Olympus VF-4

Electronic viewfinder for select Olympus PEN digital cameras

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This high-resolution, 2.36-million dot electronic viewfinder is optimized for the Olympus PEN E-P5 digital camera, but can also be used on many other Olympus PEN offerings. A built-in eye sensor turns it on (and the LCD off) when raised to the eye when it's used on the E-P5. If used on other compatible cameras, it will need to be switched on manually.

With its impressive magnification and high resolution, you'll find this accessory to be invaluable when composing long-distance shots or working in bright light.

Product Highlights:

  • 2,360,000-dot electronic viewfinder mounts on hot shoe
  • eye sensor turns on viewfinder when camera is brought to eye level (available on E-P5 only)
  • compatible (after firmware upgrade) with E-PL5, E-PM2, E-M5, E-PL3, E-PM1, E-P3, E-PL2, E-PL1, E-PL1s, E-P2, XZ-2
  • approx. 100% field of view
  • adjustable diopter
  • viewfinder magnification: approx. 1.48X
  • 1-1/2"W x 2-1/16"H x 2-1/16"D
  • 1.47 ounces
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Great addition to my camera

Written By MikeM, Kentucky on Friday, March 27, 2015

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The VF-4 greatly improves my outdoor framing and focus capability, because it is free of glare. It is compatible with my eyeglasses, too. And the ability to tip it up comes in handy for certain shots. It's an expensive accessory but offers a lot to make up for the cost.

Pros: No glare, compatible with eyeglasses, better focus and control of depth of field, tipping ability.

Cons: Adds to camera bulk and is more fragile than a built-in viewfinder.

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  • VF-4 Electronic View Finder (EVF) for select Olympus PEN cameras
  • Rubber plug cover (installed)
  • Cloth pouch
  • Instructions
  • Warranty Card

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Overview: The Olympus VF-4 is an electronic view finder (EVF) designed for use with select PEN cameras, including the E-P5. The view finder is equipped with 2,360,000 pixels, with a field of view of 100%. It plugs into the accessory port, and is held in place on the camera's hot shoe.

Usage: The unit turns on automatically when you put your eye to the viewfinder. There is a monitor button that allows you to switch between the view finder and the camera's LCD monitor.

Note: This feature doesn't work with all PEN cameras.

Variable Angle: The VF-4 has a hinged eyepiece to allow you to angle the viewfinder from 0° (horizontal) to 90° (vertical).

Diopter: The VF-4 has a rotary diopter control to the right of the eyepiece. This control lets you adjust the view finder to your personal eyesight, with or without eyeglasses. The diopter adjustment range is -4 to +2.0 m-1.

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