Olympus PEN-F Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only, Silver)

Olympus PEN-F Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only, Silver)

Olympus PEN-F Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only, Silver)

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Product Highlights

  • 20.3MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VII Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0" 1.037m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • 5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilization
  • ISO 25600 and 10 fps Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi, 50MP High-Res Shot Mode
  • Creative Dial, Color/Monochrome Profiles
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Olympus PEN-F Overview

  • 1Description

Recalling the beloved profile and form factor of the original Pen film cameras, the silver Olympus PEN-F is a sleek, versatile mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera that combines high-resolution imaging capabilities with advanced creative control. Revolving around a 20.3MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII processor, the PEN-F offers nuanced image quality with reduce noise, along with the ability to shoot at up to 10 fps with a mechanical shutter, record Full HD 1080p video, and a sensitivity range up to ISO 25600. In-camera sensor-shift-type 5-axis image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting and the sensor and processor combination also avails a fast 81-area contrast-detection AF system for refined accuracy when working with a variety of subjects. Adjustment over the look and feel of imagery is encouraged by the dedicated Creative Control dial on the front of the camera, which offers direct access to black & white and color profiling, and a dedicated lever permits fine-tuning of exposure and contrast curves while shooting. Complementing these imaging assets, the camera body is physically characterized by its retro-styled design that incorporates a 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder and articulating 3.0" 1.037m-dot touchscreen LCD for intuitive control and handling. Classic in appearance yet technologically-inclined, the PEN-F marries a natural handling scheme with contemporary, multimedia recording abilities.

Making use of the redeveloped 20.3MP Live MOS sensor and sensor-shift image stabilization, the PEN-F also sees the inclusion of a High Res Shot mode that composites eight images into a single frame to effectively produce a 50MP image. An electronic shutter function can be used for completely silent performance, and also provides fast shutter speed times up to 1/16,000 sec. for working in bright conditions with wide aperture settings. An intervalometer function can be used to produce time-lapse movies, which can be exported at 4K UHD resolution, for recording up to 999 consecutive frames with up to 24-hour intervals. Additionally, built-in Wi-Fi is also available for wirelessly transferring imagery to or remotely controlling the camera from a linked smartphone or tablet.

20.3MP Live MOS Sensor and TruePic VII Processor
A redeveloped 20.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor pairs with the TruePic VII image processor to enable high-resolution stills shooting and Full HD video recording, along with a wide dynamic range, smooth color and tonal rendering, and a notable sensitivity range from ISO 200-25600 for working in a variety of lighting conditions. The sensor's design also omits a conventional optical low-pass filter in order to achieve higher apparent sharpness and resolution.

The sensor and processor combination avails quick performance throughout the camera system, too, including the ability to continuously shoot at up to 10 fps using the mechanical shutter for up to 39 12-bit raw files or 45 JPEGs in a burst. Infinite JPEGs can be recorded in a burst when shooting at 5 fps, or up to 250 raw files. And if working with the electronic shutter function, up to 20 fps shooting speeds are possible, along with a top shutter speed of 1/16,000 sec. In regard to video recording, Full HD 1080p is supported at up to 60 fps, as well as ALL-I and IPB shooting at 30 fps with a 77 Mbps bit-rate. In-camera time-lapse shooting is also possible, with the ability to export finished productions as 4K 3840 x 2160 movies at 5 fps.
Sensor-Shift 5-Axis Image Stabilization
In-body, sensor-shift image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 5 stops with any lens in use and compensates for camera movements that become especially noticeable when working with telephoto shots, macro imagery, and long exposures. Furthermore, this unique image stabilization system works across five axes to compensate for vertical angle rotation, horizontal angle rotation, horizontal shift, vertical shift, and rolling camera shake movement. This range of detected movements serves to benefit traditional still image shooting as well as movie recording and working with moving subjects more effectively. Additionally, image stabilization can also be used when framing shots, for more accurate compositions, by half-pressing the shutter button.

