- 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
- 3" Tilting Display
- ISO 200 - 25600
- Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Micro Four Thirds Mount
- 357g - 115 x 67 x 38mm
- Released September 2016
- Previous Model is Olympus E-PL7
- Replacement is Olympus E-PL9
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Olympus E-PL8 summary
Olympus E-PL8 is Olympus's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera first introduced on September of 2016. The camera houses a 16MP, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
Olympus released this camera as a way to replace the older Olympus E-PL7 (Read Full Comparison) and afterwards launched the newer Olympus E-PL9 (Read Full Comparison) to update this model.
The E-PL8 stands at #42 out of 115 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and overall #262 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. Please check out our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your customized factors.
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Olympus E-PL8 family
The Olympus E-PL8 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can look at all past and newer models alongside important specifications.
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E-PL8 vs E-PL916MPFour Thirds8.6 fps2018
E-PL8 vs E-M10 III16MPFour Thirds8.6 fps2017
E-PL8 vs E-M10 II16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2015
E-PL8 vs E-PL716MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
E-PL8 vs E-PL616MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
E-PL8 vs E-M1016MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
E-PL8 vs E-P516MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2013
E-PL8 vs E-PM216MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2013
E-PL8 vs E-PL516MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2012
E-PL8 vs E-PM112MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2011
E-PL8 vs E-PL312MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2011
E-PL8 vs E-P312MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
E-PL8 vs E-PL212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
E-PL8 vs E-PL1s12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
E-PL8 vs E-PL112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
E-PL8 vs E-P212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
E-PL8 vs E-P112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Olympus E-PL8 Gallery
You can look at the E-PL8 from several angles in the gallery below.
Olympus E-PL8 Pros and Cons
Here is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Olympus E-PL8 based on features which are normally regarded as essential in a camera.
Olympus E-PL8 Sensor features
The Olympus E-PL8 is powered by the TruePic VII processor. The measurement of the sensor on the Olympus E-PL8 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily produce cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CMOS sensor boasts 16MP and delivers a native ISO range of 200 to 25600. The ISO can also be widened electronically to a low of 100. RAW format is supported which means that you have more margin for error.
The image underneath displays the E-PL8's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The E-PL8 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is displayed in green.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Olympus E-PL8 dimensions
Olympus E-PL8 is 0.79 pounds (357 grams or 12.59 oz) and the physical size of the camera is 115mm x 67mm x 38mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 1.5"). The weight of average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 327 grams and the Olympus E-PL8 is similar as compared with other competitors.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Here is a image of the Olympus E-PL8 besides a softdrink so you're able to have a feel for its size.
The top view underneath will provide the button design on the E-PL8.
Olympus E-PL8 Lens features
The E-PL8 fits the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses to choose from. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the E-PL8.
Olympus E-PL8 Connectivity
The E-PL8 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to transfer pictures and sometimes adjust settings without connecting physically with the camera.
Some apps also allow a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external screen. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.
Olympus E-PL8 Video features
The highest possible video quality on the Olympus E-PL8 is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in H.264 and Motion JPEG format. 1080p quality provides a good balance in quality versus file size but 1080p will not leave you with much room to crop. The body does not offer a mic and / or headphone socket which means you have absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably best to shop for an alternative model if you need better audio in your video clips.
Olympus E-PL8 Weather Sealing
Olympus E-PL8 does not have environment proofing so wet conditions can easily ruin the camera.
Olympus E-PL8 Display and Viewfinder
The Olympus E-PL8 is equipped with a 3" tilting display screen having a resolution of 1,037k dots.
Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means that you can easily switch focus points as well as adjust settings with your finger.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The ViewFinder specifications regarding Olympus E-PL8 are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic (optional)
In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and hard to view, viewfinders will be very helpful.
Olympus E-PL8 Shutter features
Olympus E-PL8 continuous shooting rate is 8.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Olympus E-PL8 Flash and Hot shoe features
Olympus E-PL8 includes external flash support but does not have built in flash.
Olympus E-PL8 Autofocusing features
Olympus E-PL8 includes only Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster and exact as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera supports Face detect which makes it useful for portrait photography.
The AF system supports 81 focus points to select from. Olympus E-PL8 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers to adjust focus. It also has Tracking AF for moving things. Olympus E-PL8 can use manual focus if required in low light occasions or you want to have more accurate focus control.
Olympus E-PL8 Battery life
The battery life in the Olympus E-PL8 is designed to last for 350 shots with respect to the CIPA standards making it similar to its rivals. The average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 339. Samsung NX mini has the best (650) battery life in this kind of cameras.
Following is a list of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that have the best battery life:
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Olympus E-PL8 for various categories of photography
The following bar chart displays a summary of the Olympus E-PL8 for various categories of photography. To view more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.
Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL8
The Olympus E-PL8 gets a rating of 73 which is nice, and means the camera is a very decent choice for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support in addition to the ability to utilize external flash.
Olympus E-PL8 Street photography information
Coming in at a outstanding points total of 84, the Olympus E-PL8 is a fantastic pick to use in street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of image quality and portability.
Olympus E-PL8 Sports photography factors
A very good sports photography score of 67 means the Olympus E-PL8 is a good pick for shooting sports. A camera really should have great tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Olympus E-PL8 as a Travel photography camera
Portability is really important in getting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Olympus E-PL8 gets a very good 72 for a travelling camera which makes it a good option to take with you on your vacations.
Olympus E-PL8 Landscape photography info
If you're looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Olympus E-PL8 and it's terrific rating of 80 for a landscape camera is a terrific choice within the current marketplace.
Olympus E-PL8 as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera should really posses a articulating display, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Olympus E-PL8 is not really very good for vlogging as it delivers a dreadful score of 36.
Olympus E-PL8 Alternatives
If you are in the market for alternatives to the E-PL8, below is a collection of the highest scored cameras which fall within the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The line chart below shows you a summary of the E-PL8 versus it's top rated competitors listed earlier.
Following are additional cameras you might check out as alternatives. To read through a comprehensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.