Record Screens & Menus

[NOTE: Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures. The Olympus PEN E-PL8 kit does not include an AV output cable, therefore we had to photograph the LCD for the record screens.]

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When using any of the shooting modes for the Olympus PEN E-PL8, you can change the data displayed on the screen by pressing the Info button on the back of the camera. You can use the Custom menu in the camera (discussed below) to change what is displayed when you press the Info button.

The primary screen in Program AE mode has a P in the lower left corner to let you know which mode you're using. Also along the bottom of the display are the shutter speed, aperture, EV setting, and number of shots remaining on the memory card. Along the sides, you'll see a few different current camera settings. You can control the touch screen settings with the on-screen button just above the P.

Press Info to remove all data from the screen. Press Info again to add a histogram to the screen. Press Info one more time, and you'll see vertical and horizontal levels on both the bottom and right side of the screen. Use these to ensure you have the camera squared up to the scene. This is a nice feature not found on many cameras.

At the top of the screen, you'll see the Wi-Fi button. You can touch this to start the process of connecting the Olympus PL8 to your smartphone for wireless connectivity. You'll need to download the Olympus Image Share app onto your smartphone before you can share photos between the two devices.

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As you twist the mode dial on the camera, you'll see the current setting briefly displayed on the screen, along with an explanation of it.

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When shooting in either Shutter Priority or Aperture Priority modes, you'll see an S or A in the lower left corner of the screen. Additionally, you'll see either the current shutter speed or aperture setting in yellow text that's outlined in a black box to the right of the S or A. To quickly change the number inside the black box, twist the command dial that surrounds the shutter button on the top of the camera.

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To make quick changes to the E-PL8's settings, press the OK button in the middle of the four-way button to open a vertically-aligned popup menu along the right side of the screen. Use the vertical four-way buttons to scroll through the vertical popup menu. Then, once you've highlighted an icon in the vertical menu, you can use the horizontal four-way buttons to scroll through the options in the horizontally-aligned popup menu that appears in the lower portion of the screen.

The options in the vertical popup menu in Program shooting mode are:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Art Effects
  • White Balance
  • Continuous Shot/Self-Timer
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Image Format/Resolution
  • Movie Resolution
  • Flash
  • Flash EV
  • Autofocus Point
  • Autofocus Mode
  • ISO
  • Face/Eye Priority
  • Movie Sound

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You can press the edges of the four-way button on the back of the Olympus PEN E-PL8 to open popup menus associated with each part of the button. The menus will appear at the bottom or middle of the screen. The options are:

  • Right area - Flash (Auto, Redeye, Fill-in Flash, Off, Redeye Slow, Slow Sync, Slow Sync 2, Full Flash)
  • Bottom area - Continuous Shot (Single Image, Sequential High, Sequential Low), Self-Timer (12 seconds, 2 seconds, Custom)
  • Left area - AF point
  • Top area - EV (+5, +4.7, +4.3, +4, +3.7, +3.3, +3, +2.7, +2.3, +2, +1.7, +1.3, +1, +0.7, +0.3, 0, -0.3, -0.7, -1, -1.3, -1.7, -2, -2.3, -2.7, -3, -3.3, -3.7, -4, -4.3, -4.7, -5)

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To open a different popup menu on the right side of the screen, you'll press the Fn button. It's the left-aligned D-shaped button at the top of the back panel of the camera on the right side. The Fn button popup menu options are:

  • Color Saturation
  • Color Image
  • Brightness
  • Blur Background
  • Express Motions
  • Shooting Tips

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Beginners may appreciate the Shooting Tips area, which provides information on things like shooting photos of children or for framing the scene properly. None of these tips are going to give you more than the absolute basics. The tips options are:

  • Tips for Child Photos
  • Tips for Pet Photos
  • Tips for Flower Photos
  • Tips for Cuisine Photos
  • Tips for Framing
  • Tips with Accessory

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When you set the mode dial to the SCN setting, you'll gain access to the Olympus PEN PL8's scene modes. There are 25 scene mode options, which will allow beginning photographers to match the camera's settings automatically to the type of scene they want to record. Photographers with a little bit of experience probably will want to manually change the E-PL8's settings and skip using scene modes.

