Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Camera

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80% Gold Award
It holds its own against entry-level DSLRs in terms of image quality and handling, and beats them all in terms of direct control.”

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Key Features

  • 16 MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor with 3-axis sensor shift image stabilization
  • Up to 8 FPS continuous shooting
  • ISO 200-25600
  • 1080/30 fps HD video (H.264/Motion JPEG)
  • Tiltable 3 inch touchscreen LCD with 1,037,000 dots
  • Electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage and 1,044,000 dots
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • Built-in flash compatible with Olympus Wireless RC Flash system
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot

Product Description

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is a more affordable option in the O-MD 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.

Specs

Body type
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Other resolutions 3200 x 2400, 1280 x 960
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor TruePic VII
Image
ISO Auto, 200 - 25600
White balance presets 7
Custom white balance Yes (4 slots)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Image stabilization notes 3-axis image stabilization (yaw/pitch/roll)
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Super fine, fine, normal, basic
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 81
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier 2×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,037,000
Touch screen Yes (Shutter release, Enlargement, Live Guide, AF area selection, AF area enlargement and decrease, Frame forward/backward, Enlargement playback, Super Control Panel, Art Filter selection, Scene mode selection, Wi-Fi connection)
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 1.15×
Viewfinder resolution 1,440,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible)
Flash range 5.80 m (ISO100)
External flash Yes (FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R)
Flash modes Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual(1/1(FULL)~1/64)
Continuous drive 8.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (12 sec., 2 sec.,custom (Waiting time 1-30sec.,Shooting interval 0.5/1/2/3sec.,Number of shots 1-10))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro HDMI)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes Live View, Rec View, Wireless Touch AF shutter, Wireless Release, Power Off
Remote control Yes (Optional Remote cable RM-UC1)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description BLS-5 Li-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 320
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)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (Interval Time 1 sec. - 24 Hours, Max 999 frames. Available on making Time-lapse movie automatically)
GPS Optional
GPS notes uses Smartphone GPS data

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Image quality (raw)
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Low light / high ISO performance
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Performance
Movie / video mode
Connectivity
Value
Gold Award
Gold Award
80 %
Overall Score

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is positioned as the entry-level OM-D camera, though it's just as capable in most ways as its more advanced siblings. It borrows the E-M5's impressive imaging capabilities, without the weatherproofing, and adds built-in Wi-Fi. The E-M10 offers an impressive level of direct control in a camera body that's light and compact.

Good For

Street photographers, students, those who want lots of customization or want a camera they can grow into.

Not So Good For

User Reviews

4.75692 out of 5 stars
  • imperialdrive, Mar 2, 2014 GMT:
    Perfect upgrade for me, from PEN PL1

    Just walked over to Samy's in SF, newer store, first time there, good times. Brought my PEN PL1 over with laptop to do some testing... very happy and purchased body only. Only 30 mins into the shooting, but so far so very very good. Using Sigma 19mm and 30mm 2.8's and the old kit 14-42 with raynox adapter, and 40-150... really brings the quality out of all of these lenses. Focus is sooo much faster - spot on, can't imagine it any faster. Quality tested at 1600 is fantastic as I had guessed. T ...

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  • dv312, Mar 6, 2014 GMT:
    EM10 after a month

    After more than a month of ownership and extensive shooting in Vietnam, here're my findings on this little big gem The LCD is quite sharp and color accurate ; I don't use it often, only when I have the camera on tripod The EVF refreshes quickly and is a delight to use at night I love the 2 dials config: it allows me to change shooting parameters quickly, especially the aperture and ISO; I find the left wheel near the prism a bit harder to reach when you have your eye to the EVF; both are a ...

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  • uh18spw, Mar 9, 2014 GMT:
    Little wonderful omd em-10

    Little wonderful ome ed-10 ,I carry it me me since I purchased it a month ago. perfect picture and fun to play with ART mode of the camera.been waiting for long time to get ,but worth-ed .best camera ever had.

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  • Bhima78, Mar 17, 2014 GMT:
    Great handling, speed and image quality with some high quality lenses available

    As someone who has shot DSLRs exclusively for over the past decade, I decided to make the switch to Mirrorless for various reasons: 1) portability 2) A usable live-view (unlike any DSLR I've used) that greatly increases the flexibility and creativity of your shot's perspective 3) in-body image stabilization is far superior to lens-only stabilization and 4) a good selection of excellent glass that performs equal to their Canon Nikon equivalents while being 1/2 the weight, size and some are ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Can the 60mm macro do better?