For increased stabilization when working with longer lenses that incorporate lens-shift type image stabilization, 5-axis sync IS is also supported, this combines the effectiveness of the sensor-shift image stabilization along with the lens-specific optical image stabilization. This helps to compensate for up to six stops of camera shake for more effective handheld shooting with telephoto focal lengths and slower shutter speeds.
Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi
  • For eye-level shooting, a high-resolution 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder is available and covers 100% of the image frame with a 1.08x magnification. A unique S-OVF setting can also be used with the viewfinder to expand the viewing dynamic range to better simulate working with an optical viewfinder.
  • Alternatively, a large 3.0" 1.037m-dot vari-angle touchscreen LCD is also available for clear image playback, menu navigation, and live view shooting. The tilting design better enables working from high, low, and front-facing angles, and the screen can also be closed facing inward to protect it while shooting with the EVF.
  • Featuring a physical design inspired by the original Pen half-frame 35mm film cameras, the PEN-F's compact body design incorporates a range of manual control dials for intuitively adjusting exposure settings and modes.
  • A dedicated Creative Control Dial on the front of the camera body offers direct access to four separate artistic functions—Mono, Art, Color, and CRT—and a lever on the rear of the camera avails access to curves adjustments to fine-tune contrast and brightness with shadow, mid-tone, and highlight points.
  • A manual exposure compensation dial permits adjusting exposures by +/- 3 EV in 1/3 steps, and compensation can also be assigned to the front or rear control dials to avail +/- 5 EV adjustments in 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV steps.
  • A hot shoe permits working with an external flash, such as the included FL-LM3, to provide additional illumination to the scene.
  • The included BLN-1 rechargeable lithium-ion battery is rated to provide approximately 330 shots per charge.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to pair the PEN-F with a smartphone or tablet, and a QR code system lets you quickly and easily connect devices. Once paired, you can wirelessly transfer imagery to the mobile device for sharing online, or the device can be used to remotely control the camera.
Creative Control
Aided by the dedicated Creative Control Dial, a slew of aesthetic adjustments can be made to imagery in-camera:
  • Monochrome Profile Control records black & white imagery and the overall look can be fine-tuned using color filter settings for adjusting contrast response; vignetting can be applied; and curves can be used to adjust contrast and brightness irrespective of independent colors. A film grain effect can also be added and presets are available to mimic the look of specific film types, such as Classic B&W or Classic Infrared films, and these presets can be further customized.
  • Color Profile Control offers a similar range of creative adjustment capabilities, such as the ability to globally fine-tune color saturation or independently adjust saturation levels across 12 individual colors for selective color imagery. Curves settings are available, too, and three presets can be saved.
  • Art Filter lets you apply a range of pre-developed looks to your imagery, including Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Water Color, Vintage, and Partial Color. Many of these looks are available in varying degrees of strength, and modes can be combined or refined for more personalized control.
  • CRT lets you apply one of 12 global color casts across the image, and the strength of the color can be controlled across eight steps from -4 to +3
Other Camera Features
  • A high-speed contrast-detection AF system uses 81 focusing areas to quickly and accurately acquire focus with single or continuous modes. Face-detection and eye-detection settings benefit portraiture applications and group targeting benefits tracking moving subjects.
  • Manual focus is also possible, and is complemented by manual focus assist functions such as image magnification and focus peaking.
  • High Res Shot mode offers the equivalent output of a 50MP image by combining eight single JPEG frames into a single, larger image. In between each of the eight exposures, the sensor-shift stabilization mechanism moves slightly in order to acquire more information than in a single exposure; these frames are then composited into a final JPEG with a resolution of 8160 x 6120 or a raw file with a resolution of 10368 x 7776 pixels. This feature can be used with P/A/S/M exposure modes, and raw data can be developed in-camera or with the included Olympus Viewer 3 software.
  • Interval shooting is possible for up to 999 sequential frames, with 1 second to 24 hour intervals, and automatic time lapse processing can save your individual images into a movie for playback. Time lapse movies can also be saved at 4K resolution for greater detail and resolution.
  • A dedicated Silent Mode utilizes and electronic shutter for quiet, undetectable shooting. When working in this mode you have a range of shutter speeds from 1/16,000 to 60 seconds.
  • Live Bulb and Live Time settings can be used to produce creative long exposure imagery. Live Bulb lets you hold the shutter open for up to one minute and Live Time lets you press the shutter button once to open the shutter and then press again within a minute to end the exposure.
  • Live Composite is a unique long exposure mode that allows you to gradually build up an exposure over time without overexposing key elements within the frame. This mode works to only record newly detected light sources over time, and allows you to watch as an image develops, making it ideally suited for photographing star trails or other moving light sources.
  • A two-axis electronic level helps to ensure consistently level horizons and plumb verticals.
  • Keystone Compensation allows you to correct for convergence when working in live view.
  • An anti-shock mode prevents unwanted vibrations by introducing a delay from when you release the shutter button to when the shutter is opened, helping to achieve greater sharpness with longer focal length lenses or when working at higher magnifications.
  • A multi exposure mode blends two frames using an auto gain to maintain a controlled exposure value.
  • Photo Story lets you capture sequential shots of a scene from varying angles, and then composite them into a single image. When working in this mode, you can record sequential images by sliding a finger across the screen, zoom in or out between two photos, apply unique frames or borders, or arrange multiple images in different compositions.
  • Language support: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Indonesian, Malay, and Thai.
UPC: 050332190351
In the Box
Olympus PEN-F Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only, Silver)
  • BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
  • BCN-1 Battery Charger for BLN-1
  • FL-LM3 Flash
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Olympus PEN-F Specs

