Olympus PEN E-PL8 Mirrorless Camera Body, White
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Olympus PEN E-PL8 Mirrorless Camera Body, White

Price: $549.00



About Olympus E-PL8

Oympus today announced a bevvy of new products in its interchangeable-lens Micro Four Thirds lineup. Headlining is the compact, snapshooter-oriented Olympus Pen E-PL8. The company also announced a trio of lenses—a 30mm f/3.5 Macro, a super-fast, low-light specialist “normal” focal length 25mm f/1.2 Pro lens, and a superzoom 12-100mm f/4.0 zoom—and the Olympus FL-900R, a high-intensity, weatherproof, wireless flash.

When you see the Olympus PEN E-PL8, you can’t resist the urge to pick it up and hold it. With its sleek contemporary design, it looks more like a beautiful accessory and less like a traditional camera. Premium materials and finishes add to the luxurious appearance and feel. The compact PEN E-PL8 fits into a handbag and is ready anytime you need spectacular photos or videos - you’ll be an instant hit on your social newsfeeds. The flip touchscreen monitor provides easy operation, and the powerful in-camera creativity tools let you express your individual style. It doesn't just take great pictures. It makes an impression.


The PEN E-PL8’s premium materials and finishes, from the leather grain to intricately-textured dials to the brushed aluminum, turn this beautiful camera into a high-end accessory. Every inch of the E-PL8 has been thoughtfully considered, like the modern rounded corners and the embossed Olympus PEN logo. Even after hours of capturing friends and family at a wedding reception, this lightweight, compact camera will feel comfortable in your hand.


The PEN E-PL8 has a unique flip monitor that’s also a touch screen. All of the primary functions are in one place – right at your fingertips. Of course, what’s an overnight trip, week-long vacation, or dream honeymoon without selfies in cool locations? The PEN E-PL8 automatically shifts into Selfie Mode when the monitor is flipped down. Sophisticated imaging technology ensures spectacular-looking selfies, even in low light or at night.


Your toddler is growing up quickly and you want shots you’ll appreciate for years to come. The PEN E-PL8 helps you get photos even a professional will appreciate. In iAuto, the intelligent E-PL8 instantly chooses the best of 42 modes ensuring the perfect picture.


Spending time with family and friends is always at the top of your to-do list. It’s a chance to shoot your best stills and video. With the E-PL8, it’s also a chance to get creative. Fourteen Art Filters - give your images and video a unique, personalized look.


When loved ones are around, everyone wants to get in the photo. It’s easy with the PEN E-PL8. Use the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi and fast QR code setup to link your smart device with the free Olympus Image Share app, then remotely control the camera, frame the shot, and trip the shutter. Spontaneous everyday moments of your kids, your family, and your life can be instantly and wirelessly uploaded and shared.


Olympus M.Zuiko lenses are fast, compact and lightweight, a perfect match for the PEN E-PL8. The 14-42mm IIR is an ideal starter lens for everyday shooting, while the 14-42mm EZ keeps the size compact and convenient. The 40-150mm R has excellent zoom range for travel, and the 12-50mm Macro lets you shoot beautiful close-ups and portraits. Best of all, you can add a soft leather neck strap, customized body jacket, or multi-purpose case to create a camera look that’s all your own.

Olympus E-PL8 Features

  • Stylish, distinctive design
  • Compact size is easy to hold and ideal for travel
  • 16 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor
  • Supersonic Wave Filter Sensor Dust Reduction System
  • 3-Axis In-Body Image Stabilization System
  • High-Speed 8.5fps Sequential Shooting
  • 3.0" 180 Degree Downward Flip Touch LCD Monitor
  • 81-Point Touch AF
  • iAuto Mode selects the optimal setting from 42 different modes
  • Selfie Mode (Still and Video; includes easy touch operation of Shutter, Record, Clips, e-Portrait, and Brightness Adjust functions)
  • 14 Art Filters (select filters available for Still and Video)
  • 5 Photo Story Layouts
  • Nighttime Live Composite Mode for impressive trails of light
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for wireless uploading and sharing and remote shooting from a smart device


