What the heck is happening with OM System's PEN cameras?

The Olympus PEN-F sat next to an Olympus PEN E-P7, on a wooden surface against a blue background
(Image credit: James Artaius)

I've been using mirrorless Olympus cameras (I know, I know, OM System cameras) for ten years. While I had an Olympus SLR before that, I dove headfirst onto mirrorless with the landscape-changing Olympus OM-D E-M5 – but I truly fell in love with the company's line of PEN cameras.

The problem is, despite assurances that the line would continue, we've yet to see a new PEN camera – and I'm starting to wonder if we ever will. 

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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.