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OM-D E-M10

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    4/3 LIVE MOS

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  • Wi-Fi


  • 8fps



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Sharing DNA with Olympus’s acclaimed OM-D series, the new OM-D E-M10 is an elegant camera that looks as good as the photos it takes. Boasting a powerful TruePic™ VII image processor, interactive EVF, warp-speed AF system, built-in flash and WiFi, and a slew of creative tools, the E-M10 is a small camera that gets the big picture.


Premium Kits

Exclusive designs with stylish color treatment, genuine leather strap, OM-D lens cap and the new M.Zuiko 14-42mm EZ electronic pancake zoom lens. Available in fashionable orange, vintage green and black lizard-skin designs.


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Now you don't have to choose between powerful and portable. The new OM-D E-M10 gives you pro-style performance in a camera you can actually carry. Its thoughtful design centers on a solid, premium build that feels substantial in your hands, while its ergonomic shape and nimble control scheme allow you to focus on getting the perfect shot.



The OM-D E-M10’s partner in photographic excellence
is the Olympus M.ZUIKO lens system, a family of professional-grade glass with digital optics that deliver unsurpassed resolution and overall image quality.
From long-distance tele to up-close-and-personal
macro – and everything in between – there’s a
perfect M.ZUIKO lens for every situation.


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The lens technology, sensor and image processor are the core of any digital camera. The OM-D E-M10’s partners in photographic excellence are the acclaimed Olympus M.ZUIKO lens system, a new 16MP Live MOS sensor, and the latest TruePicTM VII image processor with Fine Detail Technology II for extraordinary resolution and accurate color rendition. Add 3-axis in-body image stabilization that works with all lenses and you have the advanced technology needed to achieve unprecedented, best-in-class image quality – every time.



The E-M10's large, fast and intelligent electronic viewfinder displays all the shooting information you need for a full viewing experience. View in real time the effect of Focus Peaking, Exposure, White Balance, Color Tone, Aspect Ratio, Highlight & Shadow Control, Framing Grids, Electronic Level Guide and more. Adaptive brightness technology renders a natural display under all lighting conditions and the eye sensor automatically switches the EVF on and off.



You might not think a camera this compact would have so many great features built right in. Think again. The OM-D E-M10 is the first OM-D series camera with a built-in flash, and also has built-in WiFi (for full remote control, geotagging and sharing via the OI.Share app) and a tiltable touchscreen.


Stop time on a dime with the OM-D E-M10. High-speed sequential shooting – at an otherworldly 8fps – and super high-speed FAST AF with 81-point AF grid (that covers the whole frame) help you freeze the action. The autofocus tracking function is improved, and group and super spot AF selection are available. Even manual focus is more accurate thanks to the Focus Peaking feature.



The OM-D E-M10 offers an incredible array of in-camera creative tools. Twelve Art Filters and nine Art Effects. Photo and Movie Capture (high-quality stills while shooting a movie). Photo Story, with new Zoom In/Out theme. Color Creator, HDR and HDR bracketing, 1080p Movie with Art Fade, Interval/Time Lapse Shooting. Are you ready to transform your photography?



Unprecedented Image Quality That Exceeds Others in its Class

The lens technology, sensor and image processor are the core of any digital camera. The OM-D E-M10’s partner in photographic excellence is the acclaimed Olympus M.ZUIKO lens system, a family of professional-grade glass that delivers unsurpassed resolution and overall image quality. The E-M10 ups the ante by pairing a 16MP Live MOS sensor with our most powerful TruePic VII image processor for extraordinary resolution and accurate color rendition. Add 3-axis in-body image stabilization that compensates for horizontal and vertical angular shifts (yaw/pitch) as well as camera shake along the optical axis (roll), and you have a camera that captures incredibly sharp images and video, yet is compact enough to bring just about anywhere.


