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- New 20 Megapixel Live MOS sensor with 50Megapixel High-Res Shot mode
- In-body 5-Axis Image Stabilization
- 2.36 Million-Dot OLED electronic viewfinder
- 10 frames per second high speed sequential shooting (5 frames per second with AF Tracking)
- Creative control dial lets you directly access 4 functions, including Monochrome, Color Profile Controls, and Art Filters
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Classic Rangefinder Design with Precision Controls
Rangefinder cameras were all the rage in 1963. Now they’re back. The beautifully-crafted PEN-F features all-metal construction with luxurious metal and leather-grained accents. Each of the camera’s functions are easy to reach and can be fully customized. You’ll find an exposure compensation dial on top, two customizable dials to assign functions and four custom modes, all operable with your right hand without taking your eye from the viewfinder. Shoot the way you want.
20 MP Live MOS Sensor
Count on every shot to have vivid color and exquisite detail thanks to PEN-F's 20 MP Live MOS Sensor and TruePic VII Image Processor. If you’re shooting landscapes or architecture, the 50 MP High Res Shot Mode captures 8 images in sequence and combines them to develop a single stunning ultra-high resolution photo.
Photo shot with the PEN-F and the M.Zuiko 12mm f2 by T. Nakafuji. f11.0, 1/200, ISO400
10 fps Sequential Shooting
Shooting street photography means always being ready. And with high-speed sequential shooting of 10 shots per second, PEN-F ensures you will be. Capture key moments using the 1/8000 mechanical shutter that boasts the shortest release time of any compact system camera. Perfect for capturing the spontaneity of city life.
Photo shot with the PEN-F and the M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 by Cleveland Aaron. f3.5, 1/125, ISO320
5-Axis Image Stabilization
Street photography often means you or your camera is moving. And that’s not a good thing if you want clear, sharp images. PEN-F's world-class in-body image stabilization compensates for all types of movement for beautiful results, even in low light. Plus, the system stabilizes the viewfinder image to allow for accurate framing.
Photo shot with the PEN-F and the M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 by Thomas Leuthard. f2.0, 1/20, ISO800
OLED Electronic Viewfinder
PEN-F's interactive EVF lets you keep your eye on the subject while maintaining control of the camera's settings. The bright 2.36 million-dot EVF provides 100% field of view. And with PEN-F's 3.0” articulating monitor that doubles as an AF Targeting Pad, touch the monitor with your thumb to set focus points while composing your shot.
Photo shot with the PEN-F and the M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 by Torwong Salwala. f5.6, 1/45, ISO250
Nighttime Live Composite
Struggle with conventional bulb shooting no more. PEN-F simplifies night photography to allow you to create stunning streetscapes and star trails every time you're out. Live Composite Mode assembles the brightest areas of multiple images in Live View while you watch. It’s a bright new way to capture cities at night.
Photo shot with the PEN-F and the M.Zuiko 12mm f2.0 by Olympus Trailblazer Mike Boening. f11, 1 sec, ISO200
Advanced Shooting Modes
PEN-F's specialized modes help you make the most of every photo opportunity. Interval shooting and 4K Time Lapse Movie Mode capture images over time. Silent Mode quiets all camera functions for discrete shooting. Keystone Compensation automatically corrects for trapezoidal distortion - especially useful for taking photos of architecture.
Photo shot with the PEN-F and the M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 by Thomas Leuthard. f2.8, 1/60, ISO1250
Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
Stay connected even while you're combing the street. Use PEN-F's built-in Wi-Fi to sync your camera with a smart device for remote shooting and wireless sharing. The free Olympus Image Share app enables remote control of camera settings, Live View, and shutter release. Plus, enjoy on-the-spot uploading and sharing with friends and followers.
Photo shot with the PEN-F and the M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 by Olympus Trailblazer Mike Boening. f3.5, 1/3200, ISO200
Lens Options & Accessories
PEN-F is part of an extensive system of precision lenses and premium accessories. With an ever-expanding family of 20 high-performance M. Zuiko digital lenses, you’ll easily find a lens that's just right for any shooting situation. There’s a full range of accessories including a matching metal grip (ECG-4) and genuine leather camera bag and straps.
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The iconic Olympus PEN-F is ideal for street shooters, as a second camera for studio pros, and for anyone who loves vintage design and photography. It features impeccable craftsmanship, precision controls, and the ability to capture amazing street shots. PEN-F boasts all-metal construction with luxurious metal and leather-grained accents, a magnesium top cover with no visible screws, a beautifully-integrated interactive OLED electronic viewfinder, and an articulating touch-enabled LCD monitor. Advanced sensor technology combined with in-body image stabilization ensures superior resolution and razor-sharp images, even while you or your camera is moving. Best of all, fully customizable in-camera color control shoots photos with old school film quality right before your eyes.
