Brown Olympus Pen E-PL8

Posted on 10th, January, 2017

It’s a new camera post! My old camera wasn’t the greatest at focusing—it wasn’t the greatest at taking photos either… I ended up selling it. For a while, my Galaxy s7 edge was good enough, actually, it still is, but I wanted to have a dedicated piece of hardware for going out/taking videos. It was love at first site with the Olympus Pen e-pl8. In the past, I never would have imagined spending more than $300 on a camera, so I never really paid any attention to the previous models. But now that I’m a bit more…seasoned, I’ve come to be more aware of price/quality. Either way, I went in knowing fully well what I was going to get out of this camera.

And here’s the box! :pt1
There was also an extra USB charger included. :cat2
I use my surface cable with the bottom right charging dock thing to charge the battery.

It’s heavier than I was expecting, yet still compact. It feels very solid. I would not dare to drop it. :misc7

This is my first mirrorless camera, so I didn’t exactly know what to expect. There aren’t a ton of external controls, which is fine. Video quality is also great, but there is slight warping when panning. I feel like it’d be easier to get my thoughts out using a plus/minus system, so here it is:

+DESIGN:
This is what sold me. No shame…well, maybe some shame. :24 There aren’t any other mirrorless cameras that compare… except for maybe the Fujifilm X-A3 or the white Sony a6000. Even so, there’s something about the Fujifilm ones that just seems flat, and the Sony camera is plain. The Olympus Pen e-pl8 comes in 3 colors: black, white, and brown. I became obsessed with the brown and by the time I decided to take the plunge, it got sold out everywhere. Cue a lot of waiting, and I got a hold of it two months after deciding on it. They definitely went with a retro look, but in a good way since it still looks modern.


-PRICE:
This camera (with the lens) is $650 in the states and a HILARIOUS $1000 in Japan, so I imported it. Even with the exorbitant shipping fees and import tax it was a pretty penny cheaper.

-NO UPGRADE:
This is the same camera as the old e-pl7… They literally didn’t even bother. I think there are a couple features that have been added, but nothing that warrants a new generation.

+PICTURE QUALITY:
Despite not being upgraded from the previous version, the picture quality is still great. And of course, anything is possible with interchangeable lenses. I’m not looking to be a professional photographer, and the picture quality is better than your typical point and shoot camera. :cat2

The fuzziness is due to user error :misc7
There is a ‘beautifying’ filter, but sometimes it doesn’t get everything :cat3

-+SELFIE CAMERA:
The screen flips down, and not UP. It’s a little baffling as to why they did this. I think I heard something like looking down looks more natural than looking up, but I still don’t get it. Sure it’s better for selfies, but what if you want to put the camera down on a flat surface and shoot a video?? It would also get in the way of a tripod… Why not have it swing out both ways???


To sum things up, this camera is an accessory that takes pretty nice pictures :thaha I’m really happy with it =) and I have been snapping more pictures than usual. It also starts up pretty quickly, so I’ve snapped a few photos I would have otherwise not been able to get due to starting up the camera.

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