Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Review

Preview posted 08/24/2015 by Michael Palmer
Review posted 09/23/2015 by Josh Fate

Quick Take
  • Great overall image quality in iAuto and Program shooting modes for a consumer model
  • iAuto produces a higher contrast, bolder image
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record Full 1080p videos
  • 5-Axis image stabilization is the best that we have used on an ILC
  • Both EVF and LCD are high resolution and are a pleasure to shoot with
  • Touch to capture is a fun and easy way to use the camera
  • Excellent shooting performance
  • Outstanding battery life, especially in Quick Sleep Mode
  • HDMI Output
  • Built-in Flash
  • Competitively priced
  • Flash pop-up could accidentally turn off camera
  • No Audio input
  • Higher levels of noise in the higher ISO settings than we'd like to see
Bottom Line
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 II is compact and powerful consumer ILC. The camera produces great image quality and performance in an affordable package. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
The Olympus OM-D series of Micro Four Thirds ILCs has a new entry-level model for 2015. The E-M10 Mark II shares only a few specifications from its predecessor -- a 16MP image sensor, 1/4000-60 shutter speed range, and 3.0-inch tilting display -- while overall promising to be smaller, lighter, faster, and more feature-laden than ever before. Heck, it even includes a couple modes not found on its pricier siblings, the E-M5 Mark II & E-M1 (update: many of these have been added to the other models with recent firmware).

One look at any OM-D, and you can't help but see a classic camera design wrapped around innovative technologies. The E-M10 II has been designed to fit comfortably in your hands, while allowing for one-handed operation, and boasts a rugged metal body wrapped in a leatherette finish. Premium metal dials with unique knurled finishes allow users to make adjustments without having to take his or her eye off the photo subject. Speaking of eyes on the subject, the E-M10 Mark II offers an improved built-in OLED EVF (electronic viewfinder) with a 100% field of view and an impressive 2.36M dot resolution. The new EVF will work wonders in darker situations where traditional (optical) viewfinders can seem dark. If you're more accustomed to optical viewfinders, no worries, Olympus designed a Simulated Optical Viewfinder (S-OVF) mode with a higher dynamic range to meet your needs. And, while many ILCs disable the rear touchscreen display during EVF usage, this camera includes an AF Targeting Pad feature, which allows users to track a subject by sliding their thumb across on the rear screen.

The OM-D E-M5 II made quite a splash earlier this year with its world class 5-axis image stabilization that allowed Steadicam quality smooth video as well as an extended ability to shoot still images in darker lighting conditions. This new E-M10 Mark II now boasts a version of that system, correcting angular shaking as well as roll, making it the only entry-level class ILC, as of August 2015, to feature 5-axis image stabilization. And, while the OM-D series has yet to make the jump to 4K video recording, the E-M10 Mark II does shoot Full 1080p HD video in a variety of frame rates from 24p to 60p (the previous model was limited to 30p). It can also shoot a blazing-fast 8.5 fps in still mode thanks to reduced lag times in Continuous AF as well as Touch AF.

The OM-D series is all about customizing your world through your lens. If you want to reproduce an image to reflect reality, the E-M10 II offers full manual controls for precision and accuracy. But sometimes you want to produce a reality more impressionistic. For these times, the E-M10 II includes 14 Art Filters, which replicate classic film stocks as well as other stylized settings (Dramatic Tone is wonderful with stormy skies). And, with modes like Live Bulb, Live Time, and Live Composite, it's never been easier to capture starscapes, light trails, and to even do your own light painting. And, with built-in Wi-Fi, the E-M10 II is compatible with the Olympus Image Share (O.I. Share) app -- turn your iOS or Android device into a remote control / remote display with the touch of a few buttons.

The E-M10 II also boasts 4K Time-lapse mode, which combines up to 999 images taken at 5-second intervals and creates (in-camera) a 4K video while preserving your full resolution still images. Focus Bracketing is a brand new feature for this model (and not found on the other OM-D cameras). This mode captures up to 999 still images at varying focal lengths so that, when composited using a third-party app, you end up with one picture with an infinite depth of field. It's perfect for those who enjoy landscape and macro photography.

If you're looking for your first interchangeable lens camera system, or need a secondary, compact camera that shoots quickly indoors and out, night and day, you're going to want to keep an eye on the E-M10 Mark II.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Features:
  • 16MP Live MOS image sensor
  • TruePic VII image processor
  • 5-Axis Voice Coil Motor (VCM) Image Stabilization
  • 2.36M dot OLED EVF
    • 100% field of view
    • Simulated Optical Viewfinder (S-OVF)
    • AF Targeting Pad
  • 3.0" Titling Touchscreen LCD display
    • Tilts up 85-degrees
    • Tilts down 45 degrees
  • 8.5 fps
  • Full 1080p HD Video Recording @ 24p, 25p, 30p, 50p, 60p
  • Live Bulb
  • Live Time
  • Live Composite
  • 14 Art Filters
  • Photo Story
  • Built-in Wi-Fi (for O.I.Share App)
  • 4K Time-lapse
    • Combine up to 999 still images in-camera into a 4K movie
  • Focus Bracketing
    • great for Macro Photography
    • capture up to 999 images
    • requires third party app for compositing
  • Keystone Compensation
  • Machined metal mode dials & buttons
  • Compatible with all Micro Four Thirds lenses

  • ECG-3 External Grip ($59.99)
  • CSS-S119L Genuine Leather Strap ($79.99)


The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is available now in all black or black/silver. Body-only pricing will have a $649.99 MSRP in the US, while the kit includes one body plus an M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42 f3.5-5.6 EZ lens for $799.99. For those who know the M.ZUIKO M4/3 line, this marks about a $150 discount for this particular lens and has been built for faster, silent autofocusing.


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