Olympus PEN-F Review

February 24, 2016 | Mark Goldstein | |

Specifications

Type

  • Body material

    Aluminium

  • Lens mount

    Micro Four Thirds

Image Sensor

  • Type

    4/3'' Live MOS sensor

  • Effective pixels

    20.3 Megapixels

  • Filter array

    Primary colour filter (RGB)

  • Aspect ratio & area

    4:3 / 17.4 x 13.0mm

  • Full resolution

    21.8 Megapixels

Engine

  • Type

    TruePic VII

Filter

  • Dust reduction filter

    Supersonic Wave Filter

Viewfinder

  • Type

    Electronical Viewfinder

  • Pixel number

    2.360K dots

  • Diopter adjustment

    -4.0 - +2.0 diopters / built-in type

  • Field of view

    Approx. 100%

  • Magnification

    Max. 1.23x with a 50mm lens set to infinity at -1 dioptre (depending on selected viewfinder style)

  • Eye point

    20mm at -1 dioptre from eyepiece lens

  • Style

    3 styles selectable

  • Displayed information

    • Aperture value
    • Shutter speed
    • AF frame (super impose)
    • AF confirmation mark
    • AF lock
    • Auto bracket
    • Battery check
    • Exposure compensation indicator
    • Exposure compensation value indicator
    • Exposure level indicator
    • Exposure mode
    • Flash
    • FP flash
    • IS activating mode
    • Metering mode
    • Number of storable sequential pictures
    • White balance
    • Level Gauge
    • Highlight & Shadow
    • Live Pre-view function
    • Histogram
  • Brightness adjustment

    Adaptive Brightness Technology / Manual settings: +/- 2 levels

  • Correction of colour temperature

    +/- 3 levels

  • S-OVF

    Expands the Live View dynamic range

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    *Available in the EVF when in P, A, S and M modes. Art filter, WB and exposure are not reflected in EVF.

Live View

  • Displayed information

    • Aperture
    • Shutter speed
    • Auto bracket
    • AE lock
    • Focus mode
    • Shooting mode
    • Battery check
    • IS activating mode
    • Face / Eye detection mode
    • Record mode
    • ISO
    • Sequential shooting mode
    • White Balance
    • Metering mode
    • Exposure compensation value
    • AF frame display
    • AF confirmation mark
    • Shooting information
    • Spot metering area
    • Super FP
    • Flash status
    • Touch Panel Condition
    • Focal length
    • Flash mode
    • Histogram
    • Level Gauge
    • Highlight & Shadow
    • Focus peaking
    • Number of storable pictures
    • Custom
    • Face detection
    • Flash intensity
    • WiFi
  • 100% field of view

    Approx. 100%

  • Magnification levels

    3 / 5 / 7 / 10 / 14x

  • Dynamic range expansion

    When in HDR1 or HDR2

  • Display modes

    • Standard information
    • Histogram
    • Level Gauge
    • Off

Image Stabiliser

  • Type

    Sensor shift

  • Modes

    Five-dimensional, vertical or horizontal activation, automatic

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    Up to 5 EV steps ((CIPA))

Focusing System

  • Method

    Contrast Detection AF system

  • Focus areas

    81 points / All target, Group target (9-areas), Single target (normal), Single target (small)

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    800 points / Manual selection in Magnified View Mode

  • AF lock

    Yes; Locked by first position of shutter release button in single AF mode, AE/AF lock button (customised)

  • Modes

    • Manual focus
    • Single AF
    • Continuous AF
    • Single AF + MF
    • AF Tracking
  • AF illuminator

    Yes

  • AF targeting pad

    Yes (activate/deactivate with double tap on rear monitor)

  • Full time AF

    Yes

  • Manual focus

    Yes; With enlarged focusing area or focus peaking

  • Face Detection extension

    • Eye Detect AF: Off
    • Left side priority
    • Near side priority
    • Right side priority
  • Predictive AF

    Yes

  • AF tracking

    Yes; Available in continuous AF mode

  • Focus peaking

  • Colour selection

    White, black, red, yellow

  • Intensity

    High / Normal / Low

  • Back light effect

    On / Off

  • Focus Bracketing Mode

  • Number of images

    3 - 999shots

  • Step size

    10levels

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    Compatible with: All Micro Four Thirds AF lenses

Exposure System

  • Modes

    • Programme automatic
    • Aperture priority
    • Shutter priority
    • Manual
    • Bulb
    • Time
    • Live Composite
    • i-Auto
    • Scene Modes
    • Art Filter
    • Photo Story
    • Movie
    • HDR
    • My Mode
  • Exposure compensation

    +/- 5 EV (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps)

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    Note: Monitor and EVF displays only up to ±3 EV.