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

ImageSensor Type/Size

4/3 Live MOS

Image Processor

TruePic VII with Fine Detail Processing II Technology

Image Stabilization

Built-in sensor-shift 3-Axis [compensates 3 types of movements (yaw/pitch/roll movements)]


4 modes (S-I.S.AUTO, S-I.S.1, S-I.S.2, S-I.S.3), OFF


Focal length setting: 8, 9, 10, 12, 15,16, 18, 24, 28, 30, 35, 40, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 180, 200, 210, 250, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000

Image Aspect Ratio

4:3(Default) / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1 / 3:4

File Formats

Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW


Movies: MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264) , AVI(Motion JPEG)


Audio: Stereo Linear PCM (16-bit), .WAV

RAW Bit Depth


Image Editing

RAW development, Gradation auto, Monochrome, Sepia, Red-eye fix, Saturation, Resize (1280x960, 640x480, 320x240), Trimming, Aspect, e-Portrait, Image Overlay, Postrecording

JPEG Editing

Shadow adjustment, Red-eye fix, Cropping, Aspect, Black&White, Sepia, Saturation, Resize, e-portrait

RAW Editing

RAW development based on settings of the camera (including e-Portrat, Color Creator, Art Filter, ART-BKT).


2 programmable settings, preview capability.

Dust Reduction System


Memory Card Type


AV Recording

Shoot up to 29 minutes of 1080 30p HD video and stereo sound in either .MOV or .AVI formats. A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just the press of a button.

Video Recording



1920 x 1080: 30 fps


1280 x 720: 30 fps


640 x 480: 30 fps

Aspect Ratio


Video Clip Length

Up to 29 Min

Simultaneous Image & Video Recording

Yes; shoot (up to 5 fps in P/A/S/M modes) still images (3200x1800 pixels) without interrupting movie recording

Audio Recording

Built-in Mic: Stereo


Optional External Mic: Not Available



Keep Your Eye on the Prize with the E-M10’s Large, Easy-to-See EVF

Shooting at eye level is comfortably familiar. And when you get a live view of exposure, white balance and other useful information (including aspect ratio), and the ability to control highlights, shadows, colors and more – as you do with the E-M10’s electronic viewfinder – you’re in position to take some of the best photos of your life. You can also apply various framing grids and a leveling guide for composing better photos and even monitor video recording! The high-res EVF (1.44 million pixels) provides 1.15x magnification, double-speed 120fps refresh rate and Adaptive Brightness Technology, which automatically adjusts brightness to the optimum setting for a more natural display.


Viewfinder Type


Viewfinder Pixel Count


Viewfinder Coverage


Viewfinder Magnification

Approx. 1.15x (35mm equivalent: 0.58x)

Refresh Rate

Normal mode (60 fps): approx. 0.027 sec display lag time


High-speed mode (120 fps): approx. 0.007 sec display lag time

Brightness Control

Automatic Adaptive Brightness Technology, 7 levels of manual settings also available

Eye Sensor

Yes; automatic switching between viewfinder and monitor

Viewfinder Eye Point

20.00 mm

Diopter Adjustment

- 4 to +2 m



A Wealth of Built-In Features

The E-M10 is a marvel of thoughtful design and useful functionality. Built-in Wi-Fi for easy image sharing and wireless control, built-in flash for filling in the shadows and a super resolution tiltable LCD monitor with numerous touchscreen control options. It’s not what you’d call inexpensive, but the value is clear.

Wi-Fi Connectivity

Wi-Fi Capable/ LAN Type

Yes; Built-in Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b/g/n)

Connection/Sync Process

Connect to up to 4 devices simultaneously via QR code.

Functions Available

The free Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) app enables you to:


1) Geotag photos with GPS location information,


2) Easily share files (JPEG/MOV) to connected smart devices and


3) Fully operate the camera remotely and wirelessly.


Wireless remote operation allows you to see the Live View, Rec View, Select the AF point, Release the Shutter (with a single touch on the AF point), and Power Off the camera. You can also switch between camera modes (iAuto/ART/P/A/S/M,), manually adjust camera settings (aperture, shutter speed, exposure, ISO sensitivity, white balance and drive mode), and activate the custom self timer, Live Bulb and Live Time.


