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Olympus OM-D E-M10: Digital Photography Review

Announced Jan 29, 2014

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The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is a more affordable option in the OM-D lineup. The camera includes the same processor as its big brother, the E-M1, plus a 16MP four thirds sensor, built-in wi-fi, electronic viewfinder, and a 3-axis in-camera image stabilization system (the E-M5 and E-M1 have 5-axis stabilization). The E-M10 can shoot 8 fps for up to 20 RAW images, or 3.5 fps with continuous auto focus with tracking. The camera has the familiar look and feel of OM-D cameras, with a metal build and two metal control dials. The E-M10 is the first OM-D to include a built-in flash, with a sync speed up to 1/250.

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Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 200 - 25600
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length mult.
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3″
Screen dots 1,037,000
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format H.264, Motion JPEG
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 396 g (0.87 lb / 13.97 oz)
Dimensions 119 x 82 x 46 mm (4.69 x 3.24 x 1.81″)
GPS Optional

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 III: Digital Photography Review

Price MSRP Body type Body type Sensor Max resolution Image ratio w:h Effective pixels Sensor photo detectors Sensor size Sensor type Processor Image ISO Boosted ISO (minimum) White balance presets Custom white balance Image stabilization Image stabilization notes Uncompressed format JPEG quality levels Optics & Focus Autofocus Manual focus Number of focus points Lens mount Focal length multiplier Screen / viewfinder Articulated LCD Screen size Screen dots Touch screen Screen type Live view Viewfinder type Viewfinder coverage Viewfinder magnification Viewfinder resolution Photography features Minimum shutter speed Maximum shutter speed Maximum shutter speed (electronic) Aperture priority Shutter priority Manual exposure mode Subject / scene modes Built-in flash Flash range External flash Flash modes Continuous drive Self-timer Metering modes Exposure compensation AE Bracketing WB Bracketing Videography features Format Modes Microphone Speaker Storage Storage types Connectivity USB HDMI Microphone port Headphone port Wireless Wireless notes Remote control Physical Environmentally sealed Battery Battery description Battery Life (CIPA) Weight (inc. batteries) Dimensions Other features Orientation sensor Timelapse recording GPS
$649 (body only), $799 (w/14-42mm PZ lens)
SLR-style mirrorless
4608 x 3456
16 megapixels
17 megapixels
Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm)
TruePic VIII
Auto, 200-25600 (expands to 100-25600)
Yes (4 slots)
Fine, normal
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Micro Four Thirds
1.23× (0.62× 35mm equiv.)
60 sec
1/4000 sec
1/16000 sec
5.80 m (at ISO 100)
Yes (via hot shoe)
Auto, redeye, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, redeye slow sync, fill-in, manual, off
8.6 fps
Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
±5 (3, 5 frames at 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
MPEG-4, H.264
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 120p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30p / 14 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 25p / 14 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 24p / 14 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I/II supported)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Yes (micro HDMI)
Yes (via smartphone)
Battery Pack
BLS-50 lithium-ion battery & charger
410 g (0.90 lb / 14.46 oz)
122 x 84 x 50 mm (4.8 x 3.31 x 1.97″)

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Olympus OM-D E-M10

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 compact system camera combines the image quality, classic styling and focusing speed of the E-M5 with the sheer power of the flagship E-M1 in an extremely compact all-metal casing. The Olympus EM10 features a large, high-speed electronic viewfinder, 1.440.000-dot, 3-inch tiltable LCD, 3-axis image stabilisation, ultrafast autofocus FAST AF, and a pop-up flash.

The E-M10 is available with two lens kits from early February, 2014. The E-M10 body without a lens will cost £529.99, and with the new, super-slim M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ electronic zoom lens for £699.99. The ECG-1 matching ergonomic grip for keeping a stable hold on the camera will retail for £54.99. The new BCL-0980 9mm Fish-Eye Body Cap lens will cost £89.99.

