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Olympus VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras

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Product Highlights
  • 2,360k-Pixel LCD Resolution
  • 1.48x Magnification & 100% Field of View
  • Automatic Eye-Sensor
  • Built-In Diopter Adjustment
  • Brightness and Contrast Adjustment
  • Tilts Up 90º for Low Angle Shooting
  • Offers Stable Composition
  • Ideal for Shooting in Bright Sunlight
  • For Select Olympus PEN Digital Cameras
  • Dedicated Compatible with E-P5

The black VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras from Olympus is compatible with most Olympus PEN digital cameras with a firmware upgrade, but is directly compatible with the E-P5. It provides a 2,360k-dot resolution on its LCD screen and it attaches to the camera's hot shoe mount. The VF-4 can be used indoors or outdoors and is particularly beneficial when capturing images in direct sunlight, avoiding the glare often found on a camera's rear LCD monitor. In addition, an eye-level viewfinder allows for more stable shooting because placing the camera to your eye provides a third contact point and steadier control. It offers a quick refresh rate to minimize ghosting on fast-moving subjects.

The viewfinder has a 1.48x magnification factor and built-in diopter adjustment for easy viewing with or without eyeglasses. This viewfinder's Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) technology enables high-speed transfer of high-resolution images and aspherical lenses ensure high resolution from center to edge.

The VF-4 contains an eye-sensor which recognizes when your eye is placed to the viewfinder and automatically turns on the EVF while turning off the rear LCD monitor. Plus, the VF-4 can be tilted up 90º for composing shots at low angles. The brightness and contrast of the display can be adjusted up or down in seven increments via the camera's menu.

The Olympus PEN E-PL5, E-PL3, E-PL2, E-PL1, E-PL1s, E-PM2, E-PM1, E-P3, E-P2, E-M5 and XZ-2 cameras can be made compatible with the VF-4 with a free firmware update, however the eye sensor is not supported on these cameras and with the E-PL2, E-PL1, E-PL1s, E-P2, XZ-2 cameras, slight image degradation on the viewfinder is noted.

Clear view when shooting in direct sunlight
Steady eye-level composition
2.36 million pixel resolution LCD
1.48x magnification
100% field of view
Eye-sensor recognizes when your eye is at the viewfinder and can automatically turn on VF-4 and turn off the rear LCD.
The VF-4 tilts up 90º to enable waist level and low-angle shooting.
Brightness and contrast can be adjusted in seven increments through the camera's menu.
Built-in diopter adjustment from -4 to +2
Directly compatible with the Olympus E-P5 mirrorless camera and compatible via firmware upgrade with E-PL5, E-PM2, E-M5, E-PL3, E-PM1, E-P3, E-PL2, E-PL1, E-PL1s, E-P2 and XZ-2 cameras.
Resolution 2,360,000 pixels
Field of View 100%
Magnification 1.48x (-1m-1, 50mm lens, Infinity)
Diopter Correction -4.0 to +2.0m-1
Eye-Point Length Approx. 21 mm (-1m-1, Distance from rear lens surface)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.12 x 1.99 x 1.88" (2.84 x 5.05 x 4.78 cm)
Weight Approx. 1.47 oz (41.8 g) without case
Olympus VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras
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  • Limited 1-year Warranty
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    VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras
     
    4.5

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (13)
    • Lightweight (10)
    • Reliable (9)
    • Durable (4)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (6)

    Best Uses

    • Everyday (11)
    • Landscape photography (9)
    • Travel (7)
    • Home (6)
    • Macro photography (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Outstanding EVF!

    This EVF absolutely transforms the diminutive EPM2 into something that acts like a much larger camera.
    The viewing area is HUGE, colors are excellent, and responsiveness is very, very good. Read complete review

    This EVF absolutely transforms the diminutive EPM2 into something that acts like a much larger camera.
    The viewing area is HUGE, colors are excellent, and responsiveness is very, very good.
    I have had the VF-2 and VF-3, as well as the native VFs on the GH2 and GH3, and this just leaves all of them in the dust.
    Add in the nice locking mechanism that Olympus finally put on, and this now never leaves my camera.
    It's a real must-have for the PENs.
    (One thing...You MUST do the firmware update for it to work on any of the bodies other than the newly announced EP5, and the automatic viewfinder/LCD eye switch will not work on anything but the EP5.)