EM 10 14-42EZ raynox 250 The main sundew flesh-eater is about 35 mm long. I like this extremely versatile combo that is dirt cheap. Would the 60mm macro do better? ;) (Almost) full ooc jpeg. Regards Perry

perry rhodan asked
6 months ago

ANSWERS

Great shot! I can give a couple of reasons I like the 60mm. First, with it's easy 1:1, it makes it easy to determine the scale of an image. Second, it's just a really, really nice lens to use. A few with the 60mm Continue Reading

Martin.au answered
6 months ago

Looking at your shot at original size, I'd say it probably can. Whether better enough to justify the price is a matter for you. But there's alot more to a good macro lens than just sharpness. I've just done a review of the 60mm here Continue Reading

bluelemmy answered
6 months ago

I've seem some incredible pictures come from the 60mm. Do a search on flicker. -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/90891174@N04/ Continue Reading

Tony8232 answered
6 months ago

QUESTION

Anti-shock menu is disabled on my E-M10

The 0-sec anti-shock thing works fine with single frame shooting mode. It also probably works with 2s and 12s modes, however I never bothered to check if it is actually doing anything useful in these two cases. However, the shooting modes menu of my E-M10 does have entries for 0-sec anti-shock sequential H and L modes, however they are always greyed out. Is this normal? I mean, if it is not supposed to work, why there are two relevant menu entries in the shooting modes? Thanks Alex

il_alexk asked
2 months ago

ANSWERS

Keystone only came with V2 firmware on the E-M1, the E-M10 does not have that feature. Regards.... Guy Continue Reading

Guy Parsons answered
2 months ago

Likely that the afterthought Electronic first curtain isn`t capable of running in drive mode , not fast enough ...... to be honest, it was a quick fix to stop all the shutter shock complaints levelled at (initially) the EP5 , it would seem these cams weren`t designed around electronic 1st curtain like the Sonys, Samsungs, canons, Fujis etc are so drive mode needs the full mech dual curtain  ..... it`s far better than nothing though and Panasonic have done Zilch ! Continue Reading

AdamT answered
2 months ago

Yep, sequential mode is simply blocked when engaging the 0-sec anti shock. It's a documented limitation but I don't really understand its roots. Anyway, it is interesting to see if the E-M1's recent firmware make do without it. The only way I know to get sequential shooting with 0-sec anti shock is by using the Custom Timer drive mode. However, in this mode the intervals between the shots are at least 0.5s and this can be too long sometimes. Continue Reading

assaft answered
2 months ago

QUESTION

How to setup OM-D E-M10 to photograph children (and other fast moving objects!)

I bought the OM-D E-M10 and 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R kit lens a few months ago to replace an old basic DSLR. I have now added a Panasonic Lumix G 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 which stays on the camera pretty much all the time but the result is much the same with either lens I think. I find it hard to get good in-focus shots of my 2 year old daughter, who never stays still for very long, doesn't like having her picture taken, and seems to have a 6th sense for how to turn the wrong way at the exact moment you are about to press the shutter. I am certainly getting better and getting more shots that are in focus but it still seems a bit hit and miss. I have experimented with different settings on the camera but I don't know if there is an accepted method or everyone has their own. I had limited success with the Children SCN mode. With all the focus points active the camera never seemed to pick the right subject and I don't think face detection was very reliable as it doesn't seem to work unless the ...

TSpencer asked
12 days ago

ANSWERS

Hi Use the Scene Modes, they good and work well Siegfried Continue Reading

BushmanOrig answered
12 days ago

SAF, mode A(or whatever) zoom your lens all the way so the aperture goes to 5.6(assuming you are leaving it fully open). Check the shutter speed. If it is too low for kids, go to auto iso settings and increase the lower limit to such that the shutter speed stays high enough for kids or whatever action. Also try touch shutter. Use the auto focus assist light if necessary. Continue Reading

Schira answered
12 days ago

+1 for SAF.  Have the super control panel enabled.  Have all 4 arrow keys set to move the focus point (don't program them to do other functions).  If worst comes to worst, use the touch screen. Getting a 2 year old in focus should be, well, childs play.  Its when they get to 8 years old that it gets difficult. Good luck ! Continue Reading

12 days ago

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

  • E-M10 Camera body
  • Lens kit includes 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R
  • 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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