Party – Olympus PEN E-PL7

Party – Olympus PEN E-PL7


Wrapping powerful photographic performance in an elegant leather skin, the E-PL7 uses a clever downward-opening monitor for the best party selfies ever. The compact, interchangeable-lens camera has a modern twist: the selfie-centric touch screen, Wi-Fi, and the OI.Share app that lets you control it remotely and post images instantly—with spectacular quality unmatched by smartphones.

The latest model in Olympus’s legendary PEN series only looks vintage. But it is designed to address the needs of thoroughly modern photographers—making it a perfect choice for special events as well as everyday moments. Its top-of-the-line TruePic VII image processor and 16.05-megapixel Live MOS sensor deliver high-resolution images with superior color reproduction. The result is remarkable photos, even in dim lighting.

Olympus calls the E-PL7 a camera for the smartphone user—and for good reason. The camera makes it easy to shoot and share your stories in brilliant detail. Its 180º downward flip-touch LCD and selfie-dedicated mode are perfect for capturing one-touch selfies with high image quality. The 3.0-inch, high-def LCD monitor automatically turns into a mirror display and activates into selfie mode when tilted downward in the 180º position. A shutter-release button then appears on the screen so you can perfectly frame the image, shoot one second after the button is touched, and capture beautiful selfies that could not have been taken with a smartphone.

Plus, selfie interval shooting mode is a fun way to capture images with a self-timer switching button that delivers three shots at one-second intervals, giving you and your friends time to strike different poses.

The E-PL7’s bundled flash helps you take sharp selfies even against nighttime backgrounds, and e-portrait mode can be activated with a single touch for more beautiful skin textures. In addition, the camera’s iAuto mode was enhanced with selfies in mind: Portrait settings have been added to common scene modes to automatically detect 42 types of scenes and optimize settings for the ideal image.

Want more creative options? The E-PL7 offers the new vintage and partial color art filters, bringing the total number of special effect filters to 14. Its “photo story” feature was also expanded to include layout mode for a photo-album-style arrangement. Plus, a new movie effect, “old film effect,” records video to look like old movies shot on film by adding noise, scratches and dust effects. And let’s not forget there are 15 high-quality lenses you can use with the E-PL7 to increase your photographic horizons, from wide angles and telephotos to macro lenses.

To share your photos, there’s built-in Wi-Fi that works with the Olympus Image Share app. Using the OI. Share app, you can quickly scan the QR code displayed on the camera’s LCD to sync a smartphone with the Wi-Fi network created by the camera. Then you can send selected images to the phone for immediate sharing on social media sites. You can even operate the custom self-timer for selfie interval shooting with the app, as well as record movies at customized lengths.

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 retails for $599.99 body only, in a choice of black or silver. For $699.99, it comes with the M.Zuiko Digital 14–42mm f/3.5–5.6 II R lens.