With a scene mode icon highlighted on the screen, press the right side of the four-way button to see an explanation of that scene mode, which is another helpful feature for beginners. The scene mode options are:

  • Portrait
  • e-Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Landscape + Portrait
  • Sport
  • Hand-Held Starlight
  • Night Scene
  • Night + Portrait
  • Children
  • High Key
  • Low Key
  • DIS Mode
  • Macro
  • Nature Macro
  • Candle
  • Sunset
  • Documents
  • Panorama
  • Fireworks
  • Beach & Snow
  • Fisheye Effect - only works with Semi Fisheye Converter accessory
  • Wide Angle - only works with Wide Converter accessory
  • Macro - only works with Macro Converter accessory
  • 3D Photo
  • Panning

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Olympus included an almost obscene number of art effects and special effects with the PEN PL8. (These are effects the camera's software applies as you record the photo.)

Twist the mode dial to ART to see the camera's art effects along the bottom of the display screen. As you highlight a single art effect on the bottom of the screen, you'll see additional settings options along the right side of the screen. This means you can have dozens of different settings combinations within a certain art effect. It's almost too much to use efficiently, but for those who like to apply special effects to their images, Olympus has put together a very cool -- and extensive -- collection of Art Filters.

We'll discuss all of the options and sub-options later on this page when going through the menus. The primary options for Art Fitlers are:

  • Pop Art I
  • Pop Art II
  • Soft Focus
  • Pale & Light Color I
  • Pale & Light Color II
  • Light Tone
  • Grainy Film I
  • Grainy Film II
  • Pin Hole I
  • Pin Hole II
  • Pin Hole III
  • Diorama I
  • Diorama II
  • Cross Process I
  • Cross Process II
  • Gentle Sepia
  • Dramatic Tone I
  • Dramatic Tone II
  • Key Line I
  • Key Line II
  • Watercolor I
  • Watercolor II
  • Vintage I
  • Vintage II
  • Vintage III
  • Partial Color I
  • Partial Color II
  • Partial Color III
  • Art Bracket

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When shooting in the Olympus PL8's iAuto mode, the camera will automatically determine the majority of the camera's settings. You'll see iAuto in the lower left corner when you're in this shooting mode.

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Although you can record movies from any shooting format, it'll be easier to adjust the movie recording settings when you twist the mode dial to the movie camera icon. (You'll see the movie camera icon in the lower left corner of the screen in this mode.) Press the Info button to change the data displayed on the screen.

Press the movie recording button on the back of the camera to start and stop movie recording. While the recording is occurring, you'll see a red dot in the upper left corner of the screen, a red REC listing in the lower right corner of the screen, and the amount of time elapsed in the recording in the lower right corner.

To open the shooting menu screen, press the Menu button on the back of the camera. The icons on the left represent different pages that are available in the menu screens. Each icon represents one page. The top two camera icons represent the shooting menu 1 and 2 pages, where the options in Program mode are:

