Canon EOS R vs Olympus PEN E-PL8 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Mirrorless cameras.

EOS R vs PEN E-PL8 - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Canon EOS R vs Olympus PEN E-PL8 Specs


  • Introduced in September 2018
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 31 megapixel
  • 5 frames/second
  • 100 - 40000 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 80.00mm (3.1") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount R Mount
  • WiFi built-in
  • 135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4mm³ (5.3" x 3.9" x 3.3")
  • 660g (21.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for EOS R


  • Introduced in September 2016
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 16 megapixel
  • 8 frames/second
  • 200 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 117.1 x 68.3 x 38.4mm³ (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5")
  • 374g (12.1 oz.)

All specs: Main page for PEN E-PL8

EOS R vs PEN E-PL8 Sensors

On the pictures below the sensor areas of cameras are highlighted.

This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Infographic: EOS R and PEN E-PL8 sensor area comparison

Better choice: Canon EOS R

Canon EOS R VS Olympus PEN E-PL8 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Canon EOS R a better choice



Larger sensor (5)Full frameFour Thirds
Wider resolution (5, megapixel)31.3016.10
Auto Focus points (4)595581
Better sensibility (4)100 - 40000 ISO200 - 25600 ISO
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)2.101.04
Better Video (2)3840 x 21601920 x 1080
External microphone (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)370350
USB 3.0 (2)
Environmental sealing (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the EOS R are the larger sensor, the higher resolution and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Canon are the larger sensitivity, that the display has a higher resolution and the superior video recording. A recommendation of the EOS R is made easy by the connector for an external microphone, that the battery has more stamina and the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video.

The EOS R scores 29 points.

Otherwise why to choose Olympus PEN E-PL8



Higher speed (4, frames/second)58
Larger lens selection (3)480
Image stabilizer (3)
Weighs less (2)660g
(21.3 oz.)
(12.1 oz.)
More portable (2)1127cm³

Conclusion: Advantages of the PEN E-PL8 are that the camera is faster, the larger selection of lenses and the optical image stabilizer. A nice touch is the lower weight than the EOS R and the more compact size.

Yields 14 points for the PEN E-PL8.

Common Specs for both cameras compared



Sensor cleaning
Articulated screen
Touch screen
Canon EOS R VS Olympus PEN E-PL8 Dimensions

Look at front view of the EOS R and PEN E-PL8

EOS R und PEN E-PL8, front viewEOS R und PEN E-PL8, front view

Top view of cameras

EOS R und PEN E-PL8, view from aboveEOS R und PEN E-PL8, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Canon EOS R

Olympus PEN E-PL8


We recommend Canon EOS R as better choice.

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