Olympus PEN E-PL8 Kit
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This camera is absolutely beautiful and user friendly. Very happy with my purchase!
The Olympus PEN E-PL8 continues in the tradition of a long line of Olympus PEN cameras dating back to the film days. If you've ever had one before, you know how fun it is to use. As an amateur photographer with plenty of experience carrying around a bigger camera, I love my Olympus PEN. It has all the manual features I want, but it's light, portable, and unobtrusive — all huge advantages when I need to travel light or don't necessarily want to announce to the world that I'm a photographer.
The Olympus PEN E-PL8's touchscreen monitor tilts downward 180 degrees to face you.
The E-PL8 has intuitive features that make it easy for anyone to use. You can focus and shoot with the shutter button or the touchscreen. The screen tilts upward so you can frame shots from lower angles — perfect for candid photos shot from waist-level — and it also tilts up to 180 degrees downward so you can get a good selfie. One seriously awesome aspect of this camera's Live View mode is that it lets you see how your settings will affect your final image before you shoot. This feature has saved me a lot of wasted test shots with my own Olympus PEN.
When it comes to capturing fast motion or dimly lit scenes, the E-PL8 leaves your phone in the dust. Its fast autofocus system locks onto your subject and tracks it throughout the image plane, so you can fire off a series of burst shots to capture any kind of action. The camera's three-axis image stabilization system compensates for different kinds of camera movement to effectively reduce image blur. This feature also lets you get better shots in low light and minimizes camera shake in your videos.
The included M. Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R lens is a mid-range zoom that's perfect for everyday use. Great for landscapes and portraits, the lens's 9.8" minimum focus distance also makes it an excellent choice for close-ups. Its large maximum aperture gives you dreamy background blur to emphasize your subject. The lens's Movie & Stills Compatible (MSC) autofocus system and electronic zoom mechanism give you near silent control so you won't hear it working when you're shooting video with sound.
Uploading photos is quick and easy with the E-PL8's built-in Wi-Fi. My Olympus PEN is the first camera I've ever had with Wi-Fi, and I really love being able to control it with my phone through the Olympus Image Share app. I've used the app's remote feature to take shots of animals and landscapes with the camera on a tripod or on the ground, and I've also used it for self-portraits and to include myself in group shots. It's so cool to be able to change settings, focus, and zoom right from my phone.
Average Customer Review(s):
This camera is absolutely beautiful and user friendly. Very happy with my purchase!
This camera is perfect, it's significantly lighter than my DSLR so I can take it on hikes and out with me and not feel embarrassed to be lugging around a giant camera.
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||28-84mm|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor Shift|
|Highest Resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||9.6|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Olympus PEN: In 1959, Olympus introduced the PEN, a camera with the photographic optics of an SLR (single-lens reflex) camera with the size and simplicity of a point-and-shoot camera. The PEN was re-introduced in 2009 as the fully digital E-P1 with interchangeable lenses and multimedia capabilities with simple controls. The new PEN E-PL8 features a 3" Touch Screen monitor and fast 8.5 fps sequential shooting. This kit includes the E-PL8 body, the M. Zuiko Digital 14-42mm lens, the FL-LM1 external flash unit, a rechargeable battery, and battery charger.
M. Zuiko Digital Lens: The included M. Zuiko lenses fit the camera's Micro Four Thirds lens mount. With the optional MMF-3 adapter, it is possible to mount any existing Four Thirds lens on this Micro Four Thirds digital camera.
Recording Media: You can record still images and movies onto SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards including UHS-I compatible cards. (Class 10 cards or better are recommended for movie recording.) Eye-Fi cards, with built-in wireless LAN functionality, are also compatible.
Image Pickup Device: The PEN E-PL8 uses a 4/3" Live MOS sensor (17.3mm x 13.0mm) with approximately 17.2-million total pixels and 16.05-million effective pixels. The Live MOS sensor is complimented by Olympus' TruePic VII Image Processor for clear, true-to-life images.
Dust Reduction System: The E-PL8's built-in Dust Reduction System helps to eliminate unwanted spots on your images. When you turn on the camera, the patented Supersonic Wave Filter silently vibrates, shaking off and collecting dust particles that may accumulate on the sensor.
3" Tilting Touch LCD: You can use the camera's 3" Tilting Touch LCD monitor for framing your shots and viewing your digital pictures and videos. The 3:2 LCD has approximately 1,040,000 dots, and can tilt upward to 80° for shooting from low angles and downward to 180° for overhead shots and self-portraits. It also features an electrostatic capacitance touch screen. Touch controls include: Touch Shutter Release, Touch Enlargement, Touch Live Guide, AF Area Selection, AF Area Enlargement, Touch Super Control Panel, Touch Art Filter selection, Frame Playback forward/backward and more.
