Hello again! Izzy at Digital Goja showrooms. Busy day, it’s the holiday season. FAQ! This is a long one be prepared… i know that some of you might lose interest but you’ll be able to scroll to the important sections that you want but I looked at all the questions that you need to know about how to work with the Olympus Pen-F. As always, if the video helps you out hit me up with the like button underneath and subscribe to the channel for future video sessions such as this and don’t forget, when visiting Miami, come visit me at the Digital Goja showroom. Let’s get started with the most asked questions for the Olympus Pen-F for beginners. Can i use Canon mirrorless lenses? Well, that’s kind of tempting but remember you have a vast selection of micro four thirds lenses available so you can choose from that and even from third-party manufacturers but even though it’s tempting because the size is very similar, the amount is completely different it’s not going to go on there properly. It really is not meant to be used unless you go on and buy these third party adapters that usually don’t work as well as working with an authorized micro four thirds lens. If I’m left-eye dominant and I put my eye up to the viewfinder, am I going to mess up the settings on the LCD? Absolutely not. Number one there’s many different options. When you do this, that disengages the LCD screen and only the electronic viewfinder now functions and also has a proximity sensor so the moment that I get close to here regardless of whether you use your left or right eye, this is now disengaged. So there’s no way you can change any settings on your LCD due to the fact that it immediately switches over to your electronic viewfinder of course that is a setting and you can disengage it but the default is this setting and i believe it’s the best out there. Does it allow USB charging? No I’m afraid not, but they do have a very efficient charging system. The battery which happens to be a very popular BL-1 has a good Milliamperage it’s 1,200 milliamps so it’s very efficient and you have your charging wall wart which works with a cable which is supplied. You can also get adapters where you can plug this directly in but the lithium battery system gives you approximately 330 shots per charge which is rather efficient and always be prepared. Like I say, have an extra battery with you so you can swap them out and be able to do any kind of imaging whatsoever as you can see there are some third-party batteries out there available. I’ve had really good results with them but, yet again, not USB chargeable but be prepared, take an extra battery and your charger along with you. Is this camera made in Japan? No it’s not, and it’s subject to change without notice. Manufacturers change manufacturing facilities. It is a global economy. This one happens to be made in Vietnam but that’s neither here there because again they have the option of switching production to other facilities when they need to. Does it offer digital zoom similar to Sony’s clear image zoom? Well, they call it a digital teleconverter and it’s built into the system so i can recommend having it on manual so you have full access to your menu… we’re going to press the menu button and notice in the camera shooting mode one we want to scroll down to where it says digital teleconverter now first let’s take a look at the scene without it noticed a magnification there in the view of the of the lens, so let’s go back into the menu now let’s activate the digital converter. Click it to on and now notice how much more magnification that is so that’s pretty awesome that you now have without losing image quality a 2x multiplier built into your camera. is it a plastic body? No it is not. It is all metal. They actually have a video out there showing how this guy is being produced. This is manufactured from solid metal and there’s no visible screws notice how this is one solid piece. Very well made and it feels great in the hand plus i love this retro design but yes, it is all metal, no plastic. What kind of memory cards can I work with this camera well it’s SDXC compatible so that means you can use all these crazy new gigabytes I mean we’re up 128 gigabytes on these things, and it is UHS-II compatible so it does work with the faster read write speed cards and it fits right down here so you line it up and push it to it locks it in place it has a spring-loaded feature don’t ever let go cause I’ve had these things fly off, but that way you can work with beautiful cards that allow you to do full 1080 video and raw recording. As a side note! Make sure you are never trying to remove the card when your camera is on and when it’s writing to it because if it’s doing that while it’s blinking notice how that’s when it’s actually writing you never want to remove the card while it’s doing that because that’s just like ripping the hard drive of your computer. Can I use other lenses like Panasonic on my Olympus Pen-F? Yes, remember this is a micro four thirds camera so anything that has a micro four-thirds mount for example here I have a Pani (Panasonic) 12-32mm lens notice that it has the electrical contacts so i’m going to go ahead and remove the Olympus set that aside and line up the dots like we would usually do with the original clicks in place disengage it because that’s how this one is activated and now i can go ahead and it focuses for me as quickly as it was an original Olympus lens and you even have yet another option… company like Sigma they’ve released this guy it’s a 30mm f/1.4 for micro four thirds. So this lens is going to work perfectly and remove this