robbo2: The optics and processing software look great. My question is will these new smartphones allow transfer of digital camera images through Wifi and/or NFC or is Microsoft assuming that the image quality is so good with the phone itself so that xfer of digital camera images is unnecessary?
I have an Olympus M43 camera and found an app in the Windows store that allows me to control the camera with my phone. Works perfectly on my 1520
caravan: Selfie screen and Zoom lens.
Ha! Well in that case I won't buy one because I take awful selfies.
You realize that it is an interchangeable lens camera right? And you aren't required to take selfies with it.
Interesting little camera. Almost makes the GM1 obsolete. Not sure why anyone would get the GM! over this camera. It never ceases to amaze me how many people get really angry when a new camera is introduced into the market. Relax people, Panasonic didn't introduce this model to upset you. Why you mad?
wine540: I respectfully disagree. I too have an unhealthy knowledge of Olympus menus having survived ownership of the an OM-D EM-5 and P5. Customizing this camera is child's play for me. I've used it for birding trips, scenics and casual Grandpa photography. What concerns me is that the sensor behaves as well or better than the EM-1. It is so easy to use and carry around. Pictures using the unlikely combination of camera+ Pany/Leica 25 mm are scary good. As a second camera of a MFT system user this is the best PEN yet!
The menu points are well taken. I am fairly familiar with the Oly menu but find myself frustrated on occasion just trying to find particular thing and not knowing exactly where to dive in on the hugely expansive menu. Mostly it's not an issue because much of it is "set it and forget it."
uzevla: Great DOA camera. Seems Olympus marketing is detached from the market. Great if they can go the Fuji way but I believe they'll fail.
They needed to observe what Sony is doing and offer E-PM2 with just two improvements: Usable LCD. Certainly has to be tiltable because of the market but I wouldn't mind as long as it's bright 3:2 LCD (won't ask for more but would love to see 4:3 huge LCD . Beside that, E-PM2 needed EV compensation during video. So, that's two things and nothing more. A 300$ camera.Or, make it 450$ with bundled PZ lens as obviously, people buy sony happily even with that horrible lens.
Could even reduce the price by supplying weaker and smaller flash. Nobody cares about that anyway. I do but we are talking marketing and people are obviously buying that crap from sony that can't lit up 10ft at maximum output.
Expensive compact w/o EVF needs justification; here, neither it's lens, nor video nor sensor. AF performance is matched by others for long time. Olympus colors ?
It'll always be more of a niche camera than the EM10 or EM5. I bought it because I wanted a better viewfinder than the EM10 and wanted the ability to remove the viewfinder when I didn't want to shoot with one. Paired with the VF4 it's brilliant.
Ben O Connor: I HATE ADD ON FLASHES !
So hard to make it built in ? At least you can make it wireless capable, That It would deserves t carry with it !
Doesn't bother me because when I'm doing off camera flash trigger the LCD is way bright enough to see. Usually on a tripod in those circumstances as well. Really, when flash is required the LCD gives a bright clear view.
princecody: In reality this camera is aimed @ women in my opinion. Its small & marketed with the infamous selfie mode. In addition this is better than the Sony M3 (which is also $100 more) with its keen ability to change lenses, faster focus, & bigger sensor, & great JPEG output. On 2nd thought this would be a great point & shoot camera for random shots.
You are correct sir. I can't tell you how many women I attract while wearing this camera! Best fashion accessory I've ever bought.
princecody: Does it have silent shutter mode?
clip on flash can trigger external flash. Also, you can put a radio flash trigger on the hot shoe to trigger external flash.
fx3000se: ignoring video capabilities, can the e pl7 compete in any way with the a) sony rx100m3b) pana lx100
The stabilization system during video shooting is astonishing. Can't believe how well it does. Great for hand held panning.
LucasO: I've scoured the net for any reports that would indicate that the new shutter mechanism would allow it to be set to a silent mode. Can't find anything firm.
Would love to be able to use this discretely during live theater productions. Does anyone know if this is possible with the EPL-7?
I mean like the Panny GX-7 where there is no sound at all when taking a shot in silent mode. The GX-7 is hindered with ISO and shutter speed restrictions in silent mode, but at least it offers it. Wondering if the EPL-7 provides a better alternative.
Just wanted to say that the comments on this story are pure gold and worth the eye strain of looking at those horrid cameras.
cprevost: The Edsel of cameras...
I know. These are nice cameras as well. Just super awful market anticipation by whomever thought up the idea.
The Edsel of cameras...
bebgsurg: I'm sorry, but no flash = no buy. How Olympus could have designed a camera for the point and shoot crowd just moving up from cellphone cameras, and left off an embedded flash is beyond me. Inside or outside, sometimes you need a flash !!
I understand the use of fill flash. I just don't like to use it. Not my thing.
datiswous: Nice upgrade for my E-p3, when the price drops..
I'm just curious about the size of the grip on the E-pl7, I think it's a lot smaller than the optional larger grip I have on my E-P3. This is also the issue on the E-p5.
The optional grip on the EP-3 was really great. Too bad Oly ditched it with later models. The grip on the EPL-7 is not as nice as that one for sure. Not bad though once you get used to it.
In that case the em10 is a better buy. In my case I can count on one hand the number of times I used the built in flash on my EP-3. No flash is no problem for me.
John Driggers: WTF is wifi remote control in the specs? Is it remote release or is it really remote control (as in more or less "tethered", but wireless)?
True remote control. You can change camera settings such as shutter, aperture, exposure compensation, white balance etc. with a smartphone.
milek: The screen, the control dial and the IS are definite improvements over the previous generation. So good job on that (finally).
Why Olympus still stubbornly refuses to build the flash into the body of an entry-level model is beyond me though. Olympus, get it into your thick skulls: *nobody* wants to carry that pointless external toy flash with them -- I've literally never used it, not a single time, because I never have it with me. They finally fixed it in OM-D E-M10 and you would've thought that they would extend it to the rest of the range, but I guess that was too much to ask. Panasonic managed to squeeze one in the tiny GM1, damn it!
The decision not to bundle the camera with the pancake zoom seems similarly short-sighted. Or is that again going to be a US-only "feature", like with E-M10? If so, could the "genius" responsible for these decisions please finally be fired?!
Built in flash is EP5. Built in viewfinder is em5. Built in flash and viewfinder is em10. Something for everybody...