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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review - Hands-on
What is the Olympus OM-D E-M10?The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is a professional-looking compact system camera with an affordable price. It starts at £600 with kit lens.
This latest Micro Four Thirds model arrives at a lower price point than its two OM-D stablemates, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Olympus OM-D E-M1. But it still boasts a range of advanced features while maintaining the characteristic OM-D design.
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Olympus OM-D E-M10 – FeaturesWhile the E-M10 is the most affordable OM-D camera at launch to date, it’s not pitched directly at the entry-level buyer. Instead, it’s out to appeal to those who might otherwise buy a DSLR.
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 borrows heavily from the other, more high-end OM-D models too. You get the TruPic VII image processing system found in the E-M1, and the same 16MP sensor as the E-M5.
Both of these features have impressed in their respective OM-D models. And while we haven’t had a chance to take the OM-D E-M10 out shooting yet, we have high expectations.
Turning to the back of the camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 has the same 3-inch articulated LCD as other OM-D cameras. This is no bad thing as, once again, the LCDs Olympus has used previously have been solid.
It’s not all a case of retaining old features from previous OM-D models, though. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 has its own share of new features.
The headline addition is the camera’s new electronic viewfinder. The EVF has a resolution of 1.44 million dots and covers a 100 per cent field of view.
Its 120 frames per second refresh rate also impresses. Such a high refresh rate means the Olympus OM-D E-M10’s EVF handles motion exceptionally well – something Olympus showed-off to us by pointing the camera at a metronome. Its movement was silky smooth.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 – DesignThe Olympus OM-D E-M10 design takes its lead from the other OM-D models, most noticeably the E-M5. It looks a lot like one of Olympus’s old SLRs.
However, it’s noticeably smaller in the in the hand than the E-M5. If you find it too small, there is an optional grip that can aid handling for those with larger hands.
One feature lacking from the E-M10, found on the more high-end E-M1, is a weather-sealed body. It is not something we’d expect in a CSC of this price, but it’s a shame it’s not included.
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 keeps the manual on-body controls found in other OM-D cameras – a real hardware win. They have been rearranged but the E-M10 is an intuitive to use, and will deliver a pleasing shooting experience.
The E-M10 represents a slightly different approach to the OM-D series thanks to its aggressive price, but it succeeds in maintaining the overall look and feel that has made the range such a success.
If the image quality matches up to the first impressions, the E-M10 should be a worthy addition to the OM-D collection.
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