Updated 25 Oct 2017

Olympus

PEN E-PL8 (with 14-42mm lens)

Snapshot: The Olympus PEN E-PL8 (with 14-42mm lens) compact system camera has an Micro Four Thirds Live-MOS sensor, can shoot full HD video, but no viewfinder. But how's the image quality?

PEN E-PL8 (with 14-42mm lens)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1099

priceme.co.nz

Join us now for instant access

Join more than 100,000 members today and you’ll get:

  • Independent info
  • Thousands of test results and research you can trust
  • Everything in one easy place
  • Expert support a phone call away if things go wrong
Join Consumer Now Log in

Test results

Overall score
60
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Screen
?/10
Video quality
?/10
Flash
?/10

Good points

  • OK image quality.
  • Good screen.
  • OK flash.
  • Has a high resolution articulated monitor.
  • Can shoot full-HD video and manually focus.

But

  • Just OK video quality.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Image quality (40%): Unless otherwise stated the cameras are set to full automatic function – including exposure, white balance and focus – with maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG.
Ease of use (40%): An evaluation of the manual, viewfinder, monitor, data transfer, shutter delay, inserting/removing memory, changing settings, controls and batteries.
Screen (10%): A rating of image quality of the screen, and the difference between the height and width displayed and what is recorded on the final image.
Video quality (10%): A rating of the quality of short video clips.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1099
Type
Compact system

More test results

Viewfinder
n/a

Specifications

Megapixels (MP)
16
Battery type
Lithium-ion
Sensor
Micro Four Thirds Live-MOS
ISO range
200 - 25600
Optical zoom
3
Aperture range
3.5 - 5.6
Zoom range
29 - 87
Shutter range
1/4000 - 60
Dimensions (cm)
86 x 45 x 128
Weight (g)
439
Depth (mm)
45
Memory card
SDHC, SDXC

Features

Water resistant
No
RAW support
GPS tagging
×
PASM modes
Manual focus option

Monitor

Monitor size (inches)
2.9
Monitor pixels
1,037,000
Touchscreen
Articulated monitor

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
-
Viewfinder pixels
-

Video

Video
1920 x 1080
Microphone input

Flash

Flash type
Switch on by hand
Connection for external flash

More info

Notes

Tested with a M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14‑42mm 1:3.5‑5.6 EZ lens. Optical zoom and closest focal distance varies, depending on the lens.