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Olympus PEN E-PL8 First Impressions Review

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

E-PL8 Key Descriptions

  • 16MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor
  • 8 fps continuous shooting
  • 3-axis image stabilization
  • Tilting 1.04M-dot touchscreen LCD
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Embellished controls for shooting self-portraits

The E-PL8 valiantly takes place at the bottom of Olympus’ Micro Four Thirds lineup, though don’t take for granted that it’s low-end. It replaces the E-PL7 as Olympus’ ‘gateway’ camera into its ILC system for people who have discovered their love of photography as a consequence their camera phone and want to take the next step up.

With this customer in mind, the E-PL8 has tried to bring together the most artistically of both worlds, offering features that are useful no matter which way the camera is pointed and that should appeal to the young hip crowd that is at the ready to improve the quality of their images.

First and foremost, this customer most likely already owns a cleanly designed, trendy intimate electronic device that works just as much as a fashion accessory as a piece of technology. Knowing that, the E-PL8 has gone through a bit of a intention clean-up when compared to the E-PL7. A new set of optional color-coordinated cases and straps indicate as much thought was put into aesthetics as performance for this update.

Advance, with the E-PL7, Olympus wagered that their customer would be as interested in pointing the camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or at themselves as often as away, since that is one of the notify ways phone cameras are used. The E-PL7 was therefore equipped with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel a rear screen that could angle 90-degrees upward or 180-degrees declining to face the front of the camera, allowing a photographer to effortlessly frame a self-portrait. For the E-PL8, the touchscreen configuration remains the same but receives some updates to bury the hatchet e construct taking self-portraits or video easier.

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The E-PL8 also inherits the ability process both JPEG and Raw files in-camera. With JPEGs, adjustments are meagre to things like cropping, shadow adjustment, red-eye correction, and color saturation. Raw processing, however, is much more in depth and offers the capability faculty to change any image parameter that can be adjusted while shooting, like highlights and shadows or the application of the extended bank of art filters that basic appeared in the E-M10 II. 

The good news is the hardware found in the E-PL8 is known to be a decent piece of kit, as it has been lifted from the Silver award successful E-M10 II. All the E-PL8 doesn’t include is the E-M10 II’s electronic viewfinder, although one that attaches to the hot shoe is available as an accessory.

Included are color coordinated strap lug run things and camera strap.

The E-PL8 also comes in brown… … and black.

The E-PL8 comes in either black, white or brown leatherette over a silverware matte chassis finish. Prices will start at $549.99 for the body only, and $649 for the kit that includes the 14-42 IIR zoom lens. Those fees are $50 lower than what the E-PL7 cost when it was introduced. 

Republished: dpreview.com

About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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