The Olympus Selfie Cam Isn’t a Toy

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Offering further evidence that the selfie craze is here to stay, the latest offering from Olympus is a compact mirrorless camera with a design intended not only to encourage more self-portrait photography, but also to enable users to achieve a higher quality result in the process.

Olympus PEN E-PL7To make this possible, the Olympus PEN E-PL7 comes with a 3-inch LCD that flips down, enabling users to turn the camera toward themselves and take snapshots with a single tap. Additionally, a brief time delay can be set for optimal results, and an interval option can be accessed to take multiple selfies in a row.

Not just a toy for the self-obsessed, the E-PL7 packs a 16-MP sensor, three-axis image stabilization, and autofocusing capable of capturing moving targets at up to 3.5 frames per second.

Video capture records at 30 frames per second in full 1080p HD, with a max bitrate of 24 Mbps. For those interested in video experimentation, the camera is also capable of shooting time lapse in 720p quality and includes a bonus “Old Film Effect,” which replicates the retro appearance of aged film. The inclusion of Wi-Fi allows wireless image and video transfer, and short-range remote camera control using a smartphone.

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 will be available in late September starting at $600. Bonus kits with additional lenses and accessories take the starting price to $700. Accessories won’t be available until October.

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