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Olympus Pen F Review

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The Olympus Pen F has a lot going for it, such as remarkable image quality, fine performance, rapid autofocus, as also elegant build quality. It is named after the classic film based camera, that was introduced in the 1960’s, by the famous company.

Summary

The Olympus PEN-F is a retro-inspired camera, with a lot of modern features such as crisp EVF, and a series of in-camera image processing facilities. On the downside, it lacks in such important and necessary features like 4K video, mic or headphone jacks, with the High-Res Shot mode  troublesome to use, a mediocre battery life and very pricey too. However, the pros easily outweigh the cons hands down.

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Pros
• Excellent dynamic range
• Rapid autofocus
• Rapid burst speeds
• Series of filter options
• Built-in Wi-Fi and EVF
• Highest resolution 4/3″ Olympus camera
• exceptional image quality
Cons
• Expensive
• Lack of weather sealing
• Average battery life
• Lack of 4K video;
• Lack of headphone or mic jacks.

Olympus Pen F Design and Features

Olympus Pen F brings to mind the original PEN-F film camera, and like its classic namesake, it emphasizes premium design as well as build quality, apart from the generous serving of high-end technical characteristics and functionality. These features are meant to attract the chic and design-conscious enthusiast photographer, as well as the ordinary street shooter.

As the Pen-F is made of magnesium alloy, it feels remarkably solid in one’s hand, although it is not weather-proof like the heavier E-M5 Mark II belonging to the OM-D family.  Still it is well built with a fine solidity to it, without any curved and contoured grips. However, it has a well positioned thumb grip with a feeling of depth, and its body coating of faux-leather gives it a good grip. The camera comes with exceptional small details such as diamond knurling and engraved lettering on all metal dials, and without any seams and evident screws in the body structure.

Technical Details

Olympus Pen F comes with similar specs as Olympus E-M10 Mark II. The electronic viewfinder screen is an OLED of 2.36M dots, with ultra clear crisp readability and hardly any lag time. The EVF is the S-0VF or simulated optical viewfinder mode that can enhance the view seen through a conventional optical viewfinder, thereby doing away with many white balance settings, color adjustments, and changes in exposure compensation. Apart from the usual control dials, there is a control cluster at the back of the camera, with the video record button on the top deck; the  more pronounced thumb rest projection has an easily customizable Fn1 function button, as well as an Fn2 button, at below the hotshoe.

Besides the designer good looks and handy cool customizations, PEN-F comes packed with the latest in Olympus camera technology. It features a 20MP Live MOS Four Thirds sensor, enabling it to be one of the highest-resolution Olympus cameras on sale, rivaling even the Panasonic GX8. Together with the highly sensitive TruePic VII image processor, it remains a high resolution, high performance device. It also features a highly impressive High-Res multi-shot mode that can to impart an incredible JPEG resolution of 50MP in the High Res Shot Mode. An as to RAW, the unique mode is capable of capturing a massive 80MP resolution!

Verdict

The Olympus PEN-F is a retro-inspired camera, with a lot of modern features such as crisp EVF, and a series of in-camera image processing facilities. On the downside, it lacks in such important and necessary features like 4K video, mic or headphone jacks, with the High-Res Shot mode  troublesome to use, a mediocre battery life and very pricey too. However, the pros easily outweigh the cons hands down

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