guy and now we’re going to mount the Sigma lining up the dots right on and there you have it. It focuses instantly just as if it was an original because it is a micro four-thirds mount lens and it will function perfectly with all your Olympus cameras. Can I add an audio recording to a still image? Yes, that’s a really nice feature it’s become really popular in today’s digital cameras and the Pen-F is no different. So we go ahead and press the playback button and there’s a picture, oh there I am! .. and now you hit the ok button and notice how you can scroll down and you can now record an audio clip so when you hit the start button you can record up to 30 seconds of audio and it’ll be attached to the exif data of this particular image and when you press the ok button again it stops recording. Can I shoot black-and-white just like if it was film? Absolutely that’s why they gave you the color art filter adjuster in the front here so notice it’s on color now but i’m going to switch it to monochrome and then when you activate your super control panel you can actually change the profile and you can change whether you want to have it with a neutral tone or notice how I can change the filtration system and i can go ahead and by using the command dial i can change the intensity of the filtration so i can go to green, yellow green, no filtration so i can set a particular filter that is built into the system to my particular shooting stop and it will save it so that way you can be shooting monochrome just like in the days of film with your Olympus Pen-F. Can i override settings even though i’m in the intelligent auto mode? Yes you can. Notice how on the menu back here there are some items that are grayed out those you can’t change but I can change my flash capability i can also change my shooting speed whether i want to do self-timer continuous or sequential and if you go into the live view you can also change like brightness blur out the background even speed which you know if you’re working on intelligent auto you might like the fact that you have the capability of stopping motion or blurring motion all while still being on in intelligent auto and letting the camera do the work for you. Does it have a built-in flash? No, it does not. Notice how you do have to remove the hot shoe cover… hang on to those they’re difficult to find. You have a standard hotshoe connection but notice there is no pop-up flash why because Olympus was thoughtful enough to include this little guy this is the FL-LM3 it is an additional flash that allows you to mount perfectly on here is how simple that works you lock it in place and when you turn it on it actually works off of the battery in your camera and notice the added benefit of bounce. Wow, that’s a nice feature because your built-in pop-up flashes are not going to allow you to do that and then you can go into the menu and we can actually go ahead and set the parameters of the flash whether you want to shoot on auto or if I want to go ahead and have it for red-eye reduction fill flash no flash and so on and so forth even rear sync synchronization and you can also change the intensity and I can go ahead and change the power output whether i want to make it more powerful or less so notice how easily it fires off and it does what it’s supposed to… in a nice compact package, so yes not built-in but very easy to work with and notice how they include this velourish little pouch which is awesome because that allows you to store the FML LM3 and it also has a little velcro attachment here so you can attach it to your favorite strap and as I said before don’t forget to throw this guy in here so you don’t misplace it because they’re difficult to come by. Alright so now what we’re going to do is we’re going to take a look at the actual dials and controls on the Olympus Pen-F. So this is basically what you will receive in your instruction manual and we’re going to go what these individual dials and controls do for your camera. #1, we’re going to take a look at the mode dial lock and this is a really awesome feature I would wish that some other camera manufacturers would think of this because this allows you to set your particular mode and then lock it in place that way you don’t change it inadvertently when you’re using the camera and of course this is the mode dial notice how this is where you’re going to set your different modes whether you want to work on different custom settings you want to do video you’re intelligent auto and of course your pasm settings and you lock it in place it stays perfectly there now we have the rear dial this guy is allowing you to change certain custom functions and settings on your Pen-F and you toggle it left and right then on the side here this guy is what is called an exposure compensation dial and notice how it has settings starting with 0 and you can do quarter stop all the way up to plus 3 and as you turn it the other way and again these have indentation and they lock in place you can go all the way over to negative 3. Your next one is very popular in today’s world of course is your movie dial. When you press this that activates your movie shooting and when you press it again and the deactivates your video recording now right to the left of that this is your shutter button and all these guys are very well constructed this is all metal and notice one thing that to maintain that retro design in the Olympus Pen-F we have a mechanical shutter release port I mean this is from in the days gone by where you can actually use a mechanical plunger to release your camera for self timer or long exposures that’s