Olympus PEN E-PL8 Announced, Priced $549, Available for Pre-order


Olympus has just officially announced a new PEN camera: Olympus PEN E-PL8. This is a new PEN camera for those why enjoy camera and photography in their own unique way. It features a 16MP CMOS sensor with in-body image stabilization, a fast 81-point AF system, and 8 fps continuous shooting, a 3″ LCD, Wi-Fi, Art Filter and more. Olympus E-PL8 costs $549 and will start shipping on Oct 5th, 2016. olympus-pen-e-pl8-image

 Olympus PEN E-PL8
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Product Type

Product type Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system camera
Memory SD Memory Card (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I compatible, Eye-Fi Card compatible[*])

  • Not compatible with Endless Memory.
Screen size 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Mount

Image Pickup

Product type 4/3 Live MOS Sensor
Number of pixels / Aspect ratio Number of effective pixels: Approx. 16.1 million pixels (Total number of pixels: Approx. 17.2 million pixels)
Aspect ratio: 1.33 (4:3)
Dust reduction Supersonic Wave Filter (image sensor dust reduction system)

Recording (Still)

Recording format DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3
File format RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO (3D still)
Recording image size [RAW] 4608 x 3456 pixels
[JPEG] 4608 x 3456 pixels – 640 x 480 pixels

Image Stabilisation System

Type Built-in 3-axis (yaw/pitch/roll) sensor-shift image stabilisation for still photos
Mode 4 modes (S-IS AUTO, S-IS1, S-IS2, S-IS3), Off
IS for Live View image Activation by half-pressing shutter button or enlarging view
Focal length setting With
Lens IS priority With
Stabilisation performance 3.5 EV

  • Based on CIPA measurement conditions.
    When using M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ (focal length= 42mm (35mm equivalent: 84mm))


Finder type Compatible with separately available VF-2, VF-3 and VF-4 electronic viewfinders

Live View

Live View Approx. 100% field of view, exposure compensation preview, WB adjustment preview, gradation preview, face detection preview (up to 8 faces), grid line, magnification display (x5/x7/x10/x14), Display modes: Standard, Histogram, Highlight & Shadow, Level Gauge, Off (Image Only)
Preview Preview with depth of field preview lock (must be assigned to a button to activate)
Live View Boost With (does not reflect certain adjustments such as exposure compensation)


Monitor type 3.0-inch tilting electrostatic capacitance type touch panel with Approx.1037k dots (3:2)
Touch control Shutter release, magnification, AF area selection, AF area size adjustment, frame forward/backward, magnified playback, Live Guide, Super Control Panel, Art Filter mode selection, scene mode selection, Wi-Fi connection, clips, movie effect, movie teleconverter
When in Selfie Mode: Shutter release, e-Portrait, custom self-timer, movie, exposure compensation
Tilting capability Upward tilting angle: up to 80 degrees
Downward tilting angle: up to 180 degrees

  • mirror display when monitor is in selfie position
Brightness / Colour temperature control ±7 levels / ±7 levels
Colour tone select Vivid / Natural


AF system High-speed imager AF
Focusing point
Focusing point selection mode
81-area multiple AF
All target, group target area (9-area), single target (standard), single target (small)
Focus mode /
Full-time AF
Single AF (S-AF), Continuous AF (C-AF), Manual Focus (MF), S-AF + MF, AF tracking (C-AF + TR)
With Full-time AF (Automatic activation when shooting selfie movies)
Magnified AF x5, x7, x10, x14
Can autofocus while magnified.
Push magnification button to switch between ON, OFF, and magnify.
Selectable from over 800 AF points.
Super Spot AF With (using contrast AF center screen when magnified)
Compatible only with Micro Four Thirds lenses
Face detection AF / Eye detection AF With
Eye Detection AF mode: off, nearer-eye priority, right-eye priority, left-eye priority
Manual focus assist Focus ring rotation activates Live View image magnification and/or focus peaking when in S-AF+MF or MF mode
Focus peaking With (Colours: black, white)
Activate with Fn button or focus ring
AF illuminator With

Exposure Control (Still)

Metering system
(TTL Image sensor metering)
Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), centre-weighted average metering, spot metering, spot metering with highlight control, spot metering with shadow control
Metering range EV -2 – 20 (using 17mm F2.8, ISO 100)
Exposure mode / Shooting mode iAuto (Live Guide can be performed), P: Program AE (Program shift can be performed), A: Aperture priority AE, S: Shutter priority AE, M: Manual (Live Bulb, Live Time and Live Composite), Photo Story, Scene select AE, Art Filter, Underwater wide/macro[1], Custom Mysets 1-4[2]

