Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review

Review posted 07/09/2014

Quick Take
  • All shooting modes were fast and accurate
  • 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
  • Competitively priced
  • iAuto looked almost unrealistic with over saturated colors
  • Built-in flash is very weak
Bottom Line
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 like Live 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
  • Creative Controls
    • Color Creator
    • Image Aspect Control
    • Highlight/Shadow Control
    • Live Histogram
    • Level Gauge
    • Live Composite Mode
  • Photo & Movie Capture
  • 12 Art Filters
  • 3 HDR Capture Modes
  • Photo Story
  • Built-In Flash Optimized or 1/250 synchronization
  • Built-In Wi-Fi
    • 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.

What's in the box?:
  • E-M10 Camera body
  • Li-ion battery BLS-5
  • Li-ion battery charger BCS-5
  • USB cable
  • Shoulder strap
  • OLYMPUS Viewer 3 (CD-ROM)
  • Instruction manual
  • Warranty card

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