Olympus OM-D E-M10: Design

By Paul Nuttall



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Olympus OM-D E-M10 | Design

The Olympus OM-D EM-10 is beautifully crafted – just like the rest of the range – doffing its cap gallantly at the film aristocrats of yesteryear. The magnesium alloy and polycarbonate body afford it a sense of quality, though unlike its premium siblings the E-M10 is not weather sealed.

The alloy makes it one of the heavier enthusiast compacts. However, measuring 119 x 82.3 x 45.9mm it’s the smallest in the range and can be worn comfortably around the neck all day, or carried in a coat pocket.

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The ergonomics of the E-M10 are excellent. In particular, the optional ECG-1 grip – which sports a textured thumbrest – curves out slightly, so it is easy to shoot one-handed regardless of the camera’s orientation. As it uses a quick release system there’s no need to unscrew it to access the battery and memory card.

The eye-sensor-activated 1.44-million-dot electronic viewfinder gives a 100% field of view and 1.15x magnification with /- 7 levels of brightness and contrast. Meanwhile, as already mentioned, the 3in, tilting LCD touchscreen enjoys a 1.37-million-dot resolution.

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The metallic dials and custom function buttons have been thoughtfully placed – there are two custom buttons on the right shoulder and settings can be changed while looking through the EVF – just like a DSLR. It’s also the first OM-D camera with a built-in flash, which nestles below a hotshoe. Unfortunately, there is no accessory port for additional audio options.

In the UK the E-M10 comes with an M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm kit lens but, having stuck with the micro four thirds mount there’s already a large stock of lenses with which it can be used.


April 2, 2014, 1:27 pm

Thanks for the photo of the Cutty Sark. I got lost in the rigging for about 15 minutes, trying to figure out where each line goes and what it does. Those old boats are amazing. Then I woke up from my reverie and realized what a fine job the E-M10 did on those lines against the blue sky. The point is, I quickly got lost in the photo itself, instead of evaluating the technical quality of the sensor and lens.

A remarkable little camera. Glad I own one. :)


October 8, 2014, 9:10 am

Awesome built up.. very handy and comfortable..
OM-D E-M10 is truely what masterclass.

Lawrence James

July 6, 2015, 7:01 pm

It's probably also worth mentioning he fantastic lens library available for micro 4/3. Also certainly the best outside of the Nikon / Canon DSLR systems.

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