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Olympus OM-D E-M10 camera

introduction

  • introduced in Jan 2014 essentially as a lower cost but technologically updated version of the E-M5 with only 3 axis 3EV IS instead of 5-axis 4EV IS, no weatherproofing, no accessory port, burst rate 8fps not 9fps, but adds built-in flash, higher resolution LCD touch screen and WiFi smartphone remote control
  • in many respects, it is a better camera than the much-loved E-M5, so it should be a very popular camera indeed
  • £529 body only, $US699 body only
  • can get it with the very well reviewed Olympus m.ZD 25mm f/1.8 standard lens for $US999
  • it's compact size, low price, high image quality and versatility means it is a great choice for the street photographer, travel photographer and for the family

  • Winner of Best CSC Entry Level camera as part of the XXIV TIPA Awards (2014)
  • Winner of Best Compact System Camera 2014-2015 of the EISA awards

specs

most of the features of the E-M5

  • compact size just a touch smaller and lighter than the E-M5:
    • 396 g (0.87 lb / 13.97 oz)
    • 119 x 82 x 46 mm (4.69 x 3.24 x 1.81″)
  • 16mp Live-MOS sensor which gives high image quality even at ISO 1600
  • very nice built-in 1.44M EVF
  • ergonomic customisable controls
  • shutter speed 60sec - 1/4000th sec
  • Live BULB
  • multi-exposure mode
  • ART filters
  • one of the most comprehensive in-camera Raw re-processing systems
  • very fast AF for slow moving subjects but no phase detect AF for C-AF tracking of faster moving subjects
  • unique eye detect AF
  • manual focus assistance
    • automatic magnified view when rotate a system lens manual focus ring in MF mode
    • magnified view zoom x5/x7/x10/x14
    • image stabiliser can be turned on during magnified zoom via half-press shutter
  • similar menu system and user interface controls including my favourite: the Live Super Control Panel although to enable it, it is still buried deep in the menu system

additional features

  • built-in flash GN 5.8m (100ISO) with master RC TTL flash capability
  • higher resolution wVGA LCD touch screen 720 x 480 pixel 1,037,000 dots instead of 610,000 dot VGA OLED
  • LCD has 'Adaptive Brightness' viewfinder technology (same as in the E-M1)
  • WiFi smartphone remote control
  • focus peaking
  • newer image processing image (same as in E-M1) - Truepic VII
    • a more responsive camera -all processing times are shortened and EVF lag has almost vanished
  • auto HDR with JPEG output
  • mode dial function with possibility of assigning Mysets into mode dial
  • option for automatic lens IS priority for when using lenses with OIS
  • option for shorter release lag-time
  • multi function settings with color creator (as in the E-M1)
  • option for level in EVF when pressing shutter button half way
  • Live Composite Mode - allows visual gradual build up of image with multiple exposures as is used in astrophotography - this is similar to Live BULB mode but multiple exposures rather than just one long exposure
  • adds a cut-down version of the '2×2' control system which is used to great effect on the E-M1
  • improved HD video:
    • 24Mbps 30p instead of 20Mbps but the image stabiliser is not as effective and no ability to add an external stereo mic as no accessory port
  • intervalometer:
    • interval time 1 sec. - 24 Hours, max 999 frames
    • can make Time-lapse movie automatically
  • nice optional grip (ECG-1) a must have for using larger lenses, it also centres the tripod, and that is all I really need for the E-M5 so very happy with this compromise, and it is even better than the one on the E-M5 in that there is a quick release latch to get access to the battery compartment instead of having to unscrew the whole grip.
    • grip (ECG-1) is available for £54.99

ECG-1 grip:

features downgraded or missing from the E-M5

  • no weatherproofing
  • controls don't have the same high build quality feel or function but still very good
  • ports moved to right side
  • only 3 axis 3.5EV IS instead of 5-axis 4EV image stabiliser
  • no AP2 accessory port
  • burst rate 8fps not 9fps
  • flash sync 1/200th sec not 1/250th sec
  • smaller battery (same as PEN series): BLS-5 which is rated at 320 shots instead of 360 shots
  • both the battery and card are located in the same slot under the camera - making it less convenient for tripod work
  • no optional grip with extra battery holder

3 axis IS performance in video mode - still awesome indeed! - Blunty:

reviews

photo/olympusomdem10.txt · Last modified: 2015/08/25 09:51 by gary1