Olympus PEN-F Mirrorless Camera

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Olympus Pen F Left Recalling the highly valued form factor and profile of the original Pen film cameras, both the black and the silver Olympus PEN-F are sleek, adaptable Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras that have combined high-resolution imaging capabilities with cutting edge creative control. Centered around a 20.3MP Live MOS image sensor with TruePic VII processor, the PEN-F provides significant image quality with diminished noise, plus with the capability to shoot at up to 10 fps using a mechanical shutter, capture Full 1080p HD video, and a sensitivity range as high as ISO 25600. Stabilization in-camera sensor-shift-type 5-axis go a long way to diminish the introduction of camera shake for crisper handheld photography and the processor and sensor combination also avails a quick 81-area contrast-detection autofocus system for refined precision when working with a large variety of subjects.

Accommodation over the look and feel of photography is cheered by the steadfast Creative Control knob on the front of the camera, which provides direct access to both color and black & white, while a steadfast lever allows fine-tuning of contrast curves and exposure while shooting. Reinforcing these imaging assets, the camera body is physically personified by its retro-styled layout that incorporates an articulating 3.0" 1.037m-dot touchscreen LCD 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder for intuitive handling and control. Classic in appearance yet technologically-developed, the PEN-F blends a natural handling scheme with contemporary, multimedia photographic abilities. +

Using a newly redeveloped 20.3MP Live MOS sensor along with a sensor-shift image stabilizer, the PEN-F also features a High Res Shot mode that melds eight images into one single frame to effectively create a 50 megapixel image. An electronic shutter operation can be used for absolutely silent operation, and also delivers fast shutter speed times up to 1/16,000 second. for shooting in bright situations with wide aperture settings. An intervalometer operation can be used to create time-lapse videos, which may be exported using 4K UHD resolution, for capturing up to 999 consecutive frames within 24-hour intervals. In addition built-in Wi-Fi is also available for transferring image wirelessly to or remotely control the camera from a linked smartphone or tablet.

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Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless  
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 20 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 22 megapixels  
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
Processor TruePic VII  
Boosted ISO (minimum) 80  
White balance presets 7  
Custom white balance Yes (4 slots)  
Image stabilization Sensor-shift  
Image stabilization notes 5-axis  
Uncompressed format RAW  
JPEG quality levels Super fine, fine, normal, basic  
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes  
Number of focus points 81  
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds  
Focal length multiplier 2  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated  
Screen size 3  
Screen dots 1,037,000  
Touch screen Yes  
Screen type TFT LCD  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type Electronic  
Viewfinder coverage 100%  
Viewfinder magnification 1.23  
Viewfinder resolution 2,360,000  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec  
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/16000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash No (external flash included)  
External flash Yes  
Flash modes Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync (2nd curtain)  
Continuous drive 10.0 fps  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 seconds, custom)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV steps)  
AE Bracketing 5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing Yes  
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)  
Format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG  
Videography notes Choice of ALL-I, APB codecs  
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)  
Microphone port No  
Headphone port No  
Wireless Built-In  
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n  
Remote control Yes (wired or via smartphone)  
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description BLN-1 lithium-ion battery & charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 330  
Weight (inc. batteries) 427 g (0.94 lb / 15.06 oz)  
Dimensions 125 x 72 x 37 mm (4.92 x 2.83 x 1.46)  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
Timelapse recording Yes (video)  
GPS None


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Olympus PEN-F Camera Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5