    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 21.8 Megapixel
    Effective: 20.3 Megapixel
    Maximum Resolution 5184 x 3888
    Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
    Sensor Type CMOS
    Sensor Size 17.4 x 13 mm
    Image File Format JPEG, MPO, RAW
    Bit Depth 12-Bit
    Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200 to 25600 (Extended: 80 to 25600)
    Shutter Speed Mechanical Shutter
    1/8000 to 60 Seconds 
    1 to 30 Minutes in Bulb Mode 
    Electronic Shutter
    1/16000 to 60 Seconds 
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
    Exposure Modes Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
    Exposure Compensation -5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV Steps)
    Metering Range -2 to 20 EV
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Sunlight, Underwater
    Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps at 20.3 MP for up to 39 Exposures (Raw)
    Up to 10 fps at 20.3 MP for up to 45 Exposures (JPEG)
    Up to 5 fps at 20.3 MP for up to 250 Exposures (Raw)
    Interval Recording Yes
    Self Timer 2/12-Second Delay
    Recording Modes MOV
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50p/59.94p [18 to 52 Mb/s] 
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p [18 to 77 Mb/s] 
    HD (1280 x 720) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [77 Mb/s] 
    HD (1280 x 720) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [52 Mb/s] 
    HD (1280 x 720) at 29.97p 
    SD (640 x 480) at 29.97p 
    External Recording Modes 4:2:2
    Full HD (1920 x 1080)
    HD (1280 x 720)
    Recording Limit Up to 29 Minutes
    Video Encoding NTSC/PAL
    Audio Recording Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
    Audio File Format Linear PCM (Stereo)
    Focus Type Auto and Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 81
    Viewfinder and Monitor
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Resolution 2,360,000 Dot
    Viewfinder Eye Point 20 mm
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.08x
    Diopter Adjustment -4 to +2
    Monitor Size 3"
    Monitor Resolution 1,037,000 Dot
    Monitor Type Articulating Touchscreen LCD
    Built-in Flash None
    Flash Modes Auto, Fill Flash, Manual, Off, Red-Eye Reduction, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    Maximum Sync Speed 1/250 Second
    Flash Compensation -3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV Steps)
    Dedicated Flash System TTL
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Memory Card Slot 1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0
    Wireless Wi-Fi
    GPS None
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Operating Humidity 30 to 90%
    Battery 1 x BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.6 VDC, 1220 mAh
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.9 x 2.8 x 1.5" / 124.8 x 72.1 x 37.3 mm
    Weight 15.06 oz / 427 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.8 x 8.8 x 3.4"

