updated 05:41 am EDT, Thu August 28, 2014
Pen E-PL7 display flips 180 degrees, includes automatic selfie-optimized mode
The latest in the Olympus Pen Micro Four Thirds camera line has been revealed as a shooter that caters itself to selfie photography. The PEN E-PL7 features a 3-inch 1.04 million-dot touch-enabled display on the back capable of flipping 180 degrees downwards, an action which triggers a "Selfie Mode" that optimizes settings for self portraits.
The rest of the classically-designed E-PL7 is more conventional. Using a 16.05-megapixel CMOS sensor combined with the TruePic VII image processing engine, the camera has an 81-point fast autofocus system, an 8fps burst mode that drops to a respectable 3.7fps when autofocus is engaged, and the same three-axis image stabilization mechanism as used in the OM-D E-M10.
Boasting 14 art filters and 8 effects, including one that creates an older film effect for video and another using selective color hues, the E-PL7 also works with smartphones and tablets. Mobile devices can be connected to the camera over Wi-Fi using a QR code displayed on the monitor, with OI.Share allowing for remote control of the camera as well as the retrieval of images for social sharing, and adding GPS tags to images.
Olympus will be shipping the PEN E-PL7 next month, with the body alone priced at $600. A bundle including a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens will cost around $700.