Olympus E-PL8 c/w 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6

Olympus E-PL8 c/w 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6
Olympus E-PL8 c/w 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6Olympus E-PL8 c/w 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6Olympus E-PL8 c/w 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6Olympus E-PL8 c/w 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6Olympus E-PL8 c/w 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6

Item: 32702

16MP, interchangeable micro four thirds mirrorless compact

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* 16 Megapixels Live MOS Sensor
* M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
* TruePic VII Image Processor
* 3-Axis In-Body VCM Image Stabilization
* 3 inch 1.04M-dot 180-degree Downward-opening monitor Flip Touch Screen
* Touch Selfies
* 81-Point FAST AF with Small Target AF
* Live Composite lets you capture impressive trails of light
* Full HD Video Recording at 30 fps
* Clips and Art Filter Movie provide enhanced movie recording
* Continuous Shooting at eight fps
* Built-in Wi-Fi Connectivity
* ISO 25600
* FL-LM1 Flash is included

The Olympus E-PL8 is this year's latest offer in premium design inherited from the PEN series. It provides enhanced selfie functions and extensive creative shooting features that you can use for both still images and video.

This 16-megapixel compact camera system is the stylish beginner's model that'll give you DSLR quality for the price of a premium digital compact yet still with the ability to change lenses.

It has a very similar specification to the OM-D E-M10 Mark II but lacks a viewfinder (hence the lower price). You view images on the rear LCD touchscreen.

Retro-styled in a beautiful premium metal casing it is enhanced with a leather-look finish, with a choice of two colours. You also get the ""pancake"" interchangeable 14-42mm lens, with a selection of six others to add. Its 8.5 fps high-speed sequential shooting and super fast AF shooting is achieved due to the omission of a mirror.

This camera can be whatever you want it to be - fully auto compact with selfies at heart through to a sophisticated, customizable manual (with manual focus too), semi-manual or fully auto. So much so we thoroughly recommend it for use in a photography department enabling students to learn their craft.

Manufacturer's Description

Key Specs

  1. Sensor Effective Resolution / Type
    16.1 Megapixel Live MOS
  2. Processor
    TruPic™ VII
  3. Focusing System
    F.A.S.T. AF (Contrast Detection)
  4. Image Stabilization System
    3-Axis In Body Image Stabilization
  5. Rear Monitor
    3.0" Tilting Touch LCD
  6. Creative Features
    Live Composite, Selfie Mode, Selfie Video, Clips Mode
  7. Sequential Shooting Speed
    8.5fps [H] mode 3.7fps [L] mode mechanical shutter.
  8. Special Features
    Easy image sharing via Wi-Fi and OI.Share App

Sensor / Dust Reduction

  1. Sensor Type
    4/3” Live MOS Sensor
  2. Effective Pixels
    16.1 million
  3. Total Pixels
    17.2 million
  4. Filter Array
    Primary color filter (RGB)
  5. Aspect Ratio & Area
    4:3 / 17.3 x 13.0mm
  6. Dust Reduction
    Super Sonic Wave Filter


  1. Processor Type
    Olympus TruePic™ VII

Focusing System

  1. AF System Type
    High-speed imager AF (Contrast detection)
  2. 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)
  3. Full Time AF
  4. Magnified Frame
    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
  5. Face Detection AF / Eye Detection
    Available / Available Eye Detection AF mode: Off / Nearer-eye priority / Right-eye priority / Left-eye priority
  6. Focusing Points / Focusing Points Selection Mode
    81-area multiple AF (Contrast detection AF),
    All target, Group target area (3x3-area),
    Single target(Standard Target Size/Small Target Size)
  7. AF Illuminator
  8. AF Targeting Pad
    Available *Activate / deactivate with double tap on rear monitor
  9. Manual Focus Assist * Customize Function
    Live view image is magnified when the focus ring is rotated. (at S-AF+MF or MF mode)
  10. Peaking Function
    "Activate with Fn button or focus ring
    Change peaking settings using the Info button
    Color selection: white or black

Image Stabilization

  1. System Type
    Built-in (Image sensor shift type for movie & still, 3-axis* image stabilization) *yaw/pitch/roll
  2. Modes
    4 modes (S-I.S.AUTO,S-I.S.1, S-I.S.2, S-I.S.3), OFF
  3. Live View Image Stabilization
    Activation by half-pressing shutter release or enlarging view.
  4. Focal Length Setting
  5. IS For Finder Image
    Available (by half-pressing the shutter button or enlarging operation)
  6. 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)
  7. Lens IS Priority

