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Olympus PEN E-PL8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL8. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Views about the portability and image quality are overall positive. The usability and screen also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability, while many are less positive about the lens and flash.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus PEN E-PL8 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Olympus PEN E-PL8

 

The Olympus PEN E-PL8 is a repackaged version of the E-PL7. It's a solid camera, but beginning to show its age.

Compact. Speedy focus and 7.3fps burst rate. In-body stabilization. Tilting touch LCD. Add-on EVF available. Wi-Fi.

Video tops out at 1080p. No mic input. Lacks built-in flash. Only one control dial. Slow shooting rate when tracking action.

The Olympus PEN E-PL8 isn't really a new camera, but it's still a solid option if you're invested in the Micro Four Thirds system and want a small camera at a relatively low cost. Shoppers without an investment in lenses can do a bit better, however....

May, 2017

Expert review by: Michael Palmer (steves-digicams.com)

Olympus PEN E-PL8

 

The Olympus PEN E-PL8 is a fun camera that's aimed at those migrating from smartphone cameras to a dedicated digital camera. With a host of special effect options and sub-options, you can create some really cool and unique photos. And when you want to...

Fun camera to use that produces good images ; Fast performing camera versus similarly priced mirrorless models ; Good image quality versus other 16MP cameras ; JPEG & RAW shooting ; Image stabilization system is strong ; Easy to use model ; Good mix of...

No significant changes from predecessor ; No 4K video recording option ; Limited touch screen capabilities ; Menu organization is poor ; Control buttons on back of PL8 are too small to use comfortably ; Almost too many art effect modes; can become...

The Olympus PEN E-PL8 is a fun camera that's aimed at those migrating from smartphone cameras to a dedicated digital camera. With a host of special effect options and sub-options, you can create some really cool and unique photos. And when you want to...

Mar, 2017

Recommended

Expert review by: Amy Davies (photographyblog.com)

Olympus E-PL8 Review

 

The Olympus E-PL8 is a new compact system camera from the brand, which sits in the entry-level or beginner line-up. It is aimed towards bloggers, and has many features which may appeal to those who run their own websites. In many ways it remains...

In terms of image quality and performance, there’s been no significant improvement or upgrade made to the Olympus E-PL8 when compared to the E-PL7, so if you already have one of those cameras it’s unlikely you’ll be wanting to rush out to buy the newer...

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Jeremy Gray (imaging-resource.com)

Olympus E-PL8 Review

 

While the technology behind the updated Olympus E-PL8 is not much different from that of its E-PL7 predecessor, this new model does get a rather handsome external redesign. What's perhaps the last of Olympus' small, sleek, easy to use and affordable...

The E-PM line, which was Olympus' "mini" version of this E-PL "lite" line, appears to now be a thing of the past, leaving this as the last of the sleeker, simpler PEN lines here in the digital era. Given the style, attractive form factor and precision...

Jan, 2017

Expert review by: Amy Davies (trustedreviews.com)

Olympus PEN E-PL8

 

Among all the hype of the OM-D E-M1 II launch at Photokina, it would have been easy to miss the fact that Olympus also announced a new PEN camera – for the first time in two years the E-PL range has been updated.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Ilse Jurriën (letsgodigital.org)

Olympus PEN E-PL8 test pictures

 

Olympus PEN E-PL8 review : Recently Olympus added a new PEN to its lineup of system cameras. In line with the full range, the PEN E-PL8 is a stylish appearance that will particularly appeal to women. For years, Olympus is the only camera manufacturer...

Once we receive a Olympus PEN E-PL8 review copy we will put this mirrorless system camera to the test. For now, Olympus published a series of PEN E-PL8 sample pictures to evaluate the image quality of this camera yourself. The pictures are taken with...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Ilse Jurriën (letsgodigital.org)

Olympus PEN E-PL8 system camera

 

Photokina - Olympus PEN E-PL8 Micro Four Thirds camera : The Olympus PEN E-PL8 looks as beautiful as the photos it takes. The new shape and leather look finish add an eye-catching flourish to the most individual of outfits while Olympus technology...

Like every PEN, the E-PL8 is compatible with Olympus’ ever-expanding family of high-grade M.ZUIKO system lenses , as well as the outstanding PEN Fashion Accessories , which offer a wide range of Shoulder Straps, Hand Straps or different bags for every...

Sep, 2016

Highly Recommended

Expert review by: Joshua Waller (ephotozine.com)

Olympus PEN E-PL8 Review

 

We review the ultimate "bloggers" camera, the Olympus PEN E-PL8, with it's stylish good looks, is the E-PL8 as good on the inside?

The strongest competitors are the Sony Alpha A6000 , with fast continuous shooting at 11fps and built-in EVF, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II with 5-axis IS and built-in EVF, and the Panasonic Lumix GX80 with 5-axis IS and built-in EVF. However, if you...

Nov, 2016

Product Specifications

Battery

Video recording time:90

Display

Display aspect ratio:3:2
Flip-out screen: Yes

Flash

Shoe mounting point: Yes
Shoe mounting point type:Hot

Picture Quality

Image Sensor Size:4/3
Supported aspect ratios:1:1, 3:2, 3:4, 4:3, 16:9

Ports & interfaces

HDMI connector type:Micro

Video

HD type:Full HD

Weight & Dimensions

Lens length:0.886
Lens weight:3.28