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The stylish new E-P7 proves Olympus is back!

Latest Micro Four-Thirds camera marks a new chapter for the iconic brand…

It’s fair to say Olympus has been on a rocky road of late and with the brand splitting from its parent company, many photographers were left wondering what was to come. Well, it looks like the answer is more cameras and the first of these is a new version of Olympus’ popular PEN camera.

The E-P7 is a specifications-heavy version of the lightweight mirrorless,which has always been popular with both Bloggers and street photographers, looking for a classy, discreet camera that is portable and affordable.

Like other cameras in the PEN series, the E-P7 retains that classic retro-chic styling offering details such as the aluminum front and rear dials. Make no mistake, this is a featherlike option, with the E-P7 body weighing in at just 337g. What’s more, when paired with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ standard zoom lens, the combo tips the scales at only 430g, which is way lighter than most DSLR lenses.

At the heart of the E-P7 is a TruePic VIII image processor paired with a 20-megapixel Live MOS sensor and the Micro Four-Thirds mount doubles the effective focal length of lenses (so a 50mm turns into 100mm). Also present is a 5-axis In Body Image Stabilisation system that offers up to 4.5-steps of compensation to keep shots sharp.

When it comes to autofocus, Olympus has added an advanced continuous Auto-focus and Face Priority/Eye Priority AF algorithm from the professional OM-D series models to automatically detect and continuous focus on eyes and faces, which should when shooting portraiture.

PEN cameras have also been big on in-camera creative options and the E-P7 includes a dedicated Profile Control dial on the front to instantly switch between standard photo modes to Colour, Monochrome or filter effect profiles. What’s more, it’s easy to set-up shots thanks to the tilting LCD, which also flips all the way down – useful for capturing self-portraits or shooting Vlog pieces to camera.

Talking of movie-making, the E-P7 is well-specced, offering 4K video that is stabilised thanks to that advanced IBIS system and stills and video content can be shared quickly thanks to in-built WiFi & Bluetooth that works with the OI.Share smartphone app. For those who like to shoot for extended periods, the E-P7 allows for USB charging so you could use a powerbank to recharge. Available from mid-June, the Olympus E-P7 will be available in two colour designs (black and silver).