Olympus E-PL8 Specifications
Sensor Type
4/3 Live MOS Sensor
Effective Pixels
16.1 million
Total Pixels
17.2 million
Filter Array
Primary color filter (RGB)
Aspect Ratio & Area
4:3 / 17.3 x 13.0mm
Dust Reduction
Super Sonic Wave Filter
Processor Type
Olympus TruePicTM VII
AF System Type
High-speed imager AF (Contrast detection)
Focus Modes
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)
Full Time AF
Magnified Frame
AF Selectable from over 800 AF points Enlarged view check by magnify button Magnification x5, x7, x10(Default), x14 selectable
* Super Spot AF only available when a Micro Four Thirds lens is attached
Face Detection AF / Eye Detection
Available / Available
Eye Detection AF mode: Off / Nearer-eye priority / Right-eye priority / Left-eye priority
Focusing Points / Focusing Points Select
81-area multiple AF (Contrast detection AF), 37-area multiple AF (Phase-difference detection AF)
All target, Group target area (3x3-area),
Single target(Standard Target Size/Small Target Size)
AF Illuminator
AF Targeting Pad
*Activate / deactivate with double tap on rear monitor
Manual Focus Assist* Customize Funtion
Live view image is magnified when the focus ring is rotated. (at S-AF+MF or MF mode)
Peaking Function
Activate with Fn button or focus ring Change peaking settings using the Info button Color selection: white or black
System Type
Built-in (Image sensor shift type for movie & still, 3-axis* image stabilization)
4 modes (S-I.S.AUTO,S-I.S.1, S-I.S.2, S-I.S.3), OFF
Live View Image Stabilization
Activation by half-pressing shutter release or enlarging view.
Focal Length Setting
IS for Live View Image
Available (by half-pressing the shutter button or enlarging operation)
Stabilization Performance
3.5 EV Steps
*Based on CIPA measurement conditions. When using M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ (focal length=42mm (35mm equivalent with 84mm)
Lens IS Priority
Shutter Type
Computerized focal-plane, high-speed, mechanical shutter
Shutter Speed
1/4000 - 60 sec. (1/3, 1/2, or 1EV steps selectable)Bulb/Time: default setting 8min. (1/2/4/8/15/20/25/30 min. selectable)
Sequential Shooting Maximum Speed
Sequential shooting H mod 1: appro 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 in Sequential S
[RAW] Max. 20 frames (in 3.7 seq. shooting L) Max. 16 frames (in 8.5 seq. shooting H)
[JPEG] Max. 8 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)
Rear Monitor Type
3.0" tilting touch monitor* *Approx 1037k dots (3:2) electrostatic capacitance touch screen
Rear Monitor Size
3.0 / 7.6 cm
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 / Color Temp Control (Rear Mo
+/- 7 levels / +/- 7 levels
Color Tone Select
Vivid / Natural
Live View
Approx. 100% field of view,
Exposure compensation preview, WB adjustment preview,
Gradation auto preview, Face detection preview (up to 8 faces),
Grid line, Histogram, Magnification display (x5/x7/x10/x14), Normal, Highlight & Shadow, Level Gauge, Off
Field of View
Approx. 100%
Display Mode
Normal Mode, Histogram Mode, Level gauge, Highlight and shadow, Off
Monitor Information
Aperture value, Shutter speed, Auto Bracket, AE Lock, AF mode, IS, Shooting Mode, Battery Check, Myset, Internal Temperature Warning, Face / Eye Detection, Histogram, Number of storable still pictures, Record mode, ISO, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, White Balance, Metering Mode, AF confirmation mark, Exposure Compensation Value, Spot metering Area Flash Mode, Flash Status, Flash intensity Control, Super FP, Focal length, Tone control, Eye-Fi condition, Digital teleconverter, Battery check
Display of Face Detection
Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed.
Metering System
Digital ESP metering (324-area multi pattern metering), Center weighted average metering, Spot metering, Spot metering with highlight control, Spot metering with shadow control (TTL Image sensor metering)
Metering Range
EV -2 - 20 (at normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
Exposure Mode
i Auto (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/macro1, Custom Mysets 1-42
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, Night, 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., 3D* A
* 3D lens(H-FT012 by Panasonic) only, still only
ISO Sensitivity
Auto: ISO LOW (approx. 100) - 25600 (customizable, default ISO LOW - 1600)
Manual: ISO LOW (approx. 100) - 25600 in 1/3 or 1 EV ISO steps
Exposure Compensation
Still photo 5 EV, movie 3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
*HDR shooting, monitor and EVF displays only up to 3 EV
AE Lock
Locked at 1st release of shutter button (can be set to Fn button as well)
AE Lock
Locked at 1st release of shutter button (can be set to Fn button as well)
Noise Filter at High ISO Setting
Off, Low, Standard, High
Noise Reduction at Slow Shutter Speed
Off, On, Auto
On : effective when shutter speed is slower than 1 sec.
Auto : effective when shutter speed is slower than 4 sec. (at ISO 200 or higher) or 8 sec. (at lower than ISO200)
Flash Intensity Control Method
TTL Auto, Auto*, Manual, super FP*(FP-TTL AUTO, FP-MANUAL)
* Available on the external flash
TTL Auto, Auto*, Manual, super FP*(FP-TTL AUTO, FP-MANUAL)
* Available on the external flash
Bundled Flash
FL-LM1 - TTL flash, GN = 7 (ISO100?m) / GN = 10 (ISO200?m)
Flash Mode
Auto, Red Eye Reduction, Slow Sync (1st curtain sync), Slow Sync (2nd curtain sync), Slow Sync (2nd curtain sync) + Red Eye Reduction, Fill-in, Manual (1/1 (FULL) to 1/64), Flash Off
Synchronization 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-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R, FL600R
Wireless Flash Control Method
Triggered and controlled (Olympus Wireless RC Flash system) zommander flash : FL-LM1, FL-600R
