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Going old school

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.

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Front dial

On the original, this front dial controlled shutter speed; on its digital descendant, it controls color and art filters.

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The terrain

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.

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Viewfinder

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.

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Shiny

As is all the rage in premium cameras these days, the dials are made from aluminum.

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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.

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We welcome the articulated display.

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Card slot not here

Sadly, the SD card slot is in the battery compartment, not here; the HDMI and proprietary USB connector occupy this valuable real estate.

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Pay up for the grip

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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