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Questions :
See the following Web page for general questions and answers for OLYMPUS OM-D and OLYMPUS PEN series cameras :


Question :
What differentiates the PEN-F from the E-P5?

Answer:
The following table describes the differences:
PEN-F E-P5
Effective Pixels 20.30 million pixels 16.05 million pixels
Image Processing TruePic VII TruePic VI
Sensor Type 4/3 Live MOS Sensor
ISO Sensitivity Auto: ISO LOW (approx. 80) - 25600
(Default: LOW - 1600)
Manual: LOW, ISO 200 - 25600
Auto: ISO LOW (approx. 100) - 25600
(Default: LOW - 1600)
Manual: LOW, ISO 200 - 25600
Built-in Flash Not available
External flash FL-LM3 (bundled)
Available
Accessory Port (AP2) Not available Available
Built-in Viewfinder Available
OLED viewfinder,
Approx. 2,360,000 dots
Not available
External viewfinder (sold separately)
Monitor 3.0 inches, dual-axis adjustable LCD
Approx. 1,040,000 dots (3:2) / Touch Panel
3.0 inches, tilting adjustable LCD
Approx. 1,040,000 dots (3:2) / Touch Pane
Mode Dial
(Shooting Mode)
iAUTO / P / A / S / M / C1 / C2 / C3* / C4* / Movie
  • * Photo Story can be assigned to the mode dial C3.
  • * SCN can be assigned to the mode dial C4.
iAUTO / P / A / S / M / Movie / Photo Story / SCN / ART
Creative Dial Available
Picture mode / CRT / ART / COLOR / MONO
Not available
Exposure Compensation Dial Available Not available
Focusing Points 81 points 35 points
Focusing Target Mode All Target
Group Target (9 out of 81points)
Single Target
Small Target
All Target
Group Target (9 out of 35 points)
Single Target
Small Target
Image Stabilizer
(Still Pictures)
All direction IS / Vertical IS / Horizontal IS / Panning IS
  • * 5-Axis Sync IS is in use when using a IS equipped M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lens.
All direction IS / Vertical IS / Horizontal IS / Panning IS
Image Stabilizer
(Movie)
Multi motion IS (M-IS)
M-IS1 / M-IS2 / OFF
Multi motion IS (M-IS)
ON / OFF
Sequential Shooting Speed
(Sequential shooting H mode, when image stabilizer is Off)
Approx. 10 fps Approx. 9 fps
Shutter Speed Mechanical shutter: 1/8000 - 60 sec.
Electronic first curtain shutter (Anti shock mode): 1/320 - 60 sec.
Electronic shutter (Silent mode): 1/16000 - 60 sec.
Mechanical shutter: 1/8000 - 60 sec.
Release Lag-Time
(in mechanical shutter)
0.044 sec. (minimum) 0.051 sec. (minimum)
Bracketing AE / ISO / White Balance / Flash / Art Filter / Focus AE / ISO / White Balance / Flash / Art Filter / HDR
HDR photography Available
Live Bulb / Live Time shooting 30 min. (maximum)
Live Composite Available Not available
Digital Shift Available Not available
High Res Shot Available
Equivalent to 50M pixel
8160 x 6120 (JPEG)
10368 x 7776 (RAW)
Not available
Interval Shooting Interval time: 1 sec. - 24 hours
Number of storable pictures: 999 frames max.
Interval time: 1 sec. - 24 hours
Number of storable pictures: 99 frames max
Time-Lapse Movie
(Interval Movie)
AVI Motion JPEG
3840 x 2160 (4K) / 5fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) / 5fps, 10fps, 15fps
1280 x 720 (HD) / 5fps, 10fps, 15fps, 30fps
AVI Motion JPEG
1280 x 720 (HD) / 10fps
Focus Mode Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF+MF (S-AF and MF combined) / AF tracking (C-AF + TR)
  • * S-AF can only be used when a Four Thirds lens is attached.
Zoom frame AF / Zoom AF Available
Zoom ratio: 3x / 5x / 7x / 10x / 14x
Available
Zoom ratio: 5x / 7x / 10x / 14x
Picture Mode i-Enhance / Vivid / Natural / Muted / Portrait / Monochrome / Custom / Art filter / e-Portrait / Color Creator / Color Profile Control / Monochrome Profile Control i-Enhance / Vivid / Natural / Muted / Portrait / Monochrome / Custom / Art filter
Art Filter 14 Art Filters
(Art filter variation and 9 art effects available)
12 Art Filters
(Art filter variation and 7 art effects available)
Photo Story Standard / Fun Frames / Speed / Zoom In, Out / Layout Standard / Fun Frames
Movie Recording MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, AVI (Motion JPEG)
Recording Image Size / Frame Rate / Compression [MOV]
Recording Image Size Frame Rate Compression
Full HD
(1920x1080)
30p
25p
24p
ALL-I (A-I)
IPB (SF, F, N)
60p
50p
IPB
(SF, F, N)
HD
(1280x720)
60p
50p
30p
25p
24p
ALL-I (A-I)
IPB (SF, F, N)
[AVI]
Recording Image Size Frame Rate Compression
HD
(1280x720)
30fps -
SD(640x480)
[MOV]
Recording Image Size Frame Rate Compression
Full HD
(1920x1080)
30p 20Mbps(F)
17Mbps(N)
13Mbps(F)
10Mbps(N)
HD
(1280x720)
[AVI]
Recording Image Size Frame Rate Compression
HD
(1280 x 720)
30fps -
SD
(640 x 480)
Movie Effect Multi Echo / One Shot Echo / Art Fade / Old Film Multi Echo / One Shot Echo / Art Fade
Lens Info Settings
(Save lens info for lenses without electronic contacts)
Up to 10 lenses -
Memory SD cards
(SDHC, SDXC, UHS-II compatible, Eye-Fi)
  • * Endless Eye-Fi mode is not supported.
SD cards
(SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible, Eye-Fi)
  • * Endless Eye-Fi mode is not supported.
Built-in Wi-Fi
(when using Smartphone application OI.Share)
  • Wireless Shooting
    (by using Smartphone or remote control function)
  • Image Share
    (Orders for image upload onto a Smartphone can be saved)
  • GPS info. Function
    (by using Smartphone GPS data)
  • Easy Connection
    (QR code setting)
Number of Recordable Pictures
(based on CIPA standard)
330 shots 400 shots
Battery Lithium-ion rechargeable battery BLN-1
HDMI output connector HDMI Micro Connector (Type D)
Dimensions
(Excluding Protrusions)
124.8 mm (W) x 72.1 mm (H) x 37.3 mm (D) / 4.9" (W) x 2.8" (H) x 1.5" (D) 122.3 mm (W) x 68.9 mm (H) x 37.2 mm (D) / 4.8" (W) x 2.7" (H) x 1.5" (D)
Color Silver, Black Silver, Black, White
Software
(Packaged with the Camera)
OLYMPUS Viewer 3
Dust-proof, Splash-proof Not available
Weight
(Battery and Media Card Included)
Approx. 427g Approx. 420g
Release Date February 2016 June 2013
Refer to the Product's Page PEN-F E-P5


