The Olympus E-PL7 mirrorless camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor has been spotted on the website of a Taiwan-based agency seeking approval to be sold on the market.
The rumor mill revealed that Olympus was working on a new PEN-series camera earlier in 2014. Sources had also leaked some pages from the device’s manual, where the specifications of the E-PL7 were listed.
Ever since it has been mentioned for the first time, the shooter has been said to be announced soon. This idea is still standing, although a trusted source has confirmed that the Micro Four Thirds camera is set to be released in Japan on September 20.
As further proof of the existence of the Olympus E-PL7 camera, the name of the device has appeared on the website of Taiwan’s NCC, the country’s National Communications Commission.
Olympus E-PL7 camera registered on the website of the Taiwan-based NCC agency
In order to be allowed on the market, devices must first be approved by a country’s regulatory agencies. Usually, digital cameras are showing up on the websites of Indonesian and Taiwanese agencies. When this happens, there are little doubts that a shooter is real, so all that remains is for the product in question to become official.
This time, the Olympus E-PL7 camera has showed up on Taiwan’s NCC website, so its official product launch event is only a matter of time. We can drop the “if” and focus on the “when” side of the story, with reports hinting that the device will be unveiled sometime by the end of August.
Although it is not a camera to steal all the show at the Photokina 2014, this PEN-series mirrorless camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor will be present at the event.
Olympus E-PL7 poised to become the PEN-series version of the Olympus OM-D E-M10
The E-PL7 is the PEN version of the OM-D E-M10. The two cameras are very similar and their specs list will be almost identical. According to the manual shots and the rumor mill, the new camera will sport a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor, 3-inch articulated touchscreen, and an extended ISO range of 100-25,600.
Olympus will add an 81-point autofocus system into the PEN E-PL7 along with WiFi, full HD video recording, RAW shooting, flash, AF assist light, microHDMI port, and 3-axis image stabilization technology.
E-PL7 will replace the E-PL6, which is still available at Amazon for about $630. Stay tuned for the announcement, as we will report it as soon as it happens!