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.

Score Breakdown
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Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
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

4.73399 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

Olympus E-M10 or E-M5

I'm in the process of downsizing to m43 and I've come to a bit of a jam just because of the way things are priced. The 12-40 f2.8 is priced at $999 and the M10 is priced at $649. This makes the lens and body total at ~1650. Now the local camera shop is also doing a deal on a bundle with the M5 and the lens for 1600. So the question is, whether the M10 is worth the $50 extra or are the differences between the two negligible that I could get the M5 and still be happy. I'm noticing that the M5 appears to be at it's end of life so that may explain why it's being pushed out at such an aggressive price.

yanner asked
16 days ago

ANSWERS

I had initially bought an E-M5 and was super pleased with it but an E-M10 replaced it. Here's why... Since BLM1 battery days on the FT system, where Olympus really did a great job of maintaining a battery standard, the new Olympus MFT seems to have divided the house amongst two battery options now and that's a considerable factor in my choices. I'd wonder if it's part of a market strategy as well but it has actually discouraged me from choosing an E-M1 or E-M5 over the E-M10. I would probably still have the E-M5 if it weren't for my recent addition of a couple of E-PL5 bodies at $400 each and shutter counts under 100. They were virtually new and I'd read a lot of positive evaluations which turned out very true. However, they used the smaller BLS-5 battery and so does the M10 and I really don't care to have different batteries for different bodies. The shot capacity difference isn't enough for second thoughts. My whole objective is to go light with what appears as the welcome 16MP ... Continue Reading

BruceB609 answered
16 days ago

For the same price, I'd pick the E-M5 for two primary reasons: 1. It's weather-sealed, so it will pair nicely with the weather-sealed 12-40.  The E-M10 is not weather-sealed. 2. The E-M5 has five-axis image stabilization, as opposed to three-axis for the E-M10.  The five-axis is, by all accounts, the best in the industry. Continue Reading

Cimarron answered
16 days ago

M5 if you will shoot in the rain. Otherwise clearly M10 with it's faster processor, wifi, MUCH better buttons etc... Continue Reading

SoundWave76 answered
16 days ago

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
4 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
4 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
3 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
4 months ago

QUESTION

modifying a myset(?)

How do you make a small change to a myset and then save it (as if the options for saving a myset should include "update with current settings")?  The only way I can figure to do it is to (1) 'set' the myset you want to modify, (2) make the change, (3) clear (reset) the myset, and (4) then save it again.  This works for me, but it seems unintuitive and too complex for what should be a simple operation(?)

mb shaffer asked
13 days ago

ANSWERS

No, no, unnecessary step there. 1. Set the MySet by menu, dial or button to be active. 2. Make the change to setting(s) as needed. 3. Go into MySet menu and go down to the desired MySet number. 4. Right button to ignore the first "set" seen and get to the second "set", press OK. Now the change is in the stored MySet and able to be used immediately. Absolutely no need for that intermediate reset to kill anything. I have my 4 MySets assigned to the Mode dial (E-PL5) and I am very regularly doing that MySet change to suit the situation on the day. My help page on MySets and Mode dial assignment is here . Regards...... Guy Continue Reading

Guy Parsons answered
13 days ago

Do you/we really need the clear/reset step?   I seem to recall updating MySets w/o having to do step 3. Continue Reading

Bob Tullis answered
13 days ago

I believe if you assigned Myset to a button you have to do this extra step.  If you have Myset assigned to the Mode Dial you do not have to do step 3. Continue Reading

DLBlack answered
13 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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