The Olympus OMD E-M10 is a competitive entry level professional camera, which uses mirrorless technology. It mixes technologies of earlier Olympus models – EM5, EM1, and the EP5. Olympus has also tried to hold the line at pricing to keep its newest offering in the affordability range. The E-M10 is rated as the fastest focussing camera of the Mirco Four Thirds system (MFT), which is a standard created by Olympus and Panasonic for mirrorless digital cameras. It outperforms the EM5 and many a time has proved to be as quick as EM1 to lock on to its subject.
The mirrorless attribute of the E-M10 gives its physical dimensions reduced depth, making it compact and easy to carry. Absence of mirrors also means reduced weight. The E-M10’s 16.1 Mega Pixel Live MOS sensor does not use the anti-aliasing filter because good pixel density of the sensor greatly reduces the possibility of moiré patterns. Also, without the filter the camera can record more detail and give sharper images. In so far as JPEG output is concerned, Olympus has always had a really good JPEG engine which with time has become only better. Users who can’t wait to share their pictures on the web will be very pleased with this feature.
The RAW file format is Olympus’ proprietary format. Unlike JPG files, RAW files are not compressed and are larger. But you can live with this downside as shooting in RAW gives you the best control over exposure compensation, white balance, sharpness, contrast, and saturation, when converting the image to standard file formats such as TIFF or JPEG.
You can adjust camera settings and view images in review mode using the tilting touch screen monitor. Operating the camera from high and low angles – 80-degrees upwards and 50-degrees downwards – is also possible with the tilting touch screen. The touch screen packs a 1440K-dot resolution and 1.15x magnification, enough to give you comfortable eye-level viewing and real-time image preview.
The E-M10 is capable of giving fantastic results in low-light conditions with its 16.1 Mega Pixel Live MOS sensor and a high ISO sensitivity range with speeds from 100 to 25600. With the capability to shoot at 8 fps, the E-M10 shows efficiency in shooting high speed action with good detail. Aside from an intuitive navigation through the menu system, the E-M10 also features in-built wireless connectivity to operate camera remotely with a smartphone. Pair the camera with the Olympus Image Share app to wirelessly share data with iOS and Android mobile devices.
The Olympus E-M10 does not leave out any feature for other mirrorless cameras to score over it. Here’s a feature-by-feature breakdown –
- Very High Resolution screen – 1,400k dots for greater detail in photos
- Image stabilization – to prevent blurring from camera shake when taking shots
- Flip out screen – for taking photos from interesting angles easily
- Wide Dynamic range 12.3 EV – for better details in shadows and highlights
- Movie continuous focus – for auto refocus when moving from one subject to another
- Touch screen – for controlling settings by touch instead of physical buttons and so less buttons
- In- camera HDR – to determine the range in lights and darks captured in a photo
- In – camera panorama – to capture a wide scene in a single photo instead of taking parts of a scene separately and then bringing them together
- Greater compatibility with lenses – As many as 40 different types of lenses can be used with E-M10
- Built-in Flash – for indoor shots and evening shots where light is poor
- External Flash – Connect your external flash for getting better natural looking flash images by bouncing flash off surfaces and walls
- Longer Shutter Speeds – for long exposure shots in certain situations
OLYMPUS E-M10 SPECS
|Image Format||JPEG, MPO, RAW|
|Audio Formats||Built-in Mic: Stereo; Optional External Mic: Not Available|
|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|
|MEDIA AND SOFTWARE|
|Memory Card Type||SD-SDHC-SDXC|
|Operating System||20 to 60 degrees C (-4 to 140 degrees F)|
|Continuous Shots||Up to 8 fps|
|White Balancing||Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Sunlight, Underwater|
|Metering||Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering|
|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|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec. mechanical shutter|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 – 1 min in Bulb Mode|
|USB Cable||USB 2.0 Hi-Speed; HDMI D (Micro) (out); Hot Shoe for flash attachment|
|LCD Screen Size||3″ Rear Touchscreen Tilting LCD (1,037,000)|
|Video Display Resolution||1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480: 30 fps;|
|Supported Aspect Ratio||4:3, 16:9|
|LCD Display||Tilting Touch LCD|
|Dimensions||119.1 ( W ) x 82.3 ( H ) x 45.9 ( D )|
|Sensor Size||17.3 x 13|
|Type||Compact System Camera|
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