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Olympus PEN-F Digital Camera

£871.05
MILC 20.3MP Live MOS SDXC Feb 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
Fourteen industry awards
Mediocre display
Viewfinder is smaller than similarly priced competitors
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Reviews

Fourteen Industry Awards

This digital camera has received fourteen awards from experts in cameras.

This camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from websites Photoreview.com.au, Reviewed.com, Straitstimes.com and Optyczne.pl all of whom thought that this Olympus camera was exceptional.

Three other expert review sites all concluded that they would recommend this high megapixel camera. Dkamera.de and Hardwarezone.com.ph both gave this camera a "Recommended" award and it received an "Especially Recommended" award from Lydogbilde.no.

The expert at review sites Lydogbillede.dk strongly endorse this camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The experts at three additional expert review sites all decided that this Olympus digital camera was good. This digital camera received an "Essential" award from PhotographyBlog.com, 01net.com gave it a "4 Star" award and Les Numeriques.com gave it a "5 Star" award.

Mashable.com gave this camera a "Mashable Choice" award, it received a "Hardware" award from Gameswelt.de and Ljudochbild.se gave it a "Recommended" award.

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on thirty-two expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Pocket Lint the average expert rating of this high megapixel camera is 84%.

Excellent User Reviews

On average, based on 35 user reviews this camera has a terrific overall user rating. Over 71% of reviewers gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

We checked 4,467 expert and user reviews (including 13 verified purchases) for Olympus digital cameras and found that on average Olympus has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Olympus has good ratings specifically for its high megapixel cameras. 100% of those that bought a Olympus camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Price

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Viewfinder is Smaller Than Similarly Priced Competitors

Six people said in their reviews that it was expensive. Website Wired.com mentioned last year “It's awfully pricey for a Micro Four Thirds camera” although they scored it 4 stars out of 5. Website Techsmart.co.za said “Pretty expensive”. In April last year Techradar wrote “Expensive compared to other PEN models”.

Four customers mentioned in their reviews that the Olympus PEN-F was not good value for money. Website Amateurphotographer.co.uk said “Viewfinder is smaller than similarly priced competitors”. Two years ago website Newegg.com wrote “High average selling price” although they still rated the product 80 out of 100. They also mentioned “Good for such a small, inexpensive projector” in their review.

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Not Cheap

We checked 51 digital cameras that have been around for more than a year and they range in price from £59 to £16,360. We think that this high megapixel camera looks expensive compared to other digital cameras that have been around for more than a year.

Pretty Expensive

Six people said in their reviews that it was expensive. Website Wired.com mentioned last year “It's awfully pricey for a Micro Four Thirds camera” although they scored it 4 stars out of 5. Website Techsmart.co.za said “Pretty expensive”. In April last year Techradar wrote “Expensive compared to other PEN models”.

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Other

Released Over a Year Ago

It was February 2016 when this digital camera was released.


Features

Good Features

Three owners who purchased the product considered that it had good features. Website Newegg.com mentioned “Low price for many features” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Howtospendit.ft.com wrote “It has a plethora of redoubtable features, from the conveniently sited mechanical dial on the front panel, used to select artistic modes”. Rb said in April last year “The Pen F is well constructed, loaded with features and a joy to use”.


Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Olympus PEN-F supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also support Wi-Fi.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Wi-Fi to this camera and we think cheaper cameras such as the Sony Alpha A7 II (£783.63) is also worth considering.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support Wi-Fi including the Samsung NX1 (£901.60), or the Sony Alpha A7R II (£999).

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Olympus PEN-F supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also support video recording.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Olympus PEN-F is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This digital camera also supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail. High megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera video resolutions range from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 3840 x 2160 pixels (best).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than a year.

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Weight & Dimensions

Compact and Sturdy

Three people who bought it wrote that it was compact. Website Newegg.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Small Compact” . Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com mentioned in their Olympus PEN-F review “The idea was to  build a more compact and elegant camera”.

Average Weight

The Olympus PEN-F has a relatively typical weight (373 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony Alpha A7 II (£783.63) (416g) which is also cheaper.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Two owners said in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Jf said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com in April last year “Down side, slow auto focusing, menus are a mess, battery life is very poor” in their review of this digital camera.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Olympus PEN-F has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this camera and we think the Sony Alpha A7 II (£783.63) which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If this digital camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the Nikon D610 (£832.99) (3.2" and higher rated).

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Olympus PEN-F has a vari-angle LCD display. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for more than a year also have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Olympus PEN-F has a touchscreen, unlike most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for more than a year which do not have a touchscreen.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus PEN-F has an image stabilizer. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also have an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Canon SL1 (£840.67) which is cheaper; or the Nikon D610 (£832.99) which has better reviews.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might want to look at including the Samsung NX1 (£901.60).

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5184 X 3888 Pixels Image Resolution

The Olympus PEN-F has a 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5152 x 3864 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras of this spec and age. Across all high megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera the image resolution ranges from 5184 x 3456 pixels (worst) to 6000 x 4000 pixels (best).

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20.3 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 20.3 megapixels digital camera.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Nikon D610 (£832.99) (24.3MP) which is also higher rated.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera, the Olympus PEN-F does not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) which you might want to consider including the Nikon D610 (£832.99) which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Custom Colour

The Olympus PEN-F has a custom colour, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Olympus PEN-F features saturation adjustment, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Olympus PEN-F features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this camera.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Olympus PEN-F features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera.

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Supports Live View

The Olympus PEN-F supports live view, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera.

