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Olympus PEN E-PL8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 reviews of Olympus PEN E-PL8. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the image quality and screen. The portability and usability also get good opinions. Opinions are divided on the reliability. There are some less positive views about the lens and flash.

design, usability, portability, screen, image quality

price, flash, lens

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 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Jim Fisher (

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 (

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

Expert review by : Ilse Jurriën (

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 (

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


Expert review by : Amy Davies (

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 (

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 (

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

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A compact and stylish looking camera, the Olympus PEN E-PL8 is a new entry-level compact system camera that features excellent image stabilisation and is simple to use on a daily basis. To see how it compares against other similar cameras for photo and...

Nov, 2016

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Joshua Waller (

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

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Very easy to use


I bought this camera this month and deciding between this or a Fuji and wasn't disappointing. The set up is simple but also all of the functions allowing for professional sharp images to capture every day moments. The vintage look is also a key seller...

Apr, 2018

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:PCM
Audio system:Stereo
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Noise reduction: Yes
Voice recording: Yes
Wind filter: Yes


Battery level indicator: Yes
Battery life (CIPA standard):350
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BLS‑50
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery
Video recording time:90


3D compatibility: Yes
Anti-dust function: Yes
Brightness adjustment: Yes
Built-in processor: Yes
Calendar: Yes
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3 / DCF, DPOF, Exif 2.2, PRINT Image Matching III / DCF, Exif 2.3
Camera playback:Movie, Single image, Slide show / Single image, Slide show
Contrast adjustment: Yes
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Crop, Resizing, Rotating / Resizing, Trimming
Languages support:Multi
Live view: Yes
Multi-shot: Yes
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Sepia, Skin tones, Vivid / Black&White, Sepia
Playback mode:Next, Pause, Previous, Slideshow, Zoom / Slideshow
Playback Modes:Next, Pause, Previous, Slideshow, Zoom / Slideshow
Saturation adjustment: Yes
Self-timer:2 / 2,12
Self-timer delay:2 / 2,12
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter priority / Auto, Manual
White Balance:Auto / Flash, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Sunny, Tungsten, Underwater


Color of product:Black / Black, Silver / Brown / Brown, Silver / Silver / Silver, White / White
Dust-resistant: Yes


Display aspect ratio:3:2
Display Diagonal:3
Display Diagonal (metric):2.99
Display resolution (numeric):1037000
Field of view:100
Flip-out screen:Y
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Vari-angle LCD display: Yes


External flash connector: Yes
Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash exposure correction:±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Flash exposure lock: Yes
Flash guide number:393.7
Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Flash on, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Slow synchronization
Flash sync-speed:1/4000
Shoe mounting point:Y
Shoe mounting point type:Hot


Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:800
Auto Focus (AF) points selection:Auto, Manual
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Contrast Detection Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance:7.87
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Lens System

Filter size:1.46
Focal length range (f-f):0.551 - 1.65
Lens mount interface:Micro Four Thirds
Maximum aperture number:22 / 5.6
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):3.31
Minimum aperture number:3.5
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.945
Number of aspheric elements:4
Number of diaphragm blades:5

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600 / 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600, Auto
ISO sensitivity (max):25600
ISO sensitivity (min):200
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 5EV (1/2EV; 1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Highlight-weighted, Partial, Spot / Centre-weighted, Highlight-weighted, Spot


Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Memory slots:1


Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):30 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:30 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

Other Features

USB connectivity: Yes

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:MILC / MILC Body
Image formats supported:JPEG XR, MPO, RAW / JPG, RAW
Image Sensor Size:4/3
Image sensor size (W x H):0.681 x 0.512
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer location:Body
Maximum image resolution:4608 x 3456
Sensor Type:Live MOS
Still image resolution(s):4608 x 3456, 3200 x 2400, 1280 x 960 / 4608 x 3456, 3200 x 2400, 1280 x 960, 1280x720, 640 x 480
Supported aspect ratios:1:1, 3:2, 3:4, 4:3, 16:9
Total megapixels:17.2

Ports & interfaces

HDMI connector type:Micro
USB version:2.0


Camera shutter type:Electronic / Mechanical
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/4000
Slowest camera shutter speed:60

Technical Details

Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Image processor:TruePic VII
Self-timer: Yes


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Resolution at capture speed:1280×720@30fps, 1920x1080@30fps / 1920x1080@24fps / 1920x1080@30fps
Video compression format:AVC, AVI, H.264, MOV, MPEG4 / MOV, MP4
Video formats supported:AVC,AVI,H.264,MOV,MPEG4 / MOV,MP4
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Lens diameter:2.39
Lens length:0.886
Lens weight:3.28
Weight (including battery):13.2