Built-in Flash


Flash Modes

Auto, Fill-in, Manual, Off, Red-eye reduction, Slow sync, second-curtain sync, slow sync/red-eye reduction, TTL Auto

Max Sync Speed

1/250 sec with built-in flash, 1/200 sec with external flashes (excluding FL-50R; 1/800 sec)

Flash Compensation

-3 EV to +3 EV (in .3, .5 or 1 EV steps)

Dedicated Flash System

TTL Groups: 4 (3 external flash groups + built-in flash), Channels: 4

External Flash Connection

Hot Shoe, PC Terminal, Proprietary, Wireless

Compatible External Flashes

FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R

Wireless Flash Control Method

Triggered and controlled by built-in flash (Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible)


Monitor Screen

3” Wide Touchscreen Tilting LCD

Monitor Resolution (Pixels)


Monitor Coverage


Monitor Aspect Ratio


Touch Control

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

Tilting Angle

Upward tilting angle: up to 80 degrees, Downward tilting angle: up to 50 degrees



Life Moves Fast…and the E-M10 is Designed to Keep Pace

You might want to wear your running shoes when using the E-M10. High-speed sequential shooting – at a best-in-class 8fps – and super high-speed FAST AF technology ensure that you won’t miss the shot no matter how quickly your subject is moving. In fact, the autofocus tracking function is better than ever thanks to enhancements to the group target Continuous AF function. The E-M10 also provides an 81-point AF grid that covers the entire image frame, giving you more focus options than basic DSLRs. Focus Peaking is available in manual focus mode. The Custom Self Timer and Interval Shooting features are particularly useful for documenting action over a span of time and for creating Time Lapse movies in the camera.

Focus Control

Focus Type

Contrast Detection

Focus Mode

Single-AF (S-AF), Continuous-AF (C-AF), Manual Focus (M), S-AF + MF, AF tracking (C-AF + TR)

Autofocus Points

81 (AF grid covers whole frame); Group, Small and Super Spot AF targets available

Face and Eye Detection

Available; Eye Detection AF mode: Off / Nearer-eye priority / Right-eye priority / Left-eye priority

Manual Focus Assist

Yes; Focus Peaking function and Magnified Focus Assist function available

AF Illuminator



Continous Shooting Burst Rate

Up to 8 fps in Single Autofocus mode (S-AF)


[Sequential shooting H mode; Focus and exposure are fixed at the values for the first shot]


Up to 3.5 fps in Continous Autofocus mode (C-AF)


[Sequential shooting L mode; Focus and exposure are adjusted for every shot]

Max. Recordable Pictures
on Sequential Shooting*

[RAW] Max. 20 frames (in 3.5 seq. shooting L)
             Max. 16 frames (in 8 seq. shooting H)


[JPEG] Up to the full extent of the data storage card capacity
             (in 3.5 seq. shooting L / in 8 seq. shooting H)


* When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 ⅡR


Type: Mechanical


Speed: 60 - 1/4000 sec

Self Timer

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; Interval Time 1sec. - 24 Hours, Max 999 frames.

Time Lapse Movie

Images obtained with the Interval Shooting can be compiled automatically in the camera into a Time Lapse Movie lasting up to 100 sec. Movie is recorded in AVI Motion JPEG with 1280 x 720 pixels, 10 fps.