    Olympus PEN-F Reviews

    PEN-F Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only, Silver) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 69.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Design, Great Images I love the design of this camera because it reminds me of an old Leica IIIf film camera , but with all the advancements of digital. I especially like having the ability to use my old Leica M-mount lenses (with an adapter) and having an incredible 5-stop image stabilization. That means I can handhold a Leica 135mm lens (270mm equivalent) at 1/8 second and get amazingly sharp images. I shoot mainly RAW, and I haven't used the creative dial modes extensively. But, I like the ease of the front dial to create monochromatic or color-film-like jpeg images without having to hunt through menus. One complaint is that focus peaking doesn't seem to work with adapted lenses.
    Date published: 2016-03-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tough and Capable We use the Pen F in studio and on location for commercial and advertising work. - we find it tough dependable with outstanding IQ - Clients are happy with results and we are as well. Rangefinder design is comfortable to use. Buttons are all placed well - never had a issue pressing one by accident. Focus is spot on. Really a pleasure to use. Focus bracketing (latest firmware update) is great tool to have for stacking indoor architectural , product shots as well as landscapes and macros. Image stabilization is fantastic! FWIW we replaced our full frame equipment with Olympus mtf and have been very satisfied.
    Date published: 2017-06-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's A Joy To Use and To Look At I purchased this camera to replace an Olympus E-P5 camera that I enjoyed using and get excellent results from, but could tolerate the bulky add-on viewfinder. This camera supplements my E-M1 which I enjoy using with the Olympus Pro line zoom lenses. The Pen-F will be matched with my fixed focal length Olympus/Panasonic lenses, for a more causal shooting experience and a lower profile for street photography. The high res mode is amazing, but being restricted to a tripod to use it isn't how I plan to use the Pen-F. Only complaints are already well known: it's a bit pricey and the dedicated shooting styles knob is mostly wasted on a dedicated RAW shooter.
    Date published: 2017-01-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from love the feel of it Nice little camera and I just love the looks of it and how it feels in my hands--can access all controls without taking my eye away from the viewfinder Pictures are great but I did find one flaw with the B&W--when I use the red filter I have to use editing software to get the noise out of the sky other wise I am pleased with this camera Yes to me it is a keeper. I am just learning my way around the Olympus system since coming from Canon and Nikon--slight learning curve but then again I find this fun. Again not that great battery life I guess because of EVF and live LCD--my advice is to get an extra battery to take with you just like other Olympus 4/3rds cameras Love the size of it for when I hike in the mountains
    Date published: 2016-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Digital Camera with Soul This little camera has really rekindled the photobug in me. I want to take it everywhere.? With the tiny Olympus lenses(the 12, 25 45mm primes in my case), you'll have a very lightweight kit that provides superb images. I plan to add the Oly 75mm soon. I don't see using a big zoom on the Pen F without an optional add on grip. This camera works best with prime lenses IMO. YMMV. I have used the color wheel more than I thought I would mainly for the monochrome setting.? I'm used to the Olympus menu, so setting up the camera was fairly easy for me. This is not a beginners camera. Buy an extra Olympus battery - you'll need a spare.? B&H's service was top notch - as always.
    Date published: 2017-11-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great camera I chose the OLympus after deciding to downsize from my Canon dSLR and ended up choosing between this and the Sony a6300. I rented both to try out before deciding. I found that the Sony wasn't easy to operate and was not intuitive and after a week's use was not convinced. After an hour with this I totally wanted to buy one. It is well proportioned, easy to use, looks great and technically very good. For my photography this was a good choice. I know that other camera (including the Sony) may have specs that out do this but sometimes it comes down to which camera will you use and for me this is it.
