Olympus PEN E-PL8 Review – Important But Not Exciting

The Olympus PEN E-PL8 is one of the cameras from the company that has been revealed during this year’s Photokina event. It features a redesigned shape, and it now even includes a flip-down screen that makes the device an ideal choice for those who are on the quest for the perfect selfie. When it comes to its internals, many of its hardware specifications remain the same as its predecessor, and these include a 16.1-megapixel Four Thirds sensor, 8-frames-per-second shooting, and a 3-axis image stabilization technology for sharper images, even with shaky hands.

Olympus PEN E-PL8 Review - Important But Not Exciting

The Olympus PEN E-PL8 is More of an Upgrade Rather Than an Entirely New Camera

The largest difference between the Olympus PEN E-PL8 and its predecessor can be found in its body. This time around, it is more rounded, and it even has a leather finish to add a bit of class to the mix. This particular model is specifically targeted for bloggers, which would make sense with the features being added to it.

With the new flip-down LCD screen, this is perhaps the new highlight for anyone looking to properly record themselves for their YouTube or Facebook videos, or if they want a better, sharper selfie as compared to taking a self-portrait with your smartphone camera. The flip-down LCD screen can also face forwards, and you will immediately notice this whenever selfie mode is activated (yes, there is a selfie mode). You can even use the screen to fire off the shutter instead of using the dedicated shutter button at the top of the PEN E-PL8. Aside from firing the shutter, you can even adjust the exposure compensation while using the screen, or even apply some creative art filters (if Instagram is your thing).

Another neat feature is when you mount a zoom lens that is electronically controlled, because it will automatically zoom out so that your face will fit the scene. The screen can also tilt upwards which makes it useful for when you want to shoot using a Dutch angle (this means shooting at an awkward angle if you don’t want the photography jargon).

Image quality on the Olympus PEN E-PL8 is more or less the same as its predecessor, primarily because it uses the same imaging sensor. Overall, this is more of a mere upgrade than an entirely new camera. It might not be exciting for long-time photography enthusiasts, but bloggers and entry-level shutterbugs might be willing to spend for it.


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