• 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Olympus PEN-F advantages over Olympus E-M1 II

  • Less expensive
    $999 vs $1699
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Thinner
    37 mm vs 68 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    434g vs 574g
    Lighter weight
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Olympus E-M1 II advantages over Olympus PEN-F

  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 1.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,312 vs 894 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 440 vs 330 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.74x vs 0.62x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.6 fps vs 10.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    60.6 fps vs 10.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/16000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Highest resolution Olympus 4/3" camera yet; Excellent image quality for its class; Very good dynamic range; Fast autofocus; Fast burst speeds; Lots of fun creative filter options; Built-in EVF, Wi-Fi.

  • Expensive; No weather sealing; Mediocre battery life; No 4K video; No mic or headphone jacks.

  • Excellent image quality; Very good dynamic range & high ISO performance; Fantastic C-AF performance; Incredible burst rates, even with RAW; 4K UHD & Cinema 4K (DCI) video; Clean HDMI; Dual SD card slots.

  • Expensive; Menus still confusing; UHS-II support only on one card slot; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm X-T2

Olympus PEN-F
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus E-M1 II
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Olympus E-M5 II

Olympus PEN-F
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More pixels
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • External Mic Jack
Olympus E-M1 II
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Olympus PEN-F
Panasonic GX85
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic GX85
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Olympus E-PL8

Olympus PEN-F
Olympus E-PL8
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Olympus E-M1 II
Olympus E-PL8
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $599
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic GH5

Olympus PEN-F
Panasonic GH5
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Shoot 4K video
Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic GH5
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
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