Optional Viewfinders: The PEN E-PL8 has a top-mounted hot shoe that allows you to add optional viewfinders. The VF-1 is an optical viewfinder, while the VF-4 is an electronic viewfinder. The VF-4 automatically switches on (and turns off the LCD monitor) when you look through it. Since the optional viewfinders use the hot shoe, you cannot use the included FL-LM1 flash unit at the same time.
Live Guide: The easy-to-use Live Guide control allows you to see the effect of various adjustments on your shot before you take it. In the iAuto mode, the Live Guide lets you change color saturation, color image, brightness, blur background, and express motions, and see how the adjustments affect the outcome of your picture. The Live Guide also gives you framing tips, and tips for photographing children, pets, flowers, and food.
Image Recording Formats: The E-PL8 records digital still images in JPEG format, as well as RAW uncompressed images. RAW images can be processed into JPEG files in the camera or using the supplied software. You can record audio with still images in WAV format. Movies are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and Motion JPEG with 16-bit PCM stereo audio at a 48 kHz sampling rate.
Still Image File Sizes: The PEN E-PL8 allows you to shoot still images in 3 sizes (Small, Middle, Large) with your choice of 4 compression modes: Super Fine (1/2.7 compression), Fine (1/4), Normal (1/8), and Basic (1/12). RAW images can be recorded only in 4608 x 3456 resolution with loss-less compression (approximately 1/1.5 compression). The available image sizes for each aspect ratio are as follows:
|Large||4608 x 3456||4608 x 2542||4608 x 3072||3456 x 3456||2592 x 3456|
|Middle||3200 x 24000||3200 x 1800||3216 x 2144||2400 x 2400||1824 x 2432|
|Small||1280 x 960||1280 x 720||1296 x 864||960 x 960||720 x 960|
Movie Modes: Movies can be recorded in two formats: MOV and AVI. MOV format movies feature MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video at 30 fps with stereo PCM audio, while AVI format movies feature Motion JPEG video at 30 fps with stereo PCM audio. The following recording modes are available:
|Record Mode||Pixel Count||File Format||Application|
|Full HD Fine |
|1920 x 1080 / 30p||MPEG-4 AVC/H.164||Display on TVs and other devices|
|Full HD Normal |
|1920 x 1080 / 30p|
|HD Fine |
|1280 x 720 / 30p|
|HD Normal |
|1280 x 720 / 30p|
|HD (16:9)||1280 x 720 / 30p||Motion JPEG||For computer playback or editing|
|SD (4:3)||640 x 480 / 30p|
Built-in Wi-Fi: You can use the wireless LAN functions on the camera to share and transfer images wirelessly, and operate the camera remotely from a Wi-Fi-connected smartphone. The smartphone must be running the Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) application, available from Google Play for Android devices (version 4.0 and up) and from iTunes for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (iOS 8.0 and later). Up to 4 devices can be simultaneously connected via QR code. In addition, you can add location information to your images when using a smartphone with a GPS function. The wireless LAN function on the camera cannot be used to connect to a home or public access point.
Image Stabilization: The E-PL8 utilizes mechanical (sensor shift-type) image stabilization to automatically compensate for camera shake in low-light situations or when using a telephoto lens. With image stabilization on, the effect is equivalent to 3 EV steps (Olympus in-house measurements). You can choose from the following stabilization modes:
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can choose from the following shooting modes:
Picture Modes (Processing Options): The camera lets you select image tones to create unique image effects. For each picture mode, you can fine-adjust the image parameters, such as contrast and sharpness. The Picture Modes include:
Focus Modes: The PEN E-PL8 uses automatic focusing and manual focusing. You can select Single-AF (when shutter pressed halfway), Continuous-AF (always focusing), or Manual (turning the focus ring). You can also fine-adjust the focus manually by turning the focus ring after AF is performed in the S-AF mode (S-AF+MF). If you have a moving subject, you can use the AF Tracking feature (C-AF+TR). In this mode, the camera will track and maintain focus on the subject while the shutter button is held halfway.
Auto-Focus Target: The camera has 81 Auto-Focus targets (9 vertical columns x 9 horizontal rows) for focusing on the subject. In the All-Target AF mode, the camera automatically chooses from the full set of 81 AF targets. In the Single-Target AF mode, you can manually select one AF target for accurately focusing on the subject after composing the shot. In the Small Target or Group Target modes, the camera automatically chooses from the targets in the selected group.
ISO Settings: The sensitivity can be set automatically or manually. You can set the default and upper limits for Auto ISO. The manual ISO sensitivity ranges from Low (about ISO 100), ISO 200 to 25600 and Low, with selectable ISO steps of 1 EV or 1/3 EV.
White Balance: Color reproduction depends upon light conditions. You can choose from 4 options for setting the white balance:
Sequential Shooting: In addition to shooting single frames, the E-PL8 can also shoot multiple images for as long as the shutter button is pressed. When the camera is set to Sequential H, up to 64 images are taken at about 7.1 frames per second (8.5 fps with Image Stabilization off). In Sequential L mode, images are taken at about 3.7 fps. Focus and exposure are fixed at the values for the first frame in each sequence. When shooting RAW images, up to 20 frames can be recorded in Sequential L, and 16 in Sequential H modes.