    Date published: 2016-11-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Street shooters dream camera I added the PEN-F to my EM-1 MII AND EM-5 MII Olympus set to use almost exclusively for street shooting. The PEN-F coupled with either my M.Zuiko 17mm or 25mm lens is ideal for discreetness in every environment for this style of shooting. Camera and lens are fast focusing in AF and work very well in low light situations. Pics are sharp and vibrant in color as well as in monochrome. The dials are all designed to make quick adjustments on the fly. Highly recommend this camera for enthusiasts or pros. Menu settings can be a bit daunting for a beginner esp. one not familiar with Olympus menu settings.
    Date published: 2018-05-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this little Jewel I had countless cameras for the past 50 years, including film cameras but never loved any camera as much as I love this beautiful, functional, excellent little Jewell. I have other Olympus cameras as well such as 2 Olympus E-M1 bodies which are also excellent, but I never fell in love with any of them as much as I am with this camera. The 20MP image quality is outstanding, the images are razor sharp with my pro lenses. The HiRes mode produced me an 80MP Raw file image from which I had a 30x40 print made with amazing quality. The reproduced details on this print is unbelievable, long time ago my Hasselblad big prints never even came close to this quality. All in all I am just blown away with this camera and I highly recommend it for those who want to downsize without any compromise.
    Date published: 2016-05-08
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    Has anyone compared the viewfinder on the Pen-F to the Olympus VF-4 viewfinder? Better or worse?
    Asked by: Jay L.
    The actual shooting experience is enhanced with the VF-4 since the image is larger, the DR expanded, and there is no lag to speak of. On the other hand, it does bulk up the camera and is an expensive accessory.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Is this body able to do focus peaking when focusing manually like the EM1?
    Asked by: Robert F.
    Yes. The specifications on Olympus' website indicates that the Olympus PEN-F has four colors available to choose from for focus peaking usage needs.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Does it output clear video to external display or recorder?
    Asked by: Sergey
    Unfortunately this camera is not aimed towards the video market so will not allow for video output.
    Answered by: James B.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Has anyone compared the viewfinder on the Pen-F to the Olympus VF-4 viewfinder? Better or worse?
    Asked by: Jay L.
    The VF-4 and the EVF for the Pen-F have the same resolution at 2,360,000, but the eye point length is a longer by 1mm on the VF-4.
    Answered by: Kirk R.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    What is the body of Olympus PEN-F made of?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    aluminum shellmagnesium chassis
    Answered by: Tae K.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    My Pen F LCD back has a leatherette covering that is tacky (sticky) to the touch. Does anyone have the same ? Or do I have to return the camera for another one ?This is a great camera by the way.
    Asked by: Arthur G.
    I'm sorry that you're having trouble with the camera. In this case, please e-mail our Customer Service Department directly to cs@bandh.com or call 1-800-221-5743. Thank you.
    Answered by: Kirk R.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Will the PEN-F offer some sort of sensor crop / digital zoom similar to the Sony Clear-image zoom that does so without any quality loss (other than using smaller crop of sensor : fewer pixels).
    Asked by: Thomas
    The Pen-F doesn't have digital zoom.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    When you set the lens focus to infinity, is it really at infinity at f2? (for shooting stars at night)
    Asked by: Rusty
    As it appears the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens uses focus-by-wire, while the lens is exceptionally-built and the infinity mark should be a good indicator of infinity focus, I cannot indicate if the setting is exact infinity for focusing on stars. My recommendation would be to use the magnification feature of your camera's LCD screen to assist in focusing on stars, or to purchase a star focusing tool, such as the SharpStar2 Precision Focusing Tool by Lonely Speck (not carried at B&H, though you may find it on Google) if you are using the camera/lens for serious astronomical photography needs.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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