The PEN-F interchangeable-lens camera focuses on form.
While in really doesn't look a lot like its namesake, which had far fewer buttons and dials, Olympus did preserve some of the aesthetic.
On the original, this front dial controlled shutter speed; on its digital descendant, it controls color and art filters.
The almost featureless top of the original Pen F gives way to the more commonplace digital-camera controls enthusiasts are used to. The shutter button has a cable-release socket, though, as well as a lockable exposure-compensation dial.
We used to be able to distinguish between the OM-D series and the PEN models because the former has viewfinders and the latter didn't. No more.
As is all the rage in premium cameras these days, the dials are made from aluminum.
It's really hard to make the backs of digital cameras look retro. The leatherette doesn't do it for me, but like appliances camouflaged with wood fronts, that's a personal choice.
We welcome the articulated display.
Sadly, the SD card slot is in the battery compartment, not here; the HDMI and proprietary USB connector occupy this valuable real estate.
Like many companies who design cameras with no grips, Olympus makes you fork over extra bucks to be able to hold the camera comfortably.
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