Targeting a very specific niche, the E-PL7 has a quality 16.1-milllion-pixel, four thirds Live MOS sensor and an unconventional design feature that should see it stand out from the competition. But is it just a gimmick? Jon Devo finds out in this Olympus Pen E-PL7 Review
Olympus Pen E-PL7 Review – Verdict
The Olympus Pen E-PL7 is a repackaged Olympus OM-D E-M10, and for that reason alone it enters a lower end of the enthusiast market from a great vantage point. It is capable of producing some superb images and its video is respectable for a camera of its price, although it is limited to full HD movies at 29.97fps – even some smartphones are capable of 60p video. That said, I don’t expect people interested in the E-PL7 to be too concerned by its video limitations.
I want to like this camera more than Olympus’s marketing tactics have allowed me to. The Pen series has struggled in comparison to the OM-D line despite being fundamentally good cameras, and I feel as though the E-PL7 has what it takes to pick up the slack. However, by marketing it solely at an imaginary, shop-a-holic, smartphone-using, city-hopping female blogger, they’re doing it a disservice. This camera could and should have much wider appeal than Olympus is apparently aiming for.