Canon EOS R vs Olympus PEN-F Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Mirrorless cameras.

EOS R vs PEN-F - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Canon EOS R vs Olympus PEN-F Specs


  • Introduced in September 2018
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 31 megapixel
  • 5 frames/second
  • 100 – 40000 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 80.00mm (3.1″) Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount R Mount
  • WiFi built-in
  • 135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4mm³ (5.3″ x 3.9″ x 3.3″)
  • 660g (21.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for EOS R


  • Introduced in January 2016
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 20 megapixel
  • 10 frames/second
  • 200 – 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 76.00mm (3.0″) Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 124.8 x 72.1 x 37.3mm³ (4.9″ x 2.8″ x 1.5″)
  • 427g (13.8 oz.)

All specs: Main page for PEN-F

EOS R vs PEN-F Sensors

On the pictures below the sensor areas of cameras are highlighted.

This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Better choice: Canon EOS R

EOS R vs PEN-F: Viewfinder

EOS R has an electronic viewfinder and it’s resolution is 3.68 megapixel with magnification of 0.76x.

PEN-F has an electronic viewfinder with resolution 2.36 megapixel, it’s magnification is 0.61x.

Viewfinder magnifications of compared cameras. The black area shows a magnification of 1x, relative to native size; in red is a magnification of 0.85x.

EOS R (0.76x)

PEN-F (0.61x)

Note: Differences in the image area are the result of different image ratios, 3:2 or 4:3. That can make it difficult to compare the viewfinder magnification of both cameras. However, with these two cameras the difference is considerable in any case.

Canon EOS R VS Olympus PEN-F Other Specs Comparison

Why is Canon EOS R a better choice



Larger sensor (5)

Full frame Four Thirds
Wider resolution (5, megapixel)

31.30 20.30
Auto Focus points (4)

5955 81
Better sensibility (4)

100 – 40000 ISO 200 – 25600 ISO
Better viewfinder (4, Megapixel)

3.68 2.36
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)

2.10 1.04
Better Video (2)

3840 x 2160 1920 x 1080
External microphone (2)

Longer battery life (3, photos)

370 330
USB 3.0 (2)

Environmental sealing (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the EOS R are the larger sensor, the higher resolution and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Canon are the larger sensitivity, the better viewfinder and that the display has a higher resolution. A nice touch is the superior video recording, the connector for an external microphone and that the battery has more stamina. Another advantage over the PEN-F: the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today’s image size and the requirements of 4K video.

The EOS R scores 33 points.

Otherwise why to choose Olympus PEN-F



Higher speed (4, frames/second)

5 10
Larger lens selection (3)

4 80
Image stabilizer (3)

Weighs less (2)

(21.3 oz.)
(13.8 oz.)
More portable (2)


Conclusion: Advantages of the PEN-F are that the camera is faster, the larger selection of lenses and the optical image stabilizer. A nice touch is the lower weight than the EOS R and the more compact size.

Yields 14 points for the PEN-F.

Common Specs for both cameras compared



Sensor cleaning

Articulated screen

Touch screen


Canon EOS R VS Olympus PEN-F Dimensions

Look at front view of the EOS R and PEN-F

Top view of cameras

Total scores

Here’s the total score according to comparison above:

Canon EOS R

Olympus PEN-F


We recommend Canon EOS R as better choice.

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