  • 1: Assign to a button to activate
  • 2: Myset can be assigned to mode dial positions (replacing the original modes)
Scene select AE Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Hand-held Starlight[1], Night scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye Conv., Wide Conv., Macro Conv., Panning, 3D[2]

  • 1: 8 images automatically shot and combined into a single image composite
  • 2: For 3D lens (H-FT012 by Panasonic) only, still photo only
Live Guide Colour Saturation / Colour Image / Brightness / Background Blur / Motion Expression / Shooting Tips
Multiple effects can be applied simultaneously.

  • ‘Blur Background’ and ‘Express Motion’ cannot be used simultaneously.
ISO sensitivity AUTO ISO: customizable, LOW (approx.100) ‐ 25600 (default: LOW – 1600)
Manual ISO: LOW (approx.100), 200 – 25600 (1/3, or 1 EV steps selectable)
Exposure compensation Still photo ±5 EV, movie ±3 EV, with selectable EV adjustment steps (1/3, 1/2, 1)

  • Live View displays only up to ±3 EV.
AE lock Locks with a half-press of the shutter button (can be set to Fn button as well)


Shutter type / Shutter speed Focal-plane shutter[1]: available from 1/4000 to 60 sec. shutter speeds and for Live Bulb, Live Time, and Live Composite
Electronic first curtain shutter[2]: 1/320 – 60 sec.

  • 1: With selectable EV adjustment steps (1/3, 1/2, 1)
    Bulb/Time: selectable exposure time (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min.), with 8-min. default setting
    Composite: maximum shooting time 3 hours
  • 2: When Anti-shock mode is set to 0 sec.


Sequential shooting maximum speed Sequential shooting H mode[1]: approx. 7.4 fps approx. 8.5 fps[2]

  • 1: Focus and exposure are fixed at the values for the first shot.
  • 2: When IS is OFF
    Sequential shooting L mode: approx. 3.7 fps (when using M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ lens)
Max. Recordable pictures on sequential shooting[*] [RAW] Max. 20 frames (in 3.7 seq. shooting L) Max. 16 frames (in 8.5 seq. shooting H)
[JPEG] Max. ∞ frames (in 3.7 seq. shooting L) Max. 64 frames (in 8.5 seq. shooting H)

  • When using the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ
Self-timer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec., custom (Wait time: 1-30sec., Shot interval: 0.5/1/2/3sec., Number of shots: 1-10, Every time AF: Off/On)


Flash intensity control method TTL Auto, Auto[*], Manual, Super FP[*](FP-TTL AUTO, FP-MANUAL)

  • Available on the external flash
Bundled flash FL-LM1
TTL Flash with GN= 7 (ISO100•m) / GN= 10 (ISO200•m)

  • Attach using the hot shoe and connect it to the accessory port 2.
Flash mode Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual(1/1(FULL) ~ 1/64)
Synchronisation speed Differs by flash unit and mode.
FL-LM1: 1/250 sec., FL-50R: 1/180 sec., Other: 1/200 sec.
Super FP: 1/125 to 1/4000 sec., RC: 1/160 sec.
Flash intensity control Up to ±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
Compatible external flash FL-600R, FL-300R, FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14

Wireless Flash Control

Compatible external flash FL-900R, FL-600R, FL-300R, FL-50R, FL-36R
Control method Triggered and controlled (Olympus Wireless RC Flash system)
Commander flash: FL-900R, FL-600R, FL-LM1
External Flash intensity type TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL
Channel 4 channels
Group No. 4 groups (External flash 3 groups + commander flash)

White Balance

White balance mode Auto WB, 7 Preset WBs, 4 Capture WBs, Custom WB(Kelvin setting)
White balance compensation ±7 steps along A-B / G-M axis

  • Except for Custom WB

Colour Mode

Colour matrix sRGB, Adobe RGB

Picture Mode

Mode i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, e Portrait, Underwater, Art Filters
Gradation Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key [except when using i-Enhance, Underwater, Art Filters]
Hilight and shadow control ±7 steps each for highlight, shadow

See also Olympus E-PL8 Sample Images

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