Olympus UK Press Release

Compact all-metal OM-D E-M10 joins Olympus’ high-end interchangeable lens camera line up

OM-D duo becomes OM-D trio

Portability and image quality are first class on the E-M10 but it still has room for WiFi and a flash

London, 29 January 2014 – Olympus’ multiple award-winning OM-D family has a new member: the E-M10. The striking newcomer combines the fine image quality, classic styling and focusing speed of the E-M5 with the sheer power of the flagship E-M1, albeit in an extremely compact all-metal casing. In fact, the casing makes the E-M10 something of a design paradox. It looks and feels like a DSLR, and it even comes with the same TruePic VII image processor and WiFi technology as the E-M1. But it’s a fraction of the size. For discerning hobby photographers looking for a powerful camera they can use every day, it’s the OM-D of choice. Despite the compact dimensions and potent components, the E-M10 makes room for a large, high-speed electronic viewfinder, 1.440.000-dot, 3-inch tiltable LCD, 3-axis image stabilisation, ultrafast autofocus FAST AF – and one simple addition that practical-thinking owners will love: a pop-up flash. This typifies Olympus’ ergonomic, user-oriented approach to design, which ensures the E-M10 sits sturdily in your hand and is easy to operate, despite its small size. The E-M10 is available with two lens kits from early February, 2014. With the new, super-slim M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ electronic zoom lens for £699.99. The body without a lens will cost £529.99.

OM-D design

Notwithstanding the accessible price and practical dimensions, there’s no mistaking the E-M10’s specialist OM-D credentials. The latest addition to Olympus’ flagship range is above all a camera for people who appreciate stills and movies in exceptional quality. But it will also attract attention from discerning photographers with an eye – and feel – for beautiful, ergonomic design. Where comparable DSLR cameras use moulded plastics to reduce weight, the E-M10 is housed in a bold, all-metal body that delivers the authentic aesthetic and robust finish of a top-of-the-range camera. The E-M10 is a statement. Its owner will enjoy holding what looks and handles like a substantial piece of photographic equipment. But for the Micro Four Thirds category, it’s still relatively small. Especially with the new M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ electronic standard lens attached. Measured from the viewfinder to the rim of the lens, at 63,9mm the whole E-M10 casing has about the same total depth as the casing of so-called “slim” DSLR rivals on their own – before adding a lens.

The E-M10 shares the first-class OM-D imaging pedigree, as well as Olympus’ extensive range of Micro Four Thirds M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses. As independent reviews have noted, images generated by its 16-Megapixel Live MOS sensor (in the OM-D E-M5) are more than a match for comparable DSLRs. By combining this sensor with the next-generation TruePic VII processor from the flagship OM-D E-M1, Olympus’ optical engineers have put top-notch imaging potential in E-M10 owners’ hands. TruePic VII has the power to get the very best out of high performance optics. For example, it incorporates Fine Detail II Technology that adapts processing to the characteristics of individual lenses and aperture settings. Another strength is a moiré removal feature that is specially suited to digital cameras that don’t incorporate a low-pass filter. E-M10 image quality also benefits from an in-body 3-axis image stabilisation system derived from the world-first 5-axis system in the E-M5 and E-M1. The 3-axis version effectively counteracts yaw, roll and pitch with both still shots and HD movies, irrespective of the lens attached to the camera and even in poor lighting conditions or using an exposure of 1/15 of a second or less. Perhaps not all E-M10 owners will grasp the inner workings of these advanced technologies, but without exception they will appreciate the excellence of the images their camera delivers as a result.

OM-D electronic viewfinder

The E-M10 inherits a number of other E-M5 features that make it easy to capture sharp, radiant images, even when the subject plays “hard to get”. For instance, the large, high-speed, 1,440,000-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) helps accurately frame shots and assess light in challenging conditions. Compared to typical viewfinders in this camera class, the display is considerably larger. Thanks to Adaptive Brightness Technology (another E-M1 feature), it reproduces both dark and bright scenes as they are perceived by the naked eye. Equivalent rival systems typically overcompensate for extreme lighting situations, making it virtually impossible to accurately assess scene and settings. By contrast, E-M10 owners can use the Creative Control feature to quickly and effectively adjust composition, focus, tone and colour in the viewfinder and check the effect of changes on-screen prior to taking the shot. Time lag is not a problem with this EVF, which quickly reproduces fast-moving scenes. In combination with FAST AF and high-speed sequential shooting, this makes the E-M10 well suited to shooting sport, animals and other fleeting subjects.