Self-Timer: The Self-Timer lets you take pictures after a preset amount of time. You can choose from 2 seconds or 12 seconds. Self-timer Custom lets you set the number of frames to be shot (1-10), length of delay (1-30 seconds) and interval between shots (0.5, 1, 2, or 3 seconds).
Bulb/Time Shooting: The PEN E-PL8 can take extra long exposures with Bulb and Time photography. When the camera is set to Bulb, the shutter remains open as long as the shutter button stays pressed. When set to Time, the shutter opens when the shutter release is pressed fully and closes when the shutter release is pressed fully a second time. Use of a tripod and remote cable (RM-UC1) are recommended for Bulb and Time Photography.
Interval Shooting: You can take a series of photos over a period of time. You can shoot 1 to 99 shots at intervals of 1 second to 24 hours. You can convert the series of pictures into a time-lapse movie. The maximum time-lapse movie length is 10 seconds for 99 shots.
Flash Modes: The E-PL8 does not have a built-in flash. It includes an external flash unit (FL-M1) that attaches to the camera's hot shoe. With the flash attached, you can select from several flash modes: Auto, Fill in flash, Red-eye reduction flash, Slow synchronization (1st curtain), Slow sync (1st curtain) with Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization (2nd curtain), Manual, and Flash off. You can also manually set the intensity of the flash between -3.0EV to +3.0EV.
Optional Flash Units: Optional flash units that can be used with the E-PL8 include FL-14, FL-900R, FL-600R, and FL-300R, as well as RF-11 Ring Flash, TF-22 Twin Flash, and FC-1 Macro Flash Controller.
Bracketing: To increase your chances of getting the perfect exposure in difficult shooting conditions, you can set the camera to take a number of photos at different exposure values for each frame. Frames are shot at optimum exposure, plus pictures adjusted in the opposite directions of exposure. You can perform bracketing in the following ways:
Metering Modes: There are 5 ways to measure the subject brightness:
Face Detection: The camera will detect people's faces in the frame and adjust the focus and metering automatically.
Multiple Exposures: The E-PL8 can overlay multiple frames and save the result as a single image. You can overlay an image while taking a picture, or overlay a recorded (RAW) image in playback mode.
Photo Playback: You can play back images one at a time, or in an index display of 4, 9, 25, or 100. You can also display images recorded on the memory card by date (calendar display). While in single image playback, the image can be magnified to 2x, 3x, 5x, 7x, 10x, or 14x for a closer look.
Playback On TV: The PEN E-PL8 allows you to play back your still images or movies on a TV. The camera has a Micro HDMI (Type D) connector for playback on an HDTV with an optional Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable. You can set the HDMI output resolution to 1080i, 720p, or 480p (576p for PAL). The camera also offers a composite video output, using the supplied A/V cable plugged into the camera's Multi-connector.
HDMI Control: When HDMI Control is set to "On", the camera can be operated by a TV remote control when it is connected to the TV via HDMI. The TV must support HDMI control. During single-frame playback, you can display or hide the information display and the index display.
PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer, regardless of brand.
Power Options: The E-PL8 is powered by the supplied BLS-50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2 volts, 1210mAh, 8.5Wh). The battery charges in approximately 3 hours 30 minutes in the supplied BCS-5 battery charger. The BLS-50 battery is good for approximately 350 shots on a single charge.
Accessory Port Options: The rear-mounted Accessory Port can be used for optional accessories such as the VF-2 or VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder, or the Olympus Penpal (PP-1), which lets you wirelessly transfer images and movies to your smartphone via Bluetooth.
Lens Overview: This PEN E-PL8 includes the M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R wide angle 3x zoom lens. The lens is equipped with a Micro Four Thirds mount. Designed for shooting movies, the lens features MSC technology, which gives you virtually silent auto focusing and great sound, even during zooming. The lens features the following specifications:
|Lens Configuration||8 lenses in 7 groups (including 3 Aspherical Glass elements)|
|Angle of View||75° - 29°|
|Closest Focusing Distance||9.8"|
|Maximum Image Magnification||0.19x|
|Aperture||7 blade circular|
|Maximum Aperture||f3.5 (at 14mm); f5.6 (at 42mm)|
|Dimensions||Diameter 2.214" |
Length 2.16" (retracted), 2.796-2.999" (unretracted)
Olympus Viewer 3 Software: The PEN E-PL8 includes Olympus Viewer 3 software on CD-ROM for Windows and Macintosh operating systems. The software lets you do the following:
System Requirements: The Olympus Viewer 3 software is compatible with the following operating systems:
USB Mass Storage Class: The camera supports USB Mass Storage Class, allowing you to transfer images to a computer with the provided USB cable. The following operating systems are compatible with the USB connection:
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