Wow- Looks like we're going to have a mini PEN.. E-PL8

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by bikerhiker, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. bikerhiker

    bikerhiker Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 24, 2013
    Canada
    David
  2. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Well that's like saying the gm1 is a lower cost version of the gx8. :)
     
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  3. bikerhiker

    bikerhiker Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 24, 2013
    Canada
    David
    Heheheh.. LOL :dance4:
     
  4. SVQuant

    SVQuant Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sameer
    No knob in the front. People are going to love it ;)
     
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  5. bremner

    bremner Mu-43 Regular

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    So, is that an EVF? Or is hope getting the better of me?
     
  6. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Hope crushed.
     
  7. SVENS1

    SVENS1 Mu-43 Regular

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  8. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Looks like it has evf port, though

    Would be nice if it was nearly on parity with the E-M10 II.
     
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  9. TonyG

    TonyG Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    A couple of things we won't get, PDAF, improved CAF and tracking. These are a no no as far as Olympus is concerned.
     
  10. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Do you think a mini pen should be a wildlife camera?
     
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  11. TonyG

    TonyG Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    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.
     
  12. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    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.
     
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  13. Drdul

    Drdul Mu-43 Regular

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    Richard
    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.
     
  14. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    The other market is parents trying to track their kids at things like sports.
     
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  15. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    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.
     
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  16. Drdul

    Drdul Mu-43 Regular

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    Richard
    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.
     
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  17. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    If it's the innards of the em10 II that would be great. I have to admit it's not the prettiest pen ever.
     
  18. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Outside Boston MA
    David
    I hope it uses the E-M5/10 mkII flash and not the old flip up style.
     
  19. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Don
    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.
     
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  20. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    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.
     
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