Olympus have targeted the style conscious photographers with many of their recent models and the new PEN E-PL8 continues that theme. Not only is the camera itself a desirable fashion statement but it is put at the center of a range of matching fashion accessories. The new camera comes in one of 3 leather effect colors, brown, black or white.
The build quality in metal is right up there with the standards we have come to expect from Olympus. Inside there is the well respected 16M pixel Micro Four Thirds sensor but images can be manipulated with the extended RAW processing and Art Filters.
Selfie shooters, and this camera is aimed at you, have a new set of touch screen controls to make life a little easier when the screen is lowered 180-degrees. Otherwise, a few cosmetic changes to enhance the style and a little functionality.
As a camera, it should work fine. No great leap forward in pixels or integrated EVF but then again you can't take a selfie looking through the viewfinder.
Prices for the new PEN E-PL8 start at $550 / £400 and $649 / £500 for M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1-3.5-5.6 lens.