  • Card Setup - All Erase, Format
  • Reset/Myset - Reset (Basic, Full), Myset1 (Basic, Full), Myset2 (Basic, Full), Myset 3 (Basic, Full), Myset4 (Basic, Full)
  • Picture Mode - (discussed below)
  • Recording Mode (broken diamond icon) - Still Picture (RAW, Large/Fine, Large/Normal, Medium/Normal, Small/Normal, Large/Fine + RAW, Large/Normal + RAW, Medium/Normal + RAW, Small/Normal + RAW), Movie (Movie Clip FHD (8 sec, 4 sec, 2 sec, 1 sec), Movie FHD/Fine, Movie FHD/Normal, Movie HD/Fine, Movie HD/Normal, Movie JPEG/HD, Movie JPEG/SD)
  • Image Aspect - 4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 1:1, 3:4
  • Digital Tele-Converter - On, Off
  • Continuous/Self-Timer - Single Image, High Continuous, Low Continuous, Self-Timer 12 sec, Self-Timer 2 sec, Self-Timer Custom (Number of Frames (1 through 10), Timer (1 through 30 seconds), Interval Length (0.5 sec, 1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec), Every Frame AF (On, Off))
  • Image Stabilizer - Still Picture (S-IS Auto, S-IS 3, S-IS 2, S-IS 1, S-IS Off), Movie (M-IS On, M-IS Off)
  • Bracketing - Off, On (AE BKT (Off, 2f 0.3EV, 2f 0.7EV, 2f 1.0EV, 3f 0.3EV, 3f 0.7EV, 3f 1.0EV, 5f 0.3EV, 5f 0.7EV, 5f 1.0EV, 7f 0.3EV, 7f 0.7EV), WB BKT (A-B (Off, 3f 2Step, 3f 4Step, 3f 6Step), G-M (Off, 3f 2Step, 3f 4Step, 3f 6Step)), FL BKT (Off, 3f 0.3EV, 3f 0.7EV, 3f 1.0EV), ISO BKT (Off, 3f 0.3EV, 3f 0.7EV, 3f 1.0EV), ART BKT (Off, On))
  • HDR - Off, HDR1, HDR2, 3f 2.0EV, 5f 2.0EV, 7f 2.0EV, 3f 3.0EV, 5f 3.0EV
  • Multiple Exposure - Number of Frames (Off, 2f), Auto Gain (On, Off), Overlay (On, Off)
  • Interval Shooting/Time Lapse - Off, On (Number of Frames (between 1 and 999), Start Waiting Time (between 1 second and 24 hours), Interval Length (between 1 second and 24 hours), Time Lapse Movie (Off, On))
  • Flash RC Mode - Off, On
As you scroll to the bottom of one page of menu options, you don't automatically move to the next page. Instead, you return to the top of the current page. So you'll have to use the four-way button to switch between pages by using the icons at the left side of the screen.

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If you like shooting with art filters and special effects, the Olympus PEN PL8 has the most extensive collection of options I've ever seen in a consumer digital camera. You literally have more than 10,000 different combinations available with these settings. (No, we are not recommending trying them all.) Here's the list:

  • 1 / i-Enhance - Contrast (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Sharpness (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Saturation (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Gradation (Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key), Effect (High, Standard, Low)
  • 2 / Vivid - Contrast (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Sharpness (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Saturation (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Gradation (Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key)
  • 3 / Natural - Contrast (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Sharpness (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Saturation (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Gradation (Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key)
  • 4 / Muted - Contrast (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Sharpness (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Saturation (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Gradation (Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key)
  • 5 / Portrait - Contrast (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Sharpness (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Saturation (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Gradation (Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key)
  • Monochrome - Contrast (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Sharpness (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Color Filter (None, Green, Red, Orange, Yellow), Monochrome Color (Normal, Green, Purple, Blue, Sepia) Gradation (Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key)
  • Custom - Picture Mode (i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monochrome), Contrast (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Sharpness (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Saturation (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Gradation (Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key)
  • e-Portrait
  • Underwater
  • ART 1 / Pop Art - Filter Type (I, II), Add Effects (Off, Soft Focus Effect, Pin Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect, Star Light Effect, Blur Effect: Top and Bottom, Blur Effect: Left and Right)
  • ART 2 / Soft Focus - Add Effects (Off, White Edge Effect, Star Light Effect)
  • ART 3 / Pale & Light Color - Filter Type (I, II), Add Effects (Off, Soft Focus Effect, Pin Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect, Blur Effect: Top and Bottom, Blur Effect: Left and Right)
  • ART 4 / Light Tone - Add Effects (Off, Frame Effect, Blur Effect: Top and Bottom, Blur Effect: Left and Right)
  • ART 5 / Grainy Film - Filter Type (I, II), Add Effects (Off, Pin Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect), Color Filter (None, Green, Red, Orange, Yellow), Monochrome Color (Normal, Green, Purple, Blue, Sepia)
  • ART 6 / Pin Hole - Filter Type (I, II, III), Add Effects (Off, Frame Effect)
  • ART 7 / Diorama - Filter Type (I, II), Add Effects (Off, Frame Effect)
  • ART 8 / Cross Process - Filter Type (I, II), Add Effects (Off, Pin Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect, Blur Effect: Top and Bottom, Blur Effect: Left and Right)
  • ART 9 / Gentle Sepia - Add Effects (Off, Soft Focus Effect, Pin Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect, Blur Effect: Top and Bottom, Blur Effect: Left and Right)
  • ART 10 / Dramatic Tone - Filter Type (I, II), Add Effects (Off, Pin Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect, Star Light Effect, Blur Effect: Top and Bottom, Blur Effect: Left and Right), Color Filter (None, Green, Red, Orange, Yellow), Monochrome Color (Normal, Green, Purple, Blue, Sepia)
  • ART 11 / Key Line - Filter Type (I, II), Add Effects (Off, Soft Focus Effect, Pin Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect, Star Light Effect)
  • ART 12 / Watercolor - Filter Type (I, II), Add Effects (Off, Soft Focus Effect, Pin Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect)
  • ART 13 / Vintage - Filter Type (I, II, III), Add Effects (Off, Soft Focus Effect, Pin Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect, Star Light Effect, Blur Effect: Top and Bottom, Blur Effect: Left and Right, Shade Effect: Left and Right, Shade Effect: Top and Bottom)
  • ART 14 / Partial Color - Filter Type (I, II, III), Add Effects (Off, Soft Focus Effect, Pin Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect, Star Light Effect, Blur Effect: Top and Bottom, Blur Effect: Left and Right)

