LarryLatchkey: I held it in my hands today. It is NOT ERGONOMIC (plus the viewfinder is really quite small). Why does it seem to be so difficult to design an ergonomic grip on a compact M4/3 camera that also looks good?! It is quite astonishing that having used a Ricoh GRd (I) with it's really bad IQ for years means being totally spoilt by it's perfect ergonomics. I really want to be able to use a camera one-handedly in certain situations (including the change of setting by reaching for a wheel with my right thumb or index finger).
I have the pl7 and like it ergonomically. The scroll wheel is easy for me to roll with my thumb when using the LCD and with my forefinger when using the EVF. It's perfectly designed to be accessible from the front or back of the camera depending on your needs. I programmed one of the shoulder buttons for exposure compensation when pushed so the wheel will change to that function when I press the button.
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...
Does the ring on the lens act as a zoom ring or not? It says so here but is it a typo?
KonstantinosK: Although this must be a great camera, it's also a bit of a let down. I really hoped for a 1" sensor in a more pocketable package to directly compete with the RX100, offer an alternative and help draw the prices down. Now it seems that the RX100 is still left without competition in the pocketable camera segment.
Don't think it would be a good idea for Panny to clone the Sony cam as a competitor. They did it just right by making a cam that could be a compelling alternative and not a copy cat clone.
This is a shame. I really like Aperture. I'll continue to use it as I prefer it to Lightroom. I'm not a power user though and hardly use all the features. If the new Photos app has 3/4 of the capability of Aperture I'm sure I'll be happy. I'd love if Apple would figure out the storage problem. I'm tired of upgrading my hard drive. If they can find a way to make cloud storage of my photos easy and inexpensive I'll take that as a good trade off for no longer supporting Aperture.
Love that empty marketing speak- " While retaining its famous textural expression, which seems to give form to the air itself, the updated Foveon direct image sensor produces images that are more colorful, rich, deep, and faithful than ever before."
My guess is that it's going to be a re branded Panny. The new GX2 is coming out at that time. It'll have built in viewfinder, micro four thirds sensor, and in body image stabilization. Supposed to harken back to the Panny L1. Look for Leica to rebrand that one with the red dot and a few firmware tweeks.