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Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by bikerhiker, Mar 17, 2016.
Finally, a lower cost version of the PEN-F if you find the price too steep!
オリンパスE-PL8の画像 - デジカメinfo
Well that's like saying the gm1 is a lower cost version of the gx8.
No knob in the front. People are going to love it
So, is that an EVF? Or is hope getting the better of me?
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Looks like it has evf port, though
Would be nice if it was nearly on parity with the E-M10 II.
A couple of things we won't get, PDAF, improved CAF and tracking. These are a no no as far as Olympus is concerned.
Do you think a mini pen should be a wildlife camera?
You mean primarily a wildlife camera then no. Is there such a thing as a primarily wildlife camera? CAF is used for a lot more than wildlife. The Camera Store apparently agrees.
This looks pretty good compared to the GM5 - tilt screen, hot-shoe with hopefully standard shutter mechanism for normal sync speeds and IBIS, not much bigger. I'm not enthralled by the EVF in the GM5 so this thing is pretty tempting.
I just picked up a used E-PL7 this week to replace my E-PL5, and I love it! All the things I didn't like about the E-PL5 have been fixed in the E-PL7. Other than the grip and minor cosmetic changes, I wonder what new/improved features Olympus will add to the E-PL8. A 20 MP sensor and 5-axis IBIS could be the headline features, but I would also like to see exposure comp with auto-ISO in Manual mode like on the Pen-F (although from the photos I can't tell for certain that they've added an exposure comp dial). If it had all of those features it would be enough to get me to buy an E-PL8 a year from now when the price has bottomed out, and I'd keep my E-PL7 as a second camera.
The other market is parents trying to track their kids at things like sports.
On the rumour sites there is a large proportion that think it is ugly, but truly, the E-M1 got that description to start with too & I think this E-PL8 looks pretty good. I guess the main improvement will likely be the 20MP sensor (it would be a lost cause not to include it) but that is yet to be revealed.
The more I think about it, my guess is that it will have the guts of the E-M10 II, including the 16 MP sensor (and 5-axis IBIS). I doubt Olympus wants a camera at the low end of their product line to have parity with the Pen-F and coming E-M1 II on such an important marketing feature as megapickles.
If it's the innards of the em10 II that would be great. I have to admit it's not the prettiest pen ever.
I hope it uses the E-M5/10 mkII flash and not the old flip up style.
I'm not enthralled with the EVF in the GM5 either, but for what it is needed for... Composing images, it does a fine job at that. As much as I prefer the viewfinder on my GX8, or Pen-F even, I don't use a viewfinder as a viewing screen... I use it to compose an image and will use a computer monitor to get a really great look at the details.
The lack of a built-in EVF kills any interest I might have had for this new offering.
This offering won't move me off of my GM5 when I want a really small m4/3 capture machine. Nor move me away from the truly awesome LX100, for that matter.
The Pen-F isn't all that much larger than this model. With the availability of GM5, GX7, PEN-F, GX8, this Pen lite is of no interest to me. If it had a built-in EVF, I would definitely consider it, though.
I'm totally done with buying m4/3 bodies that don't have a built-in EVF. My EP5 with VF4 (Great pair!) is the last of those Mohicans or me.
I wonder how people would react to a new mini-camera that has the PEN-F viewfinder, but they had to drop to a 2" LCD to make room for it.