Olympus Pen E-PL8 Review.

Hey everyone,

So at the end of October I got my first official pay check from my new full-time, professional job. I wanted to celebrate this the only way I know how – to spend it! After graduating and getting my new job, I wanted to buy myself something special that I have wanted for a long time. Yes, I succumbed to the bloggers hype and bought an Olympus Pen E-PL8. For this post I wanted to do a bit of a “what I think so far” review type post.

Image Quality

First of all, the quality of the images that this camera takes are amazing. They are so crystal clear that it’s actually a bit shocking. I have been taking most of my photos on my iPhone 7 plus, and because the camera on it is so good, I have been debating for a long time whether or not buying another camera is worth it, but I am so glad I decided to go with this one. I have a Nikon D3200 DSLR camera that I bought in my first year of University but for whatever reason, I found it so hard to get on with. I don’t know if I just ended up with a faulty one but it just never seemed to work properly so I had it in my head I wanted a new camera for a long time, and after seeing and reading all of the amazing reviews about the Olympus Pen, I couldn’t really resist! Mine came with the standard 14-42mm pancake lens but I paid a little bit extra to have it come with a 45mm lens also. I had done a lot of research before buying this camera and based on what I was planning on using it for, people told me that for the perfect blurry background shot, the 45mm lens was my guy.


The features on this camera also had me a little obsessed. My favourite thing about this camera hands down, is that the camera has built in Wi-Fi, meaning you can download an app to your phone and transfer photos from the camera immediately on your phone which is amazing for Instagram! Other features of the camera include, a 180 degree tiltable screen (perfect for flatlays), the ability to edit and put filters on photos using the camera itself, you can film in HD, the screen is touchscreen which is really handy and also, you have the automatic settings where it sets the shutter speed and aperture itself, as well as being able to alter the shutter speed and aperture separately too. It sounds very complicated but really it is quite straight forward! The camera does come with a flash, but it’s an attachable one that can just be clipped on the top of the camera – perfect for me because I hate having to turn my flash on and off on my phone and my DSLR.

Ease of Use

Now I am by no means an expert at photography. Photography is huge passion of mine and is something I love to do. I have also studied Media for five years and now work in Digital Marketing so I am very often found with a camera in my hand but I am definitely not an expert. I found this camera incredibly easy to use. The only thing I am still slightly unsure on is all the different modes but that’s just because I haven’t had time to play with them yet. One thing I did want to mention, was about the weight of the camera. It is actually a little bit heavy. Not in an uncomfortable/unusable way but do bare in mind when purchasing this camera it’s slightly heavier than I imagined, not that that’s a bad thing! The lenses are easily attachable and detachable and it comes with a leather strap that attaches to it so it’s easy to carry around your neck/body. Although slightly heavier than I initially expected, it’s much smaller than an ordinary DSLR. Therefore much easier to carry around/pop in a bag and much better for travelling.


  • The retro/vintage look of the camera, it’s gorgeous!
  • The flip screen which is amazing for selfies or for flatlays.
  • Built in Wi-Fi feature – the easiest, most amazing thing ever invented!
  • The option for brightening images.
  • Art features and collage options.
  • The quality of the photos are just INCREDIBLE.


  • Not a major problem, just me being a bit picky but it does feel heavy when you first pick it up.
  • The tiltable screen when on a certain angle means you can’t attach it to a tripod, but a tripod adapter can be purchased which enables you to attach to a tripod on use the flip screen at the same time.
  • When looking at the photos on the camera, they can sometimes look a bit yellow (could be just me and my lighting) but once on a phone/laptop they look fine.


Here are some unedited photographs taken using the camera:

Overall, I am absolutely OBSESSED with my Olympus Pen E-PL8. After lusting after one for so long, I am so happy that I finally took the plunge and purchased one. I am using it so much and since getting the puppy, it’s meant that I can take even more pictures of him than I already do – result!

I’m thinking of doing an “Olympus Pen Update” in the New Year to let you guys know how I’ve been getting on with it over the course of a couple of months – let me know if this is something you’d be interested in!

Hope you enjoyed guys!

Alice xo

15 thoughts on “Olympus Pen E-PL8 Review.

    1. It’s amazing! And because it’s smaller than an average camera I can carry it around so much easier so I take it everywhere! All the pics of the dog on the beach from the weekend were taken on it too! I absolutely love it! Thank you lovely! X

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  1. The quality of these images looks amazing! I’m hoping to get a good camera this year for my birthday so looking into some different options this will definitely be one to consider! Thanks for such a good detailed review!

    Jess xx

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