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 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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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

Dedicated videographers, sports shooters

User Reviews

4.59259 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

Is the Panasonic 14-45 the best "kit" zoom?

I'm getting the EM10 body only and a couple of good primes. But i will want a small zoom occasionally. Is the consensus that the Pany 14-45 is the best optically?

fevan asked
1 day ago

ANSWERS

I think the consensus right now is that the Panasonic 14-42 II, the current Panasonic kit lens for most of their cameras, matches the 14-45 for resolution; however the newer lens stops down fast for a zoom: it's at f/5.3 by the time you get to 25mm. Already stopped down over a stop halfway through the zoom range. Now, in real life, this probably doesn't matter a jot; the 14-45 is at f/4.9 at 25mm, and a 1/3rd stop scale isn't precise enough to tell the difference between 4.9 and 5.3. Almost all of the kit zooms are actually pretty good optically, despite what the naysayers say. I even get results that are just fine with the 1st version Panasonic 14-42, which was just about the most hated lens in the system. The one above all others to avoid is the 1st generation Olympus 14-42 (the kit lens for the E-P1 and E-PL1), which isn't bad so much optically as mechanically-- no internal focus, slow AF, the front element rotates as you focus making polarizers more problematic. I think the most ... Continue Reading

Klarno answered
1 day ago

I don't know, but I compared it to the Panasonic 1,7/20 at 20mm: 14-45 at 20mm; 1600x1200 crop from the centre 20mm, 1600x1200 crop near the centre You can see, the 20mm is a little sharper, but not much. However, things are different at 45mm. I compared the 14-45 at 45 and F5,6 to a Minolta MC 1,4/50mm at F4, which is the nearest FL I have. 14-45 at 45mm, centre crop 1600x1200px Minolta 50mm. centre crop 1600x1200px In spite of the changed lighting (clouds came when I got the Minolta) you can clearly see, the 40 year old Minolta is much sharper. You can also see, that the 14-45 has a yellowish tinge, even compared to the 1,7/20. I hope, this helps. Peter Continue Reading

eques answered
9 hours ago

Yes, that's the consensus and though it's the only m43 kit I've used it does very, very well. Consider also the bigger, faster and IMHO sharper oly 43 14-54, about the same $ not counting adapter. FWIW my 14-54mI AFs fine in live view, supposedly the only difference from the more expensive mII. Continue Reading

gandalfII answered
1 day ago

QUESTION

EM-10 New user: Advice re lens and general usage

Hi, I have just purchased an Olympus OMD EM-10 - my first 4/3 camera. Other cameras I have include a Nikon D200, a couple of older Nikon DLSR's and  a compact Canon (S90). So I'm looking forward to learning and playing with my new 4/3 camera! A couple of questions that regular members may be able to help me with. Please point me to the correct forum(s) if I'm on the wrong area! - Camera manual. I will print out the digital manual that came on the CD to help me get around all the menus and options for this camera. Is there a preferred 'brand' of user guide that you would recommend to purchase --  I don't there are any out yet, but obviously expect them soon. What are the 'best' or reputable brands of user guides that would be good for intermediate user? - Macro lens. I purchased the camera with the 14-42 EZ zoom mens so am going to learn how to use this before my next likely purchase. I will be using the camera for work shots of surgical cases and reasonable close up pics of animals ...

bpc asked
25 days ago

ANSWERS

Hi Brendan, Congrats on your new E-M10! I just love mine, although I feel like I still only know a tiny fraction about using it. Since it's very similar to the E-M5, pretty much all the guides for the E-M5 are relevant too. This page here: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/50095981 has an awesome collection of links. Have fun, and let us know how the 60mm macro works for you (I'm trying to justify spending $500 on one)... Cheers, Mikity Continue Reading

Mikity answered
25 days ago

John Foster's pages are useful, his E-M1 setup page is worth a read as it will mostly fit the E-M10 as well. For general system info links use my links page . Regards..... Guy Continue Reading

Guy Parsons answered
25 days ago

Doing real macrophotography means that you would have to work with very shallow depth-of-field. For example, with the M.Zuiko 60mm, even when the aperture is closed to F/5,6, the DOF is so shallow that if I can get the tip of the eye of a big butterfly like Caligo eurilochus to be in focus, the rest of the eye won't. Of course, I presume that you, as a veterinarian, don't do cataract operation very often on butterflies (I'm just joking, of course). So I presume that you might need a lens for close-up photography rather than macrophotography. Many m4/3 lenses have a minimal focus distance of about 20 cm. If that's enough, the choice is large. Since your OM-D e-m10 has a resolution of 16 Mp, you can crop your image as if you had zoomed on the organ or the tissue. Above all, you'll take advantage of wider DOF. If you really need to be closer than 20cm, then you need a real macro lens, even for close-up shots. For now, there are only three m4/3 macro lenses: the M.Zuiko 12-50mm zoom ... Continue Reading

25 days ago

QUESTION

E-M10 Focus Peaking with Legacy Lens

Hello.  I am a recent purchaser of an E-M10 and I am very pleased with it.  It not only takes great images, but is fun to photograph with which is something that is important to me.  I bought an adapter so I could use my father's old OM manual lenses and they fit and work fine on the E-M10.  I dove into the menus and set the manual focus assist to allow focus peaking, but I never see any sign of it when using the LCD or viewfinder.  Is there something else I need to switch on to see the focus peaking?  Since I could not get that to work, I just used the focus magnification which worked very well.  Thanks in advance for any help in this. Best Regards,

SkipJG asked
9 days ago

ANSWERS

FP is enabled when you rotate the focusing ring of a lens which can communicate it to the camera. The legacy glass can't talk to the camera, therefore you need to manually switch focus peaking On and Off Just assign it to a button and yo will be able to toggle FP whenever you need it. Continue Reading

il_alexk answered
9 days ago

But I was under the impression that focus peaking could only work with lenses that can communicate with the body. So the only legacy lenses that would work with FP would be the Olympus and Panasonic 4/3s DSLR lenses. So the older non-electronic lenses would not be able to work with FP If I AM wrong, I'm sure (and hope) someone will correct me! Continue Reading

Glen Barrington answered
9 days ago

Focus peaking can work with any lens - it uses the contrast between edges of the objects in frame. Many legacy lenses, especially wide open, are apparently too soft to give the sharp contrast needed for the sensor/processor to be certain of the edges, and no lines are drawn. Try stopping down 2-3 stops and see how it works. Sent from my phone, or else I might have found sources to back up my beliefs. -- Believe The Pictures Continue Reading

EGenius007 answered
9 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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