called the cable release connector now this in front right here is what is called your front dial and this again is yet another command dial that you have access to change different settings on your Pen-F and different functions now the one all the way in the front here this is the one that was little bit controversial when the camera first came out and people were saying all this to is to be in the way honestly I think it’s perfectly placed this is what is called your creative dot and this is where i can actually set different color and art filters whether i want to shoot in mono or in particular filtration systems that are built into the camera and it has a toggle where locks in place again also metal very well constructed it feels really nice to the hand and right below here this is your on this side and it’s covered in that leather design this is your lens release button so when you depress this you now have the capability of removing your lens and it locks it back in place so you depress it to remove it and then write it up and it locks it back in place now this button over here is something that had disappeared for awhile and most digital cameras this is what is called a preview button and it’s basically a depth of field preview button so when you depress the camera will actually stop down and show you in the live view or even your electronic viewfinder how much depth of field you have in the image depending on your settings currently on the camera and on the top over here we have our stereo microphone because remember it does have a built-in mic system and that’s what these two little ports up here are so that it does record in stereo and then very important button and again there was controversial they said it was too far i honestly like it because it allows me to just do it with a flip this is your on/off button so it makes it really simple to turn your camera on and off it doesn’t turn very easily so it’s not something that you’re going to be turning on and off by accident and then right here is your self timer and illuminator AF illuminator lamp so when you have your Pen-F set to self timer this guy will depict it by blinking and when you’re working in lower light situations this is where the AF beam will be used on this side over here is your speaker so when you want to listen to any audio that you’ve recorded on your Pen-F this is actually the speaker system right here these three little ports on the side and then since we’re on this side this is your strap eyelet this is the way that you’re going to be able to connect a strap especially the conventional one that comes with or even some optional straps that are on the market and it is a very conventional design with the plastic protector here so you don’t have any braising or scratching of the body due to the fact that it is metal and we already spoke about the lens release button but i’m going to show you something here which is on the actual body and this is the lens lock pin so notice when I depressed the lens release button this is what actually holds the lens in place so that when you go to line up a lens to connect it the Olympus lenses are usually going to have this little red dot which will line up to the red dot on the camera body so that way you align it and then you turn it to lock it in place so they made it nice and simple to be able to easily do it as a matter of fact it’s indented so even if it’s in a dark situation and very low light you can feel your way on how to connect your lens correctly. Oh!, and last but not least here is your flash connector hot shoe and it’s a standard hotshoe so that means you can work with many different flashes that around the market it will slide on in place and they give you a really nice hot shoe protector which you want to put somewhere because this is very simple I’ve already lost release and of course this is where you are also put the flash that’s incorporated with the camera which is the FL-LM3. It’ll mount on here perfectly but it does give you the option of working with other flashes and notice this icon here that’s where it basically this is from the days gone by a film this is where you would see your film plane which now is where your sensor is that’s basically telling you that your sensor is lined up from here on. And there you have it, this is all the controls on the top of our Olympus Pen-F now we’re going to go and proceed in looking at the rear dials and controls. All right so now we’re going to take a look at the back or the rear of our Olympus Pen-F and see what all this means so first of all we have the viewfinder alright which is this area right here this is where you’re going to put your eye up to the electronic viewfinder and it also has an eye sensor in here so what that means is when you put your eye up to it it’s the proximity sensor automatically shuts off the rear LCD so that’s all incorporated here and you also have your viewfinder eye cup and this is rubberized it’s pretty much attached on here it doesn’t seem to be a removable piece so it’s built into the frame but it’s very well-constructed it’s like a hard rubber that’s going to give you the added protection and benefit of covering any excess light and right here is your diopter so if you wear glasses the beauty of it is that you can actually adjust it to your particular class setting so if you wear eyeglasses or readers this is the way to adjust this so you don’t have to keep taking them on and off to be able to work with your viewfinder that’s your diopter adjustment dial. Right next to it this is what is called your live view button and here’s where you