Designed with the smartphone photographer in mind, the Olympus Pen E-PL7 features the same compact retro design that has graced earlier Pen cameras. There is no flash integrated into the camera body, however, which means you need to rely on the included external flash unit that clips into the hotshoe and accessory port.
All the controls you would expect from an interchangeable lens camera are present on the E-PL7. There's a mode dial with full PASM options; an automatic mode for those not comfortable with manual exposures; scene modes; a frame mode to automatically splice several photos together in one; and art filter mode.
Olympus has added two new art filters to the existing set of 12: vintage and partial colour.
Underneath the hotshoe mount is an accessory port that works with items like electronic viewfinders and the included external flash unit. There's also a stereo microphone in front of the hotshoe for in-camera audio recording.
The star of the show is the 180-degree flip-down screen, pictured here in its regular configuration at the rear of the camera. It's a 3-inch capacitive touchscreen that offers tap to focus and tap to shoot, with a resolution of 1.04 million dots.
This is what it's all about. Flip down the screen a full 180 degrees to see yourself in the frame. Olympus says that orienting the screen below the camera body -- rather than above it -- makes it appear like you are looking straight in the lens (even if you're checking yourself out in the screen).