FAST AF is Olympus’ fastest ever AF system and uses 81 target areas that cover the whole image. It also encompasses the Small AF Target and Super Spot AF modes that make it possible to zoom in and focus accurately on minute sections of the frame. Complementing FAST AF, the E-M10 is capable of sequential shooting at 8fps, beating the 4-5fps of most of its category rivals.

OM-D usability

In addition to the pop-up flash, the E-M10 comes with built-in WiFi, so it can communicate directly with compatible smartphones and send selected images directly to websites and social media. Alternatively, the phone can be used as a remote control to avoid accidentally nudging the camera during long exposures. After pairing via a QR code, it mirrors the Live View LCD, allowing the owner to focus and release the shutter remotely via WiFi (in P, A, S, M and Art Filter modes). In conjunction with the new M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ electronic standard lens, compatible smartphones can also be used to zoom in and out remotely.

OM-D lens compatibility

Of course, E-M10 owners can tap the creative potential and flexibility of Olympus’ 35-strong family of interchangeable specialist mirrorless lenses*, currently the world’s largest mirrorless range. With the introduction of two new models, the Micro Four Thirds line-up has grown to 15. The super-slim M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ pancake zoom lens measures just 22.5mm deep, making it the world’s slimmest standard zoom kit lens*. It has a smooth electric zoom that is suitable for shooting movies. The super-bright, lightweight, high-performance M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm 1:1.8 lens has a fixed focal length and is ideal for capturing portraits or close-ups from as little as 25cm. Both new lenses will be available from March, priced at £369.99 for the M.ZUIKO 25mm 1:1.8 lens and £299.99 for the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ pancake zoom lens.

The E-M10 body is available in black or silver for £529.99 from mid-February, 2014. Alternatively it comes as a kit with the new extra-slim black M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ pancake electronic zoom lens for £699.99.

OM-D E-M10 Accessories

>    ECG-1 Matching ergonomic grip for keeping a stable hold on the camera £54.99

>    BCL-0980 9mm* Fish-Eye Body Cap lens for capturing quirky, super-wide angle shots £89.99

>    LC-37C Stylish automatic lens cap for fast shooting and protecting lenses from dust and scratches £39.99

>    C-44SF Premium padded camera case that matches the E-M10 design and holds the camera body plus a 14-42mm lens £44.99

>    MCON-P02 macro converter to adapt other lenses for close-up shooting (compatible with six Olympus Micro Four Thirds lenses)  £59.99

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

Mirrorless cameras promise DSLR quality, features and controls in a smaller package, and the OM-D E-M10 is one of the smallest cameras to still deliver that DSLR feel.

I'm a fan of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 and I've used it on a frequent basis since its launch in January 2014 because, as well as being very compact, it has a durable feeling body, offers lots of control and produces high quality images. When paired with a small lens like the M.ZUIKO 14-42mm f/3.5-5,6 EZ it makes a great 'carry-everywhere' camera with a wealth of easy to access controls and, crucially, an excellent viewfinder which means you can see the image you're composing even in bright sunlight. I'm not the only one who's appreciated it – it's been a huge success for Olympus, out-selling the other OM-D models.

The new OM-D E-M10 Mark II is more of a refresh than a substantial update to the existing camera (which continues in the range for now). It's aimed at enthusiasts who want creative options without the bulk or complexity of some SLRs or one of Olympus's more advanced OM-D cameras. However, the new model brings a few changes that should help it compete in the current market.

Like the original E-M10, the E-M10 II has a 16Mp Four Thirds type sensor coupled with the TruePic VII processing engine and it's capable of shooting raw and JPEG still images as well as Full HD movies. Olympus isn't saying whether it uses the same sensor as is in the E-M10, but it seems likely.