can actually depress it and change where you want the camera to have live you constantly or you can switch back and forth between electronic viewfinder or set it to the proximity sensor it also doubles as a function number two button which allows you to set it to whatever purpose you desire here this is an actual toggle lever that allows you to look at your parameters when it comes to histogram and leveling systems and you can toggle that back-and-forth left and right then right on the end over here this guy is your function number one button which is also programmable and this is going to allow you to set particular features that you want this button to do for you then right over here on this side this has been around for quite a while that’s your magnification button so this is when you are viewing on live view or on playback mode this is how it allows you to magnify your image right below that over here to the right is our info button and as you press this it activates different information on the screen so if i want to change whatever info is being shown notice out as I press it either adds more information or removes it all together and then of course right to your left this is your menu button and this is the one that allows you to access your entire menu and be able to go through it and pick whatever options you want to change or preset and the camera that’s your menu button now right here this is your arrow pad and notice how when you are in the menu you can toggle between the different folders and settings i’m using the arrow pad and you can move it to the right or to the left and up and down now the arrow pad itself when the menu button is not activated also allows you to do your settings and you notice that they are indicated here with particular icons and it shows you where you have for your ISO and white balance you’re focusing point your Flash override and your shooting mode whether you want continuous self-timer and so forth plus right in the middle is your ok button and this is the one that we use to activate the super panel for the super menu or you can also click on it to activate the particular setting that you want to lock in place and to the right is the very popular and that’s why it’s indicated in blue this is your playback mode when you depress this button that activates playback of your images whether their stills or video and then the very important little trash can this is the way to delete your images if you want to delete videos or stills individually or you can do them in groups or clusters and of course last but not least the touchscreen 3.2 inch panel that allows you to disengage it swivels so notice how i can swivel it to the left and I can angle it depending on the view that I prefer and of course remember this is your touchscreen also you can go ahead and do focusing point adjustments or particular settings with the touching you can even use it to actually incorporate it as your shutter and it closes up so it gives you that beautiful leather backing and it gives you the safety of the protection. Now we’re going to go to the side and right here is your cover to access your HDMI and your USB AV out USB port right on the top and micro-HDMI port right on the bottom and it has a little hinge so it locks in place remember is not weather sealed but it’s very well constructed so it protects it nicely there. Then underneath ask but not least here we have our quarter twenty tripod thread this is where you’re going to be able to attach your Pen-F to a tripod to rigs to anything that has a quarter twenty thread and here is the lever that releases and opens up the battery door where we have your battery port which is held in place by this little red connector and of course your SD card slot so it has a spring-loaded feature so when you press down that locks in place and there you have it this is the bottom side and front and top of your old Olympus Pen-F camera. Let’s get started with the most asked questions on the Pen-F by advanced users. Is it weather sealed? It’s acting very well manufactured very rugged its metal but there are no weather sealing points on the camera itself you can notice here that it is all metal but there is no weather ceilings on either the lens mount or where your LCD is connected to the body or even the gasket area that would be here in case this was weather sealed for access to your memory card and your battery very well constructed but not weather sealed. Can it work with larger optics? Absolutely, I mean it is a more of a rangefinder design but notice where if you want to go to the extreme here is Olympus is very popular 300 millimeter f4 this is their image stabilized lens so it actually works with the stabilization in the body and the additional stabilization on the lens so it allows you to work with something as large as this and still be able to hold it comfortably it fits very well in the hand. How good is the video quality? Quite good. It’s 1080 and it gives you a lot of control capabilities first you have to move your dial and set it to the little movie icon and you’re going to hit the ok button there you go dirty your settings and you can switch it over from 1920 to 1080 for full HD at 30 frames-per-second 60 frames-per-second superfine where you’re getting a higher resolution file and you can go all the way down to standard HD and even high-speed shooting so if you want to do slow motion photography you can shoot it at high speed rate at a hundred and twenty frames per second. Does it allow external recording or clean HDMI output? Yes it does. If you’re looking for a more efficient way