Olympus OM-D E-M10 review

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SENSOR AND IMAGE QUALITY

The E-M10 is still based around 16 megapixels sensor similar to the one found in E-M5, E-M1 and PEN cameras.

As far as image quality goes, there is nothing to complain. Colors are great as are the low light abilities. Olympus JPEG’s are traditionally better than Canon and Nikon results, so this might be even better camera for amateurs who do not intent to post-process theirs images.

MEMORY AND BATTERY

Olympus E-M10 uses SDHC or SDXC memory cards. Battery is a familiar BLS-5 Li-Ion unit. It can provide around 300 shots what is expected from a mirrorless camera, but more would be better.

One thing I did not like though: battery charge level is completely useless. Camera would signalize it is completely full when turned on, but would start to flash empty as soon as I took a single shot. Olympus DSLR and mirrorless cameras never had good battery indications, but I would expect them to have solved that by now… apparently not.

MENU SYSTEM AND RESPONSIVITY

Menu system is identical to other Olympus PEN and OMD models and offers quite a lot customization options. It is fast and responsive and can be controlled with front and rear dial (I prefer them over multi-way controller).

Overall responsivity is quite good for a mirrorless camera. It is still not quite as fast as a DSLR which turns on or off in a fraction of a second, but it is far from slow.

AUTOFOCUS

Auto focus is very fast and completely comparable to DSLR cameras by now. It is also dead silent with all Olympus micro 4/3 lenses I tried to this day.

VIDEO RECORDING

Video recording is possible at 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720 and 640 x 480 pixels, all at 30fps. Sadly, there is no 60fps option in either resolution nor 3.5mm input for external microphone but some things have to be left out for more expensive models.

CONCLUSION 

The new Olympus E-M10 feels and works just like E-M5. Some specifications are different, but this is basically the same camera especially when compared in image quality department. It’s a great camera that produces excellent images. New 14-42 collapsible kit lens with electronic-zoom also seems to be a great performer, but will use more battery power. Still, it makes E-M10 pocketable and will probably satisfy most amateur users. If not, there is cca 30 other micro 4/3 lenses to choose from and some of them are fantastic performers, just read my article on recommended micro 4/3 lenses.

PRO:

  • Image quality (both RAW and JPEG)
  • EVF size and quality
  • Stabilized sensor
  • 8fps burst
  • Customization options
  • Tilt-able LCD with touch-control
  • Built-in flash
  • Built-in WiFi

CONS:

  • Still not as responsive as an DSLR
  • No 60p in video mode
  • LCD visibility in daylight

PHOTO EXAMPLES

Full res samples, converted from with setting “to taste”

ISO 200, 1/350, F/8

ISO 200, 1/250, F/8

ISO 200, 1/250, F/5.6

ISO 200, 1/250, F/6.7

ISO 200, 1/350, F/8

ISO 3200, 1/15, F/3.5

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