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not great with E-PL1

    Used with Olympus E-PL1 after firmware upgrade the VF-4 produced thin, slightly blue viewfinder images. Colors, contrast, and brightness were not adequate for making any corrections on the fly and never came...Read complete review

    Used with Olympus E-PL1 after firmware upgrade the VF-4 produced thin, slightly blue viewfinder images. Colors, contrast, and brightness were not adequate for making any corrections on the fly and never came close to the characteristics of the same image seen on the LCD screen. EV display controls within the Olympus menu were capable of dimming the viewfinder image or making it even more blue -- but never making it accurate.

    My experience only refers to my E-PL1, not more recent cameras or the E-P5 and E-PL5 the unit was designed for.

    Fortunately, B&H's excellent return policy fixed my problem with zero stress.

    Reviewed by 15 customers

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    5.0

    The best.

    By zensu

    from Montgomery, AL

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Home
      • In bright sun
      • Landscape Photography
      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Traveling

      Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

      This is the best EVF I've ever looked through. The image is large and sharp. A needed accessory for the E-P5 outdoors. Manual focusing is easy using this EVF.

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      4.0

      Useful tool

      By retired pro

      from Santa Fe, NM

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

        I am using the VF-4 on a PL-i with updated firmware; it turns my 'toy' camera into a useful tool. I have no complaints about the functionality, the viewed image is excellent. But users should be aware that unlike an optical finder, the image freezes on the photo taken until it is stored just as it does on the rear screen. The other issue is that with the VF mounted there is no sync to external flash.

        All one need do to realize the value of the VF is to try to take pictures in the bright sunlight using the rear screen only... and then attach the VF!

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        5.0

        Good viewfinder

        By Niklas

        from Bolivia

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

            If you have a Pen, this is an essential accessory. It is as simple as that.

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            4.0

            Great addition to PEN E-P5

            By Taylor Morgan

            from Oakland, CA

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Landscape Photography
            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

            Love having the option of adding a view finder (and a really good one at that) to the top of my Olympus PEN E-P5. The articulating EVF is great for low angle stuff.

            I would have given this item 5 stars if adding the EVF didn't take away the option to mount another hot shoes accessory. I shoot a lot with Pocket Wizards and external flashes, which can not be done simultaneously to using the EVF. Small thing though, I work through it.

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            5.0

            Super Veiwfinder

            By kitsap2

            from Seattle, Wa

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Brilliant Display
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Pricey

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Home
            • Landscape Photography
            • Portraits
            • Traveling

            Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

            I recently upgraded from a camera with a built-in viewfinder, to one without, an Olympus E-PL5. This viewfinder, the Olympus VF4, is superior to my previous camera, and I thought that one was pretty good. It displays all the information I need, just like the back of the camera's lcd screen. It's perfect for when I need to have a viewfinder, and stows neatly away in my bag, or pants pocket, for when I don't. The switch/button, under the eyecup, turns the lcd off, viewfinder on. For the E-P5, it auto-detects when you raise the camera to your face, and turns the lcd off.
            So, when I'm using the VF4, I'm also saving battery strength by not running the lcd.

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            5.0

            Excellent Product

            By Frankie D

            from New York City

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape Photography
              • Traveling

              Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

              I bought this for my Olympus Pen e-pm2, which I love for its pocketable size and great picture quality. The Pen e-pm2 works very well as a point and shoot camera for situations such as parties or photographing the grandkids. However, when I need to be sure that I am getting the subject in focus for landscapes and travel photography, I use the VF-4. It doesn't add much bulk to the camera and works extremely well for me. It has a diopter adjustment and the image is sharp, contrasty and bright. It gives me the added confidence to know I nailed the focus and the composition. I am very happy with this product.

