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Olympus PEN E-PL8 14-42 EZ Pancake Zoom Kit Compact System Camera - White
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- Premium PEN design: simple and refined
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Enhanced touch screen controls
- Body, 14-42mm ez lens, FL-LM1 flash, shoulder strap, USB cable, Olympus Viewer 3 (CD-ROM), instruction manual, warranty card, BLS-50 Li-ion battery , BCS-5 Li-ion battery charger
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|Battery Cell Composition||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion|
|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||—||3 inches||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16 megapixels||16.1 megapixels||16.1 megapixels||16 megapixels||16.1 megapixels||20.3 megapixels|
|Has Image Stabilization||—||—||Yes||—||Yes||Yes|
|Item Dimensions||11.7 x 3.8 x 6.8 cm||11.71 x 3.9 x 6.8 cm||11.95 x 4.67 x 8.31 cm||3.3 x 10.7 x 6.5 cm||25.5 x 18.8 x 11.6 cm||3.73 x 12.48 x 7.21 cm|
|Item Weight||400 grams||380 grams||342 grams||336 grams||455 grams||373 grams|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||5 Watt Hours||8.71 Watt Hours||7.8 Watt Hours||2 Watt Hours||8.46 Watt Hours||7.8 Watt Hours|
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|Max Focal Length||42||42||84 mm||32||150||17 mm|
|Min Focal Length||14||14||8 mm||12||14||17 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 megapixels||17.2 megapixels||17.2 megapixels||16.84 megapixels||16.1 megapixels||—|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||—||Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card|
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Size Name: White | Style Name: 14-42 mm Lens Kit
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The Olympus PEN E-PL8 offers premium design inherited from the PEN series, enhanced selfie functions and a wide range of creative shooting features that provides complete freedom
Body, 14-42mm ez lens, FL-LM1 flash, shoulder strap, USB cable, Olympus Viewer 3 (CD-ROM), instruction manual, warranty card, BLS-50 Li-ion battery , BCS-5 Li-ion battery charger
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The IT piece
In a stylish shade of brown and other classy colours, this digital camera is going to be the IT Piece of the year! The modern design merges easy functionality with classic curves and leather tone surfaces with contrasting high quality metal. Included straps that suit the body colour will make this camera an accessory you will adore and others will desire.
Expand creativity – Art Filters
Soft light that caresses lovingly arranged items and food creations so special, you want the world to see. With the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL8 you can live your passion for capturing and sharing life’s magical moments. Allow the varied Art Filters to inspire your creativity and infuse your images with a distinctive mood. Seeing the effects of the Art Filters in live view makes choosing the right one easier than ever before.
Express yourself – The perfect camera for selfies
With the new OLYMPUS PEN E-PL8 your self-portrait looks great the moment you press the shutter button for the first time. Fold down the touch screen and the camera automatically switches into selfie mode. Hello gorgeous, bye-bye odd contortions!
Move it – Exciting movie functions
Use the new Movie-Clip function to combine short videos in camera for instant sharing. Simply set to record 2, 4 or 6 second clips then record, combine and even add a filter or fade and music ready to upload.
The OLYMPUS E-PL8 comes with built-in Wi-Fi and the OLYMPUS Image Share app allowing you to share your passions with friends and followers whenever and wherever you want. The high-quality images will take your social media accounts to a stunning new level.
Live your passion for capturing and sharing your favourite moments in first class. A 16MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII image processor create an outstanding image quality.
A good design is more than a fashionable appearance. For easy handling OLYMPUS placed all buttons thoughtfully and took care of a compact grip.
The daily companion
A fashionable shade of brown, a classic black and a sophisticated white. The new OLYMPUS PEN E-PL8 is available in three stylish colours. Choose one and take your compact companion with you anywhere you go.
Just Nude – Leather Shoulder Bag
The OLYMPUS Shoulder Bag in the all-time-favourite colour “Just Nude” looks stylish and elegant with all the functional advantages of a padded camera bag inside. Together with the genuine leather and the detachable strap it is a combination of traditional design and a contemporary response to flexibility and versatility, that will delight every woman.
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The micro four thirds form factor can deliver stunning results, and Olympus make very good cameras. With this particular camera, some of the price being paid is for the cosmetics of the camera, which are important to many customers. Dare I say it, this camera is probably targeted more at the female demographic where a camera has to have the right aesthetic as a fashion accessory as well as a photographic device. So, with that in mind, if you're looking for a micro four thirds Olympus in this price bracket that has more functionality, consider the OM-D EM-10.
The E-PL8 doesn't have an electronic viewfinder - there is an accessory viewfinder for the hotshoe that is an optional extra. There is a hotshoe mini flash included, but no built-in flash. So, no viewfinder with flash photography.
The EM-10 has 5 axis image stabilisation, whereas the E0PL8 has 3 axis. Coming from Sony which has excellent in-body stabilisation, I don't think the 3 axis system is that great, but it's better than nothing.
Video seems to be a bit of an afterthought, so if that's important to you, I'd look elsewhere.
If you're looking for a stylish camera that takes great photos, offers m4/3 lens choices and has plenty of creative auto modes then the E-PL8 may be for you. Just bear in mind that if you're serious about photography, you may outgrow the camera.
Standard DSLRs have large clout and cover most needs but can be bulky and cumbersome. So I decided on this EPL-8 with it's pancake lens setup, plus I ordered the 45mm lens too for extra depth of field in portraiture and food blogging.
It does everything I needed and more. Okay it's a "little" feminine in it's styling but I actually like that. It has a good weight in the hand and feels secure. Although no real change has been made between the guts of the EPL-7 and this, it has had a huge cosmetic upgrade with a smoother grip that is less aggressive to hold than it's predecessor. I was also reassured in my purchase as I knew that the EPL-8 was based on the award winning OM-D range.
It fits in not only my camera kit, but also my pocket and the supplied straps are again well made and a sign of the effort and attention put into aesthetics and use.
The 90/180 degree flip out viewfinder means it's easier than ever for me to get those flat-down table top foodie shots without straining to see the image of the display.
It handles JPEG and RAW on board, with RAW having more options. One thing I feel was missing in the base kit was a lens hood to stop that extra light seeping into back-lit shots, and although easy to pick up for around £20+, I really feel it should have been bundled. Although the pancake lens is fine, the 45mm really gives extra dimensions to the PEN EPL-8's use. Overall, after a few days of use, I'm really impressed. This 4/3 body really does suit my minimalist blogging needs in a high quality way. Even though the EPL-7 body is approx £100 cheaper, I'd still pay the extra for the EPL-8's refinements in design and the viewfinder upgrade. I'll update this review with photos soon.
Excellent hardware from award winning OM-D range
Plastic Lens outer
Hood not packaged with base kit
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