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Olympus OMD E-M10 Review

Review of Olympus OMD E-M10Summary : This article is about the various features offered by the Olympus OMD E-M10 digital camera. It is considered as one of the best mirror less cameras for photographers.

The Olympus OMD EM 10 is one of the best entry-level mirror-less cameras that provide the fastest focusing performance with its stunning JPEG output engine. This camera is equipped with different features of digital cameras like EM5, EM1 and EP5. It also has inherited various features of the budget-conscious EM10 camera. This mirror-less camera uses Micro Four Thirds lenses that are compact and ergonomically designed for mirror-less digital cameras. This camera comes with a 16.1 MP live MOS sensor and a True-pic VII image processor that produces high resolution still imagery and Full HD 1080p videos. The Olympus OMD E-M10 camera provides amazing photo quality in low light conditions along with high speed performance. This combination is coupled with a high sensitivity range from ISO 100-25600 and continuous shooting at 8 fps.

The Olympus OMD E-M10 camera has an electronic viewfinder and tilting touchscreen monitor that proves useful for image playback, live view monitoring and menu navigation.

This camera’s menu provides 1440K-dot resolution along with 1.15 times magnification. It comes with eye-level viewing and real-time image preview features that ensure the photographer can view comfortably. This camera features a touchscreen LCD monitor that can turn 80 degrees upwards and 50 degrees downwards. This helps the photographers to operate the camera from high and low angles. This entry-level mirror-less camera features a menu system that provides an intuitive means of navigation. It offers in-built wireless connectivity that allows photographers to pair it with the Olympus Image Share app. This app is ideal for sharing data with iOS and Android-based mobile phones.

Advantages of EM10 :

- Lightweight
- Fast focusing
- Compact size with comfortable form factor

Issues with EM10 :

- Unusual controls with ISO and white balance
Similarities in the designs of EM10 and Pen EP5

Technical specifications :

- 16.1MP Live MOS Sensor
- True-pic VII Image Processor
- Micro Four Thirds System
- 1,440k-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
- 3.0″ 1,037k-Dot Tilt-able Touchscreen LCD
- Full HD 1080p video recording at 30fps
- In-Body 3-Axis Image Stabilization
- Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
- FAST AF System with 8 fps Shooting
- Color Creator and Built-In HDR Modes

Let’s look at the different features of this camera and how they are helpful for photographers when they use the Olympus OMD E-M10 camera.

16.1 MP Live MOS sensor :

The Olympus OMD E-M10 camera uses a 16.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor and True-pic VII image processor along with Fine Detail Processing II. Due to this, the photographer can deliver high resolution still imagery, Full HD video recording, amazing performance in low light conditions and sensitivity to ISO 25600. This camera provides high speed performance throughout the camera system. It also gives high shutter speed of 1/4000 sec with a mechanical shutter, 8 fps continuous shooting rate with single-shot AF and 3.5 fps shooting with continuous auto-focus.

1,440k Dot electronic viewfinder :

The Olympus OMD E-M10 camera comes with a bright 1,440k-dot electronic viewfinder that is integrated into its design. It is perfect for eye-level viewing and uses an automatic eye-detect function, 0.007 sec display lag time and 1.15 times magnification. This viewfinder provides photographers with a realistic, high resolution viewing experience. It is beneficial for users when they are photographing in bright conditions. This camera also has adaptive brightness settings that make it easier to view under different lighting conditions.

3.0 inch tilting touchscreen LCD display :

In addition to the amazing viewfinder, the Olympus’ entry-level mirror-less camera is equipped with a 3.0 inch tilting touchscreen LCD display. It is useful for view monitoring, image playback and menu navigation. This monitor can be tilted 80° upward and 50° downward so it is ideal for using from high and low angles. It also gives photographers the ability to touch the screen for releasing the shutter, selecting the focus point, magnifying the image and applying filter effects.

Record Full HD 1080p videos at 30 fps :

The Olympus OMD E-M10 camera provides Full HD 1080p movie recording functionality. It is supported at 30 fps with stereo sound in MOV or AVI formats. This camera provides continuous shooting at 5 fps. The photographers can also shoot in P/A/S/M modes at 5.8 MP resolution without interrupting the movie recording.

In-body 3-axis image stabilization :

This mirror-less camera uses in-body VCM (Voice Coil Motor) image stabilization system. It is very useful for reducing the appearance of camera shake with any lens. When capturing telephoto shots, macro imagery and long exposures, it compensates for camera movements. Its image stabilization system helps traditional still image shooting and movie recording for capturing moving subjects more effectively.

Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity :

This mirror-less camera comes with integrated Wi-Fi connectivity feature. It has the Olympus Image Share app that can be used to get wireless control of the camera through linked iOS and Android mobile devices. With the linked mobile device, the photographers can easily preview compositions, select an AF point and release the shutter. The intuitive QR code connect system can also be used to link the mobile devices to this Olympus camera. The QR code connect system can display a unique QR code on the cameras monitor with a particular mobile device for instant linking.

Fast AF system and 8 fps shooting :

The Olympus E-M10 camera uses a contrast-detection focusing method that is used in 81 AF areas to acquire the focus quickly and accurately. It works on the Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology (FAST) that allows photographers to zoom in on subjects using single-shot or continuous focusing methods. This camera also uses AF tracking that can prove beneficial when capturing moving subjects. It has Super-spot AF that is useful for acquiring focus in a small and refined area to get maximum accuracy.

Conclusion :

The Olympus OMD E-M10 is a feature-packed camera that allows users to get impressive photo quality under all lighting conditions. This camera is excellent for the beginner and intermediate photographers who want to take amazing photos.
Published by IzajAhmed Shaikh.
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I am, Mr. IzajAhmed Shaikh, Computer Professional, and Pro. Blogger, who belongs to Shahabad, Karnataka India. My basic Qualifications are B.Sc., and M.C.M. done from University of Pune, formerly known as, Poona University, also like to write articles based on my personal experiences.