Olympus Launches Digital PEN-F

by Photo Life

The PEN-F is back! Or at least the storied nameplate is. The new digital PEN-F takes a lot of styling cues from the original half-frame film camera from the 1960s, but inside is the latest Micro Four Thirds sensor from Olympus. Some highlights:

  • 20-megapixel Micro Four-Thirds sensor
  • High-Res mode producing 50-megapixel JPG or 80-megapixel RAW files
  • TruePic VII image processor
  • Built-in 2.36-million-dot electronic viewfinder
  • Exposure-compensation dial
  • Front-mounted Creative mode dial
  • Electronic shutter with range of 1/125-1/16,000 s
  • Manual shutter topping out at 1/8000 s
  • Magnesium-alloy body
  • Five-axis image stabilization

One thing Olympus officials were careful to point out is that the PEN-F is not a replacement model for the current PEN E-P5, but rit epresents a new branch of the PEN family tree (even though it is roughly the same dimensions and weight as the E-P5). The F is the first PEN model to incorporate an electronic viewfinder, a high-resolution 2.36-million-dot display similar to the one found in the OMD E-M10 II. It is also the first Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera—PEN or OMD—to push beyond 16-megapixel sensors to 20 megapixels. The F incorporates the sensor-shift technology introduced on the OMD-E-M5 II to create high-resolution images, but since the sensor has more native resolution, the high-res jpegs from the F are 50 megapixels.

A new Creative mode dial on the front of the camera allows quick access to Colour and Monochrome settings, as well as to the Art modes and a special colour tuning tool that segments the colour wheel into 12 segments and allows saturation of each to be adjusted individually. The F also incorporates a dedicated exposure-compensation dial in addition to main and sub control dials.

The Olympus PEN-F has an estimated retail price of $1500.

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