Question :
What comes packaged with the camera?

Answer:
The following items are packaged with the camera:
  • PEN-F camera body
  • Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery (BLN-1)
  • Lithium-ion Battery Charger (BCN-1)
  • Flash (FL-LM3)
  • USB cable (CB-USB6)
  • Body Cap
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Flash Case
  • Software CD-ROM
    OLYMPUS Viewer 3 (Windows / Mac)
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card

Question :
Approximately how many shots can be taken with a fully-charged battery?

Answer:
You can take approximately 330 shots (when IS is On), according to the CIPA standard.
(using the Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery BLN-1 and 32 GB Toshiba SDHC UHS-I EXCERIA™ Type1 card)


Question :
What type of memory card can I use with this model?

Answer:
The following table shows the types of memory cards that can be used:

✔: compatible, ×: not compatible
  SD card SDHC card SDXC card Eye-Fi card xD Picture Card CompactFlas
PEN-F × ×

To see the list of compatible SD / SDHC / SDXC cards and Eye-Fi cards , click here:

* Compatibility table for SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards
* Compatibility table for Eye-Fi Cards


Question :
What are the compression rates, and what size are the image files in each record mode?

Answer:
[Still Pictures]
The following table shows the approximate values when shooting still pictures in the 4:3 aspect ratio.

Recording Mode Number of Pixels Compression Rate File Format Number of Storable Pictures
8GB SD / SDHC / SDXC Card
File Size (Approx.)
RAW +
SL (Super Large)
F (Fine)
10368 x 7776 Uncompressed ORF 42 125.2 MB
8160 x 6120 1/4 JPEG 22.1 MB
5184 x 3888 Lossless Compression ORI 21.5 MB
SL F 8160 x 6120 1/4 JPEG 310 22.1 MB
RAW 5184 x 3888 Lossless Compression ORF 341 21.5 MB
L
(Large)
SF
(SuperFine)
1/2.7 JPEG 510 13.5 MB
F 1/4 739 9.3 MB
N
(Normal)
1/8 1,379 5.0 MB
B
(Basic)
1/12 2,347  3.0 MB
M
(Middle)
SF 3200 x 2400 1/2.7 1,245 5.6 MB
F 1/4 2,051  3.4 MB
N 1/8 4,068  1.7 MB
B 1/12 5,954  1.2 MB
SF 2560 x 1920 1/2.7 2,160 3.2 MB
F 1/4 3,170 2.2 MB
N 1/8 6,259 1.1 MB
B 1/12 9,041 0.8 MB
SF 1920 x 1440 1/2.7 3,814 1.8 MB
F 1/4 5,548 1.3 MB
N 1/8 10,613 0.7 MB
B 1/12 15,257 0.5 MB
SF 1600 x 1200 1/2.7 5,424 1.3 MB
F 1/4 7,874 0.9 MB
N 1/8 15,257 0.5 MB
B 1/12 20,343 0.4 MB
S
(Small)
SF 1280 x 960 1/2.7 8,137 0.9 MB
F 1/4 11,624 0.6 MB
N 1/8 22,192 0.4 MB
B 1/12 30,515 0.3 MB
SF 1024 x 768 1/2.7 12,206 0.6 MB
F 1/4 17,437 0.4 MB
N 1/8 30,515 0.3 MB
B 1/12 40,686 0.2 MB
SF 640 x 480 1/2.7 27,124 0.3 MB
F 1/4 40,686 0.2 MB
N 1/8 61,030 0.2 MB
B 1/12 81,373  0.1 MB
Note:
  • The same image (Olympus' standard image) is used to calculate the photo capacity and file size in each mode.
  • The capacity depends on the image quality, the type of memory card or whether print reservation is enabled. The number of remaining pictures on the LCD may not change even when a picture is taken or deleted.
  • The capacity in this table differs from the number of remaining pictures displayed on the LCD. This table shows the approximate number, but the camera shows the maximum (up to 9999).