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So, where does the new Pen F sit within M43? The Pen F truly is the “ultimate” Pen thus far. So, I will first evaluate it as a Pen. I’ve owned several. Thus, I find the new Pen F to be a welcome replacement for the aging Pen EP5, particularly given the Pen F’s new integrated EVF, bigger sensor, and better dials--with the exception of the Pen F’s new Art dial--which is more of a curiosity. For most shooting conditions the older Pen EP5 still produces results nearly on par with newer the OMDs. It had the first five-axis image stabilization, although with some minor noise issues. What I found clunky about the EP5, however, was having to add the expensive, large (but excellent) external EVF 4. The grip was also minimal since it seemed to be intended more for street shooting--mine came with the 17mm F1.8, which was a nicely balanced match. When the larger OMD EM1 came out, it integrated the same quality EVF, fixed the stabilizer noise and had the feel of a more robust body to which you could more comfortably attach the new larger f2.8 pro zooms. Although you can attach them to Pens (or even the tiny Panasonic GM5), the smaller primes and pancake lenses are a more balanced match for the Pens.
This is also my feeling about the Pen F. It is a natural for street and light weight travel shooting and best matched to smaller primes or pancake lenses. I’ve used it with the Olympus 45 mm f1.8, the 17 mm f1.8, the 12 mm f2.0 and the Panasonic-Leica 15 f1.7, and Panasonic 20 mm f1.7, as well as the Oly 14-42mm EZ pancake. All are well matched and perform well. Although you can put the larger pro lenses on the Pen F, when I do, I feel the need for the optional external grip. I’ve got the ECG-4 external grip, and find it well made with better battery access, but the grip swings wide to the right, apparently to avoid cramping your hand into the retro front dial. More problematic is the need to carry an allen wrench to remove it. So, although I can pair the Pen F with the f 2.8 pro larger lenses, it seems to defeat appeal of carrying the small, stylish Pen. The larger OMD EM1 or Panasonic GHs are better matched for the larger lenses.
Performance: Overall, I am pleased with the image quality of the new sensor. For how I typically shoot, I have not found any problems with the AF, as some are noting. I have tried to match shots of the Pen F against my OMD EM5 Mark II using the Oly 45mm f1.8 and 17mm 1.8, and I don’t find much of a difference in the results.
Craftsmanship and functionality: The Pen F is beautifully made with excellent dials and no visible screws. The design is excellent. The retro front dial is dedicated to art filters and monochrome modes. The monochrome modes allow interesting possibilities. There are now more variations on for the previous art filters--too many for me. The addition is the exposure dial is most welcome. It would be nice to also see shutter speed and ISO in future models. The EVF has a smaller field of view than the EM5 II, but is still very good.
Value: The initial list price of the Pen F does seem a bit steep considering that the body is not weather resistant. At its reduced price, the OMD EM5 Mark II seems like the nearest Oly competitor for the Pen F--it is now several hundred cheaper. It also is a very versatile camera with its optional grip as I noted in my review of the camera. At about the same list price the Panasonic GX8 is weather resistant, has better video, but the image stabilization is not as advanced. The AF, however, is spot on fast.
Overall, I like street shooting with Pens, using them at museums, or while traveling. For those purposes the Pen F is the penultimate Pen, and as a Pen, I give it five stars. Nevertheless, as an all-purposed camera, there are other options in the growing M43 field of choices. If you contemplating moving into mirrorless cameras, and are weighing M43 versus larger mirrorless formats, remember that you are buying into a system, so consider the size, weight, and price of the lenses as well as sensor size and quality before making your leap.
Let's be honest: you're paying for the experience with the PEN-F. There are other cameras, including by Olympus, which offer similar functionality and performance for several hundred dollars less. But what you won't get from them is the feel of using...well, using a camera like the PEN-F. Everything about it is solid and satisfying. It turns out it's still nice to have all those fiddly switches and knobs and buttons; not only is it easy to use this camera without the touch screen, it often feels like it's the "right" way to use the camera. (Which isn't to say that the touch screen isn't both useful and lovely.)
I haven't used it very much, yet, and so far I only have one lens (the Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F/1.7 II); I'm kind of re-learning photography with it. But I'm having fun with it in a way that I haven't had fun with a camera in years. "Fun" may not be sufficient reason for you to spend this much on a camera, of course, but just as the best camera is the one you have with you, the best camera to buy is the one that you want to *take* with you. I want to take this one with me.