USB 2.0 Hi-Speed


HDMI D (Micro) (out)


Hot Shoe for flash attachment

Remote Control

RM-UC1 (Optional)

Exposure Control

ISO Sensitivity

Auto, LOW (approx. 100) ‐ 25600,

Metering Method

Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering

Exposure Modes

Manual (M), Aperture Priority (A), Shutter Priority (S), Programmed Auto (P), iAUTO, Scene Selection (SCN), Bulb, Time, Underwater, Art Filter


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, Sunny(5300K), Shadow(7500K), Cloudy(6000K), Incandescent(3000K), Fluorescent(4000K), Underwater, WB Flash(5500K), Custom WB (Kelvin setting)

Picture Modes

i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, e Portrait, Color Creator, Art Filters

Scene Selection

Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Hand-held Starlight (captures 8 shots and combines into a single image composite), Night scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Fisheye Converter, Wide Converter, Macro Converter, 3D (only with H-FT012 Panasonic 3D Lens)



With So Many Creative Tools, Finding the Shot Is Only the Beginning

The E-M10 offers you an incredible array of easy-to-use creative tools that can transform your photos from excellent to spectacular. Color Creator. Photo & Movie Capture (high-quality stills while shooting a movie – at an insane 5fps in P/A/S/M mode). Live Composite Mode for capturing starscapes intuitively. HDR and HDR bracketing. Twelve Art Filters and eight Art Effects. Photo Story for shooting normal, everyday scenes from multiple viewpoints and combining them into one image.


Creative Functions

HDR, Bracketing, Color Creator, Highlight & Shadow Control, Live Composite (0.5 - 60 sec), Live Bulb, Photo Story, Art Filters, Photo & Movie Capture

HDR Function

2 HDR modes available plus HDR bracketing (3 or 5 frames in 2.0/3.0 selectable EV steps, 7 frames in 2.0 selectable EV steps)


Yes; HDR, Exposure, ISO, White Balance, Flash, Art Filter

Art Filters

12 art filters available: Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Water Color


8 art effects available: Soft Focus Effect, Pin-Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect, Star Light Effect, Diorama Effect, Black & White Filter Effect (Yellow, Orange, Red, Green) and Picture Tone (Sepia, Blue, Purpose, Green).

Photo Story

4 modes available: Standard, Fun Frame, Speed, Zoom In/Out

Level Gauge

2-axis; horizontal /vertical




Live Guide

Color saturation, Color image, Brightness, Blur Background, Express Motion, Shooting Tips

Live Control

Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity,Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting, NR setting, WB, Record mode, Flash Status, Image size, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, AF frame, Internal Temperature Warning, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio

Super Control Panel

Battery information, Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, ISO sensitivity,Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure indicator, Flash intensity compensation indicator, Date, Auto BKT setting, NR setting, WB, WB compensation value, Record mode, Flash Status, Record mode, Image size, Drive mode, Flash intensity compensation value, Metering mode, Recordable still image number, Focusing mode, AF frame, Colour space, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Internal Temperature Warning Gradation, IS activating mode, Face detection, My Mode, Multi Exposure, Aspect Ratio, Super FP


Single-frame, Information display, Index display (4/9/25/100 frames), Calendar, Enlargement (2x - 14x), Movie (with sound, FF/REW/Pause), Picture rotation (auto), Slideshow (with sound including BGM, Slide show effects, replaceable BGM), Light Box display

Information Display

Histogram (independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, OFF


34 languages available: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai



1 x BLS-5 Li-ion battery (included);
Records approx. 320 shots per charge

Operating Enviroment



Temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)


Humidity: 30 - 90%




Temperature: -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)


Humidity: 10 - 90%


Environmentally sealed


Dimensions (WxHxD)

4.7 inch (W) x 3.2 inch (H) x 1.8 inch (D) / 119.1mm (W) × 82.3mm (H) × 45.9mm (D)


14 oz / 0.87 lb / 396 g (with battery and memory card)

Box Contents

E-M10 Camera body, Li-ion battery BLS-5, Li-ion battery charger BCS-5, USB cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Viewer 3 (CD-ROM), Instruction manual, Warranty card



E-M10 Standard Kit

with M.Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R

The E-M10 one lens kit includes everything you’ll need right out of the box to start producing stunning photography. The included M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mmII R lens embodies high quality optics comprised of 8 elements in three groups including 3 Aspherical elements, and its collapsible compact and lightweight design perfectly complements the E-M10 body.