Shutter / Sequential Shooting

  1. Shutter Type
    Computerized focal-plane, high-speed, mechanical shutter
  2. 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) Electronic first curtain shutter1 : 1/320 - 60 sec. 1. When Anti-shock mode is set to 0 sec.
  3. Sequential Shooting Maximum Speed
    Sequential shooting H mode1: approx 8.5 fps
    1. Focus and exposure are fixed at the values for the first shot, 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)
  4. Max Recordable Pictures in 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
  5. 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)
  6. Anti-shock Mode
    Electronic first curtain shutter / 1/320 - 60sec (For speeds over 1/320 sec., mechanical shutter will automatically be selected when shutter start delay is set to 0 sec.) Shutter Start Delay 0, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30sec


  1. Rear Monitor Type
    3.0” tilting touch monitor*
    *Approx 1037k dots (3:2) electrostatic capacitance touch screen
  2. Rear Monitor Size
    3.0” / 7.6 cm
  3. 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
  4. Tilting Capability
    Upward tilting angle : up to 80 degrees
    Downward tilting angle : up to 180 degrees
    *mirror display when monitor is in selfie position
  5. Brightness / Color Temp Control (Rear Monitor)
    ±7 levels / ±7 levels
  6. Color Tone Select
    Vivid / Natural
  7. 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
  8. Preview
    Preview with depth of field preview lock (must be assigned to button to activate)
  9. Live View Boost
    Yes (does not reflect ceratin adjustments such as exposure compensation)
  10. Field of View
    Approx. 100%
  11. Display Mode
    Normal Mode, Histogram Mode, Level gauge, Highlight and shadow, Off
  12. 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
  13. Display of Face Detection
    Max 8 frames of face detection can be displayed.

Exposure Control / Flash

  1. 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)
  2. Metering Range
    EV -2 - 20 (at normal temperature, 17mm f2.8, ISO 100)
  3. 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)
  4. Scene Select AE
    Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Hand-held Starlight1, 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, 3D2
    1. 8 images automatically shot and combined into a single image composite
    2. For 3D lens (H-FT012 by Panasonic) only, still photo only
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. AE Lock
    Locks with a half-press of the shutter button (can be set to Fn button as well)
  8. Flash Intensity Control Method
    TTL Auto, Auto*, Manual, super FP*(FP-TTL AUTO, FP-MANUAL)
    * Available with external flash
  9. Bundled Flash
    FL-LM1 - TTL flash, GN = 7 (ISO100?m) / GN = 10 (ISO200?m)
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Flash Intensity Control
    Up to ±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps selectable
  13. Wireless Flash Control Method
    Triggered and controlled (Olympus Wireless RC Flash system) Commander flash : FL-LM1, FL-600R, FL-900R
  14. External Flash Intensity Type
    TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP-TTL-AUTO, FP-MANUAL
  15. Channel No.
    4 channels
  16. Group No.
    4 groups: 3 external flash + 1 commander flash

Memory / Image Recording (File Format)

  1. Compatible Memory
    SD Memory Card (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I/II compatible, Eye-Fi Card compatible* ) *Not compatible with Endless Memory.
  2. Recording Format
    DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3
  3. File Format
    RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG, MPO(3D still)
  4. Recording Image Size
    [RAW] 4608 x 3456 pixels
    [JPEG] 4608 x 3456 pixels - 640 x 480 pixels

White Balance / Color Mode

  1. White Balance Mode
    Auto WB, 7 Preset WBs, 4 Capture WBs, Custom WB(Kelvin setting)
  2. White Balance Compensation*
    ±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis * Except for Custom WB
  3. Color Mode
    sRGB, Adobe RGB

Brackting / HDR

  1. 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
  2. ISO Bracketing
    3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable
  3. White Balance Bracketing
    3 frames in 2, 4, 6 steps selectable in each A-B/G-M axis.
  4. Flash Bracketing
    3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV step selectable
  5. Art Filter Bracketing
    i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, Underwater, Art Filters selectable
  6. HDR (Auto Composite)
    HDR1,HDR2 (painting like)
    *ISO sensitivity is fixed at 200 and maximum shutter speed is 4 sec.
  7. Bracketing for HDR post-process
    3 or 5 frames in 2.0 or 3.0EV steps, 7 frames in 2.0EV steps.
    *This function is for capturing images for post production HDR processing, and does not execute HDR processing.

