Olympus EPL7 May Be the Only New PEN Camera This Year

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It’s almost that time of year when Olympus updates its entire line of PEN system cameras in late spring. However, Mirrorless Rumors reports that Olympus will only announce one new camera, the EPL7 an updated version of the company’s smaller, viewfinder-less EPL5 mirrorless camera.

Supposedly the new camera will only be an incremental upgrade featuring hand me down upgrades from Olympus OMD EM10 including its 81-contrast points autofocus system, and Vari Angle LCD. Technically speaking this is a great boon to the EPL7 because photographers get all the same horsepower the EM10 produced except in smaller package. But it still would disappointing to see Olympus not innovate with its next line of cameras. We would love to see the incorporation of phase detection AF or removing the anti-aliasing filter as was rumored with the last EPL5.

What’s even more worrying is we won’t see a replacement for the EM10. While the camera is still a fairly hot compact system camera, Olympus’ competitors have been catching up with cameras like the Fujifilm X-T1. It should be interesting to see if Olympus has more up its sleeve as move closer towards the end of the season.

Via Mirroless Rumors

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