Trying out my Olympus Pen // First Impressions

So whilst I know I talked about having so many cameras recently I went ahead and bought a new one: the Olympus PEN E-PL8 Pancake Zoom Kit – Black. I know, I know… but it was in the sale and I had a load of vouchers from Christmas so… shhh.

I decided to take it out on a test run whilst it was snowing [helpful hint: wear gloves. I didn’t. I hate myself], so here we go…

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this is one of my fave trees and I always feel so bad that some local kids have used it for some kind of target practice!

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Juno is always making new friends!
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This huge pile of snow was blown over and past me – I tried to get a shot of it. It was cold!

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Always with her eyes closed!

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I really love this camera so far! It’s not lightweight, which I like. I enjoy a sturdy camera! It’s got an old fashioned look to it, much like my Pentax ME Super, but the back is just a screen with no viewfinder. To be honest I’d have loved it if it had a view finder, but that’s just a personal preference. The settings are all easy to work with and it’s wi-fi capable so I spent a lot of time yesterday just testing out different settings and learning how to link it to my phone.

It has this nifty app which means you can not only use your phone to control the shutter but you can also use your phone as a viewfinder – thus looking at your phone screen rather than the camera screen. I’m not sure what the benefits of that is just yet but it’s cool all the same!

Much like an old film camera this one makes a whirring sound when you use it, which I find nice but, again, I’m not sure why it does it? I do know that I’d read about it before I bought the camera so I know it’s not broken.

So far I am enjoying having a point and shoot again. I love my DSLR but I find it difficult carting it around with me, especially if I’m going somewhere quite public. I feel embarrassed whipping out a giant camera! This one is much smaller and, I feel, socially acceptable!

I hope you enjoy the pictures, and you can tell the quality is MUCH better than the pictures taken on my phone. I’ve also just started playing around with Lightroom, which I got for Christmas, so better pictures are destined for this blog!

Sam

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4 thoughts on “Trying out my Olympus Pen // First Impressions

    1. It’s a really lovely camera! A good weight (I like heavier, durable, cameras!) and so easy to just pick up and know how things work immediately! The pancake lens is just a removable lens which doesn’t have any real zoom capabilities, so it’s very much a basic lens but keeps the camera small and portable! I will probably buy a bigger lens at some point just because I have a thing for getting new ones 😝

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  1. It must be very useful to have wifi 👍 I guess you won’t be taking much photos with your phone anymore! The only benefit I can think of for using the phone as the viewfinder it’s if you have the camera in a weird angle or close to the ground – so you just can stay where you are and take the photo.
    Lovely pictures 🙂 (I can imagine the freezing feeling on your hands without the gloves… brrr!)

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