Olympus PEN E-PL8 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera

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A compact, stylish mirrorless camera, the OLympus PEN E-PL8 is a Micro Four Thirds system camera characterized by its refined appearance, imaging capacities, and in-camera innovative controls. Centered around a Live MOS 16.1MP sensor and TruePic VII imaging processor, a speedy continous 8.5 fps shooting rate is an advantage when shooting moving subjects while a top ISO 25600 sensitivity rate suits working in low-light environments. Beyond still shooting, Full 1080p/30 HD video recording is additionally supported. An advantage for both photo and motion picture applications, a 81-area FAST auto-focus system is both snappy and exact, and works in conjunction with the back touchscreen for touch-to-focus control. Moreover, 3-axis sensor-shift VCM image stabilization is likewise featured to decrease the presence of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting.

Past the imaging capacities, the E-PL8 additionally is distinguished with its chic exterior, which blends a compact right hand grip, clean lines, coordinating leatherette accents, an included coordinated neck strap, and embossed Olympus logo on the front. Coordinating goal of the lavish outside, the camera is additionally designed for the selfie aficionados out there, with the incorporation of a tilting 3.0" 1.04m-dot 180° touchscreen LCD. For simpler control when making front-facing pictures, new buttons have been added to the interface of the touchscreen for capturing video selfies, making clips, altering exposure brilliance, opening Photo Story modes, and applying Art Filters. Notwithstanding these selfie controls, the camera is additionally fitted with Wi-Fi built-in for remote picture sharing and controlling the camera remotely from a linked tablet or cell phone.

16.1MP Live MOS Sensor and TruePic VII Imaging Processor

An included 16.1MP Live MOS sensor, together with the TruePic VII imaging processor, the E-PL8 is capable of capturing high-resolution stills and Full 1080p HD video with up to ISO 25600 sensitivity. The processing speed additionally takes advantage of a top continuous shooting rate of 8.5 fps using full-resolution, with the capacity to acquire up to 16 12-bit raw files in a solitary burst or 64 JPEGs. At the point when recording at a slower, 3.7 fps shooting rate, you can record limitless JPEG bursts all the way to your memory card capacity.

Quick Autofocus System with Small Target AF

An advantage of the brisk shooting performance of the E-PL7, a contrast-detection focusing technique that uses 81 AF zones over the complete sensor to rapidly and precisely acquire focus. Suitably named, FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) can home in on subjects utilizing single-shot or continuous techniques, and in addition AF tracking to take advantage of working with subjects on the move. Moreover, there is Small Target AF that can be utilized to aquire focus in a smaller range for expanded accuracy.

At the point when working with manual focus, peaking is accessible simply acquire exact sharpness, which is particularly helpful when utilizing selective focus or shallow depth of field style.

3-Axis In-Body VCM Image Stabilization

In-body VCM (Voice Coil Motor) image stabilization minimizes the presence of camera shake up to 3.5 stops with any lens being used. Besides, this extraordinary image stabilization works over three axis, versus the ordinary two axis, and makes up for vertical and level movements (yaw and pitch) and in addition camera shake along the optical axis (roll). This scope of detected movements serves to tale advantage of traditional still picture shooting and also film recording and working with moving subjects all the more viably.

Full HD Video Recording

The ability to record 1920 x 1080p video at 30 frames per second, the E-PL8 furnishes users with another inventive strategy for acquiring images. This system files as MOV files and will likewise record stereo sound with the built-in microphone. Various additional options are accessible too, which includes 1280 x 720 and 640 x 480 resolution choices.

Body Design and Wi Fi Built-In

An extensive 3.0" 1.04m-dot LCD touchscreen is accessible for intuitive control over picture composition, settings, and playback, and the screen likewise has a 80° upward, 180° downward tilting layout for making front-facing selfies, or simply working from an assortment of angles.

