I have never successfully used the High res mode in the Pen F. When I have tried it, the timing was poor and my preparation non existent.
Turns out I have set the C2 mode on the camera to High Def with all the trimmings, probably out of disappointment with previous results, then promptly forgot about it.
Not a replacement for a higher res camera due to the short time it needs to create the file, the mode does have some benefits and in many ways makes me work much the same way I did with slow speed film on a “full frame” camera. Because the sensor’s native resolution is 20mp, it seems the demands put on lens is lower, the sensor apparently runs a little less noisily and moire is also less of an issue (all based on my pretty flawed memory of past review glancings).
I am going to use the 50mp JPEG version, because using the RAW requires another step that I am not going to bother with, but the JPEG’s out of the Pen have impressed enough, to make them a real option.
And even closer in on the best focus point of the HR image (385x596 pixels)
Interesting. The initial impression of a real gain in quality, looks to be diminished when comparing the JPEG to RAW files.
Will I use it?
Probably not. I am more than happy with the electronic shutter-20mp-RAW-new lens combo for my high end landscapes and the tripod used looks to be enough. My style will be mono or colour semi-abstracts and urban landscape, not so much super high res traditional landscapes that require such close examination. Gentle manipulation of the RAW files is not the same look as the added resolution, but the JPEG files are not as smooth as the RAW ones, which I prefer.
I could use the RAW option, but the though of an added step, massive files and processing time is not appealing.
Non HR modes also allow me to realistically use more useful things like HDR/Bracketing and stitching.