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Olympus PEN-F Hands-On Review


On this review of the new Olympus PEN-F  Chris Niccolls from the Camera Store in Canada test out the latest Olympus retro camera and gets back with some interesting insights.

Niccolls doesn’t seem too impressed with the new EVF which seems to have some lag and a few other issues. The continuous AF is also not a hit from the looks of it. Although the shooting speed is fast, the processor seems a bit slow and with a longer lens like the 300mm (which lets admit is not the first lens you might consider for this body) the lack of a grip is a problem (with smaller lenses it might be O.K.

The touch screen seems to work well but it doesn’t work in all modes – so Olympus still need to do some work here. Video also seems to be lacking (and no mic jack and headphone jacks). The IQ is decent although this is a micro 4/3 sensor so don’t expect miracles in high ISO. If you are shooting stationary subjects (landscape/architecture etc.) you can use a tripod and shoot a 50MP image which will give you more details.

Jordan Drake which joins the video next to the end sit down to compare the PEN-F to the Panasonic GX8 and apart from looks it is hard to give any major advantage to the Olympus.

Quick reminder of the Olympus PEN-F specs:

  • A new 20MP Live MOS Sensor (micro 4/3).
  • TruePic VII Image Processor.
  • 2.36k-Dot OLED EVF.
  • 3.0″ 1,037k-Dot fully articulated touch screen.
  • Continuous shooting speed – 10fps (5fps with AF).
  • Video: HD 1080p @ 60fps.
  • In-Body 5-Axis Image Stabilization.
  • Front creative dial (with filters) and top dials with several customization options.
  • Built-In Wi-Fi.
  • Weight – 427 grams
  • CIPA – 330 images.
  • Price: PEN-F body only – $1200.

You can find many more previews and reviews on our Photography review section here on LensVid. You can find many of TheCameraStore videos here on LensVid.

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