OM Digital has announced the new Olympus PEN E-P7 but not for the USA!

Jun 9, 2021

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OM Digital has announced the new Olympus PEN E-P7 but not for the USA!

Jun 9, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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OM Digital Solutions has announced the new Olympus PEN E-P7 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera. The E-P7 is OM Digital’s first camera release since the acquisition of Olympus by JIP was completed in January. It will be available in Japan and Europe, although it’s apparently not coming to the USA. At least, not yet.

The official announcement confirms that OM Digital will be keeping the Olympus branding for at least the foreseeable future. It features a 20-megapixel Live MOS sensor and high-speed TruePic VII processor with “advanced” continuous autofocus and Face/Eye priority performance brought over from the higher end Olympus OM-D cameras.

As expected, the Olympus PEN E-P7 features 5-axis in-body image stabilisation with that 20-megapixel sensor to minimise the effects of camera shake and blur from the camera motion. The “Advanced Continuous Auto-focus and Face Priority/Eye Priority AF algorithm from the professional OM-D series models” has been brought over to help ensure you’re hitting your target every single time, even if your subjects become temporarily obscured by other objects in the scene.

Sensor22-megapixel Micro Four Thirds CMOS (2x crop)
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Max resolution20-megapixel (5184 x 3888 pixels)
File formatRAW, JPG
StabilisationSensor shift, 5-axis
Continuous shooting8.7fps
4K Video4K UHD (3840 x 2160) up to 30fps
HD VideoFull HD (1920×1080) at 60fps)
Focus typeAuto and manual focus
AF Points121 point
ViewfinderNone
LCD1.04 million dot 3″ flip-down touchscreen LCD
ConnectivityWiFi, Bluetooth
Dimensions118 x 69 x 38 mm
Weight337 g

On paper, the Olympus PEN E-P7 essentially looks like an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV, shoved into a smaller body – in a similar fashion to something like Panasonic’s GX85 vs the G85 – except without a viewfinder on the PEN E-P7 and no availability in the USA. The lack of availability in the USA is an interesting decision. And there don’t appear to be any plans to ever release it there, either.

For those in Europe, though, the Olympus PEN E-P7 will become available from mid-June, as a body only for €799, or in a kit with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ lens for €899. You can find out more on the Olympus website.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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