  • Exposure bracketing

    2 / 3 / 5 frames (+/- 1/3, 2/3, 1 EV steps)

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    7 frames (+/- 1/3, 2/3 EV steps)

  • ISO bracketing

    3 frames (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps)

  • AE lock

    Yes

  • My Mode

    4 settings storable

  • Enhancement function

    Digital Shift

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    Shadow Adjustment Technology

  • HDR bracketing

    3 / 5 frames (+/- 2 / 3 EV steps)

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    7 frames (+/- 2 EV steps)

Scene Modes

  • Number of scene modes

    24

  • Modes

    • Portrait
    • e-Portrait
    • Landscape
    • Landscape with Portrait
    • Macro
    • Sports
    • Night Scene
    • Night Scene with portrait
    • Children
    • High key
    • Low key
    • Digital Image Stabilisation
    • Nature Macro
    • Candle
    • Sunset
    • Documents
    • Panorama
    • Fireworks
    • Beach and Snow
    • Fisheye converter
    • Macro converter
    • 3D*
    • Wide converter
    • Hand-held Starlight**
    • Panning
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    * Only for stills and with usage of 3D lens (H-FT012)

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    ** 8 images automatically shot and combined into a single image composite

Multi-Exposure

  • Max. number of frames

    2 frames (shooting)

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    3 frames (editing)

  • Auto gain control

    Yes

  • Frame assistance

    Live View

Light Metering

  • Method

    TTL open aperture light metering

  • Zones

    324 zones Multi-pattern Sensing System

  • Detection range

    -2 - 20 EV (17mm f2.8, ISO 100)

  • Modes

    • ESP light metering
    • Spot metering
    • Centre weighted metering
    • Highlight
    • Shadow

Art Filter

  • Modes

    • Pop Art
    • Soft Focus
    • Pale & Light Colour
    • Light Tone
    • Grainy Film
    • Pin Hole
    • Diorama
    • Cross Process
    • Dramatic Tone
    • Gentle Sepia
    • Key Line
    • Water colour
    • Vintage
    • Partial Colour*
  • Variation / Effect

    Available

  • Art Filter bracketing

    Art Filters selectable

Photo Story

  • Modes

    • Fun Frame
    • Standard
    • Speed
    • Zoom in / out
    • Layout

Sensitivity

  • Auto

    ISO LOW* - 25600 (customisable, default ISO LOW - 1600)

  • Manual

    ISO LOW - 25600 in 1/3 or 1 EV ISO steps

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    *approx. 80

Shutter

  • Shutter type

    Computerised focal-plane shutter

  • Self timer

    2s / 12s / Custom

Shutter Speeds

  • Shutter speed range

    1/8000 - 60s (in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps)

  • Bulb mode

    Up to 30 minutes (selectable longest time in the menu, default: 8 minutes)

  • Composite mode

    Max. shooting time: 3h

  • High res shot

  • Shutter type

    Electronic shutter

  • Shutter speed

    1/8000 - 8s

  • Start delay

    0, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 8, 15. 30s

  • Resolution

    JPEG: 8160 x 6120 / RAW: 10368 x 7776

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    Equivalent to 50M pixel sensor (8 shots combined into a single JPEG using sensor shift)

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    Available in P/A/S/M mode

  • Anti shock mode

  • Shutter type

    Electronic first curtain shutter

  • Shutter speed

    1/320* - 60s

  • Start delay

    0, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30s

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    * For speeds over 1/320 sec., mechanical shutter will automatically be selected.

  • Silent mode

  • Shutter type

    Electronic shutter

  • Shutter speed

    1/16000 - 60s

  • Start delay

    0, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 8, 15. 30s

White Balance

  • AUTO WB system

    Advanced detection system with Live MOS sensor

  • Manual White balance (One-Touch)

    Yes

  • White balance bracketing

    3 frames / +/- 2, 4, 6 mired steps

  • One-touch white balance

    2 custom settings can be registered

  • Custom WB

    1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)

  • Preset values

    • Tungsten
    • Flourescent 1
    • Sunlight
    • Flash
    • Overcast
    • Shade
    • Underwater
  • Auto Flash adjustment

    Off / Auto WB / Flash

  • Keep warm colour

    On / Off

Sequence Shooting

  • Speed (H)

    Approx. 10fps

  • Speed (L)

    5fps

  • Max. number of frames

    16 frames (RAW)

