If you ask most bloggers what camera they would recommend, it would be the Olympus Pen. Due partly to its compact size and pretty aesthetic, it has definitely become a blogging staple, and as such, I HAD to have it. So one night, after one too many glasses of wine, I decided to go for it.
Originally I was going to go for the older E-PL7 model but, influenced by the wine, I decided to go for the newest E-PL8 model. From what I’ve read there aren’t too many differences between the two models, but if you want to know more, read this comparison review. After using this camera for almost two months now, I thought I would share my opinions on it!
For the past two years I have been using the Canon 700d for my blogging purposes. And while I love my canon, the bulkiness made it awkward to take out and about. The Olympus Pen definitely does not have this problem: it is compact enough to put into my small bags, and doesn’t weigh a lot so can easily be carried about. Now, obviously the lenses can make it a little more awkward, but they are easily detached for easier transportation.
This is definitely one of my favourite aspects of this camera! The Olympus Pen has a wifi setting which means you can connect it to your phone. This allows you to use your phone as a remote and live view, and also gives you the ability to transfer photos onto your phone instantly.
Using the live view has really helped me to step up my blog photo game. I love that I can now be in the photos since I am able to take them myself. Being able to import my photos has also really helped me to keep up with my daily instagramming. This is also going to be so helpful when I am away on any trips or holidays.
Quality of pictures
I have to say, I definitely think the Olympus Pen has a slightly better quality of photo than my Canon 700s, especially when you compare the two kit lenses. I can zoom right in on my photos and it is still high quality, and any text is readable.
Ease of use
Not going to lie- it took me a few days to get used to this camera. I think it’s because I was so used to my Canon, and the settings on the Olympus are totally different. However there aren’t as many settings on this camera as on the Canon, so it will be very good for beginners.
The screen on the Olympus has both positives and negatives. I’ll talk about the negatives first to get them out of the way. The biggest issue I have is that the screen is always on show, so I’m always worried it’s going to get scratched/damaged. Also, because of how the screen flips down the ways, it can’t be used with a tripod. This isn’t too much of an issue for taking photos, because you can always use your phone, but I can imaging it would be a hassle when recording youtube videos. Now for the positives: it flips all the way down so it’s very easy to take selfies. Also, when you do flip it down the camera goes into selfie-mode!
After using my Canon for the best part of two years, I knew I couldn’t go back to a camera with a fixed lens. So far I have bought one additional lens- the 1.8 45mm lens. I love both of these lenses, so I’ll give a quick recap of both:
When I got this camera, I really didn’t think I would like the kit lens. But I have to say I LOVE IT. I always use this camera for my flatlays and it always gives me perfectly crisp images. I also find it lets a lot of light in, especially when I compare it to my Canon kit lens (which I do not like).
1.8 45mm lens
This is the lens that I use for all of my outdoors shots, or any that require a blurred background. Now I know some people don’t like that you have to stand so far back from your subject due to it being a 45mm, but I’m so used to using the 50mm lens on my Canon that I’m used to it. For me, there isn’t much difference between this and my 50mm lens, they both give gorgeous blurred backgrounds and perfectly focus the subject.
There are a few settings that really help this camera to stand out! First of all, you can change the image aspect. This is really handy when you are taking instagram photos, because you can take an image in a 1:1 image aspect so it’s always squared and ready to go. Next it the white balance settings and more specifically: the kelkin option. This allows you to set your own white balance settings, which means you can drastically change the tones in a photo before taking it. Finally, it is very easy to change the aperture and shutter speeds. The only thing I found hard to get used to was not being able to change the ISO, though the camera does a good job at setting this itself.
Focusing was definitely the biggest issue with me when it came to this camera. As I’ve already mentions, I’m used to my Canon 700d, and the focus on it is totally different. On my Canon I always used the manual focus which involved me twisting the focus ring until it was the way I wanted it. On the Olympus I either have to click on the area of the screen I want to focus, or use the focus grid and select what area to focus by using the direction buttons on the camera. Personally I prefer to just use the touch screen option: I find it a lot quicker and handier.
Last but not least, the reason so many bloggers love this camera: it’s gorgeous. Seriously, is this not the most instagram worthy camera you’ve seen? I love that the E-PL8 was changed to be white rather than the off white that the E-PL7 is. The camera comes in three colour options: black, white and brown, all of which are equally gorgeous.
So there you have it. My opinions on the Olympus Pen E-PL8. If you can already tell, I absolutely love this camera and recommend it to anybody thinking of buying it. I’m going to include some example photos down below so you can see what quality of pictures this camera takes:
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