Olympus OM-D E-M10 (another long name lol!) is the latest mirrorless offering from Olympus. It is very similar in design and specification compared to E-M5 but with some key specifications removed in order to make it cheaper. It has only 3-axis image stabilization instead of 5-axis and looses weather proofing, but it has higher resolution LCD, gains built in flash and WIFI and newer image processor which should result in even better images.
- Announced: 2014.
- Type: Mirrorless
- Dimensions: 119 x 82 x 46 mm (4.69 x 3.24 x 1.81″)
- Weight: 396g (with battery)
- Sensor: 4/3 CMOS, 16 MP (4608 x 3456 pixels)
- ISO range: Native 200 – 3200, Extended 100 – 25,600
- Image stabilization: Yes, 3-axis
- Dust and moisture protection: No
- Flash: Hot-shoe
- Continuous shooting: 8 fps
- LCD screen: 3″, 1,037,000 dots, tilt-able, touch sensitive
- Memory card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
- Battery: Li-Ion BLS-5
- Video: 1920 x 1080 @ 30p, 1280 x 720 @ 30p
- Connectors: USB 2.0, micro HDMI
CONSTRUCTION AND HANDLING
In terms of design, one might mistake E-M10 for E-M5 at the first glance. These two cameras are practically identical, but there are key differences that might or might not be important to everyone. First of all, E-M10 looses weather resistance. If you shoot often in dusty or humid conditions, this might be a deal breaker, but the fact is most cameras on the market are not weather sealed and survive all sorts of torture (trust me, I tried ).
Olympus has still kept a decent range of external controls, so this camera has mode dial on the left and twin control dials on the right. There are also two customizable buttons and the usual mutliway controler on the back. Since there is no weather sealing (no rubber seals), buttons have somewhat better tactile feedback than E-M5.
Camera is still rather small and with very small grip so it’s subjective whether you’ll like how it fits in hand or not. Personally, I liked E-M1 and its protruding grip more, but there is nothing wrong with E-M10, especially since E-M10 with a pancake lens can fit in a jacket pocket. Also, there is an optional grip for E-M10 if you feel you need it.
As is expected from Olympus, the camera is quite customizable in terms of controls and can be set up for personal needs. It might take some of your time and effort to figure out settings that work best for you, but it is worth it. Altogether, E-M10 feels and responds in practically the same way like E-M5.
E-M10 has a built-in pop-up flash which surpassingly didn’t add much to overall camera bulk.
Above: the new electronic 14-42 F/3.5-5.6 kit lens in its collapsed and open position.
Electronic viewfinder is the same unit as found on E-M5: big and bright with 1,44 million dots. The one in E-M1 is better still, but that camera is almost as twice as expensive. To the right is an eye sensor which activates it as soon as you place the camera near your face. I guess it is a matter of personal choice, but EVF has some major advantages over optical viewfinders. For me, main assets are being able to check exposure using live histogram in viewfinder before I take the shot. That way, there is no need to chimp photos afterward and reshoot them for correct exposure.
I still do not understand why Olympus didn’t position EVF on the left corner of the camera just like Sony did on NEX-6 and NEX-7. This is far more ergonomical layout and I think there is no need to keep EVF in the center. It is pure design decision and serves no purposes expect to please inexperienced users who think DSLR is ultimate photo-taking machine.
LCD has 3″ diagonal and 1,037,000 dots. Image quality is quite good, but it could have been brighter. It still has touch capability what is a great feature for focusing. If you don’t like it, it can be disabled.