Olympus OM-D E-M10 review – Our verdict

When carrying the E-M10 around, it garnered a lot of admiring attention – in keeping with the OM-D range, it is beautifully crafted and doesn’t go unnoticed. Opting for a magnesium-alloy body, Olympus has managed to retain a sense of quality that one would expect from a premium camera body. For the majority of people who will be considering the E-M10, the omission of weather-sealing won’t make any difference whatsoever.

Considering that the E-M10 contains many of the key components of the E-M5 and the OM-D flagship E-M1, Olympus has created a very desirable enthusiast offering. I don’t quite agree with Olympus that the E-M10 is a DSLR-beater, but depending on what you shoot, the E-M10 can produce superb quality matching that of similarly priced DSLRs – and you can take it everywhere with you so you’ll get shots that you wouldn’t with the DSLR you didn’t have time to get out of your bag or left at home altogether.

If I were new to photography and looking for a solid system camera to invest in, or even an experienced DSLR owner looking for a more portable solution, the E-M10 would be near the top of my list.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 – Key features

Wi-Fi connectivity via the Olympus Share app makes it easy to view and share your images, but will also help you to make the most of time-lapse and remote shooting modes.

Quality build
Genuine DSLR-like handling in a compact-body, thanks to well-placed custom function buttons and metallic dials, will appeal to serious entry-level users.

High-spec technology
The E-M10 offers some of the top-of-the-range technology featured in the OM-D-series premium models, for a reduced price.

The optional Olympus ECG-1 ergonomic grip for the E-M10 adds some extra depth to the grip and base of the camera, which is great for people with larger hands. It has a smart quick-release feature that means it doesn’t have to be unscrewed to access the battery and memory card.

Creative options
Twenty-four scene modes, 12 art filters, seven colour presets and custom colour slots give users a wide range of options to experiment with creative photography effects in-camera.

Lens variety
Having a micro four thirds lens mount, the E-M10 will be able to utilise the widest lens selection in the mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera class.

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