Olympus PEN-F reportedly discontinued

Olympus PEN-F reportedly discontinued

UPDATE: 43 Rumors writes that Olympus Japan has confirmed that the PEN-F has been discontinued. The site also reiterates that no successor model (ie PEN-F Mark II) has been registered to replace it. 

The Olympus PEN-F – arguably the most beautifully designed camera in recent memory – has been discontinued, according to a number of Japanese camera stores. 

The news was shared by Olympus rumour site 43 Rumors, which cited listings pages from both Mapcamera and Yodobashi marking the product as discontinued (or "production completed", to give its Google translated version). 

There have been conflicting rumors about the future of the PEN-F over the past year or so. Much like the Olympus OM-D E-M5, a successor was widely expected prior to the launch of the new flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1X, but never materialised.

The PEN line of cameras – which includes the popular Olympus PEN E-PL9 – is the company's range of ultra stylish but pared-down rangefinder-style cameras that prioritise form over function. 

According to reports, the Olympus PEN-F has been discontinued

According to reports, the Olympus PEN-F has been discontinued

The PEN-F was unique in that it was essentially an E-M5 Mark II with a bigger sensor, boasting all the powerhouse features of its stablemate inside a jaw-droppingly beautiful body. The Hollywood looks came at a premium, however, as the PEN-F was significantly more expensive, making it very much a prestige product. 

When asked by Imaging Resource last April about how the PEN-F had fared, two years after its launch, Shigemi Sugimoto, Head of Olympus' Imaging Business Unit, said that "the selling situation has almost meet our expectation [sic]." 

With this discontinuation, and the latest rumors that Olympus may not proceed with a second version, it would appear PEN-F sales ultimately didn't meet those expectations. We would love a surprise announcement of a Mark II, though…

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.