With fun features such as a “selfie screen”, pared down controls and a user-friendly interface, the Olympus PEN E-PL7 is primarily aimed at point-and-shoot users. However, experienced photographers can find plenty of depth to keep their interest, with enough manual control to feel serious, and with the option of adding accessories such as an electronic viewfinder.
If you’ve seen the marketing for the latest Olympus PEN E-PL7, and are put off by its selfie screens and the like, then don’t be. It’s not all gimmickry, with style high on the agenda. The E-PL7 certainly is attractive and there’s more than just its looks on offer.
As the sixth model in the E-PL series, does the E-PL7 offer enough to keep it up to scratch compared to the entry-level compact system camera competition?
There is no mistake that the E-PL7 belongs to the PEN “Lite” range, but this sixth iteration is a step in the right direction towards the more luxury Olympus PEN E-P5, adopting the traditional rangefinder style with faux-leather body-finish (previous E-PL versions feature a smooth and therefore more slippery finish). The model in for review is the black and silver version, which looks lovely, but the camera is available in other colours too.