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Olympus Pen E-PL8

December 31, 2017

I treated myself to the Olympus Pen E-PL8 last year in order to up my content game. In today’s era of blogging and social media, small blurry pictures just do not cut it.

Olympus have been very clever and positioned themselves as the blogger camera but unlike the Canon 650D which is very bulky and awkward to carry around, the Olympus Pen is very light and can be popped into your handbag. Part of the brand’s marketing campaign was to employ several bloggers as ambassadors to use the camera and share their experience with their followers.

I will admit that I was attracted to the look of the camera and its very retro look. Aesthetically this camera is a very sexy piece of kit. It comes in three colours; black, white and a light brown. I went for light brown.

Looks aside the Olympus Pen does contain some very interesting features. It allows you to take some selfies – all you need to do is fold down the touch screen and the mirrorless camera automatically switches into selfie mode. I used this once and I must admit I was not overwhelmed. It took some nice images but nothing remarkable.

You can connect this phone to wifi and upload your images to Instagram. To be honest I have not used this feature yet because it was a headache trying to figure it out.  You can also chop and change with the lens’s which is one of the high points and Olympus have a good range of lens that you can choose from.

It took me a while to get to grips with this camera – besides the great features, the settings are far too complex. When I started filming everything was yellow so I had to get help from a friend in order to redress the colour.  I use this camera to film on because the quality is great and it is very easy to download my footage to my MacBook. I would advise that you invest in a mic when you are doing interviews in order to block out the background sound.

Image wise I do not feel that the Olympus Pen takes better images than my iPhone 8 Plus and in fact I very rarely use it to take pictures. It’s not worth it to me especially with the hassle of downloading and editing.

In terms of portability the camera on its own is quite light and can go into your bag without feeling too heavy but when you throw in the lenses then your bag will start to feel bulky. I personally take another bag with me when I am carrying this camera.

I do not regret getting this camera but I put my hands up and say I was suckered into the way it looked rather than practicalities. I wish I had done more research and I probably would have gone for the Canon EOS. which is a lot more easier to use.

On other note, while Olympus have done a great job communicating the wonders of this camera they really need to work on their customer service. My experience was not a good one; after placing an order I just received one order thanking me for my email and no follow up.

All my messages via email, Twitter and Instagram were left me none the wiser as to when I would expect my camera and after making a call to the company I was told that they had not received my order even though they had taken my money, Needless to say the camera eventually turned up but not without causing me a bit of stress. Work on your people skills, Olympus!

Olympus Pen E-PL8 is priced at £549.00 with the lens and £449.00 without the lens. The camera is sold with is the Pancake Lens 14‑42mm which allows you to do a lot of different functions such as zoom in and out, take close ups and film. This is the lens I use most of the time. I also bought the 45mm which has a lot more feature as well as allowing you to create that blurry background.

You can buy it from Selfridges, Jessops and amazon.

For more information, please visit their website.

NOTE: The Olympus Pen EPL-9 will be available on 16th March, in case you are after a newer model.

  • Reply
    January 11, 2018 at 3:25 AM

    I’m currently looking for a new camera, I’m going to research the other one you referenced Canon EOS before making a decision I think. Thanks for an honest review Ronke!


    • Reply
      Ronke Adeyemi
      January 11, 2018 at 10:47 AM

      Let me know which one you choose and how you get on with it. Thanks so much for reading this.

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    January 10, 2018 at 12:53 PM

    Very interesting read. I admit to having FOMO when it comes to the current blogger craze for Olympus Pens. I’ve got a Canon 650D and 700D, both of which are somewhat bulky when I want to take quick impromptu videos or photos. I still carry one of them with me at all times though!
    I think it’s brilliant that you noted the camera’s failings as well as what you appreciate about it. I think I’ll stick with the canon range. I’ve found their cameras brilliant, customer service and outreach also really great over the past 5 or 6 years I’ve used them

    • Reply
      Ronke Adeyemi
      January 10, 2018 at 1:49 PM

      In terms of communication I feel that Olympus have areas to work on. They did put on some events and workshops with bloggers/Olympus PEN ambassadors so they could share tech tips with Olympus pen customers but aside from that there is very little expertise available. I went into Jessops and they tried to help as much as they could but their expert on Olympus was off that day. It is a bit of an ordeal. I have just googled lots of blogs and videos in order to find out how to use the camera.

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    Denise Rawls
    January 7, 2018 at 2:29 PM

    I have an older Pen which I brought second hand as I knew I wouldn’t use all the features on a newer version. I love the camera, my priority was getting a camera small enough to carry around and I like that you can swap out the lenses with an adapter. I would never have paid £500 for a camera but for my £150 Spend I’m very happy with mine.

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    Yvette Henry
    January 3, 2018 at 3:32 AM

    I simply prefer Canon for their ability to have the closest skin-like colour performance without adjustments. I’ve had the 600D and also the 700D but although the performance was second to none, the bulky and obnoxious appearance always frustrated me. I now have two Mirrorless Cameras; Canon EOS M3 and the Canon EOS M6 and I love them for their versatility, ease of use, portability and specs. They happen to take amazing images too.

    Love the post and the blog.

    • Reply
      Ronke Adeyemi
      January 3, 2018 at 12:33 PM

      I hear good things about Canons and I think that will be my next camera but it will have to be a model that is very light.

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    January 2, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    I like the look of the camera but I think I much rather prefer my own Sony A5000. I do like the colour and case of the Olympus though! Very chic! x

    • Reply
      Ronke Adeyemi
      January 2, 2018 at 6:33 PM

      I would really urge that you shop around and do your research before you invest in a camera. It is such a big investment. Read lots of reviews and search for some on YouTube.

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      Yvette Henry
      January 3, 2018 at 3:41 AM

      I did check it out the A5000 but I hear that the images run blue with Sony and then there is the removal of an external mic port.

      • Reply
        Ronke Adeyemi
        January 3, 2018 at 12:31 PM

        Are you talking about the Olympus or the Canon?

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