Creative Features

  1. Picture Mode
    i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, e Portrait, Underwater, Art Filters
  2. Gradation
    Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key [except Art Filters]
  3. Adjustment Parameter
    4 levels (Auto, Normal, High key, Low key)
  4. Filter Effect (B&W Filter)
    Neutral, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green for Monotone
  5. Picture Tone
    Neutral, Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green for Monotone
  6. 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.
  7. Art Filter Modes
    Pop Art (I, II / a.b.c.d.e)
    Soft Focus ( - / c.e)
    Pale & Light Color (I, II / a.b.c.d)
    Light Tone ( - / d)
    Grainy Film (I, II / b.c.d.f.g)
    Pin Hole (I, II, III / d.)
    Diorama ( - / d.)
    Cross Process (I, II / b.c.d.)
    Gentle Sepia ( - / a.b.c.d.)
    Dramatic Tone (I / b.c.d.e) (II?/ b.c.d.e.f.g)
    Key Line (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.)
    WaterColor (I, II / a.c.d.)
    Vintage (I, II, III / a.b.c.d.e.f.i.)
    Partial Color (I, II, III / a.b.c.d.e.f.)
  8. 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)
  9. Color Ring (for partial color)
    18 color selectable
  10. 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.
  11. Type (Variation / Frame Effect / Window / Aspect)
    Standard ??,?,?,? / a, b, c, d / A, B, C, D
    Speed ( - / - /?A, E, F)
    Zoom in / out (?,?/ a, c / A, G)
    Layout ??,?,?,?/ NA / NA?
    Can select picture mode for each frame.
    Fun Frame (?, ?, ? /?/?)
  12. Frame Effect (photo story)
    a. White Frame
    b. White Frame & White Edge Effect
    c. Black Frame
    d. White Frame & Pin Hole Effect
  13. Aspect Window / Pattern (photo story)
    A. 4:3/2Frames
    B. 4:3/3Frames
    C. 1:1/2Frames
    D. 1:1/3Frames
    E. 1:1/4 Frames
    F. 16:9/5 Frames
    G. 16:9, 2 frames
  14. Live Bulb / Live Time
    Update Interval Time - 0.5 sec – 60 sec
  15. Live Composite
    Update Interval Time / composite method – 0.5 sec – 60 sec / Lighten Mode (Bright area prioritization)
  16. Interval Shooting
    1-999 frames, Interval time 1sec-24hours, Time lapse movies
  17. Multiple Exposure (number of pictures / function)
    2 frames / Auto gain, Exposing on Recorded picture(RAW)

Video / Audio Recording

  1. Video Recording Format
    MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264) , AVI(Motion JPEG)
  2. 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
    HD: 1280x720, 30fps*, Aspect ratio 16:9
    SD: 640x480, 30fps*, Aspect ratio 4:3
  3. Maximum Video Recording Time
    Full HD : Approx. 29min (up to 4GB)
    HD : Approx. 7min* / SD : Approx. 14min*
    *Except for some of the Art Filters
  4. Art Filter Movie
    Yes (frame rate: 30fps or lower)
  5. Movie Effect
    One shot echo / Multi echo / Art fade / Old film
  6. Movie Tele-converter
    ×4* Available on Movie effect mode
  7. Timelapse Movie
    Available AVI Motion JPEG1280×720,10fps
  8. Photo in Movie
    Yes (mode1* / mode2) *mode1 is available with frame rate is lower than 30fps
  9. Clips
    1, 2, 4 or 8 sec (Further continued shooting possible up to 16 sec. by pressing movie record button again) *FHD?30p?Normal
  10. IS for Movie
    M-IS1 On (Multi Motion and electronic IS from image sensor shift type image stabilization), Off
  11. AE Lock
  12. Video Exposure Control
    Program AE, aperture priority AE, shutter priority AE, manual
  13. Video File Size
    .MOV Format: Max 4GB
  14. Audio Recording Format
    Wave Format (Stereo linear PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48kHz)
  15. Microphone / Speaker
    Stereo / Mono
  16. Microphone Function
    Wind noise reduction, Recording volume, Microphone volume limiter Audio dubbing possible for still pictures (up to 30 sec.)


  1. WiFi
    GPS Info.Function
    Via smartphone GPS data
    Image Share
    File Type: JPEG*, MOV
    Connect to up to 4 devices simultaneously. Marking function for image share.
    *Excluding MPO file
    Easy Connection
    QR code setting
    Wireless Shooting
    Live View
    Rec View
    Wireless Touch AF shutter*
    Self Timer (w/Countdown guidance ,Sequential shooting, Short movie recording capability)
    Wireless Release
    Power Off
    *Selectable from iAuto / ART / PASM (Live Bulb, Live Time)
    *Control settings for aperture, shutter speed, exposure, ISO sensitivity, white balance and Drive Mode.
  2. Live Guide
    Color saturation, Color image, Brightness, Blur Background, Express Motion, Shooting Tips
  3. 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
  4. Information Display
    Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, OFF
  5. Custom Settings
    Can select from 23 functions to assign to buttons, including the Lens Fn button.
    Functions that can be assigned differ by button.
  6. 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
    RAW development based on settings of the camera(including Art Filter, ART-BKT)
    Detail edit acceptable. (Preview, Memory of 2 setting, re-development)
  7. Image Overlay
    Up to 3 RAW images
  8. Erasing Function
    Single frame, All, Selected frames (from Index
  9. Protect Function
    Single frame, Selected frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)
  10. Menu Languages (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

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