye detection and continuous autofocus with tracking. It is, of course, compatible with the full range of Micro Four Thirds lenses and buyers should look out for offers. Here in the UK, if bought on pre-order, the well-respected M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 lens comes with it for free.
Who Is the E-P7 For?
The small, light profile means the camera is aimed at travel photographers, party-goers, hikers, outing snappers, day cyclists, and anyone who wants to shoot better quality images than they can achieve with their phone. For vloggers and home movie-makers, it shoots 4K video and has a screen that hinges upwards and flips down.
Because of the advanced features, I can also envision experienced photographers owning one of these to carry in their pocket or bag for causal use when they are not using their main camera.
The camera is available in Europe and Asia and will be released in the USA at a later date.