Question :
How many pictures can be taken sequentially per second?

Answer:
While the shutter button is fully depressed, you can shoot approximately 10.0 frames per second (max.).

Image Quality Shooting mode Sequential Shooting Speed Recordable Pictures on Sequential Shooting
RAW
(Sequential Shooting H)
Approx. 10.0 frames per second (when image stabilization is OFF) Approx. 39 frames

(Sequential Shooting L)
Approx. 5.0 frames per second Approx. 250 frames
JPEG: LN
(Sequential Shooting H)
Approx. 10.0 frames per second (when image stabilization is OFF) Approx.. 45 frames

(Sequential Shooting L)
Approx. 5.0 frames per second Up to card capacity
  • * When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ lens
  • * When using the Toshiba SDHC UHS-II R260・W240 EXCERIA™ PRO card, based on Olympus testing
Note:
  • In S-AF or MF mode, focus and exposure are locked at the first frame.
  • When shooting in sequential shooting H mode, focus, exposure, and white balance are locked at the first frame. (in S-AF or MF mode)
  • In sequential shooting H mode, the last picture taken is displayed briefly after the shutter button is pressed.
  • When shooting in sequential shooting L mode, focus and exposure are fixed based on the AF mode and AEL / AFL mode.
  • In sequential shooting L mode, the pictures taken are not displayed. You can playback the pictures after shooting.
Silent Sequential Shooting:

In silent sequential shooting, you can shoot approximately 20.0 fps.

With silent sequential shooting, you can shoot without making a sound in situations where the shutter sound is a problem.

Shooting is performed using electronic shutters for both the front and rear curtains so that the miniscule camera shaking caused by shutter movements can be reduced.

There are some restrictions on the use of silent sequential shooting:

  • Shutter speed is restricted to 1/16000 - 1/25 sec.
  • If the subject is moving, it may cause distortion in the image.
  • Distortion of the image may occur due to flickering from large movements of the subject or fluorescent lighting.
  • Self-timer and flash photography are not supported.
Note:
  • Sequential shooting speed may be slower according to the shooting condition.
  • Sequential shooting speed may differ according to the lens you use or its zoom position.
  • When the battery check icon blinks because of low battery power, the camera stops the shooting and starts to store the pictures.
    Depending on the amount of power remaining in the battery, the camera may not be able to store all pictures.

Question :
How long is the shutter-release lag time?

Answer:
After the shutter button is pressed halfway, it takes about 0.044 second to release the shutter. (in mechanical shutter, confirmed by Olympus' internal testing)


Question :
Is the Digital Tele-converter function available with any kinds of lenses attached?

Answer:
Yes, the Digital Tele-converter function can be used with every PEN-F attachable lenses because it is an in-camera function.

Note:
  • Digital Tele-converter is not available with multiple exposures, in (PHOTO STORY) mode or when (3D Photo), (Panorama), (Fisheye Effect), (Wide-Angle) or (Macro) is selected in SCN mode.
  • When a RAW photo is displayed in playback, the area that you enlarged on the monitor using Digital Tele-converter is indicated by a white frame.
  • This function is not available when Movie Effect is On in movie mode.
  • While using the Digital Tele-converter, the number of AF targets decreases.

Question :
Where can I find the instruction manual for my camera?

Answer:
You can find the manual online. You can either read it online or download the instruction manual for your camera.
See the following Web page to find the available manuals:

* Download Manuals


Question :
Where can I get my camera repaired or serviced?

Answer:
Please contact the Olympus authorized distributor or service center in your country.
See the OLYMPUS Authorized Distributors List to find the nearest distributor or service center.

* OLYMPUS Authorized Distributors List (PDF)


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