I started blogging for fun in December of 2016 and at that time I was taking photos and videos on my iPhone 6 Plus. Looking back now, it wasn’t the best quality but it did the job and I didn’t really know otherwise. A few months into blogging I realized that I wanted to improve on the quality of my content, even though it was still just a hobby on the side. I really wanted to see how far I could go with it and I was excited to explore my other options in the equipment sector.
After some lengthy research online and reviews by people I looked up to, I decided to save up and invest in the Olympus Pen E-PL8 Camera. I was nowhere near an expert on cameras but from what I had read, it looked to be the best option for what I was doing on Instagram, my blog and YouTube channel.
At the time I was in my second year of college, working part time and blogging on the side. I saved up my money as soon as I could and purchased the camera in the spring of 2017. Since then I have been using my E-PL8 camera for everything that I do on my social media platforms. I’ve been able to experiment with different types of photography and the quality of my content has definitely improved in comparison to using my phone.
Today I’m sharing all of my favourite features of the camera and the factors that made me decide to purchase it. If you’re just starting out as a blogger or content creator and are trying to find the perfect camera, hopefully this article will help you out! Let’s get started!
#1 Appearance and Build
The very first thing that I noticed about the E-PL8 camera was it’s luxurious appearance. The camera is available in three colourways; white, brown and black. Obviously I went for the white version because it aligns with my personal style the best. The body of the camera is leather grain and brushed aluminum, making it feel almost like an accessory. Which is perfect for creators who always have their camera on them! The camera also has grips on each side making it easier to hold if I’m filming a video or shooting selfie-style photos.
#2 User Friendliness
The next deciding factor for me was how user-friendly the camera is. Majority of the features on the camera make it super easy to use for a first-timer like myself. I was worried about having to educate myself a ton before using the camera, but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy navigating it actually was.
The touch screen is one of my favourite features because it makes shooting so much quicker and convenient. I also love the multiple shooting modes and iAuto which selects the best of the 42 modes automatically for you. I would say that 90% of the time my camera is on iAuto because, like I said, I’m not an expert and it helps get the perfect shot every time.
#3 Flip Screen
Have you ever tried taking a selfie with a camera, without knowing whether or not you’re actually in the shot? Selfies on the E-PL8 don’t have this issue because the entire touch screen flips down! This is one of those features that makes shooting very simple. I also love the flip screen because it makes shooting flatlays, or images from above, a total breeze.
One of the features that I could not live without is the built-in-wifi. Having the ability to connect my camera to my phone within a minute is insanely convenient. This feature enables me to do two things, import photos quickly from camera to phone and view my camera shot remotely on the Olympus App.
When I’m out and about shooting for campaigns, I like to view my photos right after they’re shot. It’s much easier to see details on my phone rather than my camera, and the quick import feature makes this possible. The Olympus App on my iPhone also allows me to connect to my camera so that I can see what the camera sees, on my phone. This feature comes in handy when my camera is on a tripod and I need to be in the shot! If you visit my Instagram page, about 50% of my photos are taken using this feature.
Photos I’ve Shot With the Olympus PEN E-PL8
I recently posted a video of my tips and tricks for using the Olympus E-PL8 Camera, so if you’re interested in seeing it you can subscribe to my YouTube Channel and watch here. If you have any other questions regarding the camera feel free to comment them below or DM me on Instagram!
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