As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Olympus PEN E-PL8 is also often compared to pro digicams, entry-level DSLRs and travel zooms. The Olympus PEN E-PL8's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the PEN E-PL9 and the PEN E-PL5) and Canon (such as the EOS M10 and the EOS M100)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL8 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 610k dots), slightly more lenses available (108 lenses vs 58 lenses), is newer (september 2016 vs september 2012), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs LIVEMOS) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED) and doesn't have a built-in flash.

Canon EOS M10

Canon EOS M10
1 year older
$599 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M10 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Supports 24p
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M10 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • No external flash support
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the EOS M10 and PEN E-PL8

  • Fairly small: Mid size (108×67×35 mm) vs Mid size (115×67×38 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.5"
  • Light weight: 301 g vs 357 g

Panasonic Lumix DC-GF10 (GF90)

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1 year newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-GF10 (GF90) (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-GF10 (GF90) (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • No external flash support
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/500 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the Lumix DC-GF10 (GF90) and PEN E-PL8

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Compact (107×65×33 mm) vs Mid size (115×67×38 mm)
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.5"

Fujifilm X-A3

Fujifilm X-A3
similar age
$489 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-A3 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 15.9 MP
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the X-A3 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the X-A3 and PEN E-PL8

  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×67×40 mm) vs Mid size (115×67×38 mm)
  • Thin: 1.6" vs 1.5"
  • Light weight: 339 g vs 357 g

Olympus PEN E-PL9

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1 year newer
$549 - $600 (body only)
$699 - $700 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the PEN E-PL9 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the PEN E-PL9 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • None found

common strengths of the PEN E-PL9 and PEN E-PL8

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×68×39 mm) vs Mid size (115×67×38 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.5"

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5
4 years older
$499 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL5 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL5 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs CMOS

common strengths of the E-PL5 and PEN E-PL8

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×64×38 mm) vs Mid size (115×67×38 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.5"

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5
4 years older
$511 - $899 (body only)
$999 14-150mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M5 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the E-M5 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 610k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs CMOS

common strengths of the E-M5 and PEN E-PL8

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Standard size (122×89×43 mm) vs Mid size (115×67×38 mm)
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.5"

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL8 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), has a touch screen, has a screen which flips out, has a slightly longer battery life (350 shots vs 280 shots) and is newer (september 2016 vs may 2014).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (8 fps vs 16 fps), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and much shorter exposures (60 seconds vs 250 seconds).

Casio Exilim EX-100

Casio Exilim EX-100
2 years older

Significant advantages of the EX-100 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Built-in flash
  • Shoots much faster: 30 fps vs 8 fps
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.5" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the EX-100 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the EX-100 and PEN E-PL8

  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens
  • Very long battery life: 390 shots vs 350 shots

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
1 year older
$650 - $898

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 IV (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Built-in flash
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Shoots faster: 16 fps vs 8 fps

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 IV (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 IV and PEN E-PL8

  • Flip-out screens

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
2 years older
$510 - $748

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Built-in flash
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and PEN E-PL8

  • Flip-out screens
  • Great battery life: 320 shots vs 350 shots
  • Support external flash

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
3 months newer
$369 - $429

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G9 X Mark II (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Built-in flash
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G9 X Mark II (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Much shorter battery life: 235 shots vs 350 shots
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the PowerShot G9 X Mark II and PEN E-PL8

  • Have touch screens

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
3 years older
$600

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Built-in flash
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much longer exposures: 250 seconds vs 60 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the G16 and PEN E-PL8

  • Very long battery life: 360 shots vs 350 shots
  • Support external flash
  • Long exposures: 250 seconds vs 60 seconds

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL8 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a much higher resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 230k dots), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (8 fps vs 3 fps) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), takes much lower resolution photos (15.9 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror) and lacks and external mic jack.

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years older
$473 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 15.9 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Many fewer focus points: 11 vs 81
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Mid size (115×67×38 mm)

common strengths of the D3300 and PEN E-PL8

  • Light weight: 430 g vs 357 g

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
similar age
$468 - $597 (body only)
$500 - $647 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5600 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 15.9 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D5600 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Mid size (115×67×38 mm)
  • Many fewer focus points: 39 vs 81
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 8 fps

common strengths of the D5600 and PEN E-PL8

  • High resolution screens: 1,037k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
6 years older
$329 (body only)
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 108 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Much lower true resolution: 14.2 MP vs 15.9 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the D3100 and PEN E-PL8

  • None found

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
6 months older
$310 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 15.9 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Many fewer focus points: 9 vs 81
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 8 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (129×101×78 mm) vs Mid size (115×67×38 mm)

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and PEN E-PL8

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PL8 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it takes significantly higher resolution photos (15.9 MP vs 9.7 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), has a touch screen, has a screen which flips out and has a slightly longer battery life (350 shots vs 300 shots).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, doesn't have a built-in flash, is slightly larger (mid size (115×67×38 mm) vs compact (102×58×36 mm)), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and is thicker (1.5" vs 1.3").

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
1 year older
$279

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Built-in flash
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much lighter: 243 g vs 357 g

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-ZS50 and PEN E-PL8

  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.5"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
1 year older
$367

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX90V (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Has a GPS
  • Built-in flash
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Mid size (115×67×38 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX90V (vs the PEN E-PL8)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-HX90V and PEN E-PL8

  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 350 shots
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.5"