Perhaps overshadowed by more significant announcements, Olympus rolled out the newest addition to their entry-level mirrorless line—the E-PL8.
Essentially, the E-PL8 is a modest update to the existing E-PL7, with the specs remaining virtually unchanged—16-megapixel Live MOS sensor, TruePic VII processor, and 3-axis in-body image stabilization.
The camera gets a fresh coat of paint with a new grip and top plate. And it gets a bit of plastic surgery with the addition of a LCD screen that can flip 180 degrees underneath the camera to take selfies. Needless to say, this selfie-centric change doesn’t work if you want to bring the camera underwater in a housing.
Again, this is otherwise a modest upgrade from the E-PL7 with not much in the way to appeal to underwater photographers—excluding the small form factor. You can add an electronic viewfinder as an accessory. But if you’re looking for a switch up from a compact to interchangeable lens camera, consider spending a bit more to get the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II.
The Olympus E-PL8 will be available in October with an MSRP of $550 (body only). More information can be found on the Olympus website.
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