Expert Review of Olympus OM-D E-M10
Olympus OM D E M10 comes encased in an all-metallic body. The EVF features eye-detection sensor that will itself switch the EVF on, when the camera is held to the eye. The inbuilt Wi-Fi allows the use of a smart device for remote controlling of the shutter release, live view mirroring, PASM control, electronic lenses with remote zoom, live preview (bulb), in addition to the images being shared directly with the connected smartphone. The camera features two high dynamic range modes, interval shooting feature with time-lapse video capture, live composite mode for pre-viewing long exposures in the viewfinder, focus peaking, ISO extension down to 1200 and 12 art filters involving Diorama 2 for portraits and photo story shooting modes. Olympus OM-D E-M10 is rich in features and is a great choice for rookies turning professionals.
Design and Build Quality
Olympus OM D E M10 comes inside a metal body that makes the camera feel quite well built. At the top of the camera, there are two control dials, which can be used to control the aperture and shutter speeds when in manual mode. The dials can be customized as well to change to favourite settings like ISO, exposure compensation etc. Those who have used its earlier avatar, Olympus OM-D E-M5, can feel at home with it. The control layout and physical controls are almost the same with a single difference - the playback and function1 button have been swapped. To the body of the camera, the buttons are flatter and the squishy feeling that E-M5 used to impart is no more here. The buttons now need not be weather resistant. At the back, there is a layout for buttons with pop flash as the add-on feature. What is missing from E-M10 is the accessory port that was seen on EM 1 and 5. Other buttons like menu, info, OK, delete and power switch are all in the same space. The memory card slot has been taken away from its place and it can now be found in the battery compartment below.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 comes with an improved textured grip as compared to the Black E-M5. There is more of a leather like feeling at the front of the camera. Also, there is a bulging thumb grip at the back, which is quite comfortable to hold. The overall grip of this camera is very good and it feels quite comfortable when taken in hand. The grip though can be unclipped so to have access to the memory card space sans having to unscrew grip from the socket of tripod. The same ergonomic grip can be availed separately. The electronic viewfinder comes with the same resolution as in EM5. It is of the same size and there appears a slight improvement in the quality of the two models. This can be noticed in low light. E-M10 manages the electronic viewfinder light levels by itself depending over the lighting.
Focus and Face Detection
Olympus OM D E M10 features the following focusing modes - Autofocus, Manual, Face Detection, AF Tracking, Touch AF, Spot and Multi. The focus of the camera works plausibly well in low light and the credit for the same should go to the focus-assist light feature. The camera comes with 81 focus points that covers the wide area of an image. Using the 4 way controller at the back or via touchscreen, you can select the focus points. You can use the touchscreen for photo capture too.
Lens and Image Stabilization
Olympus OM D E M10 as been presented with three new Olympus lenses - new ultra compact power zoom pancake lens, a 9mm fisheye body cap lens and a bright 25mm f/1.8 prime lens. The M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 MSC is the smallest of the lenses by measuring only 22.5mm. When this is used with the camera, the combination becomes quite compact and makes the device pocket-able. Coming to the lens' performance, the macro shots from the 14-42mm EZ kit lens are quite good. With macro converter lens, it is possible to get quite closer in macro shots.
The lens works well at both the ends, wide-angle and telephoto. Purple fringing can be observed when you are viewing images at 100 percent in high contrast areas. In snaps of tree branches, purple fringing can be noticed at the edges of the frame. There is an inbuilt correction capability in the lens, which works well in controlling both barrel and pincushion distortion. Vignetting is also taken care of. The lens resists flare as well.
Screen and Menus
Olympus OM D E M10 doesn't come with a different menu system. The system can take some time for some people to get accustomed with. The basic functions can be found within the first menu. The colour coded menus hold the advanced settings. To alter the settings quickly, you can either enable the super control panel and use the touchscreen/4 way controller or you can press the OK button and bring up the on-screen controls. Once you have made yourself familiar with controls, it is easy to change the settings. The screen is 3 inches wide and is tilt-able like the one found in E-M5. You can tilt the screen both down and up quite easily with nice colour saturation and high resolution.
Olympus OM D E M10 offers a battery life of 320 shots as per CIPA/Olympus testing standards. This is quite average for a compact mirrorless camera. A spare would be recommended should one have plans to take the camera on a day out. The power source of the camera emanates from a BLS 5 Li-ion battery .
Olympus OM D E M10 captures videos of good quality with Full HD resolution recording along with stereo sound. You can avail of the wind noise reduction and set the volume for microphone recording. The image stabilization is activated when you record, for it helps to keep videos steady. The highest ISO setting that can be used is ISO3200. Other than 30fps, sadly, no frame rates are offered. Low light video performance is also acceptable.
Olympus OM D E M10 comes with a LMOS type 16.1 megapixels MFT (Micro / Four Thirds ) sized sensor. The size of the sensor is 17.3mm (width) and 13mm (height). The aspect ratios on the exploit are 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1. The pixels size is of 4608 and height is of 3456. The ISO sensitivity range covers 100 to 25600ISOs. The beginning one delivers very less noise and slightly less dynamic range. At ISO200, the noise is low and the level of detail is good. The same is for ISO400. Good detail and less noise keeps up till ISO800.
Beyond this at ISO1600, there is a minor drop at the detail level. At this and at ISO3200 both, noise is indeed low. At ISO6400, the noise increases but the results can still be stored. The camera delivers impressive noise performance at higher ISO settings involving ISO levels of 12800 and 25600 in comparison to E-M5. Also, E-M10 shows better detail and colour saturation. The stills' quality is at par with 20 and 24 megapixels APSC mirrorless DSLRs and other cams.
Olympus OM D E M10 comes in a metal body
The image quality produced is remarkable
The ISO sensitivity performance is impressive throughout the range
The zoom lens is quite compact
There is inbuilt HDR shooting
One can avail of focus peaking
Warranty is of two years
You get good value for money
Olympus OM D E M10 offers limited frame rate options for videos
There is no Auto panorama feature