External Flash Intensity Type
TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL
Channel No.
4 channels
Group No.
4 groups: 3 external flash + 1 commander flash* * FL-600R, FL-LM1
Compatible Memory
SD Memory Card (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I/II compatible, Eye-Fi Card compatible* )
*Not compatible with Endless Memory.
Recording Format
DCF 2.0, DPOF compatible / Exif 2.3, PRINT Image Matching III,
MPO compatible
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
File Size
RAW: 4608(H)x3456(V) (approx. 1/1.5 lossless compressed) Approx. 17MB
(LF): 4608(H)x3456(V) (1/4 compressed) Approx. 7.5MB
(LN): 4608(H)x3456(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 3.5MB
(MN): 2560(H)x1920(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 1.1MB
(SN): 1280(H)x980(V) (1/8 compressed) Approx. 0.4MB
White Balance Mode
Auto WB, 7 Preset WBs, 4 Capture WBs, Custom WB(Kelvin setting)
White Balance Compensation
7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis
* Except for Custom WB
Preset White Balance
7 preset WBs (3000K - 7500K)
- Sunny(5300K), Shadow(7500K), Cloudy(6000K), Incandescent(3000K), Fluorescent(4000K), Underwater, WB Flash(5500K)
CWB (Kelvin Setting)
1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature, 2000K to 14000K.
Capture White Balance
4 custom settings can be registered
Color Mode
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Exposure Bracketing
2, 3 or 5 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames in 0.3/0.7EV steps selectable
ISO Bracketing
3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable
White Balance Bracketing
3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
Flash Bracketing
3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV step selectable
Art Filter Bracketing
i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Art Filters selectable
HDR (Auto Composite)
HDR1,HDR2 (painting like)
*ISO sensitivity is fixed at 200 and maximum shutter speed is 4 sec
*Exposure compensation can be performed.
Picture Mode
i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, e Portrait, Underwater, Art Filters
Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key [except Art Flters]
Adjustment Parameter
4 levels (Auto, Normal, High key, Low key)
Filter Effect (B&W Filter)
Neutral, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green for Monotone
Picture Tone
Neutral, Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green for Monotone
Art Filter
Fourteen in-camera Art Filters are enhanced by new filter variations, art effects and bracketing. You can use Art Filters in all shooting modes as well as filming 1080 HD movies.
Art Filter Modes
Pop Art (I, II / a.b.c.d.e) Soft Focus ( - / c.e)
Art Effect
a. Soft Focus Effect b. Pin-Hole Effect c. White Edge Effect d. Frame Effect e. Star Light Effect f. Defocus EfFect g. B&W Effect (Yellow, Orange, Red, Green) h. Picture Tone (Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green) i. Shade Effect (Top & Bottom, Left & Right)
Color Ring (for partial color)
18 color selectable
Photo Story
With Photo Story, users can shoot a normal, everyday scene from multiple viewpoints and combine them into one image. Simply turning the mode dial to Photo Story , you ll be provided with different formats to choose from, and everyday occurrences will become memorable scenes.
Frame Effect (photo story)
a. White Frame
b. White Frame & White Edge Effect
c. Black Frame
d. White Frame & Pin Hole Effect
Aspect Window / Pattern (photo story)
A. 4:3/2 Frames
B. 4:3/3Frames
C. 1:1/2 Frames
D. 1:1/3Frames
E. 1:1/4 Frames
F. 16:9/5 Frames
G. 16:9, 2 frames
Live Bulb / Live Time
Update Interval Time - 0.5 sec 60 sec
Live Composite
Update Interval Time / composite method 0.5 sec 60 sec / Lighten Mode (Bright area prioritization)
Interval Shooting
1-999 frames, Interval time 1sec-24hours, Time lapse movies
Multiple Exposure (no. of pics./funct.)
2 frames / Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture(RAW)
Video Recording Format
MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264) , AVI(Motion JPEG)
Movie Mode
Full HD: 1920x1080, 30p (29.97fps), 24Mbps (fine) / 16Mbps (normal), Aspect ratio 16:9
HD: 1280x720, 30p (29.97fps), 12Mbps (fine) / 8Mbps (normal), Aspect ratio 16:9
[AVI] HD: 1280x720, 30fps*, Aspect ratio 16:
Maximum Video Recording Time
Full HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 22min(Fine)
HD : Approx. 29min(Normal) / Approx. 29min(Fine)
[AVI] HD : Approx. 7min* / SD : Approx. 14min*
*Except for some of the Art Filters
Movie Effect
One shot echo / Multi echo / Art fade / Old film
Movie Tele-converter
x4 Available on Movie effect mode
Timelapse Movie
Available AVI Motion JPEG1280 720,10fps
Photo in Movie
Yes (mode1* / mode2)
*mode1 is available with frame rate is lower than 30fps
1, 2, 4 or 8 sec (Further continued shooting possible up to 16 sec. by pressing movie record button again)
*FHD 30p Normal
IS for Movie
M-IS1 On (Multi Motion and electronic IS from image sensor shift type image stabilisation), Off
Video Exposure Control
Program AE, aperture priority AE, shutter priority AE, manual * S mode and M mode : Shutter speed is limited in less than 1/30 sec
Video File Size
.MOV Format: Max 4GB
Compression Ratio
Motion-JPEG Format: 1/12(HD), 1/8(SD)
Audio Recording Format
Wave Format (Stereo linear PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48kHz)
Microphone / Speaker
Stereo / Mono
Microphone Function
Wind noise reduction, Recording volume, Microphone volume limiter Audio dubbing possible for still pictures (up to 30 sec.)
GPS Info.Function
Via smartphone GPS data
Image Share
File Type: JPEG*, MOV Connect to up to 4 devices simultaneously. Marking function for ima ge share.