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    Up to card capacity (JPG / Large Normal mode)

  • Conditions

    Memory card: TOSHIBA SDHC UHS-II R95 W90 EXCERIA™

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    When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 EZ

Image Processing

  • Colour space

    sRGB / AdobeRGB

  • Sharpness + Contrast

    5 levels

  • Contrast

    5 levels

  • Saturation

    5 levels

  • Gradation

    4levels (auto, high key, normal, low key)

  • Engine

    TruePic VII

  • Picture mode

    • i-Enhance
    • Vivid
    • Natural
    • Muted
    • Portrait
    • Monotone
    • Custom
    • e-Portrait
    • Colour creator
    • Art Filter
    • Colour Profile Control
    • Monochrome Profile Control
  • Art Filter bracketing

    Available

  • Tele converter effect

    2x

  • Highlight & Shadow control

    Highlight / Shadow / Midtone +/- 7steps

  • Colour Profile Control

  • Saturation

    +/- 5levels 12colours

  • Custom preset values

    3 (Highlight and Shadow can be combined)

  • Monochrome Profile Control

  • Black & White filter

    Red, Orange, Yellow, Yellow-green, Green, Cyan, Blue, Magenta

  • Intensity

    3levels

  • Shading effect

    +/- 5

  • Film grain effect

    Low / Medium / High

  • Black & White toning

    Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green

  • Custom preset values

    3 (Highlight and Shadow can be combined)

Internal Flash

  • Modes

    • AUTO
    • Manual
    • Manual (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
    • Red-eye reduction
    • Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction
    • Slow synchronisation
    • Slow synchronisation 2nd curtain
    • Fill-in
    • Off
    • TTL-Auto
    • FP Manual
    • FP TTL Auto
  • Type

    Detachable flash with bounce capability (bundled)

  • Flash compensation

    +/- 3 EV / 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps

  • Guide number

    12.9 (ISO 200)

  • X-sync speed

    1/250s / 1/8000s (Super FP Mode)

External Flash Control

  • X-sync speed

    1/250s / 1/8000s (Super FP Mode)

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    < 1/20s (Silent Mode)

  • Type

    TTL AUTO, AUTO, MANUAL, FP TTL AUTO, FP MANUAL

  • Modes

    • Auto
    • Red-eye reduction
    • Slow synchronisation
    • 2nd curtain and slow synchronisation
    • Fill-in for exclusive flash
    • Manual
  • Intensity

    +/- 3 EV (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps)

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    Note: Some functions are only available if they are supported by the external flash.

Wireless Flash Control

  • Number of channels

    4 channels

  • Compatible external flash

    FL-36R, FL-50R, FL-300R, FL-600R

  • Control method

    Triggered and controlled by bundled flash

  • Group setting

    4 groups

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    Available when used together with cameras compatible with the Olympus wireless RC flash system.

Monitor

  • Monitor type

    Vari-angle LCD - Touch Panel

  • Monitor size

    7.6cm / 3.0'' (3:2)

  • Resolution

    1037K dots

  • Brightness adjustment

    +/- 7 levels

  • Colour balance

    +/- 7 levels Vivid (default) / Natural

  • Touch Control fucntions

    • AF area enlargement
    • AF area selection
    • Art Filter
    • Enlargement
    • Enlargement playback
    • Frame forward/backward
    • Live Guide
    • Scene Modes
    • Shooting mode
    • Shutter release
    • Super Control Panel
    • Wifi connection

Level Gauge

  • Detection

    2-axis

  • Display

    Rear display and viewfinder

Recording Formats

  • RAW

    12bit

  • RAW & JPEG

    Yes; parallel recording

  • JPEG

    Yes

  • Aspect ratio

    4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6 / 3:4

  • MPO (3D)

    Yes

Image Size

  • RAW

    5184 x 3888

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    5184 x 3888 Fine (compression: 1/4)

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    5184 x 3888 Normal (compression: 1/8)

Still Image Recording

  • EXIF

    2.2

  • PIM

    III

  • DPOF

    Yes

  • DCF

    Yes

Movie Recording System

  • Recording format

    MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264), AVI(Motion JPEG)

  • Time code

    Rec run / Free run

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    Drop frame / Non-drop frame

  • Image Stabilisation Mode

    Yes; Sensor shift (5-axis)

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    M-IS1 (Image sensor shift and electronic image stabilizer with multi motion IS)

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    M-IS2 (Image sensor shift with multi motion IS)

  • HD Movie quality

    Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) / 30p, 25p, 24p / ALL-I(A-I), IPB(SF, F, N) (MOV)