to record longer recording and more capabilities you have the HDMI out capability which gives you clean HDMI also you can work with something as popular as the Ninja Atomos II. Something like that will work perfectly to do longer recording and more efficient recording feature. is it good for street photography? Absolutely. This is one of the ones that I chose due to the fact that I like to do streetphotography it has a vast selection of micro four-thirds pancake lenses like they like to be called there’s a seventeen millimeter 1.8 my tried and trustee and true 25 millimeter 1.8 and this beautiful seven to fourteen and of course remember there’s also some really nice panty lenses and other third-party micro four thirds lenses that will work great on your Pen-F for street photography. Does it have focus peaking? Yes it does but they did bury it in the menu so i’m going to show you were going to activate the super menu action feature we’re going to switch it over to manual focus alright so now I set to manual focus and we’re going to activate our menu by pressing the menu button we want to verify that the still picture it is on manual focus then we want to scroll down to manual focus assist and scroll down to peaking and then you can activate it and you can even change the different color that it will use so now i have focus peaking and it will actually give me a see the notice the red outline and that’s saying that that is not in focus so it does help you out with your focusing capability when you’re shooting on manual focus. what is the highest ISO I can set? Well, again this is a newer generation camera and we’re used to high ISO’s so Olympus didn’t skimp out on that turn it on and notice how you actually have a physical dial i love that feature for ISO and white balance very simple work with price up and now you use your front dial your command out here allows you to change between ISO’s and this rear one allows you to change your white balance if you choose to so notice how i can go ahead here and scroll and going up higher higher I’m already past sixteen thousand 20,000 25,600 so if your need is for a high ISO the Pen-F doesn’t leave you in the dark. How many focusing points does it have? Well it has 81 focusing point and you can activate them all by going into the menu and go into your AF manual focus menu get in there go into AF mode that’s activated and then we’re going to scroll down until we get to set home and that way you can activate all the points so now when i turn on my super menu I can go ahead and scroll over to that and activate them and there you go you have all your focusing points there and you can move it around to your heart’s content you can even do it with the touchscreen. can I assigned what my function buttons do and reassign what they what the function is? Absolutely, that’s where the mirrorless cameras like the Pen-F exceed over the DSLRs so we’re going to go into our super menu and we’re going to touch the function button area, hit okay and then notice how i can scroll up and down and choose what each individual function button does so let’s for example start with function button one. Hit the ok button and then move it to the right and now I can actually with my rear command wheel change any settings honestly it’s like every single setting you can think of peeking multifunction level display I mean white balance ISO you name it and once you set it there hit the ok button and then we go back to our there it is right there on the super menu and then let’s tap it again hit ok.. function two… you can actually go to other buttons and tips so here for example the magnified button i can actually change that and switch it over if I want to do HDR i can switch it to back bracketing mode again do my ISO magnify Keystone compensation digital teleconverter you name it i can do that with all the buttons which is the main difference between working with a DSLR and a mirrorless system. Can I do time lapse and interval photography? Yes, you can that’s another nice feature that Olympus put in the Pen-F now very important.. you can only work in that mode when you have your dial set to PASM so that means you have to pick one of these whether you’re comfortable on program and letting the camera do it for you you can set it to that I like aperture priority so I can control my depth of field so i’ll set it to that now we’re going to turn on the camera course and we’re going to go into our menu settings so and then we’re going to hit the menu button and we’re going to go to the first camera setting the one that has the one on it and notice how we have to scroll all the way down to where has our drive setting so let’s click on that and there it is interval shooting and time-lapse right now is set to the default which is off we’ll turn it on and now we can actually change the amount of frames anywhere from 1 – 999 we can set the starting time the interval length you can actually tell it to record a time-lapse movie and still pictures and you can also change your resolution for your movie setting so you can set your resolution for your movie setting depending on the way you want to shoot your video also so there you have it a very simple way to do time lapse and interval shooting with your Olympus Pen-F. Can I shoot high-speed action and sports? Absolutely, i mean remember the camera does have the intelligent auto mode where it will see movement and track the subject matter but if you don’t want to take that risk it’s better to go ahead and just set your camera to ask for shutter priority and then i can go ahead and pick the appropriate shutter