Olympus is rumored to introduce a new PEN-series cameras in the near future in the body of the E-PL7, which will replace the PEN E-PL6.
One of the series which is usually refreshed each year consists of the Olympus PEN line-up. There are several sub-series in this line-up, including E-PM, E-P, and E-PL.
With companies rethinking their strategies, it seems like the first plan is to reduce the numbers of cameras in order to avoid confusing the consumers. After Panasonic, Olympus is also reshaping its Micro Four Thirds offering, as the PEN E-PM and E-P series are rumored to have been discontinued.
This means that Olympus will only refresh the E-PL series this year and, according to the rumor mill, the Olympus E-PL7 announcement date has been set for sometime in late May or early June.
Olympus PEN E-PL7 announcement date set for late May or early June
Olympus has launched the PEN E-PL6 in May 2013. The camera has only been released in Japan at the beginning. However, it has managed to make its way into the United States and other markets, too.
As one would imagine, the time has come to unveil a new PEN E-PL generation. As stated above, the rumor mill is claiming that the announcement will take place soon. The most likely timeframe stands between late May and early June.
A lot of people go on vacation during this period and they will need to buy a cheap camera, making the Olympus Pen E-PL7 a good choice. Additionally, we would have to take into consideration Micro Four Thirds lens availability and dimensions, summing up a compact and affordable package.
Olympus PEN E-PL7 specs list will not be very different from that of the E-PL6
There are some leaked Olympus PEN E-PL7 specs. It seems like the Micro Four Thirds camera will feature a 16-megapixel image sensor identical to the one found in the Olympus OM-D E-M10 camera.
Furthermore, the shooter will sport an 81-point autofocus system, a continuous shooting mode of up to 8fps, and a 3-inch articulated LCD touchscreen.
The remainder of the specs list remains unknown for the time being. However, we should not expect very many and very big improvements over the E-PL6.
About the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL6
The Olympus E-PL6 mirrorless camera features a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor, TruePic VI image processor, fast AF system, 3-inch tilting LCD screen, 8fps continuous shooting mode, and a maximum ISO sensitivity of 25,600.
As stated above, the camera can also be found in the US for a price a little below $650, courtesy of Amazon.