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    Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) / 60p, 50p / IPB(SF, F, N) (MOV)

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    HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) / 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p / ALL-I(A-I), IPB(SF, F, N) (MOV)

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    ALL-I (A-I: ~ 77Mbps)

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    IPB (SF: ~52Mbps, F: ~30Mbps, N: ~18Mbps)

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    HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) / 30p (MOV)

  • Movie quality

    640 x 480 / 30p (AVI Motion JPEG®)

  • Maximum Recording Time

    29min (MOV)

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    14min (SD) / 7min (HD) (AVI Motion JPEG®)*

  • Max. file size

    4GB (AVCHD)

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    2GB (Motion-JPEG)

  • Exposure Modes

    • Aperture priority
    • Art Filter
    • Manual
    • Programme automatic
    • Shutter priority
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    Class 10 or higher SD card is recommended for movie shooting

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    UHS-II or UHS-I U3 card is recommended for ALL-I shooting

Movie Specialties

  • Time lapse

    4k, 1080p, 720p (AVI Motion JPEG®)

  • Fast motion

    Yes

  • Slow motion

    Yes

  • Movie clips

    1, 2, 4, 8s

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    (Extension up to 16s by pressing record button before clip ends.)

  • Movie effects

    • Multi shot echo
    • One shot echo
    • Art fade
    • One push tele-converter
    • Old Film
  • Art Filter

    • Cross Process
    • Diorama
    • Dramatic Tone
    • Gentle Sepia
    • Grainy Film
    • Key Line
    • Light Tone
    • Pale & Light Colour
    • Pin Hole
    • Pop Art
    • Soft Focus
    • Vintage
    • Partial Colour*
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    * 18 colours selectable

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    Frame rate limited to 30fps or lower

  • HDMI Live View

    Yes (GUI* is shown on connetced device only and peaking is not available)

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    * GUI can be hidden for recording on external drive under following condition. Movie type: YCbCr 4:2:2 / Frame rate: as set / Sound: no

Sound Recording System

  • Internal microphone

    Stereo

  • Recording format

    Stereo PCM/16bit, 48kHz, Wave Format Base

  • Image footage

    30s

  • Speaker

    Yes

  • Microphone functions

    • Wind Noise Reduction
    • Recording Volume
    • Volume limiter
    • Audio Dubbing

View Images

  • Modes

    • Index
    • Calendar
    • Zoom
    • Slide show
    • Movie
    • Single
  • Light box

    Yes

  • Histogram in playback mode

    Yes

  • Shooting information

    Off / On

  • Highlight/Shadow point warning

    Yes

Erase / Protect / Copy Function

  • Erase modes

    Single, All, Selected

  • Image protect mode

    Single frame, Selected frames, All Frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)

Menu

  • Menu languages in camera

    English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovak, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian

Customisation Options

  • Fn Button

    Yes

  • My Mode

    4 settings storable (Can be set to mode dial.)

  • Factory reset

    Full / Basic

  • Programmable button

    Yes

Interface

  • Hot shoe

    Yes

  • Media

    SD Memory Card (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I/II compatible

  • HDMI™

    Yes; Micro connector (Type D) *

  • USB 2.0 High Speed

    Yes

  • Combined V & USB output

    Yes; NTSC or PAL selectable

  • Wireless connectivity

    WiFi

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    * "HDMI", the HDMI logo and "High-Definition Multimedia Interface" are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.

Wi-Fi Functions

  • Easy Connection

    QR code setting

  • Wireless Shooting

    • Live View
    • Power off
    • Rec View
    • Self timer
    • Touch AF & Shutter
    • P/A/S/M exposure modes
    • Bulb mode
    • Zoom
    • Movie recording
    • Live Composite

Power Supply

  • Battery

    BLN-1 Lithium-Ion Battery

  • Sleep mode

    1, 3, 5, 10 min. and off selectable.

  • Battery life

    Approx. 330 shots (using BLN-1 and TOSHIBA SD with IS ON, based on CIPA test standards)

  • Movie recording

    80min (standard JEITA conditions) 140min (when zoom and other operational functions are not used)

Environment

  • Temperature

    0 - 40°C Operating temperature / -20 - 60°C storage temperature

  • Humidity

    30 - 90% operation humidity / 10 - 90% storage humidity

Size

  • Dimensions (W x H x D)

    124.8 x 72.1 x 37.3mm (without protrusions)

  • Weight

    427g (including battery and memory card)

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    373g (body only)

Exterior

  • Available Colours

    • Black
    • Silver