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Features Histogram

The Olympus PEN-F features histogram, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Olympus PEN-F has an anti-dust function, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Technical Details

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Olympus PEN-F has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other cameras that were released more than a year ago also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Self-Timer

The Olympus PEN-F has a self-timer. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera also have a self-timer.

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Other Features

Has a USB Connectivity

The Olympus PEN-F has a USB connectivity. Most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also have a USB connectivity.

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Olympus PEN-F has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Olympus PEN-F has a shoe mounting point. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera also have a shoe mounting point.

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Audio

Features Noise Reduction

The Olympus PEN-F features noise reduction, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Features Voice Recording

The Olympus PEN-F features voice recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Olympus PEN-F has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

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Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The Olympus PEN-F has a batteries included, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Olympus PEN-F has an HDMI. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out more than a year ago also have an HDMI.

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Viewfinder

Fairly High Magnification

At 1.23 times zoom factor, the Olympus PEN-F has a very high magnification compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. The average magnification of cameras that were released one year ago is 0.9x.

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Light Exposure

Supports Three ISO Sensitivities

The Olympus PEN-F has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of this type and age. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Olympus camera. The ISO sensitivities 80, 25600 and Auto are also supported by this camera.

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Mediocre Display

Two owners who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it did not have a good screen. Camerastuffreviewcom wrote “Mediocre display” . Techradar said in their review of this digital camera “Tilting screen might be better for street photography”.

Good Video Capture

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good for video recording. Expert website Pcmag.com wrote “Could do better in terms of video capture and subject tracking”. An anonymous reviewer said on expert website Newegg.com two years ago “Worked great for movie nights so we didn't have to crowd around a laptop” in her review of this digital camera.

Stabilisation 5 Axes

Three customers who reviewed the Olympus PEN-F thought it had a good image stabiliser. Camerastuffreviewcom scored the product 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Fantastic image stabilization, even for video”. They also said “Stabilisation 5 axes” in their review. Website Newegg.com mentioned “Good Image Stabilization” and gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100.

Two people considered that it had a good autofocus. In April last year Foocando wrote “Very responsive and focus speed is fast”. Also in April last year Davidt mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “One complaint is that focus peaking doesn't seem to work with adapted lenses”.

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Good Image Quality

Eighteen customers said in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Camerastuffreviewcom said in their review of this digital camera “High image quality” and scored this digital camera 4 stars out of 5. Last year website Wired.com mentioned “Sensor produces some of the best images you'll get from a Micro Four Thirds camera”. Expert website Techsmart.co.za wrote “Not only are more photos being taken than ever before”.

Three customers who reviewed it concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Website Newegg.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Great Resolution”. Jmalvar said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “All the knobs and dials are in the right places which makes it feel very ergonomic when shooting stills and videos, everything is designed to perfection” and gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5. Light in the Dark Studio wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “The spectacular thing about this camera is that the resolution is very dynamic”.

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Design

Dustproof

The Olympus PEN-F is dustproof. Most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this camera also are dustproof.

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Durable Design

Ten owners wrote that this digital camera was well designed. Website Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote “Stunning styling and design make it a joy to use” . Website Wired.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera last year “Beautiful, classic design” and rated the Olympus PEN-F 4 stars out of 5. Website Goodhousekeeping.co.uk said in April last year “Elegant and ergonomic design” and rated it 5 stars out of 5.

Seven people reckoned that the product was good looking. Expert website Practicalphotography.com wrote “It's a very stylish camera with enough substance to lift it above being a fashion statement”. Expert review site Photographyblog.com rated it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “And houses them inside one of the most beautifully realised camera bodies that we've ever had the p”. Expert review site Reviewed.com gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in April last year “Cynics might dismiss this as a slimmer, more stylish O”.

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Good Image Quality

Fourteen customers who bought this digital camera mentioned that it was good quality. Website Pdnonline.com wrote “Excellent design, highly customizable, solid image quality”. Website Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “Best image quality yet from a Four Thirds camera”. Website Dpexpert.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “Image quality is altogether outstanding”.

Good Build

Twelve customers thought this digital camera was well made. Camerastuffreviewcom wrote “Super solidly built” . Last year website Techsmart.co.za said “Good build” in their review of the Olympus PEN-F. Website Goodhousekeeping.co.uk mentioned “Premium build quality and materials”.

Four customers reckoned that it was reliable. Website Newegg.com wrote “Fast and Reliable” . They also said “Hasn't had any reliability issues” in their review. An Olympus Lover mentioned “Thanks again for your very quick and trustworthy service” in her review of this digital camera and gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5.

Three customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was strong and durable. Camerastuffreviewcom wrote in April last year “Durable design” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5. They also said “Robust chassis, taut hinges, very good input devices” in their review. Stuff.tv wrote “Compact and sturdy” and rated it 5 stars out of 5.

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Highly Customisable Control Setup

Eight owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. Stuff.tv mentioned “Highly customisable control setup” and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Website Newegg.com scored it 80 out of 100 and said “Tools that come with the drive are handy” in their review of this digital camera. They also wrote “Made this aging Dell Latitude 830 a pleasure to use again” in their review.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus olympuspenfbody, olympus v204063se000, olympus v204060be000, olympus v204060su000, olympus v204060se000, olympus v204061se000, olympus v204063be000, olympus manufacurer, canon v204060se000, canon v204061se000, canon v204063be000, canon v204063se000, canon v204060be000, olympus 4010767k
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Olympus PEN-F Review Sources

To prepare this Olympus PEN-F review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,945 product attributes, 170,936 digital camera reviews and 3,219,200 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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