Olympus OM-D E-M10 is a series of OM-D camera that is appear as a new player in the ranks of the Micro Four Third camera. This camera offers a design similar to the E-M5 but smaller and lighter. The design combined with a high-performance of TruPic VII Image Processor which is the same as the E-M1 and 16-Megapixels image sensor of the E-M5. E-M10 is intended for beginners due to its affordable price but with high specification. This camera features 1,440k-Dot EVF with 120 fps Refresh Rate, 3.0″ 1,037k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD, Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps, In-Body 3-Axis Image Stabilization, Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity, including FAST AF System and 8 fps Shooting. We’ll update this review soon.
Features & Design
If considered from the physical design of this camera, Olympus wants to repeat their success like when they launched OM-D E-M5. The new camera E-M10 adopts the same design as its predecessor with a slight reduction and the addition of several features in order to keep the satisfaction of the beginner photographers. Disadvantages of E-M10 is that this camera does not have a weather sealed and accessories port, so if it is one of the main things you need, then you should buy the OM-D E-M5.
The E-M10 has a body size (W x H x D) 4.7 x 3.2 x 1.8″/ 119.1 x 82.3 x 45.9 mm. The size is clearly smaller than the E-M5 so it will be more comfortable in the hands of small-handed photographers. With a compact and comfortable body, the E-M10 offers an electronic viewfinder (EVF) that is equipped with eye-detection feature which has speed of 0.007 seconds, and resolution 1,440 k-dot that bright enough when used on light or dark situations. And for the first time Olympus adds a built-in pop-up flash on the OM-D series camera that is on the new E-M10.
The E-M10 has control button that fast and convenient to use. On the left, you will find a shooting mode button and on the right there are two dial controls, video record button, and the FN2 button. While the Play button and FN1 located in the sloping side just behind the video record button.
On the back, there is a 3.0-inch touch screen with a resolution of 1,037 k-dot and can be tilted up to 80 degrees up and 50 degrees down. The screen is very bright and clear to see pictures and videos even for access the navigation menus is easy either in the dark or light situations. While on the right side of the screen, you will find the Menu button, Info, Delete, and a four-way keypad with an OK button in the middle as well as the power button.
As for connectivity, the E-M10 offers a built-in WiFi that has common used in many cameras today. This connectivity lets you easily transfer pictures or videos on iOS and Android devices. In fact you can also use your device as a remote control gadget for taking pictures, see or set the focus point on the camera.
Performance & Image Quality
As the Entry-Level Camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 offers high performance even might be better than some high-end DSLR cameras. This camera takes about 0.9 seconds to capture an image after the shutter button is pressed. In bright situations, the E-M10 has a shutter lag only 0.05-second while focusing speed in dim situations is very impressive of 0.8-second.
You also will not be disappointed with this camera’s ability to shoot rapidly up to 8fps. With the speed of 8fps, you can shoot 15-RAW + JPG, 18-RAW, and 33-JPG before slowing down, but the ability is almost rivaled by Samsung NX300 is capable of shooting up to 7fps.
In addition to having the design and performance that is almost identical to its predecessor, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 is able to produce impressive image quality. Thanks to 16.1MP Live MOS sensor which is the same as the E-M5 and TruePic image processor VII are the same as the E-M1, this camera is capable of capturing high-resolution images with sharpness and outstanding detail. The combination of the two technologies are very effective in dealing with image noise up to the highest ISO settings.
At ISO 1600, the JPG file has noise image under 1.5 percent and increased to 1.7 percent at ISO 3200. At ISO 6400 the image quality is still very good with astonishing detail. But the image quality slightly decreases when you use ISO 12800 but not to worry, because the images can still be used for small print or use in a website. At ISO 25600, the picture quality looks the same as the results of the E-M5 and the E-M1 where noise visible damage image quality.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 is able to record Full HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second in MOV format. Video quality looks very good with the sharpness and right color accuracy. Video recording is supported by an excellent internal microphone to record video sound. Disadvantages of this camera is that you can not add an external microphone such as the Panasonic GH3. Another advantage is the video recording you can use the touch screen to access the camera menu.
Should I buy the camera?
Olympus OM-D E-M10 has managed to combine the 16.1MP image sensor owned by E-M5 with TruePic VII image processor owned E-M10 to provide performance and outstanding quality. The E-M10 pack two cameras features in a stylish and compact body with a more affordable price. In other words, the E-M10 will be a very good choice for novice users mirrorless camera. For the size of the Entry-Level Camera, E-M10 is a premium class camera that is very tempting at this time. E-M10 is priced at $ 699.99 body only.
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
+ Actual: 17.2 Megapixel
+ Effective: 16.1 Megapixel
Max Resolution 15.9MP: 4608 x 3456
Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm
+ Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
+ Movies: AVI, MJPEG, MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
+ Audio: Linear PCM (Mono), WAV
Bit Depth 12-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD, SDHC, SDXC
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 3-Way
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
+ 1920 x 1080: 30 fps
+ 1280 x 720: 30 fps
+ 640 x 480: 30 fps
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 81
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Pixel Count 1,440,000
Viewfinder Eye Point 20.00 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.15x
Diopter Adjustment – 4 to +2 m
Display Screen 3″ Rear Touchscreen Tilting LCD (1,037,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600
+ Type: Mechanical
+ Speed: 60 – 1/4000 sec
+ Type: Mechanical
+ Speed: 30 – 1 min in Bulb Mode
Remote Control RM-UC1 (Optional)
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
+ Modes: Aperture Priority, Art Filter, Bulb, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Time, Underwater
+ Metering Range: EV 2.0 – EV 20.0
+ Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Sunlight, Underwater
+ Up to 8 fps at 15.9 MP for up to 16 frames
+ Up to 3.5 fps at 15.9 MP for up to 20 frames
Flash Modes Auto, Fill-in, Manual, Off, Red-eye Reduction, Second-curtain Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, TTL Auto
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide No. 19.03′ (5.8 m) ISO100
Max Sync Speed
+ Mechanical Shutter: 1 / 250 sec
+ Mechanical Shutter: 1 / 200 sec
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System TTL Groups: 4 Channels: 4
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal, Proprietary, Wireless
Continuous Shooting Up to 8 fps
+ 12 sec, 2 sec
+ Custom: 1-30 sec at 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 sec intervals
+ Number of Shots: 1-10
Interval Recording Yes
Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Battery 1x BLS-5 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 30 – 90%
Weight & Measure
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.7 x 3.2 x 1.8″ / 119.1 x 82.3 x 45.9 mm
Weight 13.97 oz / 396 g with battery and memory card
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