I got my hands on the Olympus Pen E-PL8 for my birthday last year and it’s been my mission ever since to do a blog post and full review of the camera…so here we are, just under a year later. Better late than never, right?
I love playing around with a new camera and the Olympus Pen E-PL8 makes for a fun experience. Typically, whenever I get a new camera, I am the kind of person to not bother referring to the manual if I’m in a pickle with the settings, and normally sit and figure it out for myself. I like feeling like I’ve conquered something on my own, even if it could’ve been figured out much sooner if I just picked up the manual…anyone else like that?
First things first, I have found the Olympus Pen E-PL8 to be a little trickier to get used to from the get-go. Maybe that’s because I’ve only ever owned Canon’s and that’s what I’m use to (it happens I guess), but I’ve found myself glued to the manual and even only tutorials on blogs and YouTube, to try and figure out certain settings. Even changing the likes of the ISO was difficult at one stage. Oh dear. But, nevertheless, I figured I’d share with you my favourite features and tell you my overall thoughts. So make yourself a cuppa, grab a couple biscuits, then sit back and relax.
It’s light and compact.
Previously I was using the Canon EOS 60D for all my photography and, although I thought it was a fantastic camera, it was sooo heavy. Luckily, I got the Olympus Pen E-PL8 a couple weeks before my trip to Brussels last April and the difference is amazing. You can easily walk around with it hanging around your neck without getting any kind of neck pain. As for the size, you can get small covers to protect the camera and store it within your backpack – no need to carry around a bulky camera bag wherever you go!
It’s technically a DSLR without the bulkiness.
The settings are quite advanced for a small, compact camera, but you do need to spend some time getting to know the settings and perhaps finding the lens that suits you best. You can amend the shutter speed, aperture, ISO and you can even add filters to your images all within the camera itself – no post-production required!
You can upload straight to your phone.
With built-in wi-fi on the Olympus Pen E-PL8, you can simply upload all your recent photos straight to your phone via the OI.Share app – this means you can upload straight to Instagram without the hassle of having to plug it into your computer and then transferring to your phone. At least that’s what I was used to doing, so for me that’s a nice difference.
You can control the camera straight from your phone.
Via the OI.Share app, you can connect your phone to your Olympus Pen E-PL8 and take photos using the app. This is useful for if you have the camera set up on a tripod and are perhaps taking self-portraits – we’ve all got to get a good selfie, haven’t we? Your phone screen acts as the viewfinder for the camera and then you can change the likes of the aperture and shutter speed before clicking to take the shot. It’s also great for if you like experimental photography, such as long exposure shots. I took the above image when in Cornwall last summer and it was taken over a 15-minute exposure. You can try it with the likes of star-trailing too.
I found it super difficult to choose between the white or the tan version of the Olympus Pen E-PL8, but I stuck with the white one in the end. Don’t get me wrong, I still think the tan version is beautiful, but I figured with the white style I can switch up the straps instead.
The screen – enough said.
What I loved most about the Canon EOS 60D was the fact that the screen flipped out. In all honesty, I much prefer the screen on the Olympus Pen E-PL8. I like the fact that if you’re in a big crowd and need to take an over-head shot, you can hold the camera high and tilt the screen down to still take a great picture. If you’re taking a selfie, you can flip the screen to face the same way as the lens and take your next profile picture (not that mine are ever worthy)!
There’s much more to enjoy about the camera, but for now, this is what I wanted to share.
All photos shared in this post were taken using the Olympus Pen E-PL8 with the kit lens.