After months and months of rumors, Olympus has finally unveiled the Olympus PEN-F, a digital revitalization of its original Pen-F, a half-frame film camera that made its debut in 1963.
Like its other Pen siblings, the Pen-F is a retro-inspired mirrorless camera designed to combine the best of digital technology with the aesthetics of the analog days. Rather than replacing any of the current Pen cameras in Olympus’ lineup though, the Pen-F is meant to act as a premium option for those who want a little more bang for their buck.
Two of the key features separating itself from other cameras in Olympus Pen lineup are the sensor size and the onboard electronic viewfinder, the first of its kind for an digital Pen camera.
The sensor inside is a 20-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, a solid increase from the 16-megapixel sensor seen in previous cameras. Besides the increase in pixels, the new sensor features 5-axis image stabilization with automatic panning detection, a 50-megapixel high-res mode and can fire off up to 10 RAW frames per second (FPS) when shooting in continuous mode (20FPS when using the electronic shutter).
As for displays, the Pen-F offers a 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder and a 3-inch LCD screen on the back, which can be rotated and tilted on multiple axes.
Aesthetically, the Pen-F takes many queues from its analogue counterpart, while also combining many of the same button placement and controls of Olympus’ digital Pen cameras.