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              4.0

              Much Improved EVF

              By Mingus

              from Illinois

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Landscape Photography
              • Portraits
              • Traveling

              Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

              I replaced the Olympus VF-3 with this redesigned unit on my EP-3 and the improvement is significant. Everything about this unit is better and using it is a far more gratifying experience. For example, I find I can judge focus and depth of field fairly well and I can see exposure and other information clearly.

              At last, an EVF that comes close to a traditional optical viewfinder.

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              5.0

              Great Viewfinder

              By Frank

              from Cannon Beach, OR

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Home
              • Landscape Photography
              • Macro Photography
              • Portraits
              • Studio
              • Traveling

              Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

              The VF 4 is exactly as advertised. Being able to look down viewing reminds me of my old Rollie TLR. Eye level is also fine. Speed and resolution are fine. With VF attached the camera is an awkward shape to fit in a camera bag, a small price to pay. It's my go-to mode of shooting.

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              5.0

              Great EVF bright 100% view

              By CLEVELANDJOHN

              from Cleveland

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Home
                • Landscape Photography
                • Portraits
                • Traveling

                Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

                Must have for the new EP-5
                It's a EVF but one with 2,360,000 pix. very bright clear just wonderful to use on the EP-5

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                5.0

                great for manual focusing

                By Jono

                from OZ

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

                  No experience of the two earlier models but this one does the job and as an added bonus manual focus is a breeze

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                  2.0

                  Not great with E-PL1

                  By Michael Matthews

                  from Athens, GA

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Use

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

                      Used with Olympus E-PL1 after firmware upgrade the VF-4 produced thin, slightly blue viewfinder images. Colors, contrast, and brightness were not adequate for making any corrections on the fly and never came close to the characteristics of the same image seen on the LCD screen. EV display controls within the Olympus menu were capable of dimming the viewfinder image or making it even more blue -- but never making it accurate.

                      My experience only refers to my E-PL1, not more recent cameras or the E-P5 and E-PL5 the unit was designed for.

                      Fortunately, B&H's excellent return policy fixed my problem with zero stress.

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                      • No

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Good Image

                      By Family and vacation photographer

                      from Albuquerque NM

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

                      Very good image quality on my XZ2 - about the same as the EVF on my Sony NEX7. Slightly better image quality than the VF2 which I also own. VF4 diopter adjustment is much easier because wheel is now on side. Shape of eyecup on VF4 is much better, rectangular instead of round so it blocks out sunlight better. VF4 locks into place securely which also is an improvement over the VF2. (Eye sensor is built in but it does not trigger automatic switching between LCD display and VF4 on my XZ2 and most other older cameras. Currently that feature only works on the EP5 according to the Olympus website. Not a problem, quick and easy to push the button on the VF4 to switch between LCD and VF4)

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                      5.0

                      Highly recommended

                      By barakbl

                      from Israel

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fun to Use
                      • Great image quality

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home

                      Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

                      My epl1 is now more fun to use then ever

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                      4.0

                      Nice for EPL5

                      By dscott77

                      from Atlanta, GA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

                        In my opinion, the EPL5 is excellent as-is but for those of us used to viewfinders, the VF-4 gives us the high quality option. Of course, it makes the camera a little less diminutive but it's worth it when, for whatever reason, using the LCD is not practical (bright sunlight, for example). The VF-4 display is bright and sharp and gets the job done -- at a price.

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                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Outstanding EVF!

                        By jlw518

                        from Albany, NY

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Excellent color rendition
                        • Huge Field Of View
                        • Lightweight
                        • Locking Mechanism
                        • Reliable
                        • Speedy Response Time

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder for Select Olympus PEN Cameras:

                          This EVF absolutely transforms the diminutive EPM2 into something that acts like a much larger camera.
                          The viewing area is HUGE, colors are excellent, and responsiveness is very, very good.
                          I have had the VF-2 and VF-3, as well as the native VFs on the GH2 and GH3, and this just leaves all of them in the dust.
                          Add in the nice locking mechanism that Olympus finally put on, and this now never leaves my camera.
                          It's a real must-have for the PENs.
                          (One thing...You MUST do the firmware update for it to work on any of the bodies other than the newly announced EP5, and the automatic viewfinder/LCD eye switch will not work on anything but the EP5.)

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