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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Performance
Movie / video mode
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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
7 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
7 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
7 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
7 months ago

QUESTION

OMD EM-10 has strange artifacts in manual mode.

I just got the OMD EM-10 (used) I noticed some strange shaded circles while shooting in manual mode, it doesn't seem to appear when shooting in iauto.  Does anyone have any ideas what is causing this?  I love the camera, but I mainly like to shoot in manual mode.  I've attached some pics, the first one is in iauto, the second in manual mode, taken seconds within each other. Shot in iauto. iso 200  f10 1/320 Manual mode, notice the artifacts in the upper left area.  iso400 1/160 f22 Here is one more, taken at Disney look above the top blue spire.  Shot in manual mode. Manual mode  1/200 200 f11 I noticed this the other day after shooting at Disney, I tried cleaning the lens and the sensor on the inside as they looked like they had finger prints on it.  After cleaning the artifacts have moved to the left corner.  But why don't they show up in iauto mode, only in manual mode?  I am perplexed.  Has this happened to anyone else? HELP! -Tom

24 days ago

ANSWERS

Using small apertures will show sensor dust more readily. Keep in the f/2.8 (or whatever is largest) to f/8 range for best results in regard to dust. No idea why iAuto removes dust circles. F/10 and f/11 and definitely f/22 are to be avoided for general photography as image quality diminishes due to diffraction, plus appearance of that dust. Sometime f/11 or so is needed for macro photography where increased depth of field matters more than image quality loss. Regards...... Guy Continue Reading

Guy Parsons answered
24 days ago

Thats probably dust. Anyway, in my experience with 4/3 and m4/3 you are hard pressed to much or any influence of diffraction before f/16.  ( You may see it at f/11 if you pixel peep and directly compare.) Continue Reading

TorsteinH answered
24 days ago

As already noted by the other responses, it is dust. It doesn't appear in iAuto mode because a wider aperture was selected. Continue Reading

rsmithgi answered
24 days ago

QUESTION

Tips for landscape photos with OMD E-M10?

Hi I'm looking for some advice on how best to capture landscape photos with the EM10 in dull cloudy conditions, most likely with snow / ice around. Should I be sticking to the automatic landscape settings or going with a combination of manual settings and what is it best to start with? Taking a look around, I really like some of the photos in the following links and they all seem to have an element of drama to them, any advice on how to get this effect would be really useful? Thanks in advance Scott

Scott1982 asked
15 days ago

ANSWERS

Well, they all seem to have a pretty generous helping of HDR so I imagine the appropriate advice is to brush up on PP skills!  This is not a facetious comment, PP in green landscapes is almost a must, or they can seem rather neutral. But if you're looking for advice on actually taking the photograph, I'm not the best person to give it. Why not take each scene in full auto, then Aperture priority, then try fiddling with the manual controls, and see what results you get. Personally I stick with AP. Good luck! Continue Reading

maggiemole answered
15 days ago

Scott What you like about these pictures is the composition - the way that your eye is led into the picture. If you are taking landscapes perhaps you want the Landscape and Travel forum rather than an equipment one.  The important pieces of kit are: tripod, remote release and a decent lens.  You don't say what lenses you have? Maggie made a good suggestion that you shoot Aperture priority, unless you want to freeze movement, like water. Post processing seems to be key with landscapes as well. I have been doing it nearly two years now and it is a lot of fun. Enjoy! Andrew Continue Reading

ahaslett answered
15 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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