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If you really want to gain control over the settings on the Olympus PEN E-PL8, access the Custom menu (marked with a gear icon). You'll be able to set up the camera to operate exactly how you want it with these extremely extensive menu options, which include:

  • A / AF/MF - AF Mode (Still Picture (S-AF, C-AF, MF, S-AF+MF, C-AF+TR), Movie (S-AF, C-AF, MF, S-AF+MF, C-AF+TR)), Full-Time AF (Off, On), AEL/AFL (S-AF, C-AF, MF), Reset Lens (Off, On), Bulb/Time Focusing (Off, On), Focus Ring (Clockwise, Counterclockwise), MF Assist (Magnify (Off, On), Peaking (Off, On)), Set Home (Full, Single, Single/S, Middle), AF Illuminator (Off, On), Face Priority (Off, Face, Face/Eye, Face/Right Eye, Face/Left Eye), AF Area Pointer (Off, On)
  • B / Button/Dial - Button Function (Fn, Magnifying Glass, Movie Recording, Right Four-Way, Bottom Four-Way, All Four-Way, L-Fn), Dial Function (P, A, S, M, Playback), Dial Direction (Exposure (Dial1, Dial2), Ps (Dial1, Dial2), Mode Dial Function
  • C / Release/Continuous Shot/Image Stabilizer - Rls Priority S (Off, On), Rls Priority C (Off, On), Continuous L fps (1, 2, 3, 3.5), Continuous H fps (4, 5, 6, 7, 8), Image Stabilization (Off, On), Half Way Rls with IS (Off, On), Lens IS Priority (Off, On), Release Lag-Time (Normal, Short)
  • D / Display/Sound/PC - HDMI (HDMI Out (1080i, 720p, 480p/576p), HDMI Control (Off, On)), Video Out (NTSC, PAL), Camera Control Settings (iAuto, P/A/S/M, ART, SCN), Grid/Info Settings (Playback Info, LV-Info, Grid Settings), Displayed Grid (Off, 5x4, 3x3, Cross, Diagonal Cross, Vertical/Horizontal), Picture Mode Settings, Histogram Settings (Highlight, Shadow), Mode Guide (Off, On), Live View Boost (Off, On), Frame Rate (Normal, High), Art LV Mode (mode1, mode2), Flicker Reduction (Auto, 50Hz, 60Hz, Off), LV Close Up Mode (mode1, mode2), Depth of Field Lock (Off, On), Playback Close Up Mode (mode1, mode2), Peaking Settings (White, Black), Backlit LCD (Hold, 8 sec, 30 sec, 1 min), Sleep (Off, 1 min, 3 min, 5 min), Focus Beep (Off, On), USB Mode (Auto, Storage, MTP, Print)
  • E / Exposure/Metering/ISO - EV Step (1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV), Noise Reduction (Auto, Off, On), Noise Filter (Off, Low, Standard, High), ISO (Auto, Low, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800, 16000, 20000, 25600), ISO Step (1/3 EV, 1 EV), ISO-Auto Set (High Limit, Default), ISO-Auto (P/A/S, All), Metering Mode (Matrix, Center-Weighted, Spot, Spot HI, Spot SH), AEL Metering (Auto, Center-Weighted, Spot, Spot HI, Spot SH), Bulb/Time Timer (30 min, 25 min, 20 min, 15 min, 8 min, 4 min, 2 min, 1 min), Bulb/Time Monitor (between +7 and -7), Live Bulb (Off, 60 sec, 30 sec, 15 sec, 8 sec, 4 sec, 2 sec, 1 sec, 0.5 sec), Live Time (Off, 60 sec, 30 sec, 15 sec, 8 sec, 4 sec, 2 sec, 1 sec, 0.5 sec), Anti-Shock (Off, 2 sec), Composite Settings (60 sec, 50 sec, 40 sec, 30 sec, 25 sec, 20 sec, 15 sec, 13 sec, 10 sec, 8 sec, 6 sec, 5 sec, 4 sec, 3.2 sec, 2.5 sec, 2 sec, 1.6 sec, 1.3 sec, 1 sec, 1/1.3 sec, 1/1.6 sec, 1/2 sec)
