Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
AF system is quick in all conditions
Great image quality
3-Axis I.S. works well handheld and on the move
Compact and portable camera body and small lenses
Easy to handle with full, on-body controls
LCD is bright and features high resolution
EVF provides LCD information with dSLR feel
Hot Shoe for external flash unit
Great shooting performance
Excellent Battery Life
iAuto looked almost unrealistic with over saturated colors
Built-in flash is very weak
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is a portable and compact ILC with great
performance and image quality. Loaded with useful features and coming in
at $700 for the basic kit, this is a fantastic entry-level ILC or
travel camera. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
At the beginning of 2014, Olympus announced its latest Interchangeable Lens Camera system in the OM-D series. The Micro Four Thirds OM-D E-M10 aims to combine the best elements of the flagship E-M1 and E-M5, and shrink them into a more compact body. The E-M10 boasts a 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor, the TruePic VII image processor, and an in-body 3-axis image stabilization system (the more expensive OM-D series cameras include a 5-axis system) that "effectively counteracts yaw, roll and pitch with both still shots and HD movies, regardless of the lens attached to the camera." Olympus says the E-M10 internal components should be able to deliver beautiful, high resolution images with exceptional color reproduction that bests other cameras in its class. The E-M10 is also the first OM-D series camera with a built-in flash optimized for 1/250 second synchronization, which will help with daytime flash photography.
The E-M10 is a speedy camera, capable of 8 frames-per-second (fps) Continuous Shooting for up to 20 frames in RAW, or with unlimited JPEG frames, assuming you have a memory card that's fast enough. However, if you want to engage Auto Focus, Continuous Shooting drops to 3.5 fps.
Users have the option of using the 3.0-inch touchscreen LCD display or the 1.4M dot EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) to frame and compose shots. In addition to acting as a simple view finder, the EVF displays current shooting settings as well as Creative Controls likeLive Histogram, Level Gauge, and Live Composite Modes, which previews long exposure shots like light trails and stars in the sky. In addition to Creative Controls, the E-M10 also has Photo & Movie Capture, which lets you shoots stills without stopping HD video recording, 12 Art Filters, Photo Story Mode, which creates a comic book panel of sorts, and 3 HDR (High Dynamic Range) capture modes.
Finally, the E-M10 includes built-in Wi-Fi. Like most 2014 models, this system works in conjunction with a free app (the Olympus Image Share app) for smartphones and tablets that allow your smart devices to control the camera and effectively become a remote display via "Live View." However, the E-M10 can also create its very own Wi-Fi network, which you sync with your smartphone by scanning a QR code displayed on the camera's LCD. Great if you're somewhere without a Wi-Fi password
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Features:
16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor
TruePic VII image processor
In-body 3-axis image stabilization system
HD Video Recording
8 frames per second (fps) Continuous Shooting
Up to 20 frames in RAW
Unlimited JPEG (with a fast enough SD card)
Continuous Tracking AutoFocus up to 3.5 fps
3.0-inch touch-screen display
1.4M-dot Electronic View Finder (EVF)
Camera Settings info displayed at the bottom
Olympus' Fastest AF (AutoFocus) Ever
Image Aspect Control
Live Composite Mode
Photo & Movie Capture
12 Art Filters
3 HDR Capture Modes
Built-In Flash Optimized or 1/250 synchronization
Creates its own Wi-Fi network
Compatible with the free Olympus Image Share app
Compatible with 15 Olympus Micro Four Thirds lenses
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is available as either a $699.99 body-on configuration, or the $799.99 body + M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42 mm f3.5-5.6 II R kit lens. Color choices include black and silver. See our best price box at the top right of this page to see current pricing online.
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