speed and I mean if you want to stop action look at this we can go all the way up to 1/8000 of a second and then of course going to your command dial here and switch it over to sequential shooting so this way i can go ahead and shoot and absolutely capture any kind of movement whether it’s sports or fast-moving children or race cars is up to you but the Pen-F will allow you to stop action. Can I do multiple exposures in camera so that I get one image? Yes you can, and they made it again really simple and other one of the added benefits to Olympus Pen-F so and we’re going to work with PASM this is not going to function in the intelligent auto mode we’re going to hit our menu button and we’re going to go to the second camera setting and notice how right there you have for multiple exposures the default of course is off so now i’m going to activate the amount of frames which is two frames and then you can actually set where you want auto gain or not so that the camera compensates for you or if you want to do overlay you can actually do three frames but you have to shoot in raw to be able to do overly and you can actually pick the different raw files to overlay over each other so it even allows you to do that so that way you can do more than just two frames in your exposure so there you have it you have the capability of creating some impressive images by doing multiple exposures in camera with the Olympus Pen-F. Does it have Keystone compensation? That’s actually a really good question. and it’s pretty impressive that the Pen-F actually has that built in as a feature now again you can only do that in PASM and keystone compensation by the way for the ones that are not used to this term is when you’re taking images of like a tall building from the bottom up and it compensates for that weird perspective that curvature or you want to exaggerate that perspective now mind you it’s always recommended to use a tripod when you’re doing this kind of imaging and they made it really simple because yet again it’s built into the menu so remember we’re going to have it on PASM I’m an aperture priority guys so it’s set there now when i click the menu button and we’re going to go into the second camera menu that’s the little camera with the two on it that’s your advanced options and then scroll down to keystone compensation we want to turn that on and now when you look through the viewfinder you’re going to be able to change it by using your command dial in the front to change that perspective and the rear so this way you have the capability of changing that weird what they call “Keystoning effect” that occurs with especially architectural photography very important to have that feature available in your camera. Can I shoot high-speed movies? Absolutely, now first we have to make sure that we set our command dial to the movie mode to access the full menu for movie mode now i’m going to hit the ok button to bring out the super control panel and notice right there on the bottom you have your movie settings so using your front dial to change i’m going to go ahead and move it over to high-speed shooting so now it’s going to record at a 120 fps (frames per second) and playback at 30 fps (frames per second) to give you that incredible slow-motion effect and we’ll insert a short clip showing you how this feature works. Can I do HDR photos with my Pen-F? Absolutely, and remember this is a full-feature camera so they did not leave out features that we are getting very used to in today’s cameras so let’s go into our menu we have to find it in the menu it’s put in your unless you have a custom function set up for it and we’re going to go into our second camera menu that’s the one with a little two and scroll down to HDR we’re going to activate it and then we’re going to have either HDR1 which is for standard different exposures and composite automatically for high contrast images and then you have the HDR2 which basically sets it to a 200 ISO and allows you to do exposures anywhere from one to four seconds to get a super high contrast image and once you do that you can then go ahead and start shooting but remember you you’re going to need to put this on a tripod this is not meant for handheld shooting because it’s going to compose multiple images to create the HDR image so you have to put it on a tripod to be able to work with either the HDR1 or the HDR2. Can I do bracketing on the Pen-F? Absolutely, they did not leave that out again I think Olympus put a tremendous amount of features in this small compact camera now turn it on and we’re going to go right to our menu setting and we want to go to the second camera menu alright so when we scroll down there now we’re going to go to where it says bracketing it’s the first one there so let’s activate it.. hit on and now here’s where you can go nuts you have exposure bracketing white balance flash bracketing when you attach a flash ISO bracketing… Art bracketing that means you can actually bracket the different filters that you want to use I mean they they just thought of everything I mean and you have focused bracketing which is awesome because you can set the number of shots and then set the focus point differential between wide and narrow so my goodness this is this is pretty impressive i mean being able to do all these settings in your bracketing is very advanced. There you have it. Available in your Pen-F. Well I hope you liked the video on the Olympus Pen-F and you found it helpful. Please share with fellow videographers and photographers and if you have any questions leave them in the comments section below. Happy shooting!