If you’ve ever been camera shopping, you probably know that there are all types of differently styled cameras out there. In theory, while the way a camera looks should in no way influence your camera buying decision, I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t. In fact, it’s the way a camera looks that usually grabs my attention first with features being bonus if they’re any good. With that said, nothing grabs my attention more than a beautifully designed camera that takes cues from past designs and influences, such is the case with the newly introduced Olympus PEN-F. The Olympus Pen-F is a retro styled camera modeled after the original 1963 PEN-F that brings uber sexiness to the Olympus PEN line on cameras.
While heavily influenced by the original PEN-F, the new PEN-F has a style all its own that modernizes many aspects of its predecessor. You’ll notice that the new PEN-F has a plethora knobs and dials which is a welcome feature with a camera like this. Like the OM-D E-M10 Mark II I looked at, these extras help keep you out of the menus and more focused on shooting photos.
If I’m not mistaken, this is also the first Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera to feature a 20mp sensor, the first PEN model to feature a built in electronic viewfinder, and probably the first PEN model to be priced over $1000, which crosses over into OM-D territory.
Regardless of the price, the new Olympus PEN-F is a sexy looking camera that will give retro lovers a camera to pine over. I’m currently using an Olympus OM-D E-10 Mark II, but if I didn’t have that, I would seriously consider this new PEN-F, mainly because of the new 20mp sensor and its good looks.