Excerpt: The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is the newest and smallest in the company’s mirrorless, Micro Four Thirds-based OM-D camera system. This Compact System Camera (CSC) has a classic SLR design, comparable to other OM-D cameras like the E-M1 and the E-M5.
Summary: At the beginning of 2014, Olympus announced its latest Interchangeable Lens Camera system in the OM-D series. The Micro Four Thirds OM-D E-M10 aims to combine the best elements of the flagship E-M1 and E-M5 , and shrink them into a more compact body.
Pros: All shooting modes were fast and accurate, Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record, AF system is quick in all conditions, Great image quality, 3-Axis I.S. works well handheld and on the move, Compact and portable camera body and small lenses, Easy to handle with full, on-body con...
Cons: iAuto looked almost unrealistic with over saturated colors, Built-in flash is very weak
Summary: The Olympus OM-D E-M10 offers a lot of compelling features, especially considering the $699 (body only) price. It has a bright and clear tilting touch screen, effective image stabilization, and plenty of shooting modes and controls.
Pros: Small compact design handles well; Detailed images with true-to-life color; Built-in Wi-Fi and powerful apps work well with smartphones; Impressive 8-shot-per-second burst shooting
Cons: Sluggish autofocus, especially in low light; Aggressive noise reduction; No external microphone input; Some setting adjustments require multiple steps
Conclusion: The Olympus E-M10 is a solid camera at an outstanding budget-friendly price point. For someone looking to upgrade to an interchangeable lens camera system and aren't sure if they want or need the big bulk of a DSLR, the E-M10 and the Micro Four Thirds system is an excellent choice.
Pros: Great image quality especially from RAW files, Excellent dynamic range for a Four Thirds sensor, Very good high ISO performance, Realistic colors and excellent hue accuracy, Despite lack of AA filter, little to no moiré in still images, though it can appear in HD video, Fast autofocus speeds & lo...
Cons: Auto white balance too warm indoors, Underwhelming in-camera HDR mode, Noise reduction a bit heavy-handed at higher ISOs, No sweep panorama mode (software needed for stitching on a computer), Slow continuous burst speed with full-time AF (3.5fps), Contrast-Detect AF struggles with small and low-c...
Summary: Though it doesn't deliver the best photo quality, the sum of the Olympus OM-D E-M10's design, performance and features add up to a nice upgrade from a point-and-shoot.
Pros: The Olympus OM-D E-M10's design and interface works well for both beginning and advanced photographers, it has a well-rounded feature set, and it's fast enough for general-purpose kids-and-pets photography.
Cons: It produces good-but-not-great photos and videos.
Summary: The Olympus OM-D E-M10 very much seems more like a third creation OM-D style than a step-down from its two bros. It gets many functions we liked from both of them and provides them in a bit more compact, less heavy program.
Olympus OM-D E-M10: Cutting-Edge Camera With a Friendly-ish Price
14 April 2014
Excerpt: Olympus is serious about killing DSLRs. After releasing two stellar OM-D cameras, the E-M5 and E-M1 , which were aimed squarely at pros due to their high prices, Olympus is finally setting its sights on a larger audience with a camera that's both sleek and reasonably priced.
Summary: 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.
Pros: E-M5 image quality in smaller, lighter body, Built-in dual-axis level gauge, In-body IS works with all lenses, Dual control wheels and customizable buttons, Wi-Fi connectivity and remote shooting, Tilting LCD useful for video and tripod work, Raw files offer a good deal of latitude for post-proce...
Cons: Default JPEG processing tends to muddy fine detail at ISO 3200 and above, Useful interface features hidden at default, Video quality is mediocre as details are somewhat soft, Can't combine histogram, highlight/shadow warnings etc. on the same display mode, Grip is a bit shallow and many users may...