The LCD touchscreen GUI interface now benefits selfie-shooting, and incorporates dedicated buttons for recording Clips, video, stills, and changing the exposure brightness.

The camera body exterior has been updated with a more chic grip, refined lines, all metal control dials, and on the front leatherette, an embossed Olympus PEN logo on the camera body. A coordinating strap is likewise included and the finished leatherette accents are intended to both supplement and complexity of the primary body color.

The FL-LM1 flash is incorporated into the camera, and offers a 23' at ISO 100 guide number to give extra brightness when working in low-light environments.

An included BLS-50 rechargeable lithium-ion battery gives roughly 350 shots for each charge.

Wi-Fi allows connecting a cell phone or tablet seamlessly to the camera through QR connection, which then empowers you to remotely share images and remote control of the camera.

Other Camera Features

An anti-shock shooting mode gives you a chance to utilize an electronic first curtain shutter, in together with a 60-1/320 sec screen speed range, to lessen vibrations when shooting on a tripod or other support.

Digital ESP metering utilizes a 324-range multi design metering area, together with center weighted average and spot metering, for exact presentation control of metering.

Scene Select AE modes: Portrait, e-Portrait, Sport, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait,, Hand-held Starlight, Night scene, Night + Portrait, DIS Mode, Children, High Key, Low Key, Panorama, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Fireworks, Beach and Snow, Panning, Fisheye Conv., Wide Conv., Macro Conv., and 3D.

Picture Modes: Portrait, ePortrait, i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Monotone, Custom, Underwater, and Art Filters.

Fourteen diverse in-camera Art Filters are accessible, and incorporate Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale and Light Color, Light Tone, cross process, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Gentle Sepia, Vintage, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, WaterColor, and Partial Color, and these modes may be further balanced using Art Effects, which incorporate a Soft Focus Effect, Pin-Hole Effect, Star Light Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect, Defocus Effect, Picture Tone (Sepia, Blue, Purple, and Green), B&W Effect (Yellow, Orange, Red, and Green), and Shade Effect (Top and Bottom, Left and Right).

Photograph Story mode gives you a chance to shoot a scene from various perspectives, then compile these individual pictures into a solitary frame.

Live Composite Mode gives you a chance to record a long exposure, anywhere between 1/2 to 60 seconds, and watch the build in real-time for more exact long exposures.

Interim shooting is supported for up to 999 consecutive frames with 1 second to 24 hour intervals. Completed shoots can then be consequently compiled into a time-lapse motion picture.

Multiple Exposure mode gives you a chance to record two consecutive frames over each other with auto gain for an adjusted general exposure.

Motion picture Effects: Art Fade, One Shot Echo, Multi Echo, and Old Film.

In-camera Clips consolidate short video clips into one short motion picture, which may then be set in-camera to background music.

Live Guide is a straightforward graphical menu for modifying color value, color saturation, brilliance, foundation blur, and how movement is depicted, and can likewise show helpful shooting topics.

iAUTO is an intelligent mode that recognizes the subject automatically in the picture and applies one of 42 optimized settings to improve the look of images.

Languages supported: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Croat, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Malay, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Indonesian, and Thai.

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MSRP $549 (body only), $649 (with 12-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R lens)
Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Other resolutions 3200 x 2400, 1280 x 960
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor TruePic VII
ISO Auto, 200 - 25600
Boosted ISO (minimum) 100
White balance presets 7
Custom white balance Yes (4 slots)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Image stabilization notes 3.5 stops
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Super fine, fine, normal, basic)
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 81
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier 2
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,037,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT-LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash No (small external flash included)
External flash Yes (GN7 @ ISO 100)
Continuous drive 8.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing 5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in 2/4/6 stops in A-B/G-M axis)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n
Remote control Yes (wired or via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description BLS-50 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 350
Weight (inc. batteries) 357 g (0.79 lb / 12.59 oz)
Dimensions 115 x 67 x 38 mm (4.53 x 2.64 x 1.5)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None



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