  • F / Flash Custom - Flash X-Sync (1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250), Flash Slow Limit (30, 25, 20, 15, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3.2, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1, 1/1.3, 1/1.6, 1/2, 1/2.5, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250), Flash Exposure + EV (Off, On)
  • G / JPEG/Color/WB - JPEG Set (1, 2, 3, 4), Pixel Count (Middle (3200x2400, 2560x1920, 1920x1440, 1600x1200), Small (1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480)), Shading Comp (Off, On), WB (Auto, 5300K, 7500K, 6000K, 3000K, 4000K, Underwater, WB Flash 5500K, 1, 2, 3, 4, CWB), All WB EV (All Set, All Reset), Keep Warm Color (Off, On), Flash + WB (Off, WB Auto, WB Flash), Color Space (sRGB, Adobe RGB)
  • H / Record/Erase - Quick Erase (Off, On), RAW+JPEG Erase (JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG), File Name (Auto, Reset), Edit Filename (sRGB, Adobe RGB), Priority Set (No, Yes), dpi Settings, Copyright Settings (Copyright Info (Off, On), Artist Name, Copyright Name)
  • I / Movie - Movie Mode (P, A, S, M), Movie Audio (Off, On), Recording Volume (Built-in (between +10 and -10), External (between +10 and -10)), Volume Limiter (Off, On), Wind Noise Reduction (Off, Low, Standard, High), Movie Effect (Off, On), Movie + Photo Mode (mode1, mode2)
  • J / Utility - Pixel Mapping, Exposure Shift (Matrix Metering, Center-Weighted Metering, Spot Metering), Battery Warning Level (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2), Level Adjust (Reset, Adjust), Touch Screen Settings (On, Off), Eye-Fi (On, Off), Electronic Zoom Speed (Still Picture (Low, Normal, High), Movie (Low, Normal, High))
Beginning photographers will probably want to avoid the Custom menu. But more experienced photographers will appreciate the control options found here.

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Just above the Setup menu icon (marked with a wrench icon) on the left side is the Accessory Port menu, marked with a port icon. This menu is only active when you have items attached to the various ports on the Olympus PL8.

The items in the Setup menu include:

  • Date/Time - Y/M/D, M/D/Y, D/M/Y
  • Language
  • Screen - Color Temperature (between +7 and -7), Brightness (between +7 and -7)
  • Rec View - Off, Auto Playback, 0.3 sec, 0.5 sec, 1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec, 4 sec, 5 sec, 6 sec, 7 sec, 8 sec, 9 sec, 10 sec, 11 sec, 12 sec, 13 sec, 14 sec, 15 sec, 16 sec, 17 sec, 18 sec, 19 sec, 20 sec)
  • Wi-Fi Settings - Wi-Fi Connect Settings (Off, Private, One-Time, Select), Private Password, Reset Share Order, Reset Wi-Fi Settings
  • Menu Display - Custom Menu Display (On, Off), Accessory Port Menu Display (On, Off)
  • Firmware

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