Flipping it down switches the camera immediately to “selfie mode”, offering on-screen buttons to make the process of capturing that ideal picture of yourself all the more simple. Thanks to its fully twist-able screen, the latest PEN lets you look at yourself while you shoot.
Of course, that’s not to say the E-PL7 is a slouch in the hardware department. The 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor is the same you’ll find in the E-PL6, but the 3-axis stabilization is borrowed from the more capable OM-D E-M10, and the speedy 81-point AF system lets you shoot moving subjects at 3.5fps, with burst maxing out at 8fps for 20 RAW frames or unlimited JPEGs.
And the E-PL7 also moves the PEN line forward on the social front. It’s the first PEN camera to feature built-in Wi-Fi.
Additional features include updates to the Olympus Image Share app that let it take better advantage of remote shooting and all the E-PL7′s selfie capabilities, a couple of new Art Filters — “Vintage” and “Partial Color” — and some advances to the UI that will just make the camera overall more intuitive to use.
The PEN E-PL7 is set to arrive on store shelves in late September for $600 body only or $700 in a kit with the 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R lens.