*Excluding MPO file
Tethered Shooting
Not Available
Live Guide
Color saturation, Color image, Brightness, Blur Background, Express Motion, Shooting Tips
Playback Mode
Single-frame, information display, index display (4, 9, 25, 100 frames), Clips, calendar, enlargement (2x - 14x), movie (with sound, FF, REW, Pause), slideshow (with sound including BGM, replaceable BGM), picture rotation (auto), Light Box display
Information Display
Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, OFF
Custom Settings
Can select from 23 functions to assign to buttons, including the Lens Fn button. Functions that can be assigned differ by button.
RAW Image Editing Functions
RAW development, Gradation auto, Monochrome, Sepia, Red-eye fix, Saturation, Resize (1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), Trimming, Aspect, e-Portrait, Image Overlay, Post-recording RAW picture editing
Image Overlay
Up to 3 RAW images
Erasing Function
Single frame, All, Selected frames (from Index)
Protect Function
Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
Menu Languagest (34 selectable)
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai
USB / AV / Remote Controller Connector
Dedicated multi-connector [USB: USB2.0 Hi-Speed, Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, Optional Remote cable RM-UC1 can be used.]
HDMI Connector
Micro HDMI (Type-D)
Flash Attachment
Hot shoe
Accessory Port 2
Dedicated multi-connector (Separately-sold VF-2, VF-3, VF-4, SEMA-1, MAL-1, PP-1 Communication Unit can be used)
Wireless LAN
Built-in (IEEE 8.02.1b/g/n)
PC Interface
USB2.0 Hi-Speed
TV Interface
HDMI (HD/Stereo Sound), VIDEO-OUT(SD/Mono Sound)
BLS-50 Li-ion battery (included)
Sleep Mode
Available (1/3/5 min. off selectable)
Number of Recordable Pictures
Approx. 350 shots (using BLS-50 and TOSHIBA SDHC UHS-I EXCERIA 32G with IS On, based on CIPA test standards)
Battery Life for Movie Shooting
Approx. 90 minutes (under standard JEITA testing)
Operating Temperature Range
32 ~ +104deg. F (0 ~ +40deg. C) operation
-4 ~ +140deg. F -20 ~ +60deg. C storage
Operating Humidity Range
30 - 90% (operation) / 10 - 90% (storage)
Dimensions (WxHxD)
4.6 x 2.7 x 1.5" (117.1 x 68.3 x 38.4mm)
[CIPA guideline compliant, excluding protrusions]
Approx. 13.2oz (374g) CIPA guideline compliant, with BLS-50 battery and Memory card, without eyecup
Approx. 11.5 oz (326g) Body only

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