Olympus PEN-F Hands-On Field Test by TheCameraStoreTV


TCSTV:The OMD E-M5 revitalized Olympus’ mirrorless camera line with it’s beautiful, classic styling, but the Pen series has failed to cause much excitement recently. Now, the new Pen-F camera bring gorgeous retro styling and a new sensor to the Olympus lineup. Is this the camera Chris has been waiting for?

PEN-F Store links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

UPDATE: Chris and I are always as transparent and accurate as possible when it comes to testing products for TCSTV. If we are ever looking at a pre-production camera, we will mention that during the episode. Recent examples of this include the Sony A6300 and Fuji X-Pro 2 episodes. For this reason, when Olympus approached us with the new Pen-F unit, we specifically requested that it was a production unit that the user at home would have access to. Olympus assured us that they had a production, reviewable copy of the Pen-F, so we told them to ship us the camera which is featured in this episode. After the episode was posted, Olympus contacted us to state that the camera we tested was indeed not final firmware. This apparently led to our issues with the continuous AF performance. This was their mistake, as we requested and were assured a production-level camera with final firmware. The good news is that Olympus says some of the issues we found are resolved in their final firmware. We are excited to retest this camera when it is available in a final production version. If the issues are addressed, it will be a much more capable camera than one we tested (and enjoyed) here. Thank you for continuing to support TCSTV with your views, comments and shares. We’ll do our best to bring you the consistent, reliable tests you’ve come to expect from Chris and I. Jordan @ TCSTV


Press text: Xacti, nac Image Technology, Meitu, Autel, and 3db Hardware Technology join the MFT Group


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Olympus Japan issued the following press text. We got five new MFT group members:

We are pleased to announce that three more companies have recently declared their support for the standard and will be introducing products compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard.

The Xacti Corporation, which has been the world’s leading OEM manufacturer of digital cameras over 20 years, nac Image Technology Inc., a total supplier of professional imaging systems equipment, Meitu (Xiamen Meitu Mobile Technology Co., Ltd.), a mobile internet company in China, Autel (Autel Robotics Co., Ltd.), a developer, manufacturer, and provider of UAV aerial photography products, and 3db Hardware Technology, a provider of digital cameras and imaging engines, join the Micro Four Thirds System standard group.

Xacti Corporation:

A Japanese company being world’s leading ODM/OEM with advanced capabilities of developing various cutting-edge digital devices in the era of IoT. Aiming to realize their corporate mission “Innovate the way people live” by expanding human’s five senses through digital technologies.

Xacti’s Website

nac Image Technology, Inc. :

nac Image Technology was founded in 1958 and is headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo.
Its core business is the development, manufacturing and sales of imaging and measurement equipment for research and development in industry, academia and government, as well as the sales and rental of video production equipment for the motion picture, CM production and television industries.

nac Image Technology’s Website

Autel Robotics Co., Ltd. :

Autel Robotics was established in 2014 as a subsidiary of Autel Corporation to develop, manufacture, and provide aerial photography and industrial UAV products.

Autel Robotics’ Website

Meitu(Xiamen Meitu Mobile Technology Co., Ltd.) :

Meitu Company was established in 2008 and it is a mobile internet company in China, creating MeituPic, BeautyCam, Meipai, MakeupPlus, SelfieCity and other Apps, as well as Meitu Smartphone, Meitu Smart Camera and other hardware products, based on the art of “beauty”.

Meitu’ Website

3db Hardware Technology Inc. :

3db was established in 2014 based in Shenzhen, China. 3db camera, powered by SuperSense engine, could provide users with very easy-to-use and easy-to-share photography experiences. 3db also provides imaging engine modules for drone makers, AR/VR device makers, etc.

3db Hardware Technology’ Website


PEN-F is shipping at BH


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The PEN-F preorders are shipping out at BHphoto. Thanks Matt and all other readers who shared that info!

PEN-F Preorder links:
Silver PEN-F in USA/Canada at Bhphoto, Amazon, Adorama, GetOlympus, GetOlympus Canada.
Black PEN-F in USA/Canada at Bhphoto, Amazon, Adorama, GetOlympus, GetOlympus Canada.
Silver PEN-F in EU at Amazon Deutschland, FotoMundus, AmazonUK, WexUk, ParkCameras.
Black PEN-F in EU at Amazon Deutschland, FotoMundusAmazonUK, WexUK, ParkCameras.

Black PEN-F (Click here) in Stock at FocusCamera!