Making a digital camera look like something from your grandpa’s collection is nothing new, but this Pen-F from Olympus is the most retro thing I’ve ever seen. In fact, it’s so retro that it could easily be mistaken for the original Pen-F. Pretty soon we’re just going to revert right back to film.
Packed with a 20-megapixel Live MOS Micro Four-Thirds sensor, the Pen-F is all about craftsmanship—this thing just exudes style. Machined from magnesium and outfitted with plenty of familiar aluminum dials, the Pen-F is an elegant and meticulous shooter with support for interchangeable lenses, making it a flexible companion for street photographers. The ISO range is 200-25600, while the sensor is paired with a 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system, which Olympus says compensates up to 5.0 steps of shutter speed.
The camera also comes with a High Res Shot Mode, which can capture 50-megapixel RAW photos by combining 8 rapidly-captured photos into a single frame, though getting the right results will take plenty of patience. Meanwhile, Olympus is claiming the Pen-F has the shortest shutter-release lag (0.044 seconds), ensuring your pictures snap at the exact moment you need.
On the top of the camera rest a series of dials—switching between different shooting modes, and exposure compensations—while the back features a 3-inch tilting LCD screen that can flip out. There’s also a 2.36-million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, allowing users to frame and shoot their photos the old fashioned way.
The front of the camera sports a dial that can switch between different creative modes, including Art, Color and Mono—something professionals might not futz around with too often, but it’s a nice feature to have rather than digging through settings. You can see how some of these features will work in the video below.
The Olympus Pen-F offers a bunch of additional pro-focused features, which you can read all about at the source link below. If you’re keen on picking one up for yourself, you’ll be able to do so this March for $1,199 (body-only, bucko).