• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Olympus E-PL8 advantages over Canon T7i

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Thinner
    38 mm vs 76 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    487g vs 747g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.5 fps vs 6.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Canon T7i advantages over Olympus E-PL8

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 600 vs 350 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very good image quality; Improved dynamic range & high ISO quality over T6i; 45-point AF system; Fast Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Improved buffer depth.

  • Default JPEGs slightly soft straight out of camera; Dynamic range & high ISO still lags behind competitors; No 4K video.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-PL7

Olympus E-PL8
Olympus E-PL7
  • $280
  • 4/3
  • Newer
  • $399
  • 4/3
Canon T7i
Olympus E-PL7
  • $724
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Olympus E-PL8
Panasonic GX85
  • $280
  • 4/3
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
Canon T7i
Panasonic GX85
  • $724
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon D5600

Olympus E-PL8
Nikon D5600
  • $280
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
Canon T7i
Nikon D5600
  • $724
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Pentax KP

Olympus E-PL8
Pentax KP
  • $280
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Thinner
  • $765
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon T7i
Pentax KP
  • $724
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $765
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Olympus E-PL9

Olympus E-PL8
Olympus E-PL9
  • $280
  • 4/3
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
Canon T7i
Olympus E-PL9
  • $724
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $449
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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