However, Olympus has improved the image stabilisation system to make it operate over 5 axis rather than 3 and pushing its compensation to a claimed 4 stops of shutter speed rather than 3.5. This can be used in stills and video mode to reduce blur or shake. It doesn't add the high resolution mode that's present in the OM-D E-M5 Mark II though.

While the OM-D E-M10's 1,440,000-dot electronic viewfinder is very good, Olympus has given the Mark II a 2,360,000-dot OLED finder – a significant enhancement. As usual with an electronic finder this provides a 100% field of view and can show the impact of settings such as white balance, exposure and Picture mode. In response to user requests, however, there's an option in the Mark II's menu to set it to simulate an optical finder, so you can also have an unprocessed view if you like.

For the E-M10 II Olympus has stuck with a tilting screen rather than the vari-angle display introduced on the E-M5 II.

As on the Mark I, there's a 3-inch 1,037,000-dot LCD touch-screen on the back of the camera. While it's disappointing that Olympus hasn't opted to give the new camera a vari-angle screen like on the OM-D E-M5 Mark II, it's perhaps understandable given that the company needs some separation between the products. It would also have pushed the price up.

In a new move for Olympus, there's an option to enable the screen to be used to set the AF point while looking through the viewfinder.

Keen videographers will appreciate the fact that there's greater control over video settings and it's possible to record Full-HD footage at a maximum of 60fps (frames per second) and VGA footage at 120fps. There's also a My Clips option shoot short clips of video that are joined together in-camera to create more dynamic movies. In addition, for more advanced users there's a clean HDMI output for recording or viewing on external devices.

Although it's not possible to record normal 4K movies with the E-M10 II, Olympus has improved upon the original EM10's time lapse feature with the ability to create 4K time lapse movies in-camera, although playback is limited to 5fps.

Also available in black, the E-M10 II offers a series of improvements over the original E-M10, including 5-axis image stabilization.

In addition to the usual exposure bracketing, Art Filter, sensitivity and white balance bracketing options that we expect from Olympus, the E-M10 II has a focus bracketing option that allows you to set a starting focus point and capture up to 99 shots with focus adjustments around it. This could be very useful for macro, still life or landscape photographers who want to use focus stacking techniques to create an image that's sharp from front to back. Sadly the stacking doesn't happen in-camera and there's no stacking software supplied, but it's something that can be done relatively easily in Photoshop and some other image editing packages.

As usual with Olympus cameras, the E-M10 Mark II has 14 Art Filter effects that can be applied to JPEG files along with 9 Art Effects or Picture Modes. The Art Filter effects can be customised and saved for future use. All of these effects can be used when shooting raw and JPEG files simultaneously, so it's possible to have a clean image as well as one (or more) with the processed effect. Olympus allows you to bracket the effects, selecting the options you like best, so if you want it's possible to produce a whole array of different styled images, plus a raw file, with just one press of the shutter release.

Further control over images is given via the Colour Creator, Highlight and Shadow and Aspect Ratio controls.

For its size, the E-M10 II is very powerful, even incorporating a modest pop-up flash unit.

Olympus was one of the first manufacturers to get on-board with WI-Fi connectivity and allow remote control of a wide range of features via an app on a smartphone or tablet. It's business as usual with the E-M10 Mark II, but there's the additional ability to see Live Composite images build-up on the screen of a connected smart device.

Other features of note in the E-M10 Mark II include the ability to shoot at up to 8.5 frames per second (up from 8fps) when the focus and metering is set at the start of the sequence, 4fps shooting with continuous autofocusing and metering, an electronic shutter that allows shutter speeds of up to 1/16000 sec, a silent mode and a small pop-up flash in addition to a hot-shoe. In addition, there's an extensive range of exposure modes with options to suit novices as well aperture priority and manual exposure favoured by enthusiasts. Olympus's clever Live Bulb, Live Time and Live Composite modes which make light work of long exposure shots are also present. These allow you to see the image build up on the back of the camera or on a connected smartphone.


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