A Micro Four-Thirds Camera with Retro Style
Although it resembles a classic rangefinder camera, the Olympus PEN-F has a lot more going on than a stylish leather and aluminum body. “It’s designed like a retro camera,” Day says, “but works like a 21st century state-ofthe- art machine.” It features a 20.3- megapixel Live MOS sensor and incorporates 5-axis image stabilization. “This small, compact camera delivers incredible file sizes,” she states. “It’s great in lowlight situations, and I’ve used it at ISO 6400.” Day says that she uses the PEN-F with all of her Olympus lenses.
Many settings are conveniently located on front and rear dials of the PEN-F, including A (aperture), S (shutter), P (program), ISO speed, White Balance and Flash Compensation, as well as an exposure compensation dial. The PEN-F also offers a number of creative controls. For example, the Monochrome Profile Control produces color filter, shading and film grain effects. Brightness can be adjusted with Highlight and Shadow Control. There are two monochrome profile presets for classic film looks ”” Classic Film B&W for a grainy look, and Classic Film IR for an infrared film look.
Color Profile Control allows you to create artistic photos by adjusting the saturation of 12 colors independently. Additionally, there are two color profile presets that produce the look of color slide film. Along with these creative controls, Art Filters lets you select from artistic effects like Soft Focus, Pin Hole, Gentle Sepia and Pop Art, to name a few. A Live Composite feature enables you to capture light trails.
The PEN-F offers a large, high-definition OLED electronic viewfinder with 1.23x magnification and a 100% field of view. This viewfinder lets you choose between Magnified Display, where you can focus anywhere on the screen; and Focus Peaking, which assists in manual focusing. This camera also features a shutter with a quick 0.044-second release time and a maximum 1/8000 high-speed mechanical shutter. It incorporates FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF for quick, accurate focusing, as well as a Silent Mode for quiet shooting. Face Detection/Eye Detection AF, small target and spot metering are available. Flash modes include Auto, Red Eye, Fill-in, Flash Off and other sync modes. When you want to capture highspeed sports action, this camera delivers 10 fps high-speed sequential shooting.
A wide variety of Olympus interchangeable lenses are compatible with the PEN-F. Plus, you can connect it to a smartphone with WiFi for easy photo sharing. The Olympus PEN-F retails for $1,199.99.
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