Available Colors: Black Silver

E-M10 Premium Kit

with M.Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ

The E-M10 Premium Kit lets you show off your personal style and taste with unique colors, luxury grip materials and premium matching color accessories. The Premium Kit is available in three colors: a fashionable orange, a vintage green and a luxury black with lizard-skin design. The kit includes an E-M10 camera body, M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ lens, and a premium genuine leather strap with a finished grain that matches the camera body and a color matching lens cap with an emblazoned “OM-D” logo.


Available Colors: Black Orange Green

E-M10 Body Only

Available in Black or Silver, the OM-D E-M10 is body the perfect choice for the shooter who has already started a collection of Micro Four Thirds lenses, or wants to custom build his E-M10 system.


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Available Colors: Black Silver

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January 19, 2015


Great Camera!

I bought the camera during the free lens promotion in Dec-2014. After using it a few times during the holidays, I found the camera takes very good quality photos. However, please make one improvement regarding to focus peaking.
Focus peaking can only be activated when turning the focus ring on a M43 lens. When using a manual focus lens with no electrical connection with the EM10, focus peaking is off. I tried my old Nikon F and Canon FD lens using Metabones adaptors and could not get the focus peaking to work. Please note that focus peaking is really needed when using the camera with manual lens.

On the other hand, I found focus peaking on Lumix GX7 works good with the above mentioned Nikon & Canon lens. Once turned on, focus peaking works with any lens mounted on the Panasonic camera.

I really like the Olympus camera. Please try to improve the focus peaking by firmware updates. Thanks.


The E-M10 is able to use the focus peaking function using any legacy manual focus lens. The only difference is that since there is not communication between the lens and the camera, there is no way for the camera to do this automatically using non Micro 4/3 lenses. Therefore, it is possible to manually activate this function using a function button operation. For assistance, please refer to page 98 of the E-M10's manual.

After the instructions from Olympus Technical Support team, I was able to activate focus peaking by assigning Fn1 button to "PEAKING" setting. I can now use focus peaking with my Nikon F and Canon FD lenses.
I feel improvement could be made in the operating manual to provide more explanations about using EM10 with manual focus lenses as it is one of the reasons people choose M43 format.

January 08, 2015



I was somewhat hesitant to get into the four thirds system, having shot primarily with Canon DSLR's and 35mm film cameras for years. I decided to give the E-M10 a try, since it was the least expensive way to get into the Olympus system. I'm truly glad that I did, because the image quality is nothing short of fantastic, and the lighter weight and greater portability are proving to be a bonus. I'm thoroughly pleased so far, and hope to add an OM-D E-M1 body and additional lenses in the not too distant future. What others have said about the menu system is true; it's complex. The upside is that lots of capability is packed into it, and it's easily learned by spending time with the camera. I have no complaints about the E-M10, and highly recommend it.

January 01, 2015

Joel P

Daylight Good Night Time Bad

I was hoping to lighten my burden by carrying a light weight camera that could preform under many conditions. I shoot everything from weddings to landscapes, sports to portraits. I have been using the E-M10 now for about a month and it has certainly performed well on field trips and a recent vacation to Aruba. Last night brought to a NYE party and was very disappointed with it;s performance. Low light focusing was a major problem. After last nights experience I can't feel confident about using it a primary camera at a wedding. I might need to continue the trails. I'm happy with the image quality and the many features for shooting during the day. I will use it for shooting beach scenes and as a backup.

November 29, 2014


Love this Camera

This is the third Olympus I have owned. By far this list the best. Photo quality is amazing as well as the speed. The "art" setting is also a nice touch. No complaints at all.

October 19, 2014


Great camera but...

Great little camera for daily shooting and it is especially good for travel. But check your WiFi function when you get it. One of mine has dead wifi as does that of a friend who has 2 days of use on his.

