Mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera with a matrix of Micro Four Thirds, 5-axis stabilization, and this in a retro style – that’s the new Olympus PEN-F. We invite you to read the reviews of the camera.
After the last test OM-D E-M10 II are positive for Olympus, because that model is extremely successful mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera that will appeal to many enthusiasts. Do we have similar feelings in relation to the more expensive Olympus PEN-F? Let’s find out!
Design and Ergonomics
Let’s start with the look. PEN-F is one of the most beautiful cameras, they now find on the market. I think I can match him only bezlusterkowce Fujifilm, as the new X-T2 or tested by our X-Pro 2. When the PEN-F stands on one shelf with old analog cameras – practically difficult to distinguish it from them.
The body is designed so that as much as possible to resemble the old cameras and the effect is really smashing. If you are looking for the device, which looks at every impress, it’s definitely reach for PEN-F. But looks are not everything – also counts functionality. Manufacturer placed on the body of a large number of knobs – among them in the upper part of the body and from the lens. With one of the knobs can choose modes – P, A, S, M, Auto, film, and 4 own marked with symbols from C1 to C4. A big plus for the ability to save personalized settings in up to 4 modes. At the top we find yet knob to control the aperture, shutter speed and another for another exposure compensation. From the side of the screen except, traditionally, buttons, menu also includes two function keys.Another knob can find on the side of the lens – it is, in turn, is used to select creative modes – and these we have a lot.
can choose Mono for black-and-white, color, in which you can freely choose which shade is to be more and which less. In addition, the CRT mode, in which we choose one leading color, the color of an image and finally we give ART, in which we find creative filters known from E-M10 II. The housing feels solid despite of many plastic parts feel that the camera has been made with care. A large part of the body was covered with rough rubber, which not only gives an interesting visual effect, but also makes it easier to hold the camera steady. However, it could have a grip front portion (the unknown can be explained by the fact that the old model of such an element can not find).
Additional inputs will not experience much, but you get the bare minimum – the HDMI and USB. On the other hand, in the bottom of the camera we find the flap, behind which is hidden battery and memory card. The battery capacity is 1220 mAh – if we exclude 5-axis image stabilization, you can perform up to 400 images on a single charge. And if you choose the menu mode, the sleep, the operating time will increase even more.
The camera also offers connectivity via WIFI. The connection is stable, and dedicated application for mobile devices allows you to control the camera and take pictures wirelessly. It is a pity, however, that there was no NFC, so that pairing would be much faster.
Display and menu
The camera has a display tilting to the side (this is less and less seen the solution in new models) 180 degrees, so you can easily use the camera to take self-portraits. 3-inch screen with a resolution of 1,030 million. points gives you a clear view, and additionally equipped with a touch, which greatly improves the work.
Working with Olympus at all simple and pleasant, because the most important change settings using the knobs, and by the touch operation with menu also will not be difficult. Especially, the same menu is relatively limited in a number of settings, and those that are, are arranged in a simple and transparent way. This makes operating the camera will have no problem even amateurs, and yet it led to them is this model. In addition to the display among the digital viewfinder matrix OLED 2.36 Mp, which was placed on the left side of the body, as in the old apparatuses. Its strong point is the large, round eye cup, which significantly facilitates the work.
The popular Micro 4/3 matrix allows you to capture images with a resolution of 20 megapixels and ISO range can be set between 80 and 25,600. The camera with digital noise is doing quite well. At the 1600 picture it is really nice, and also for 3200 we do not have much to reproach him. Below you can see a list of images with different ISO values. Personnel at full resolution placed in the gallery . Pictures taken with the Olympus PEN-F are nice, but a little to the ideal they lack. You can see that the camera is in fact an amateur, although its price does not indicate it. Auto white balance, in some cases, has a problem with the proper selection of a color. Tonal range is also not as rich as similar priced SLR cameras.
The big job they are doing for creative filters. We finally all the dedicated knob, and it shows how much importance attaches them to the manufacturer. We find here the effects familiar from the E-M10 II, but the PEN-F gives us the opportunity to significantly greater interference by other modes, which means we are going to set the picture color and tint, and will be able to choose which colors will dominate the picture. Olympus PEN-F in terms of creative filters is now probably the number one bezlusterkowców, for what should be a big plus. Plus it should also be considered autofocus – is equipped with 81 focus areas works quickly and accurately sharpen almost always what you need, and thanks to its speed camera can be successfully used for street photography. It deserves praise the burst mode, which allows you to shoot at up to 11 frames per second.
The large number of knobs shooting is very convenient, because we can quickly switch between creative filters, or set exposure compensation. Very helpful is also the possibility to save your own settings for up to 4 modes.Reservations can not have it at the detail photos. These are sharp and clear and full of detail. In addition, thanks to one of the modes can be photographed with a resolution no 20 and 50 megapixels. Still you need to add that the mechanical shutter achieves the fastest time in succession 1/8000 s and digital until 1/16000 sec.
At the end you still have to mention the image stabilization. Olympus has developed probably the best out of your system 5-axis stabilization matrix. Its effectiveness is over 4EV – works great for both photos and movies.
The movie mode is neither strong nor weak side of the camera. The files are saved in MOV format, aa the highest quality with which we can shoot a Full HD 60p. We also have the ability to record in 4K timelapsów 5 fps, but this can be considered as a supplement, like the mode of slow-motion 120 fps SD … I think that for this price should get both 4K, as and slow-motion HD, as well as the movie mode is pretty poor. Film can be automatic or manual, but in the second we have everything set before you start filming, because when we no longer have the possibility of interfering with the settings. The upside is the opportunity for the filming of creative filters – the same as for the images. Few cameras give you the opportunity, so too it should be Olympusowi praise.
The camera does not have a microphone input and headphone jack, and given the limited ability to intervene in the set during filming can say that Olympus camera is not designed for use film. Movie Mode functions, but rather as a supplement, and not something for which we decided to buy this camera. As for the quality of films – the use of shorter shutter speed becomes strongly noticeable effect of the rolling shutter. The upside for the image stabilization, through which we can record very smooth, blur staff. we have to choose only mechanical stabilization or mechanical with the addition of digital, so that after the election of the second, we lose part of the frame.
Summary and evaluation
Picture quality is good but not the best. Tonal range and color images from the cameras differ from other manufacturers, even if Canon SLR with mid-range. Movie Mode function despite timelapsu and slow-motion is also not without flaws, because we lack the possibility of shooting in 4K, and slow-motion in SD … well, it’s not in our times. All these drawbacks consider in terms of price – 5.5 thousand. gold are the same body – it puts the camera on the shelf models for intermediate users, but the quality does not go hand in hand with the price.
Vain to seek a second camera that just looks nice. The large number of knobs work is really enjoyable and a very wide selection of creative filters allows for great fun. Olympus PEN-F would be the ideal camera for amateurs – nice, handy, easy to use. The problem is just the price. Because how many amateurs can pay almost 6,000 for the same body? If such a will, the camera definitely recommend.