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Olympus PEN-F

alaTest has collected and analyzed 160 reviews of Olympus PEN-F. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the portability and image quality. The performance and design also get good reviews. There are some mixed opinions about the memory and shutter, while some have doubts about the connectivity and price.

usability, design, performance, image quality, portability

price, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus PEN-F is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Olympus PEN-F

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Olympus PEN-F from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the durability and image quality. The usability and design also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the price.

performance, design, usability, image quality, durability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus PEN F Camera - Black (14 - 42 EZ Lens)Olympus PEN F Camera - Black (14 - 42 EZ Lens)

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Olympus PEN-F

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of Olympus PEN-F from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the performance and portability. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. The storage and connectivity get less positive opinions.

design, usability, image quality, portability, performance

price, connectivity, storage

92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus PEN-F (Body-Only) (Silver)Olympus PEN-F (Body-Only) (Silver)

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

Olympus PEN-F Review: Retro done right

 

The Olympus PEN-F is retro done right: not just classic looks for the sake of tickling your reminiscence glands, but for delivering the best aspects of old gear. Launched back in January, the micro-four-thirds camera introduces several "firsts" to the...

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Olympus PEN-F

 

The Olympus PEN-F is a svelte mirrorless camera with a retro chic design that delivers superb image quality, but could do better in terms of video capture and subject tracking.

Compact body with built-in EVF. Vari-angle touch-screen display. 20-megapixel Micro Four Thirds image sensor. 5-axis image stabilization. 50-megapixel High Res Shot mode. Quick access to filters and color controls. 9.6fps image capture. Wi-Fi.

Not weather sealed. Video limited to 1080p. No mic input. Underwhelming tracking focus system. Omits built-in flash. Wi-Fi issues in testing.

Conclusions The Olympus PEN-F wins big points for its style, build, handling, and image quality. Photos are crisp, even at higher ISO sensitivity, in-body stabilization lets you shoot blur-free images at longer shutter speeds and steadies handheld...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Olympus PEN-F review

 

Olympus' street-photography-focused PEN-F is the latest in the company's line of enthusiast mirrorless interchangeable-lens models, the first of its cameras to use the 20-megapixel Four Thirds sensor and a departure from the PEN line's viewfinderless...

The Olympus PEN-F is fast, delivers great photos in a streamlined body and offers a nice feature set.

The camera lacks a grip and video is not one of Olympus' strong suits. Plus, it really should be at least modestly dust- and weather-sealed for the money.

Excellent photo quality and performance and a system with tiny, fast prime lenses make the Olympus PEN-F a great camera for street photography.

May, 2016

Expert review by: Michael Palmer (steves-digicams.com)

Olympus PEN-F

 

The Olympus PEN-F is a stylish and powerful mirrorless ILC that puts creative shooting at the top of the list. Excellent image quality and great performance has this camera ready for any situation. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

iAuto and Program shooting modes are accurate and easy in all situations ; Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record ; Overall image quality is excellent ; Color adjustments are easy and fun ; Burst shooting performance lives up to the...

Camera with lens can be difficult to hold onto with one hand. An additional grip is needed for comfort and stability ; Lens mount is almost flush with the bottom of the camera, which causes issues with larger tripod mounts and parts of the lens sitting...

The Olympus PEN-F is a stylish and powerful mirrorless ILC that puts creative shooting at the top of the list. Excellent image quality and great performance has this camera ready for any situation. Read more in our

Mar, 2016

Expert review by: (dpreview.com)

Olympus PEN-F Review

 

The original Olympus PEN-F first hit the streets in 1963. Built around the half-frame film format, it quickly gained a following thanks to its beautiful, yet simple design and small size. Getting 70 images to a roll of film probably didn't hurt,...

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: Dan Bracaglia (dpreview.com)

History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F First Impressions Review

 

Olympus has brought new life – and a new face – to the famed film-era PEN series with the all-new digital PEN-F. The PEN-F is a 20MP rangefinder-style interchangeable lens camera that inherits a lot of features from the OM-D E-M5 II, including 5-axis...

The PEN-F essentially takes a brand new 20MP Four Thirds sensor and sticks in in a rangefinder-style body with the guts and specifications of the near-flagship OM-D E-M5 II. What users gain in lovely design, they sacrifice in terms of weather-sealing...

Jan, 2016

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Expert review by: Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Olympus PEN-F Review

 

The Olympus PEN-F is a stylishly retro compact system camera that harks back to the original PEN-F film camera from 1963. The all-metal PEN-F has a 5-axis image stabilisation system worth up to 5 stops, a new 20-Megapixel Live MOS Micro Four Thirds...

The gorgeous new Olympus PEN-F takes all of the latest cutting-edge features from the company's OM-D range, throws in a brand new 20-megapixel sensor, and and houses them inside one of the most beautifully realised camera bodies that we've ever had the...

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: Mike Tomkins (imaging-resource.com)

Olympus PEN-F Review

 

The Olympus PEN-F checks-off a lot of boxes on our list for what makes a fantastic camera. It offers excellent image quality, great performance, fast autofocus, and stylish build quality. In a decidedly retro-inspired camera, there are tons of modern...

Highest resolution Olympus 4/3" camera yet; Excellent image quality for its class; Very good dynamic range; Fast autofocus; Fast burst speeds; Lots of fun creative filter options; Built-in EVF, Wi-Fi

Expensive; No weather sealing; Mediocre battery life; No 4K video; No mic or headphone jacks

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Mar, 2016

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (tomsguide.com)

Olympus PEN-F Review: Retro But Powerful

 

Classic camera fans like me are prone to getting a lump in our throats with devices like the PEN-F, because they remind us of the old-school film cameras we grew up with. Nostalgia doesn't make for good photos, though, so it is fortunate that the PEN-F...

Cool retro design ; Strong 20-megapixel image quality with excellent detail and bright, clean color ; Excellent full-HD video ; Customizable buttons

Has trouble focusing in low light ; Can't record 4K video

Though the PEN-F is pricey, Olympus packed a lot of features and controls into the retro-styled body of the camera, and it offers great image and video quality.

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: Alvin Soon (hardwarezone.com)

Review: The Olympus Pen-F is a distinctive new classic

 

The new Olympus Pen-F is one of the most attractive digital cameras today, but is it more than just a good-looker? Check out what the new 20MP sensor, with 5-axis optical image stabilization and the new Creative Dial have to offer.

Good image quality ; Excellent 5-axis optical image stabilization ; Quick and accurate auto-focus ; Controls are readily accessible

Details smudge in low light ; Expensive in comparison

The Pen-F checks all the right boxes to become a portable camera companion. It’s clear that Olympus’ has done some of their best work on the Pen-F, and it’s a new classic for our age that would make its namesake proud.

Mar, 2016

Product Specifications

Display

Display aspect ratio:3:2

Flash

Shoe mounting point: Yes
Shoe mounting point type:Hot

Picture Quality

Image Sensor Size:4/3
Supported aspect ratios:1:1, 3:2, 3:4, 4:3, 16:9

Ports & interfaces

HDMI connector type:Micro

Video

HD type:Full HD

Weight & Dimensions

Lens length:0.886 / 1.4
Lens weight:3.28 / 4.23