September 20, 2014



The clock was ticking on my DSLR set up and I was ready to dive head first into the micro 4/3's pool. After reading many reviews I decided that the E-M10 was the way to go.I traded in my Nikon D7100 and Nikon lenses and have begun to build my new micro 4/3's set up. Combining parts of the E-M1 and E-M5 along with some new features I felt that the conclusion would be perfect. I am so pleased with Olympus on this one, it may fall 3rd in line on the OM-D scale of cameras but it really takes a backseat to no one. The image quality is fantastic and size and weight distribution is wonderful. In my opinion the entire OM-D line of cameras are fantastic just pick the one that suits your needs and you won't go wrong. Currently using the 14-42mm kit lens ( not your average kit lens ) and the results are spectacular, can't wait to add some of those very fast primes to my collection.

September 13, 2014


Excellent Product

I wanted to consolidate from 2 cameras (DSLR for general use and a quality point-and-shoot for street photography) down to 1. I'm an amateur, and today's cameras are sufficiently complex that I really only want to learn one cold rather than 2. But weight, flexibility, raw, and easy to use full manual operation are musts for me.

The E-M10 fit the bill and is available at an attractive price. I read many VERY positive reviews which convinced me that technology was now so good that the 4/3 sensor size isn't a problem. I've only had it for 2 weeks, and initial results are excellent.

One minor caveat for raw shooters. My post processing software is several years old and doesn't handle the Olympus raw file format. I get around that by using the Olympus Viewer 3 software packaged with the camera to convert raw to lossless tiff-xif format and import that. Works fine for me, but if you need the fastest workflow, make sure your post processing software handles the Olympus raw format.

September 13, 2014


Great little camera

Got tired of schlepping my E500 & 300 zoom. The EM10 is so small & lightweight, it's easy to take with anywhere.
What I'm disappointed in is:
- No lens hood included for 14-42 II R or the 75>300 zoom
- No printed full manual included - the little manual included is useless - it's merely an excerpt & even refers to pages that aren't there. OM1, OM2, E500 - all came with lens hoods and printed full manuals. Even the XA came with a manual.
Now I have to go online & buy these items - very annoying & easily another $50+ for items that cost pennies to manufacture.

September 12, 2014


Great camera

Since buying this camera, I have used it with the 14-42mm EZ zoom and the 45mm F/1.8. It has been used in a variety of conditions for different types of photography and has met or exceeded my expectations. It is especially nice to have a decent built-in flash that allows me to shoot pet portraits across the room. The dual control dials are also a big plus. The camera is obviously built with quality and takes great pictures. I have ordered the add-on grip because I have large hands.

September 12, 2014


Channeling the Feel of the OM-1n

I have owned OM system 35mm cameras and an assortment of Zuiko lenses since 1977, so it was perhaps inevitable that I would look to the characteristics that so endear me to them--compact size, ergonomics, durability, and unparalleled quality--when entering digital photography. My initial foray with Olympus digital cameras proved hugely disappointing when the E-PL-1 I bought in 2011 died from internal corrosion after just three years. I am counting on my new E-M10 to reinstill my faith in Olympus cameras.

It is still too early for me to comment on all of the features of the E-M10, but my initial impressions are very positive. Image quality is exceptional, viewfinder and screen are clear and bright, and output in micro 4/3 is more than adequate for my needs. It has the same heft and feel of my beloved OM-1n. Controls are well placed and intuitively located. Features may be accessed in multiple ways, allowing the user to choose whatever method works best for him or her.

In short, it certainly looks and feels the part; only time will tell whether it can live up to the vaunted reputation that the OM 35mm system earned for durability.

One minor quibble: this camera should have a paper manual delivered with it. Yes, the PDF is comprehensive, but it's far easier to read a bound paper copy with the camera in hand than to attempt to do so on screen.

I am counting on this camera to make up for the design and build failures of the E-PL-1 it is replacing. If it is anywhere near as reliable as my 37-year-old OM-1n bodies and Zuiko lenses have been, I will be a very happy man.

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