So lots of you know how much I love my Olympus Pen camera. So much so that I have a section dedicated to it on my blog. If you've read my Olympus Pen EPL7 review post then you'll know I ditched my DSLR and shoot all of my blog content and my youtube on my Olympus Pen. Recently I got my hands on the Olympus Pen EPL8 camera and this is now the one I use and as I'm lucky enough to own both I thought an Olympus Pen EPL7 vs EPL8 camera comparison post would be helpful!
Now if you don't own an Olympus Pen camera yet and you are thinking of buying one then your pretty much going to have to buy the EPL8 as the 7 is pretty darn hard to find now, but if you already own the EPL7 and have been thinking about upgrading then read on too as this post will let you know the main differences between the two cameras.
Olympus Pen ELP7 vs EPL8 - Design
Design wise there are a few differences between the Olympus Pen EPL7 and ELP8. First up is the size. The Olympus EPL8 is a tiny weeny bit bigger, I mean we're talking millimeters, but it is also a little heavier too. The ELP7 comes in at 450g with the EPL8 just a tad heavier at 470g. Now this might not seem like a lot but I do tend to feel the weight when holding the camera with one hand and vlogging, but its not a huge deal.
The EPL8 comes in a three colourways, the white, the black and now a tan colour which really has that retro vibe about it. I opted for the white but I have to say I prefer the ELP7's all white body to the larger amount of silver on the ELP8. But thats just my taste.
You'll notice a difference in the design and size of the EPL8's handgrips at the front and back. I'm guessing changed for ergonomics or looks maybe, but the change in the back grip has made the record button much easier to press which was a gripe of mine with the EPL7. The control wheels on the top also have a slightly different look but all the options are in the same place so no change there. Plus underneath there's no change at all to the tripod thread so you will still need that handy tripod adapter to use the flip screen at the same time.
Olympus Pen ELP7 vs EPL8 - menus
Menu's wise the two have almost identical layouts. The only difference is the Olympus Pen EPL8 has a pop up window which gives a quick explanation of what each setting is, which I think is super helpful especially for those people a bit confused by the menus and the accessory port menu option has gone, but who the hell ever used that anyway??.
Once you've activated your super control menu (instructions in this Olympus pen post) both cameras display exactly the same options on pressing the OK button.
Olympus Pen ELP7 vs EPL8 - Flip screens
Both the Olympus Pen EPL7 and EPL8 have the same functions in terms of the flip screen movement and if you haven't yet flipped yours out onto the scaffold frame like the picture above then what have you been doing?? ha ha
Once the screen is flipped down both cameras will activate their selfie mode. Within this you can touch the screen to take a picture which will shoot one second later and set timer mode to take three photos in one go so you can switch positions. But the great thing the Olympus EPL8 now has is the record button on screen and a quick brighten option too. This is a god send for anyone vlogging on their Pen and also for quick selfies when you want to adjust the brightness fast. Here you can also turn on the clips function which is new for the EPL8 which will record video in short bursts which you can them combine with music to make a mini movie. Great for instagram videos especially!
Olympus Pen ELP7 vs EPL8 - art filters
Ok so the Olympus Pen Art Filter setting isn't one I ever frequent and that's because I like to shoot my images pure and edit after but if you do love an arty shot or want to add a cool filter on to your photo at the time of taking then definitely click your top wheel round to ART and try it out. The Olympus Pen ELP8 has a different Art filter menu layout which means you can preview what each filter looks like through the camera as you scroll through. But both cameras offer 14 art filters and 9 art effects. Definitely worth checking out the Partial Colour option which I'm going to cover in a separate post.
Olympus Pen ELP7 vs EPL8 - Scene Mode
The Olympus Pen Scene setting is another great way of shooting if your unsure what setting to put your camera on. Click your top wheel round to SCN and press OK and you'll find a list of different scene options to choose from. Both the EPL7 and EPL8 offer the same list of choices in the same kind of display. You can choose from Sport, Night Scene, fireworks as well as loads of others. Plus click right and a pop up will explain each one which is super helpful. This is a great option for shooting things like fireworks or night shots when you can't quite suss out the settings yourself.
Olympus Pen ELP7 vs EPL8 - Picture Quality
Picture quality wise the two cameras are identical. They both have the same megapixels all that shizzle so both will capture incredible photos even with just the kit lens. The only difference is the EPL8 can now shoot at 8.5 frames per second in High Burst mode which is just a little speedier than the EPL7 at 8fps.
Olympus Pen ELP7 vs EPL8 - Other differences
So there are a couple of other differences between the Olympus Pen ELP7 vs the EPL8. First up the white Olympus Pen ELP8 comes with a white shoulder strap in the box!! Hurrah, this was one of my cons in my Olympus Pen EPL7 review post so I'm happy to see this change. Plus the EPL8 will come with the Cogs option already on the menu list whereas on the EPL7 you had to set this up. Both cameras come without the Super Control Menu (SCP) set up so you will have to do this for the EPL8 too if you want to use it.
And also the EPL8 is only sold with the pancake lens. The Olympus Pen EPL7 was sold with two kit lens options one a bit cheaper and larger which was pretty confusing for everyone so I think its good the EPL8 only comes with one option. Lens wise all the lens will fit both cameras so there's no difference there at all and if you upgrade to the EPL8 your lens will all work fine. Also all the Olympus Pen accessories fit both cameras too.
So that's a little Olympus Pen EPL7 vs EPL8 camera comparison. Both are kick ass cameras and you'll be super happy with either but I think the few extra features on the ELP8 just gives it that edge. I can't wait to see what the next Olympus Pen camera will be like. I suspect that wont be out for a good while yet as the EPL8 is still going strong.
I've got lots more Olympus Pen posts coming so do let me know in the comments what posts you would find helpful to really get to grip with your Olympus pen camera.