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The latest model adds several significant improvements over its predecessor, not least a revised shutter mechanism, a full control dial on the top plate and a 3:2 rear display. The shutter mechanism reduces the image shake that has blunted the appeal of previous models while the addition of a control dial should enhance the experience for users wanting to take control of the camera. The squarer display, meanwhile, is a better balance between the shape of the camera's stills and movie output - meaning more of the screen is used.
The Olympus E-PL7 is a compact, interchangeable lens camera with a modern twist. Built-in Wi-Fi and the upgraded OI.Share app let you control the camera remotely and post images instantly, while spectacular image quality, a selfie-centric touch screen interface and numerous creative tools make this the perfect choice for aspiring photographers.
When the LCD is tilted to the 180-degree position, the camera activates Selfie Mode. This sees a shutter-release button appear on the touchscreen, with a one-second delay to give you time to strike a pose. Selfie Interval Shooting Mode takes three shots at one-second intervals. If an electronic zoom lens is attached, Selfie Mode will also automatically adjust to the wide-angle position, to help take a shot incorporating the background.
Built-in Wi-Fi makes remote shooting and sharing selfies (or any other photos, for that matter) nice and simple. An updated OI.Share app can be used to set the self-timer or activate Selfie Interval Shooting, along with displaying Live View on the smartphone screen and controlling the camera from there.
Measuring 115 x 67 x 38 mm (4.5 x 2.6 x 1.5 in) and weighing 357 g (12.6 oz), the E-PL7 is one of the smaller mirrorless cameras, and should be easy to carry around, depending on which lens is attached. On that note, given the choice of compatible Micro Four Thirds Mount lenses, and the shooting versatility they offer, seeing the E-PL7 as a dedicated selfie machine arguably does it a disservice.
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 will be available from late September in black, silver or white for US$600 body-only, or $700 bundled with a 14-42-mm F3.5-F5.6 lens.
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