Features & Controls

Sporting the Micro Four Thirds mount system, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II is compatible with all Micro Four Thirds lenses, no matter what brand it may be. Along with a few 3rd party lens makes, Panasonic also uses the same mount system, making their lenses interchangeable.

Capturing the images for the E-M10 II is a 16.1-Megapixel, 4/3 Live MOS imaging sensor. Slightly smaller than an APS-C sensor, this sensor was specially designed for the mount system. It sits on Olympus's unique 5-Axis image stabilization system that allows you to capture sharp images when shooting handheld in low-light situations and record incredibly smooth video while on the move.

Our testing was completed using the Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 electronic zoom lens. This is one of the 20+ Micro Four Thirds lenses available from Olympus. As stated above, Panasonic also has a very good collection of lenses, and there are also some third party lenses, which combined offers a total group of lenses for this mount system that will meet your every need.

To assist you with low-light situations, the E-M10 II features a small, pop-up flash unit. Built into the power switch, raising the flash does have the possibility of powering down the camera if you try to raise it without looking. With a GN of 5.8m at ISO 100, it is small but capable, being useful if you stay close to your subject. It features all of the standard flash modes, including 2nd curtain and Slow Sync. External flash units are also available for use with the camera to give you more power.

Your first option for composing your images is the eye-level, 2.36-Million dot OLED viewfinder. With dioptic adjustment and full 100% field-of-view coverage, the EVF is a pleasure to use in all lighting conditions. To the right of the screen is a sensor that allows the camera to switch automatically between the EVF and LCD. On the right of the viewfinder is a button that allows you to choose your viewing source manually.

Your other option for composing and viewing your images is the 3.0-inch, 1.04-Million dot tilting Touch-LCD screen. Its high resolution and adjustable brightness make it pleasure for shooting and viewing images in all situations. Its easy-to-use touch features allow you to focus and capture images with just one touch of the screen, letting the camera focus exactly where you touch it. Tilting the screen is a great way to compose your images in difficult scenarios, without guessing on framing.

On top of the camera, the power switch is located on the left side of the camera. Also included on the power switch is the manual flash pop-up, which stated earlier, could power down the camera if pushed the wrong way. Next to the power switch is the Fn3 button, which is one of three that are found on the body. These can be programmed to handle the shooting function of your choice.

On the right top of the camera you will find plenty of controls. From left to right, you have the mode dial, followed by two control dials. You will find the shutter release inside the front control dial. To the far right you will find the curves/Fn2, dedicated video recording and Fn1 button. The preset for the curves/Fn2 button is the curves adjustment, allowing you to adjust the shadow and highlight settings while you are capturing images.


On the back of the camera you will just find some basic controls, including the Menu, Delete and Playback menus. You will also find the INFO button that changes the amount of information on the LCD screen. In the middle is the 4-way controller that helps to navigate the menu systems and make your changes.


On the right side of the camera are the two I/O ports. The top port is a high-speed USB port that allows you to transfer images to a computer or printer. With a special A/V cable, you can also view your images and movies on a standard definition TV. The bottom port is an HDMI output, letting you use any HDTV to view your images and videos, with an optional HDMI cable.

To store your images, the E-M10 II uses SD/SDHC/SDXC type memory cards. With high-speed burst shooting and Full 1080p HD video recording, you will want to use the fastest card possible. The camera is shown here with the Panasonic UHS-3 16GB SDHC memory card that was used to test the camera.

Powering the E-M10 II is a 7.2V, 1210mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. Olympus claims that this battery is enough to capture 320 images in normal shooting modes and up to 750 shots when the camera is in Quick Sleep Mode. Also included with the camera is the portable charging unit, which makes it easy to keep your battery, and a spare charged and ready to go at all times.

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